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Unread 11-07-2006, 02:48 PM

I've been reading this site non stop for the past few weeks. My surgery date is Thursday. I'm getting a little anxious. Some about the surgery itself, and much about the recovery - hubby's not always helpful and sometimes expects things to happen faster than they do.
I also have a dying parent who lives an hour away. i've been spend several days a week with them for the past year, but couldn't put this surgery off any longer. I am worried about them and how I won't be at their disposal for the next few weeks.
My TAH is due to a 10cm fibroid. When it was discovered, my doc gave me birth control pills to control the bleeding. Those caused 5 dvts in my leg, and pulmonary emboli. So I'm not as scared of the surgery as I think I might otherwise be, as I'm afraid I'll throw a clot.
This website has been wonderful. Nobody else understands what I'm going through -- there's not much anybody can see on the outside, but inside I am mush.
My sister has been fantastic -- she works at Duke Medical Center and every time I have a problem or a question and can't get in touch with my own doc fast enough, she calls one of her friends. But I don't want to lean too hard, as she has that same dying parent to deal with and I can see the stress in her.
Thanks for making a place just to vent and voice my concerns.
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Unread 11-07-2006, 02:54 PM

s I go in the same day you do and have a good bit of anxieties. I'll keep you in my thoughts and prayers. May your surgery be uneventful and your recovery quick and pain-free.

Unread 11-07-2006, 03:00 PM

Sally -

Please say to yourself every night before you go to sleep 'I have to put myself first for a while, and that's ok'.

I am sure your sister is aware of your recovery needs (and maybe that's part of the stress you see. Not only worrying about your parents but also you).

I am 35 and had my surgery for fibroids. I expected in 3 weeks, I'd be pretty much back to myself. The reality is I needed my 6 weeks, all of it. I know we're all different but I really want to prepare you for 6 weeks of you time. I am sure your sister would say the same if you asked. Especially with your prior history with clots, you just have to be so careful.

I am sure things will go smoothly and thinking positive thoughts for a peaceful recovery.

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Unread 11-07-2006, 08:16 PM

Best Wishes for a successful surgery & speedy recovery....
Hugs to U....
Unread 11-07-2006, 08:21 PM

I know EXACTLY how you feel. A year ago I lost my dad to Esophageal cancer. I was there for him. Oct 23 I lost my older sister to Leiomyosarcoma. I was there for her. I am always the family pillar, and I worry about everyone managing while I am down. Fortunately I have 2 teen children that will be able to help me out.

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