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Unread 05-25-2007, 07:33 PM
FEAR after pre-op

Not so sure what I should put for my tittle.. I had my Pre-op today. It was very scary for me. You see I have two bleeding disorders and well there was much talk about blood transfusions and such. I was told that I am having a TVH and that if I were to have a bleeding complication, they would resume to a TAH.. I prepared myself for the hysto vaginally NOT abdominally.. seems as though I should start preping for anything at this point. I trust my surgeon .. she is an amazing doctor-person.. however, I do not have much faith in the hospital where the surgery will be done. My twin sister was told she was blood type A and then with her second pregnancy she was told O+.. I would love to not worry about them tranfussing me with the wrong blood type.
I was told that the surgery would take about two hours or a little longer.. and that I would be able to go home once I was able to pass a stool and urinate as well as walk on my own.
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Unread 05-25-2007, 07:46 PM
FEAR after pre-op

Jen, I know that pre op appt. makes it all real and it makes you think of all the what ifs. It's hard not to do that. I was a wreck after my pre op. They will almost always say it is possible for it to turn in to a TAH, no matter what the situation going in. I think they do that protect themselves and to prepare you.

I had a TAH/BSO with bladder repair a little over 7 weeks ago. I can honestly tell you I remember very little of what I was afraid of during the weeks before. I know I obsessed and I know I was on here almost 24/7 and my family was sick of hearing me talk about it. I know I am glad I had it done and I know none of my fears came true. And I prayed a lot and I had a lot of people praying for me. I believe that is what made the difference for me.

Regarding the hospital, you are the customer, so if it makes you feel better, ask to see all the places they have it written where you blood type is. Have someone wait during surgery and have them come out verify the blood type if they need to give you blood. Make lists of all your questions and try to get them answered. Make lists of all the things you'll be able to do without worrying about a period! Yeah, I get to go canoeing in a few weeks and don't even have to look at the date to see if I can go, I can go! Read the positive stories on here, there are a lot of them. You are not alone here, chances are any fear you have, somene else has felt or is feeling the same way. You won't be judged here and you will feel much better after talking through things with the sisters here. This is a the best place!

Be positive, be informed and best wishes!

Unread 05-25-2007, 07:50 PM
FEAR after pre-op

Hi Jen.

Those are normal fears that almost everyone goes through -- there are also a lot of women with blood disorders and bleeding problems that have been through this. It is important to have faith in your doc that they will do what is the right thing for you and your unique circumstances.

I was afraid of having conversion surgery as well and my doc rocked on and managed to do the LAVH. I also have a hereditary type of anemia that leaves me with low HGB every day of my life and presents lower after any surgeries. I had to go to the hosp. the day before my surgery to get typed and screened and had to leave my blood bank band on from that time until after I was released just in case. (And I did not need the transfusion after all that pomp and circumstance.) Make sure you cover everything with your doc and don't be afraid to call with any questions that come up that you need reassurance on.

As a fellow Yankee fan (I'm a native of New York City) in retrospect may I say that I would be more afraid of the Yankees having a bad season than of the upcoming surgery, especially if you trust your doc.

Good luck to you! Go Yanks!
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Unread 05-26-2007, 07:17 AM
use your own blood

I don't know if you have time or if it's still done. I know there used to be the option of storing YOUR OWN BLOOD prior to a surgery. Not sure this would work in your case because of the bleeding disorder in the first place. But you may want to check. Then you don't have to worry about getting the wrong type.

Good luck to you and we'll see you on the other side! LJC

PS: even with the issues I have going on post-op, I'm glad I did this and other than the below complication, recovery has been very good from the hyster. part!
Unread 05-26-2007, 08:40 PM
Thanks Ladies.

I have decided to talk freely about my fears instead of holding them in. My best friend is comming with me. She may even spend the first night. I was worried about the stay at the hospital but since this surgery is on a weekend, my husband can sit with my children. I do worry about waking up with a TAH but I guess I just need to have.. well, keep my faith that what ever is meant to be will be.
As for the bleeding.. In order for them to use my blood or to use my girlfriends, they would need to go threw a legnthly waiting period for testing.. so.. hmmm I guess I have to let go and let God on that one. I will keep to my prayer. I can say I look forward to the sleep.. My daughter had spinal cord surgery on May 1st so I have been one sleepless mommy for about a month!
Unread 05-27-2007, 12:06 AM
FEAR after pre-op

Jen, When is your surgery date? So we can too keep you in our prayers that particular day along with the rest. Trust in God but do your part too to make sure all is set and ready. I would imagine that with them having the knowledge of your condition they'll be extra vigilant. I know when I was actively nursing I would be. I'd be vigilant with all but extra so when you KNOW there's an issue.
Unread 05-27-2007, 05:28 AM
FEAR after pre-op

Jen, first thing I did when I came to in recovery was peek under the neck of my hospital gown and look down to see if I had a big incision. Seeing none really helped me come out of the anesthesia rather quickly! My doc is my new hero. Wishing you luck. D

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