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LSH - 3 days post-op - feeling great! LSH - 3 days post-op - feeling great!

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LSH - 3 days post-op - feeling great!

This is my first time here, but I felt the need to share my experience. For the weeks and months leading up to my surgery, many people around me were telling me things that had me anxious, nervous, and scared. So, incase any of you are feeling that way, I thought some words of comfort and understanding might help.
I had my LSH on Monday, 6/18/07. Reason for surgery: Adenomyosis. Surgery was scheduled for 7:15am, so I arrived at the hospital at 6:00am. I left my husband, mom, and dad in the lobby while I was lead back to change into a gown, get in a bed, and get my IV started.
I've had surgery in the past, and I don't do well with IVs... there is just some mental issue for me with someone else having a direct line into my body and with that line, full control of my body, so I tend to "freak out" when I get an IV. But I have to say, the nurse that worked with me was fantastic. She did an excellent job of not only getting the IV set, but also comforting me, talking to me and keeping my mind occupied, and for the first time, I got and IV with not excitement!
My husband and my mom came back to see me, and my mom stayed for just few minutes, then left (only 1 person allowed to stay) and my husband remained with me until I was taken to surgery.
The anestheologist came and went, and my doctor arrived at 7:45am... running late... asked a few questions, and then they took me to surgery. My surgery was to take and hour and a half, but my mom said the doctor was in the waiting room, talking to my family shortly before 9:00am. I was supposed to be in the recovery room for an hour, but was moved to post-op after 30 to 40 minutes. My family came back to see me (around 10:00am... made the nurses pull the foley first!) and was amazed at how awake and lucid I was. They were told that I would spend 3 to 4 hours, or more, in post-op, but after just an hour and a half, I was helped to the bathroom (very little help I might add, and only because I was still a bit woosy from the anesthesia), was able to urinate (thats one of the keys to getting to go home), and the nurse said "ok, you can walk, talk, urinate, your not vomiting, and if you feel that your pain is under control, you've met all the requirements to be able to be discharged" I took a few more minutes to rest (just walking to the bathroom and back took some energy), got my clothes on, and was discharged at noon.
So, from check-in to check-out was all of 6 hours, and they were running 30 to 45 minutes late. It was the easiest thing I have ever done.
My pain for the rest of the first day was minimal. In fact, I have been in very little pain at all. I never expected it to be this easy. I tried to switch from the prescription pills yesterday to just tylenol, (they make me fuzzy in the head) but I'm not quite ready yet. The pain isn't too bad without the heavy drugs, but I think I'll give it another day or 2, just to be sure.
So, this road is not near as bad as I feared, and to the people who had me scared, you must not have had the doctors and nurses that I had, cause this has been a piece of cake!
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