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Unread 07-17-2001, 06:14 PM
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What a wonderful idea, Trish! Music is powerful medicine. I didn't take music into surgery with me but I had it in my room for my recovery and it was very soothing. I also had a small water fountain that I took with me to put on the bedside table.

Rueca, it's so normal to be somewhat nervous going into this. I don't like pain either, but pain management techniques have come a long way in the past few years, and I can honestly say that while in the hospital I never really had any pain, though there were a few times I felt uncomfortable. It's different for everyone though. The nurses I had were wonderful about asking how I was feeling and making sure I was keeping up with my pain pump. Put that on your list of questions for your doctor--how will your pain be managed?

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Unread 07-17-2001, 06:18 PM
pain !

He knows about how I hate pain I have been going to him since I was 20. He has been through everything with me ! I will have the morphine pump ! I told him that when he told me I had to have the surgery ! lol he just laughed ! I had my tonsiles out about 2 years ago and im sure it wont be as bad as that. they are right about the older u get the worse it is. I think its the waiting and not knowing that is making me nervous. but i know this will take care of everything and i will be fine ..... thanks for the idea of the tape i will ask if i can do that ! i love relax tapes.
Unread 07-17-2001, 07:08 PM
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Welcome to the greatest group of ladies, you will ever have the pleasure of knowing. I just want to put your mind at ease about the pain. It is manageable, thanks to all the medication available. As long as the cancer is gone, that is what is important. You will be fine. I wish you the best of luck and will keep you in my prayers.
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Unread 07-17-2001, 09:58 PM
ok i have a question

I dont know if anyone can answer this or not but maybe just getting it out will help. I am only 29 years old and I do have a child a son who is my life . knowing going into this i cant have any more kids and I always wanted more kids , how do u deal with that ? not being able to have kids . i know there is lots of options and other stuff i can do but it just feels like someone is taking that away from me ....
Unread 07-18-2001, 12:46 AM
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Hi rueca, alot of women feel the same way when they have a hysterectomy. There is another forum here on hystersisters called "aching hearts" where you can post about how you are feeling and lots of women there understand . Of course we are here as well. you take good care, love always x x
Unread 07-18-2001, 04:23 AM
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Welcome Rueca!!
I am happy to see that you found us here before you had had your surgery. I'm sure that between the info and the caring women here, you will feel so much better with the whole hyst experience. I understand about being afraid of the unexpected; not only did I panic at the word of cancer, but this was my very first surgery! Don't hesitate to ask questions and express your fears. We will help in anyway that we can!
For pain, I had the morphine drip after surgery and you will see that the pain you are feeling when you first wake up from sugery will not be as intense for very long. The morphine will let you sleep and you will probably not even remember much of those first hours. I would also suggest visiting the Aching Hearts board to help you better deal with the inability to have more children. It helps to know that your feelings are shared with others. You are a lucky woman to have been blessed with one child already! Take care and again, welcome to hystersisters!
Unread 07-18-2001, 05:43 AM
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Hi Rueca,

I also wanted to welcome you but I'm very sorry your having to go through this also. I'm so glad you found us though, the ladies here helped me so much while undergoing my treatments, I wish I had found it sooner as I was already 5 months post op when I stumbled across this site.

I, too, had never had surgery prior and was scared of the pain, anesthesia, you name it! I can tell you I was so surprised it went so much better than I ever thought. I talked with the anesthesiologist and he made sure to give me medication to help calm me down prior to being wheeled into the OR. The relaxation tapes sound like a wonderful idea Trish, wish I had thought of that.

The best thing I did was get a tummy pillow (you'll see that mentioned here often), it helps so much for laughing, coughing, sneezing and getting up from bed. The other things which helped tremendously right after surgery were drinking lots of water and doing lots of walking. The water will help flush out your system and the walking will help both with the and keeping the blood flowing in your legs.

Please do visit the aching hearts forum, the ladies there are so supportive and understanding. I do not have any children (except my 4-legged ones) and something that has helped me cope is just knowing that the cancer is gone and that I will be healthy again. Maybe sometime in the future I will have the pleasure of providing a home to a child that needs me.

We are all here for you in any way you need, stay positive! Cancer can be beat!

Big {{{{hugs}}}}

Unread 07-18-2001, 12:59 PM
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to all of you ! I'm so glad I found this site it has been allot of help aready!! I will check out the aching hearts board ! thanks again for you help ! (HUGS) RUECA!
Unread 07-18-2001, 03:06 PM
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So glad you are feeling better and we are all so very happy you found us!!!
Hang in there hon!! We are all with ya here, and will help you through this!!
M. xoxo
Unread 07-18-2001, 04:37 PM
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Hi Rueca,
I have only one son as well. I thank God I have him, which helps ease the pain. There are so many ladies that are not as fortunate and do not even have the one. I especially feel for them. With that I am grateful that I have my son. I look at my son as a true blessing. I mourn the lose of never having children again, I did go ahead and adopt a puppy, a girl who has kept me very busy.
P.S. There are so many advantages to having just one child. My son and I have a very special relationship.:doggie

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