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Unread 09-08-2001, 08:19 PM
Medication Question

Those that take medicine did your doctor tell you to take it the morning of? I am going to call on Monday as I forgot to ask. I know I wont need my birth control pills (happy dance) but I didn't know if I should take my Celexa?

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Unread 09-08-2001, 08:23 PM
Medication Question

Hey Coley!
I was told to take my usual meds with a small sip of water that morning, but you should check with your doctor as each docotr has their own way of the way they want things done. We only have three more days of waiting!Judith
Unread 09-08-2001, 08:29 PM

Thanks so much! So what are you doing to get ready? Are you getting worried at all?
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Unread 09-08-2001, 08:32 PM
Medication Question

The girl in my dr's office told me not to take my meds, however, when I met with anesthesia at my Pre-op, he told me to take them at the usual time with no more than 2oz of water.

It's important that you check with your dr.
Unread 09-08-2001, 08:46 PM
Medication Question

Hi Coley! I go in the day before you & I was told to take my usual meds (& i have quite a few) but not to take any herbs or aspirin or any type of blood thinner . Also to just take it with a sip of water. The nurse at the hospital told me not to take my depakote but the anesth. told to take it & said the nurse didnt know what she was talking about. And to think these nurses take care of us after surgery..... Good thing they go by the "drs. orders! It wont be much longer & we will officially be punctured princesses!! Susan
Unread 09-08-2001, 08:46 PM
Medication Question

Hi Coley! I am also taking Celexa. My Dr told me to take mine the night before. He said I could also take them when in the hospital but I forgot and left them at home. You should call and ask your Dr just to be sure.

You gals are almost there! Please try not to worry! I was a total mess before my surgery. Almost told them that I decided not to go through with it! The surgery & hospital stay wasn't as bad as I had expected it to be. Take good care of yourselves & get lots of rest.

Best wishes!! Big hugs to you all! Keep us posted...

Unread 09-09-2001, 12:19 AM
Medication Question

The nurses that called me to go over my questionnaire...said everything stops at midnight the night before.

I would talk with your doctor and your anesthesiologist...they might have different concerns about how it effects you for the surgery.

We are almost there.

Unread 09-09-2001, 12:32 AM
Just wondering

I was just wondering about the question asked about taaking any medication you may be on before surgery. Then noticed you are not supposed to take any herbs or asprin etc that may thin your blood. Well have any of you having an injection before you go to theatre??
My surgeon told me that I will be given a shot to thin the blood before going to theatre, I am wondering why now. If you had a bleed, would it not make it harder to stop etc....? Let me know if anyone is also going to have one before. Thanks

Vicki, 7 days to go and that is scarey!
Unread 09-09-2001, 04:56 AM
Blood thinners

Hi Vicki, I wanted to respond to your question about shots of medicine to thin your blood. What you are referring to is most like likely heparin, and it is given in the tummy with a very small needle. I had the heparin shots while I was in the castle, starting right before surgery. Heparin is used to avoid blood clots forming and travelling to places such as your heart and lungs. Blood clots are always a possibility, especially when surgery lasts a long time (mine was just under 5 hours) and from inactivity right after surgery. Heparin is used as a precautionary measure.

Taking aspirin or other blood thinning products should always be stopped before surgery, unless otherwise directed by your Dr. It is very important to let your Dr. know what meds you are taking, including all over the counter types. Taking aspirin and some other meds can thin your blood, is not regulated, and can cause uncontollable bleeding. The heparin shots are given in a "controlled" environment so the results of it can be predicted.

Best wishes!
Unread 09-09-2001, 01:57 PM

Many thanks for responding to my thread about blood thinners. You have put my mind at rest. I was thinking it could be dangerous but now feel better. My surgery will be awhile as I am having a bladder and bowel repair on top of a lavh which I know does take longer. Once again many thanks.

Vicki xx

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