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I have a surgery date and getting scared. I have a surgery date and getting scared.

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Unread 11-26-2001, 05:47 PM
I have a surgery date and getting scared.

I am 28 years old and a mother of 4 children. I am having TAH & BSO on December 11. I am getting nervous. Any tips from some of you that have lived this. What to take to the hospital and things I need to have at home. How long is the hopital stay? (generally) About how long will I be down and out? I dont' go back to the doctor till 12/6/2001 and I have so many questions I want answered before then. Any Help would be appreciated.
Thanks scared in Texas
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Unread 11-26-2001, 06:10 PM
I have a surgery date and getting scared.

Hi There fellow Texas Hyster Sister. Well, I am not having my surgery until Thursday (or next Thursday if I don't get rid of this cold tonight ,see my other post), but my doc told me I will be in 2-3 days with a TAH possible BSO (he's gonna try hard to do a Lap first but may have to do a TAH), anyway, from what I see here on the board that seams to be the average amount of days. I'm sure others will let you know there experiences on the amount of days and such. I read a list on what to take with me and what to have at home and I found it here on the Hyster Sisters sight, it helped me out alot when I read it. I for sure went out and bought the Eye mask, whoever thought that up was really thinking ahead....I know I will use mine for sure. I have everything I need ready and waiting to be packed. It also helped me to read what to expect and ask and take with you, because it made me realize all the things I should get done before I go in, I might not have thought about the little things until I got home. I went so far as to finish painting a Horse Stall I had built a few weeks ago, (it is viewable from my bedroom window) because I new I wouldn't be able to lay in bed and look at it without wanting to go out and finish painting it. I actuall laid in my bed one day and looked around the room and at my view outside, that gave me the ideas I needed to make the room and whatever was in my view outside more attratctive to me for the long ours I would be spending in there. I am not one to be able to look at something that is broken or ugly for days on end without fixing it.... Anyway, I know I sound a bit anal, but I thought I would pass on some of the info I learned on here, it has helped me know what to expect and to better prepare. Take care and have a good day.....oh bye the way, once you start browsing around the site, you'll find all kinds of good info, I just think this site has been a god send for me.
Take care.
Unread 11-26-2001, 07:07 PM
I have a surgery date and getting scared.





I'm just wanting you to realize that everything you are experiencing is very NORMAL. I've listed some links above that you should find very helpful. Keep reading and posting questions here as they come to mind.

Please write out a list of questions and take them along when you go to your next appointment with your doctor.

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Unread 11-26-2001, 07:35 PM
I have a surgery date and getting scared.

I had a TAH-BSO on Nov. 6th and went through the same questions as you prior to the surgery. I was discharged after about 48 hours. Let's see...the things I found helpful:

I kept myself VERY busy in the weeks prior to surgery. Went on a three day weekend with two other couples just before the surgery date. We had a blast and I had good things to remember as I lay in bed in the hospital.

Bring a good book with you. If you find you wake up and can't sleep, just read yourself back to sleep.

Walk as much as you can. Very painful at first and it will get better and easier each time.

I prepared shopping bags of sedentary projects I could do while recovering at home...organizing photo albums, writing holiday cards, mail order catalogs, etc.

I was prepared to languish in the recliner for at least four weeks. Not the case. I went to my painting class within the first week home, went with a friend to lunch and did a few other light activities with plenty of rest in between. I was able to take stairs with little discomfort and made sure I went for 20-30 minutes walks, accompanied at first, then on my own. I was given the go-ahead to drive after two weeks. I think it helped that I was in pretty good physical condition to begin with. As soon as I scheduled my surgery date, I increased my weight machine routine for the 6 weeks prior. It helped to have good upper body strength. Hoisting myself up in bed with my elbows was the only way to sit up at first.

I wish you a smooth surgery and a quick and easy recovery.

Gardengirl, age 47
TAH-BSO due to fibroids and dysfunctional uterine bleeding.
Unread 11-28-2001, 07:37 AM
Thank You !!!

Thanks to all of you for the replies. I have spent alot of time reading everyones posts and I have gotton alot of ideas. This is the best support I have found. My family is treating it like no big deal and it's for the best. Well it is for the best but I am still nervious. My mother has never had any of the problems that I have had and tries to dismiss them, and my husband is understanding but he dosn't really like to talk about it. So this has been helpful to talk to other who knows what I'm going through. All of my friends are just now having babies not having it all taken out. LOL Thanks to you all.
Unread 11-28-2001, 09:02 AM
I have a surgery date and getting scared.

Hi neighbor!

I was 28 when I had my TAH over a year ago. These are some tips that made my recovery easier:

Once you're at home, you'll need to have some comfortable clothes to wear. I found men's pajamas very comfortable, because the large, drawstring waists came up well above my incision, and the button-up tops didn't have to go over my head (hard to get my arms up). You will probably want to have large, "granny-panties" in a size or two large than you normally wear (you will be swollen and sore!).

Have a tummy pillow handy at all times! This would be a small pillow that you hold against your abdomen when you have to sneeze or cough. Keep it where you can grab it with only a second’s notice! I had a sneeze sneak up on me once when I couldn’t grab my pillow – ouch! It felt like my insides exploded.

Have plenty of no-preparation foods on hand, like fruit, soup, cereal, snack bars, etc. I had absolutely no appetite for a couple of weeks, and my frantic husband finally convinced me to drink some Ensure, which went down ok. You may want to have some of that in the fridge for times you just don’t feel like eating, but need nourishment.

Also, buy PLENTY of juice! You will need to drink LOTS of liquids when you get home to help with the gas. I got bored with the same type of juice, so my husband bought lots of different types, and put them in small containers for me (I found it difficult to lift and pour large containers for awhile). Don't drink anything carbonated, and don't use a straw (makes the gas worse).

I also found a shower chair very helpful. Standing up long enough to shower wore me out! You could also use any plastic chair that will fit in your shower.

VERY IMPORTANT: have anything you might need at waist-level. This includes toilet paper, pads, clothing, cups, food, plates, etc. Believe me, you will NOT want to bend or reach for anything! The house may look cluttered for awhile with everything sitting out on counter tops, but it's worth it!

If you’re going to be alone, make sure the phone is where you can reach it at ALL times! Several of us have gotten “stuck” (couldn’t get off the couch without help, problems in the bathroom, etc.), and have needed to call for assistance.

Once you’re feeling a bit better, you might start getting a bit bored. Unfortunately, you will be very limited in what you will be able to do. These are some things I did to pass the time, along with some suggestions from other hystersisters:

Reading LOTS of books
Writing long letters to friends and family (real letters, not e-mail!)
Organizing photo albums
Drew out plans for the garden
Bought a tape to improve Spanish skills
Watching lots of movies
Crafts, quilting, etc.

Good luck!

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