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2 Weeks To Go, I'm Scared to Death!!! 2 Weeks To Go, I'm Scared to Death!!!

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  #1  
Unread 12-17-2001, 03:41 PM
2 Weeks To Go, I'm Scared to Death!!!

I just wonder if everyone is as nervous as I am. I go on 12-28 at 5:30 AM for a TAH and I am so scared, I'm making myself sick. Can anyone clue me in on what I'll be going through that morning before surgery? Knowing sometimes helps. Also, any larger ladies out there like me that has had surgery, did you have any problems with your incision? Anything would help! Thanks a Lot!
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Unread 12-17-2001, 05:17 PM
2 Weeks To Go, I'm Scared to Death!!!

Hi Margaret!

It's soooo normal to be scared! But try not to be. The castle handmaidens will take good care of you.

What helped me the most of all was reading the stories about other princesses on this site. Here's a link to the Home Page's pull-down menu section "Princesses Tell Their Stories":

Princess Stories Articles

You might also consider visiting the HysterSisters Mall - the founder of this site has written a book which includes all sorts of wonderful Pearls Of Wisdom regarding hysterectomy.

Happy reading!
Hysters,
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Unread 12-17-2001, 05:37 PM
2 Weeks To Go, I'm Scared to Death!!!

Hi Margaret Jane! Its very normal to be afraid of the unknown esp. surgery. The morning I got to the hospital, they hooked me up to an IV, shaved me (partially) and gave me a medicated douche. None of it was painful. Then I was rolled down to the OR where I said goodbye to the hubby and I was put in an area where I spoke to my anesthesiologist ( a very nice Aussie lady) and listened to my wonderful doc make wise cracks about why he does surgery in white scrubs. I had an epidural which was wonderful. I was rolled into the OR an the surgery started. I was semi awake but could feel nothing but did experience a sorta pulling sensation. When they asked how I was doing and I told them, they said we will fix that, and off into la la land I went. I woke up in recovery and was asked my pain level which was about a 7 or 8. They gave me Toradol and eventually got me to my room where I was met by about 5 family members. I dozed all day and was up walking a few steps that night. I had a cathatur which they removed the next morning along with my IV. All very painless. I had no nausea or sickness at all. I was up the next day walking up and down the halls a bit and was sent home the day after that. My incision has caused me zero problems. You will move very slowly for a few weeks but after a while, you will feel alot better. Each day I felt better and better. Now at 6 months I feel GREAT. I am very happy to have had this surgery and to know that I have my life back. I was never scared because I knew I was doing what was best for my health, so I focused on that instead of pain and the actual thought of having surgery. I had everything taken but one ovary.
I hope your time passes quickly because the waiting is the worst part. Try to do something nice for yourself. I got a neat new hair cut, and pedicure. My husband had me in a car lot show room the night before my surgery picking out a new car. He said he thought I would like that better than flowers!
Please let us know how you are doing. We will be glad to help you in any way.
Take care and much happiness to you!!
MB
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Unread 12-17-2001, 06:34 PM
2 Weeks To Go, I'm Scared to Death!!!

{{{Margaret}}}}

It's so normal to be scared...don't think that you are different. We've all started posts exactly as you have here...it's part of the experience.

Before my TAH/BSO, I was a wreck. But try to remember that the waiting really is the worst part. You will only feel better and better.

The morning of my surgery, my husband and I went to the admissions area...checked in, and went to a large room with lots of curtained-off beds. I changed into my lovely two-nightie ensemble (one frontward, one backward) and socks...all my clothes except my underwear went into a bag for my husband to schlep around. I kept the undies as OF COURSE I had my period. A very nice (and cute) male nurse took my vitals and started my IV...my husband stayed. I made a few last trips to the bathroom, (lingering aftereffects of my bowel prep + nerves) and then it was time to go. They gave me my attractive showercap thingie, and off we went. Wheeled around the surgical floor with my personal driver, then got parked outside the OR. My doctor came over to hang out with me...the OR nurse came out to introduce herself, the anesthesiologist came by to say hi....I was SOOO scared, but they kept me smiling and hung out with me.

Then I went in...got over on the OR table...the nurse was so sweet...she held my hand, stroked my cheek and told me they would take really good care of me. The last thing I remember was my doctor smiling at me...then I opened my eyes in the recovery room. That was it!! The good part is we get to sleep through the hard stuff.

It was really OK. Please don't be too scared. It's over just like that, and you're on your way to a healthy new life. THIS is the icky part, and we're all here to help you get through these days.

s!!!

Karen
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Unread 12-17-2001, 06:54 PM
Hi Sweety!!

You are definately not alone. Nerves are like fingernails down a blackboard the last few weeks. I went in that morning they took me to the waiting room and I waited about 10 minutes then I went into the pre-op room and I undressed and put on that cute little gown they give you then a nurse came in took my vitals and started an iv. I was so nervous that I was hot. I told the nurse to please not put anything over my body my feet only. She laughed and said I was the first everyone else wanted covered up to their head. The Physician's asistant came in and the anthesiologist. We talked about my asthma and she asured me she would watch me carefully. The anthes. asked if I was ready and I said yes my came by with her cup of coffee and said here we go and asked if I wasn't cold. I told her know that I really was hot but wanted my feet covered. I didn't take anything but a medium sized bag with me filled with my goodies and my sister or my hubby had it in the waiting room they only let one back with me. When the anthes. said here we go she gave me a shot I kissed my DH and was out before he raised his head from mine. I of course had a biniki cut and am a large lady. Didn't have any trouble with the incision. I had a little trouble waking up because of my asthma but as my anthes. said she would she stayed with me until I was fully awake. When I went in to have my staples out on the 5th day after surgery, the asistant told me she remember me because I didn't want the heated blankets they usually put on their post-op patients. We had a good laugh and I had a staple that had grown up down below the incision which was about the only pain. So Sweety size doesn't matter it is how you get along. Each person is different. The one piece of advice is when you walk straighten your shoulders up it helps with healing evenly. Hope this wasn't too long for you. God Bless and enjoy the holidays.
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