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9 days away from surgery and I am so scared!! 9 days away from surgery and I am so scared!!

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Unread 11-01-2011, 05:16 PM
9 days away from surgery and I am so scared!!

I am so scared about being put to sleep! I have never taken any pain meds ever !! I am so afraid of not waking up that I gave purchased extra life insurance and can't stop thinking about it! I have fibroids in uterus and a softball size mass on my ovary..I am keeping my cervix but everything else is going.. TAH !! Cut is from belly button down !! No bikini cut !! Not happy about that either.. Any suggestions???? Help..
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Unread 11-01-2011, 07:07 PM
Re: 9 days away from surgery and I am so scared!!

My surgery is on November 8th, for fibriods as well. Keeping cervix and both ovaries. I am nervous as well, I keep praying and it has helped tremendously. You will be fine, and soon this will be over and we both will be on here supporting another sister about to have surgery. I am interested in knowing why your doctor chose not to do a bikini cut. By the way, being put to sleep freaks me out as well. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Try not to fear and think peaceful thoughts!
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Unread 11-01-2011, 08:31 PM
Re: 9 days away from surgery and I am so scared!!

I've had 4 knee surgeries, wrist surgery twice and a c-section. It's scary every time, but it's never been as bad as I'd imagined...and I have a very very vivid imagination.
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Unread 11-01-2011, 10:47 PM
Re: 9 days away from surgery and I am so scared!!

You sound just like me!!

I lost my cervix as well, though. I have a long vertical incision.
I was afraid of not waking up, too, as I've never had surgery (I'm 62).

Well, I was surprisingly calm the day before, because I was so busy, and on the day itself it was a matter of getting in there at a horribly early hour, so I was just sort of "focused"!!
I met the surgical team as I waited my turn, and they were so reassuringly matter-of-fact. Just another op. to them, and that helped me!
I got some sort of calming pre-op. shot and stopped caring or shaking with fright! One minute I was on the table and the next I was awake in recovery. (So it seemed)
I'm past 8 weeks now and the past weeks are a bit of a blur. Expect some post-op. pain, but take your pain meds. I weaned myself off the opiates asap, though, because they can be constipating.
Right now I'm hardly aware I had surgery most of the time. The big scar reminds me, but that healed superbly.
(I recommend dissolving stitches rather than staples - some people here seem to have problems with them. My incision never oozed, apart from day 1 or 2 and I kept it covered with a dressing (changed it now and then) because they say it helps the scar to heal nicely)

I've rambled, but want to tell you it's NOT so scary, and you WILL wake up! You are being monitored every second, and you're safer on the op. table than in your own bed asleep, probably!
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Unread 11-02-2011, 02:54 AM
Re: 9 days away from surgery and I am so scared!!

Fingers crossed for you x
Wren I am going for surgery I always have a place I can think of to think about that I can go to when I am well again x
My op is 10th of Nov
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Unread 11-02-2011, 07:37 AM
Re: 9 days away from surgery and I am so scared!!

One of my biggest fears was of the anesthesia. What helped me the most was reading as much as I could on these forums and talking to the anesthesiologist before the surgery. I wanted to look him in the eye and tell him how scared I was so he'd make sure he was paying attention while I was under! Make sure you tell them if you've ever been carsick or get nauseated easily. One of the things they ask you is if you've ever been put under before because they want to know if you get sick. They'll give you something to relax you and before you know it, you're waking up in recovery. Obviously, everything turned out just fine for me and I'm sure it will for you, too!
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Unread 11-02-2011, 03:42 PM
Re: 9 days away from surgery and I am so scared!!

Thanks to all of you who have commented.. It is really a scary thing.. The unknown.. The doc said she won't do bikini cut because she is worried about the mass rupturing on the way out... All of your thoughts and comments have helped me lots... Well here's to November 10th!!!
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Unread 11-02-2011, 03:56 PM
Re: 9 days away from surgery and I am so scared!!

Hi Superitalian,

I'm 3 weeks post op from a SAH with vertical incision. Don't be fearful, rather I'd like to admonish you to be strong and of good courage. While we all go through things differently, I'm hoping your experience is as mines; which was it was not NEARLY as hard as I worked myself up to believe.
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