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Unread 02-08-2012, 03:48 PM
Surgery in April, very frightened

I am having surgery on April 25, 2012. Abdominal Hysterectomy. Only my Uterus. I have very large Firbroids. Im very scared I will bleed to death or need a blood transfusion. I do not want a blood transfusion. Can anyone helpe me?
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Unread 02-08-2012, 04:00 PM
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Originally Posted by vapfear View Post
I am having surgery on April 25, 2012. Abdominal Hysterectomy. Only my Uterus. I have very large Firbroids. Im very scared I will bleed to death or need a blood transfusion. I do not want a blood transfusion. Can anyone helpe me?
It is very common to be afraid. I am scared as well. I am also pretty excited to get this over with and start living my life again normally. My periods have been so heavy that I have been diagnosed with severe anemia and had to have a blood transfusion.

What is it about a blood transfusion that scares you? I myself felt a little strange about someone elses blood being inside my body but there were no complications and it wasn't really painful. No more than any other iv.

All in all you have come to the right place. I have had so many of my questions answered in just a day and found so much solace here. It is great to have a support system of people who have been or about to go through what I am. I can't imagine going through this in the days before the internet.
Unread 02-09-2012, 09:33 PM
Re: Surgery in April, very frightened

Of course you are nervous and frightened. This is MAJOR SURGERY with removal of an important organ. The doctors and nurses doing your surgery will take very good care of you - they don't want anything to happen to you either. They will get you through this.

You will be given a list of pre-op instructions with a long list of dos and don'ts including drugs you should not take in the week or two leading to your surgery. This will probably include asprin, ibuprofin, vitamin E pills, flax seed, fish oil pills, and more. Following your doctors instructions to the letter will help with your surgery.

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Unread 02-10-2012, 01:06 AM
Re: Surgery in April, very frightened

I'm sorry you are feeling so afraid. My hyst was on 12/13/11 and I was scared too. I didn't want anything bad to happen. It was hard for me to sleep and hard for me to be awake. I just wanted it to be over with and I didn't want to have to have the hyst at all. I was tired of being sick. The waiting before the surgery is the worst part. There is too much time to think!
And then the day of surgery rolls around. I didn't sleep much the week before and I didn't sleep at all the night before. I got up that day, tired, afraid, nervous, anxious. And then everything went well!!! I was sore when I woke up. And tired. But I was ok. The healing went as planned. I still have a little 'swelly belly' but no more pain. I already feel so much better. I didn't realize how worn down I was getting every month. I didn't have time to heal from one period before the next one would start. Now my body is able to recover. I have so much more energy. I'm so happy that I had this surgery. Even if I was afraid, it is worth it to have my life back.
You aren't alone. We are here to help you get though this. I won't tell you not to be afraid (it is natural to be afraid right now) but I will tell you that you CAN get through this. And in a few months you will be so much healthier.
Good luck and my prayers are with you.
Unread 02-10-2012, 08:23 AM
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Thank you all for caring so much. Im glad Im a hyster sister. I do not know any of you but I feel a sense of comfort. Im still really scared. Im taking my iron everyday and eating healthy and exercising. I am just scared I will bleed alot and I am fearful of a blood transfustion. I hope it does not come to that. Did or does any of you have big fibroids because that is the need for my surgery. I need a vertical incision. My doctor explored me going on Lupron just to try to shrink them a little. But she said there is no guarantee. Also, Im scared to take Lupron. Any thoughts?
Unread 02-10-2012, 08:51 AM
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I don't have fibroids. I have had several ultrasounds and they said I have a small cyst on one of my ovaries. My pap smears have all been normal. I am having surgery because my bleeding has become heavier and I am now anemic. I had to have a blood transfusion about a week and a half ago. It would have been fine if my veins weren't so small and hard to find. Any type of iv or blood work for me is always an issue. I end up feeling like a pin cushion. I am nervous about surgery but the majority of me is excited. I can't wait to not have to worry about my period anymore.
Unread 02-10-2012, 08:56 AM
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how did you know you were so anemic? was your hemoglobin lower than a 10? you sound very strong. im very scared. im appreciative of your support. thank you.
Unread 02-10-2012, 09:11 AM
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I had routine bloodwork done on a sunday for an upcoming physical. My hemoglobin was a 9 and the Dr ordered further tests and iron suppliments. By Friday I was a 7.2 so I had a blood transfusion on Saturday.

Symptomwise I knew something was wrong. The slightest amount of exertion (even taking a shower and getting dressed) meant laying down for 10 minutes. My heart felt like it was going to beat through my chest and I had headaches and what I can only describe as a pulse at times in my head.

I don't feel very strong. I get tired of being poked and prodded, but mostly I am tired of living with an out of control menstral cycle that seems to kick in whenever and last an indeterminate amount of time. It has essentially ruled my life for the last 2.5 years. This surgery is a light at the end of the tunnel for me.

I have found this forum to be a lot of comfort. No one I know has been through this so there was no one I could talk to that would understand. Plus most people, no matter how close don't want to discuss things like menstral cycles and cramps.

I think everyone here is scared to a certain degree. That is why we sought some sort of support out. I am glad that my experience is able to help you a little.
Unread 02-10-2012, 09:16 AM
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ok good. can we keep in touch. i find comfort talking to you. thanks again. God Bless you. XOXO.
Unread 02-10-2012, 09:16 AM
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My DVH is scheduled one week from today and I am also very nervous and scared. I have a small mass in my uterus and one in my cervix. I lost my mom three years ago to ovarian cancer so I am really scared. He thinks they are fibroid but can't tell until he gets in there. The waiting is absolutely the hardest part. I am ready to get it over with. I'm trying to stay busy with the preparations and have gotten so much great info from this site. It really makes me feel like I am not alone in this. My Hubby and family have been great but they can't really understand like my sisters here. Have you checked to see if any of your family members can give blood for you? I think that's an option sometimes. Try to eat and sleep - you are going to need your strength. And remember to BREATHE!

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