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Unread 01-06-2002, 06:59 AM
a good book

Hi Dorrie and all the other 1/7/02 princesses,
I couldn't read anything because of all of the meds for three days post op. I did take a stack of Readers Digests that my husband got to enjoy. I then left them for the next princess.
I LOVE to read. So I'll recommend what I read while recovering from my TAH. I read John Adams by David mcCullough, an excellent read, more like a novel than a history book. If you like something more along the lines of historical fiction, you cannot find anything better than the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. I had read all but the latest The Fiery Cross, which arrived at Barnes and Noble on Nov 6th. These are the most addicting read I've ever found. But start with the first entitled Outlander, and give her 75 pages to get into the story.
In reference to the what to pack discussion I found the hospital gown the better choice with IVs going. Also If you get nauseous and sick you don't want YOUR nightgown soiled, better the castle's!!!
Best of luck to all of you. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
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Unread 01-06-2002, 07:44 AM
Pre-op today and surgery Monday, 1/7

I didn't have many meds past day one, so I wasn't groggy (only Motrin). I just didn't feel like reading much. Honestly, I don't remember what I did for those three days. I laid back, watched STUPID TV, and that was it.

OH--now I remember why. My roommate had her TV blaring all the time. I couldn't concentrate to read anything good. She'd put on the TV, turn it up, then fall asleep. The nurses would creep in, turn it down, and leave. She'd wake up enough to turn it back on loudly and fall asleep. That's why I had to watch TV.

One night she had it blaring at midnight. I decided to call my cousin who was in a time zone two hours earlier since I couldn't sleep with that stupid TV. As I was talking on the phone (and I had to talk loud to get over the TV), my roommate complained to the nurses that I was on the phone at such a late hour! Fortunately, they were well aware of her nastiness and loud TV.

The roommate experience was the only thing that kept my stay at the castle from being fantastic. Surgery, food, nurses, etc., were all wonderful. I wasn't in much pain so that wasn't a problem. My roommate was the problem. I would have changed, but there were no other rooms available. And, all the other rooms has hysters in them (my roomie had something else done). One of them even knew about this site. I couldn't afford a private room. :-(
Unread 01-06-2002, 09:14 AM

Well, I decided if a bookaholic didn't read much in the castle, I probably won't. So a bunch of junkie mags, a few old readers digests, plus a book of one-minute- meditations is it!

My husband has just finished the John Adams book, so I've told him to leave it my my bed for post-op recovery

Thanks friends!
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Unread 01-06-2002, 09:26 AM
Pre-op today and surgery Monday, 1/7

Oh, yeah. I forgot about my name!!

I was telling all my friends on my homeschooling forum about what books I was taking. That's when they told me I most likely would NOT be reading them. They were correct. And, as I said, you can probably have someone from home bring things to you if necessary.
Unread 01-06-2002, 11:10 AM
Pre-op today and surgery Monday, 1/7

Well Ladies...

This is it...I am leaving for my 80 mile journey to the castle. We got a hotel room near the hospital. I am sure I won't be able to sleep a wink tonight.
Oh! Guess who came to visit at 2:30 this morning? AUNT FLOW! I am so bummed!! I was really hoping this wouldn't happen to me. I did talk to the nurse the other day and she said that the surgery would still take place even if I was bleeding. YIKES....I hope everything goes smoothly. Just think...this is the last period for me!!!

I wish all my Jan. 7th Sisters the best of luck & speedy recoveries. I will be thinking about each and every one of you! As soon as I am able, I will let you all know how I am doing. Can't wait to hear your stories too.

GREAT BIG ,s!!!!!
Unread 01-06-2002, 02:05 PM
Pre-op today and surgery Monday, 1/7

Many women have periods during their hysters. Doctors are VERY used to it. I slept amazingly well before my surgery. You will do well.

The week before surgery I would say, "this time next week, it will be over. This time in six days it will be over. This time in six hours, etc. etc. etc." It came and went far too quickly. I should have pampered myself much more. Enjoy yourself. It was nice being waited on!

Have a great time you all! TAKE IT EASY!
Unread 01-06-2002, 02:14 PM
Pre-op today and surgery Monday, 1/7

Well, I'm one of those people who literally read a book each day in the hospital - or a few magazines! I also really got into a crossword puzzle book that one of my employees brought me during a visit. I hadn't done crossword puzzles in years and kind of put it aside when she brought it, but it turned out to be great because it really kept me thinking. Maybe that's why I never had brain fog or slept during the day?

As far as "light" books go, I love the Florida comedy/mystery types by Carl Hiaasen and Laurence Shames the best. They ruined "Strip Tease" when they made it into a movie with Demi Moore - the book is GREAT! Along with any of Carl's other books, like Skin Tight, Tourist Season, Native Tongue, Double Whammy, Sick Puppy, etc. Just look in the mystery section of your bookstore or library - and some keep them under fiction.

I was approved for three days in the hospital and ended up staying five because of my extra surgery and I truly would have gone crazy without all my reading material as I'm not a TV person.
Unread 01-06-2002, 02:36 PM
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I'm not a TV person either, but with my roomie I wouldn't have been able to read. :-(

As for bringing the books to the hospital, I know my dh would have brought them to me if I'd asked. I just didn't want to bring anything extra that I wouldn't HAVE to have there.
Unread 01-06-2002, 03:40 PM
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Ah, that was one of the nicest thing about my hospital - all the rooms were private!
Unread 01-06-2002, 03:46 PM
Pre-op today and surgery Monday, 1/7

NOT HERE. I really wouldn't have minded ANY of the other roomies on the floor. We just couldn't afford the extra charge for a private room, but it really would have made my stay SOOOOOO much nicer.

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