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Unread 02-14-2012, 02:39 AM
The Big Day

In some ways I can't wait till the moment when I wake up after surgery and am told - it's all over, although on the other hand I am scared knowing this is the moment when I will feel the pain, discomfort etc etc and there is no going back then. I nearly cancelled last week because I was thinking that I am going into this feeling reasonably well and fit and will feel a bit like a punch bag after it

I am having a TPH as I have fibroids that are growing and if not addressed will cause me problems. Have very heavy periods too so begining to feel exhausted.

Doctor has told me I will be lighter on my feet and gave me the impression that my clothes will fit better - my belly protrudes and I look pregnant at times when I don't suck my belly in. There is a lot of talk of "swelly belly" here - I am hoping mine will deflate pretty quickly.

This site has been wonderful. I was told the basics by my Doctor the rest I learned by research and from here.

My surgery is this Friday - my pre op tomorrow, blood tests and ECG.

I am scared stiff but I guess this is normal.

Best wishes to all.

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Unread 02-14-2012, 03:33 AM
Re: The Big Day

Don't worry. It is normal to be very scared before your surgery. I was scared out of my wits but needed it. I was glad to see that it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be.
Unread 02-14-2012, 07:39 AM
Re: The Big Day

It is normal to be nervous. My pain level was less than my period cramps after a day or two. Swelly belly goes away. Love my post-op freedom.
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Unread 02-14-2012, 12:09 PM
Re: The Big Day

I felt alot of the same emotions you are before the surgery - The week before mine (TLH-BSO), I went into a tailspin on whether I was doing the right thing by having both ovaries removed. I knew the uterus was a no brainer because I had huge crazy fibroids, but was more torn about the ovaries (which was preventative, due to my DCIS/strong family history of breast cancer) and my worries about going into surgical menopause. Went to see two of my doctors during that week, which put my mind at ease, along with my own research. When I was in pre-op, my blood pressure was 120/60 and my family couldn't believe how calm I was - I was actually sort of excited that the dreaded day had finally come and that when I woke up, I would no longer have the fibroids, the estrogen, etc. I also had very strong confidence in my surgeon, and was lucky to have the laparoscopic option. Your doctor is right, you ARE going to feel better once those fibroids are gone. I am not 100% yet (only 2 weeks plus a couple days post surgery), but have NO regrets. My pain/discomfort post-surgery was never above a 3, and generally a 1 (out of 10). I couldn't believe it. I also told the anaesthesiologist to load me up with every anti-nausea med known to man, and he was great, totally did so, to include an extra boost before they moved me into recovery, so I had no nausea at all and had a very small dinner later that day. GOOD LUCK - Soon you will be fibroid free and heavy period free WOOHOO!!!!!

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