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Unread 02-20-2012, 07:20 AM
Stressing

Here it is Monday the 20th. I go for my hospital Pre-op tomorrow and surgery is Thursday.

I have been fighting a sore throat since yesterday and that has me worried some as to whether or not I'm getting sick or if its just because of all the weather fluctuation or if it's just stress... or a combination of it all.

My best friend, who had a hysterectomy in '97, and who I love to death, I've had to stop sharing what I'm feeling with her... Her attitude, "You should be happy. The works are coming out and you won't feel so horrible when it's over hopefully. You need to stop being so emotional! The crying is getting old!"

I'm glad this forum is here. While she's going to be a big help to me following the surgery (she took Thursday - surgery day and Friday off), I am just feeling slanted by the comments about the emotional jags I'm going through. It's not like I am asking for my emotions to be all over the grid right now.

As the clock counts down more, it seems my appetite is less and less and I've gone into a cleaning frenzy... not that my home was messy before (I'm a neat freak) but it's keeping my mind off pre-surgery jitters.

I think my biggest concern right at the moment, and I've already shared this with my doctor, is that I had some trouble coming out of anesthesia back in 2009 and while I've been told to not worry that I'm in good hands, it is still there.

I suppose I'll breathe better when it's over and I wake up.
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Unread 02-20-2012, 07:42 AM
Re: Stressing

Lavalentin, please don't let the upcoming surgery get to you. Just because you had issues with anesthsia before does not mean it'll happen again. The kind of hyster you are having is a good one and you should see recovery quickly as long as you follow Dr's post-op care. Concentrate on what you need to take to the hospital and work on that and stop too much thinking of the actual surgery. These are some items you should take to the hospt'l

1-Loose clothes
2- Larger undies
3-slippers
4-Robe
5-Pads
6-Wet Wipes (unscented)
7-toothbrush/paste
8- face wash or soap and towel
9-hairbrush/comb/ hair band
10-Lotion
11-Hard candy (to suck while throat is dry from anesthesia)
12- small hand sanitizer
13- reading material
14- some kind of pillow you can hold against your abdomen when leaving the hospital.
Most of us used the hospital gown so no need to take pajamas unless you prefer to. Leave all valuables at home.
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Unread 02-20-2012, 08:01 AM
Re: Stressing

I'm stressing, too.
I'm having LAVH on the 22nd.
The doctor's office called this morning. I have to be at the hospital at 5:30am now, so the nerves kicked in.

I am trying to clean. I just got a new body pillow. I think I might sew a simple new pretty cover for it.

There are a million butterflies in my stomach, and I'm having trouble concentrating.

It's nice to see that someone is in the same boat as me.
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Unread 02-20-2012, 08:07 AM
Re: Stressing

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Originally Posted by PrincessKiki View Post
I'm stressing, too.
I'm having LAVH on the 22nd.
The doctor's office called this morning. I have to be at the hospital at 5:30am now, so the nerves kicked in.

I am trying to clean. I just got a new body pillow. I think I might sew a simple new pretty cover for it.

There are a million butterflies in my stomach, and I'm having trouble concentrating.

It's nice to see that someone is in the same boat as me.
Good luck Princess, and God Bless You! You'll be fine.
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Unread 02-20-2012, 12:45 PM
Re: Stressing

I totally understand how you're feeling. My surgery is the 28th and my has me organizing, cleaning and trying to stay busy. My friends and family all just keep saying it's going to be ok and they mean well just like your friend, but sometimes it makes you want to scream lol. It's a major life event and comes with a lot of emotion. This site is so great because it allows us to vent to each other- ones who truly understand what we're feeling. Best of luck to you and keep us posted on the other side.
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Unread 02-20-2012, 01:04 PM
Re: Stressing

I go in tomorrow for mine. And I am stressing big time.

I am sorry your friend is emotionally unavailable right now. That must be hard. Glad she is helping you out afterward though.

I find that my anxiety comes in waves. I am getting through them, but I don't like it! You will be OK. This happened to me when I had major surgery in the past as well and I felt much more relaxed when it was over. The anticipation can be so difficult.

If you are having a lot of anxiety the day of your surgery, be sure to tell your anesthesiologist. They can give you something to calm you down and make things easier.
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Unread 02-20-2012, 05:47 PM
Re: Stressing

The anxiety is probably the worst part...it IS an emotional surgery. There are so many unknowns until you come out of recovery. Partial, full, laprascopic or abdominal, those are the unknowns. I'll be saying a prayer for you all, and that your surgeons make the best decisions for you. Good luck on your surgery date, and the days preceding it. Much love to you all!!!
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Unread 02-20-2012, 06:27 PM
Re: Stressing

Hang in there. Don't let anyone tell you how you should or shouldn't be feeling. I was a wreck! I've never been so nervous. Focus on the "whys" for the surgery, keep breathing, tell the hospital staff how nervous you are so that they can help you, and know that we are all here for you. (((hugs)))
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