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Unread 02-20-2012, 08:16 PM
Re: Catheter!?!? eeek!

Hey Sisters,
With your help I have just graduated from catheter-phobia syndrome!!!
Just want to say THANK YOU for helping me on this crazy emotional RIDE, and sendingto ALL of YOU!!!!
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Unread 02-20-2012, 08:27 PM
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Believe me, I'm a huge wimp and I was worried too. They put it in after I was asleep and then I was never even aware of it. Didn't hurt a bit when it was removed either. You'll be fine!
Unread 02-20-2012, 09:18 PM
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I had two major surgeries last year and I am going in for hyst tomorrow morning.

I was catheterized as a child for a test and have extreme anxiety about it, but I'm not worried about it for tomorrow. They do it while you are out. Taking it out isn't bad.

I used to be afraid of IVs too. I tend to be really difficult to get one into, but they put numbing cream on you first and it doesn't hurt. Last time I had surgery, I was somewhat dehydrated and they got one in, but I needed a second. The anesthesiologist did that one while I was asleep.

They want you to feel as comfortable as possible. Taking IVs out isn't bad either.
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Unread 02-20-2012, 11:03 PM
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I didn't even feel mine. They told me in order to not scare the patient, they put it in after they knock you out. They had mine in for about 24 hours. I didn't even feel it at all. Not one bit. I never felt like I had to go to the bathroom, and I never felt the tube. Nothing. The nurse came to take it out and all I felt was a slight tug and something sliding out. Didn't hurt at all.
Unread 02-21-2012, 05:57 AM
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The whole catheter thing just wigs me right out. It was the only thing that I was squeamish about!

However, they put it in after I was out, and removing it didn't hurt ONE BIT. I PROMISE. and once it was out, and I had a little more freedom to move around, I took full advantage of that and walked the hospital floors!

In my case, the tube that connects to the bag came loose but I didn't notice it for a while because I was sort of out of it. Woke up to a completely wet bed! ugh. Embarrassing, but nurses are used to that. Also, the first time you pee on your own can sometimes be difficult - sit on the pot, run water, and try to relax. It'll happen. It takes a little while for your muscles to chill out.

Seriously - the whole idea kept me awake at night pre-op, but it didn't hurt AT ALL!!

Hang in there!!
Unread 02-21-2012, 10:12 AM
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I had a catheter after my last childbirth and it was wonderful to not have to get up to pee. It didn't hurt when it came out at all.

I understand about being scared about little things. I am freaking out over being intubated. I'm a singer and I have heard horrible things about vocal chords being nicked when they remove the tube. I hope that goes in and comes out while I am under anesthesia cause I am FREAKING!
Unread 02-21-2012, 11:40 AM
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Hi believe me ladies there is no one more scared than me when it comes to anything being inserted into the body. I had surgery 3 weeks ago, the catheter goes in after your out you don't know about it, and removal was nothing I was worried about that to.
I did have a very sore throat and roof of mouth after having tubes in for the op but that went after a couple of days.
I am now worried about having an internal in my post op check up on thursday I had a terrible experience when i was young and never have got over it, that's freaking me out more than anything else now.
Unread 02-21-2012, 01:19 PM
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I didnt like the idea either, but honestly, honestly, it wasnt bad at all. I was out when they did it, and when I woke up I was aware it was there, but was glad it gave me time to get my brain working before I had to get up! Taking it out was perfectly easy and fine. Peeing for the first time afterward felt kinda weird, but no pain. Take it from the queen of worry-- it can be your best friend right after surgery!
Unread 02-21-2012, 01:20 PM
Catheter!?!? eeek!

When I woke from surgery my cath was out already and I had no problems peeing on my on...some women on my post op week had to leave it in cause they couldn't pee. I guess u never know until after your surgery!
Unread 02-21-2012, 01:48 PM
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I had one a year ago when I had a breast reduction surgery. They put it in after I was asleep and the only thing that bothered me about it was that I still felt like I had to pee even though it was taking my pee out of me. The removal of it was nothing. I felt absolutely nothing when it came out. I am betting with this surgery I wont feel the need to pee while it is in, I will probably be too numb to notice it. Good luck

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