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Unread 02-21-2012, 01:02 PM
Getting Ready

:new Hi all! I am scheduled for a laproscropic hysterectomy with removal of the uterus (will hopefully be keeping my ovaries) 2 weeks from today / March 6.

I have really enjoyed reading all the posts about what I will need at the hospital and recovery at home. I have started getting ready by making lists and have even treated myself with birthday money (birthday was this past Saturday) and purchased a pair of yoga pants and a cute, comfortable shirt, fluffy slippers, socks and body lotion to pamper myself. I decided on Neutrogena body lotion because it had a clean, pleasant scent; I was worried about any strong scent because I have a tendency to get sick with anesthesia. I also purchased some ear rings, a cute watch and some converse tennis shoes to make pamper myself even more
And thanks to all your good advice, I will be purchasing other needed necessities like wipes, Gas-X, etc.

I am planning on trying to take things slow and not get too stressed about getting the house in order and things in order for my family. But it is hard to not feel nervous and stressed; the surgery seems to be in the back of my mind all the time! But I am looking forward to getting it over with and on the path to feeling better!!

I am so glad that I found this site and have a place to come and "chat" with all those who know exactly how I am feeling.
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Unread 02-21-2012, 02:15 PM
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I'm glad you found this site as I did about a month ago. It made things easy for me as well...
I had a LAVH 4 days ago. I am doing much better now, did have lots of pain but managed well with meds..
Another think I can advise you getting is a remote to control your light LoL... It is not the norm to get, But to my surprise when I got home my man had plugged our lamp into a remote controlled extention cord. Now with a push of a button I can turn my own light on and off. This is a great thing cause from time to time I get real tired and need to take a nap and can turn the light off when needed and back on when I wake up without bothering anyone.
Unread 02-21-2012, 02:37 PM
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My daughter actually found this site and signed me up. I am scheduled for surgery May 1st. Have to admit after reading some of the posts I am a little more scared. I definitely need to do more checking. Thanks.
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Unread 02-21-2012, 04:35 PM
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I suggest you ladies stay away from the post op threads. They can absolutely scare you before surgery and usually any positive post op threads get pushed further out as the post op threads are usually filled with questions and concerns of sisters who may be having a difficult time..

Remember we all heal differently at our own individual pace. I almost drove myself crazy reading the post op boards..

Best wishes to you all.. Everything will be just fine..
Unread 02-21-2012, 04:36 PM
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Oh don't be to scared, I was very scared to, but it wasn't as bad as I thought. I am in pain when not on my meds but when I take them I almost feel as if nothing was done.
I felt No pain at all the first day, and only started feeling pain on day two. The most painful thing is when the gas starts moving around inside, so make sure you have GasX to take care of that and you should be fine... I am on day 4 now and I keep getting yelled at to sit down and rest, I'm known for over doing it and since I feel fine I'm doing more then I probably should be.....
Unread 02-21-2012, 07:17 PM
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Hi. My surgery is scheduled on march 6th. I am very scared. Im afraid I wont wake up or they will need to do more than planned. i have three children and a single mom. I wont have alot of help so any advice would be great
Unread 02-23-2012, 06:59 PM
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Originally Posted by anna6182 View Post
Hi. My surgery is scheduled on march 6th. I am very scared. Im afraid I wont wake up or they will need to do more than planned. i have three children and a single mom. I wont have alot of help so any advice would be great
Depending on how old your kids are, make them HELP you! My 3 are almost 12 and they helped alot, they constantly ask, is there anything I can get you, etc....
Also make ahead some dinners and freeze now. I made lasagna, soup. puchased a frozen pasta/chicken dinner and corn dogs from Sams, bought some hot dogs and fries. Some of my friends and co workers made us dinner and brought it to us. That was the best gift ever!!! If anybody asks, what can I do, tell them make you a dinner.
Good luck!!!
Unread 02-24-2012, 02:49 AM
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Hi All,

It is absolutely normal to feel scared pre op. The sense of relief you will feel when you wake up and surgery is over is wonderful.

I had my surgery last week. A very useful item to purchase is a "grabber" a device with a handle which allows you to pick up all the things that will fall on the ground when you get home (I picked up that tip from here and I am so glad I did).

If possible have your house clean and tidy, clean bed clothes etc for when you get home. It's great to get back in to your own freshly made bed. Also freeze as much pre prepared food as you can - makes life so much easier.

If possible don't rush out of hospital after surgery. Lovely to get home I know but I found I was stronger after a few days in hospital.

Best wishes to all.


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