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Unread 03-05-2012, 01:33 PM
Pre-Op Intro & Q

Hello ladies!

I wish I could've found the direct link to "intro yourself" but I'm a bit confused....I've got 5 windows open trying to! LOL

Anyway, scheduled for March 30th & am a bit apprehensive about it all. I'm hoping to learn a lot more here, although I have an awesome doc & staff~!

I'm a 52 y/o SHARP woman/wife/mom/grandma/nana with 6 of em' that make life so enjoyable! (maybe cuz I don't have to be the mama? I have 3 grands of each and 1 more on the way, woohoo! *tie-breaker

I've had serious periods since 1986 tubal, which put me in bed/on sofa for 2-3 days & I'm so glad I won't have to deal with this anymore. I just recently began having medical insurance & that's why I've waited so LONG... I'm excited about "new life" after, but concerned about alot of what's coming...

My husband is a great support, but he's not a woman who can actually understand...and he understands that, hahaha!

God bless each of you!
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Unread 03-05-2012, 06:23 PM
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Ok, Susan what's your question?

This site is full of great support and ideas to prepare for surgery and recovery. I will tell you time will fly by. I only have a week left and so far it's going by quick.

I'm getting all my ducks in a row.
-Cleaning the house,
-Preparing meals for the family casseroles that can be frozen.
-I even got some Haagen Dazs for me, purely medicinal prepossess only. LOL
-Getting my hair cut the Friday before surgery.
-Stay positive, evan when you don't feel like it.
-Keek a journal of everything; feelings, moods, ect. So you have something to look back on when your daughter goes through this. I have a bider of what happened,questions for the dr. the results of pathology results ect.
-I even bought a few new lounging jammies for recovery from Old Navy.
-When I went to my pre-op today I took a little box of Lendt's chocolates and a thank you card for the Dr. (got a nice decretive box @ JoAnn's and filled it w/ the candy.)
-I got one for the hospital nurses too. If you bring candy, they will come.

REMEMBER: everyone reacts and heals differently. That's what makes us beautiful and unique.

" are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think…"
~Christopher Robin to Pooh.
Unread 03-05-2012, 06:25 PM
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Hi Susan!

We're so glad you found us! There is a world of support here and lots of insight and experience shared.

I hope you'll stick around and keep us updated on your progress toward and after surgery!

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Unread 03-06-2012, 11:32 AM
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Dear CarolAnn and Criss,

Thank you for welcoming me so wonderfully & the tips! I really don't have many questions, but do have 1 concern; my husband works out of state & is only home btn Th night-Sun night....He will work from home the 1st week, but I'm hoping I can do "whatever" on my own after that time.

I'm having the LAVH, so I think I will be OK. Any pointers?
Thank you in advance!
Unread 03-06-2012, 11:38 AM
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Do you have family or neighbors who might be willing to help after your husband leaves?
Also there is a pre op checklist on here I found to be very helpful, I read almost every pre op thread too. I have gotten lots of ideas from them. I would never have thought of having cranberry juice on hand to ward off any UTI from a catherter.
I found that nifty little tip on one of these threads.
Good Luck and read, read, read!!
Unread 03-06-2012, 11:38 AM
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OH~! I almost forgot! VERY important to me; I had my L ovary removed in Jan, but didn't stop the pain. The dr & I discussed removing the other, but now that I think of it I want to keep it.

Why not? I need the hormones & my "desire" which is very important to both of us.

Also, can he go thru the same incisions he just made for the oopherectomy? I'd hate to be hurting in many little scars for some time to come, as I know scars can hurt for a while.

Maybe I should look around the site & see if someone has answered these Q's, but thought I'd mention them anyway!
Unread 03-06-2012, 12:30 PM
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Hi again!

I think you will be fine without him after the first week. Prepare as much in advance as you can, anticipating things you'll need but not want to bother going to a lot of trouble to acquire. For example, disposable plates and utensils might come in handy so that you don't have to worry about washing dishes. Preparing casseroles and freezable foods might also come in handy so that you won't have to cook.

You might consider doing any housework, housecleaning before surgery, because as tempted as you might be to do that type of work while you're home recovering and sometimes possibly bored, a lot of it is activity not conducive to good healing for a while.

I would suggest having a discussion with your surgeon about incisions. You might also want to discuss the ovary with him. If it's healthy, and depending upon any other pertinent medical history, certainly keeping it can have important benefits.

Unread 03-06-2012, 12:59 PM
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Thanks, ladies, for all your help!

I have 3 wedding-hearts afghans to make so I know I'll have those to keep me busy! (they are L)

Soon as I figure out this website I will be "passing it on"
Unread 03-22-2012, 09:15 PM
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Dr pre-op appt yesterday. We discussed removing/keeping R
ovary & decided to keep it. Can't hurt, right? If pain continues AFTER (& I can't imagine it will!) we'll look at that. He said he's tired (tic of doing surgery on me. I.E.
4-1-11 Ablation & also labiaplasty due to difficult birth 30 yrs ago. I had NO idea that was even possible! What a crazy/painful surgery, BUT A BLESSING! I no longer had issues with "self image" AND my sex life took on a whole new meaning!!!

I've always enjoyed sex immensely (mostly!), but had to work "around" the problem. Had I known I'd have done it way back then!

Back in January he removed my L ovary/tube & it didn't help relieve the pain at all....:/

Anyway, that's my update. 1 wk to go!

BTW, I tried to insert a couple of smilies, but they were rejected; could it be that when I dragged them to post they showed up as urls???
Unread 03-26-2012, 07:17 PM
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Update Very Upset with Husband

I just learned that my husband is flying out the night I get home from the hospital. Surgery is Friday afternoon & I'll be released Sunday.

Right now I don't even want to talk to him...I'm really upset & don't know what to do. All bedrooms are upstairs & I need to figure this out

I'm doing a search now, but just had to share that. I'm in tears because I just don't know why he didn't realize how much this does to a woman. I'm not a wimp, but I know I won't be "up and about" when I get home. MEN!!! :/

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