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Unread 03-24-2012, 04:04 AM
Re: Scared to death

I want to do it again !
I was afraid too, I even cancelled at the last minute,
Right up until 'sleepy time' I wanted out !
I was pre cancerous with polyps,
I remember asking Gyn how much time I had to rebook,
He said, you have lots of time, but now that you're here,
lets do this.

I woke up in a fog, no pain, Was blessed to have my sis in law with me.
I was treated well in Hospital, I loved the food. Liquid diet.

Came home, felt great. then started the resting process.

Tonight was my first night out to the store.

I have hot flashes, which at first were chilling me to the bone.

I feel OK, all in all.

It's hard to not feel nervous, yes, but ask questions, talk to people who are supportive.

Have company and help for the first week or two.

I promise you, you will be FINE !.

God Love You, He will keep you in His Hands.

PS the Nurses are priceless, just priceless.

If you're really nervous, a light anti anxiety pill may help.

Your pre op appointment should clear up lots of questions.

HUGS to YOU !!!!!
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Unread 03-24-2012, 04:16 AM
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Be open and honest with your concerns to both your doctor and other staff, he/she should answer all your questions, don't be shy about being blunt either. This has been really helpful to me the past five weeks. Placing your pet and making other arrangments is an excellent idea. Also, make sure you put all clean and comfy bedding in your room, also place an extra side-table by your bed, if yours is too small. I found it helpful to hold all my hospital stuff, my snacks, new meds, heating pad when I slept, reading material, etc. Please, make sure you have family, neighbor or close co-workers check on you once in awhile. Oh, yeah and be prepared not to shop or drive yourself around for a couple of weeks, most likely you'll need the use of narcotic pain meds. NO lifting more than 5 pounds for several weeks, best advice I didn't take and learned the hard way Good luck!
Unread 03-24-2012, 08:56 AM
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I have anxiety issues anyway, but have found this site to be a HUGE help. The pre-op hints have been a godsend, along with being able to share the anxieties and worries with others who are going through the same thing.

For me, there are two pieces of advice that have helped me more than anything.

1) Stay out of the post-op forum. Deal with that when it gets here. Focus on the pre-op and where I am at. Tomorrow will take care of itself.

2) Focus on planning. I have my list of things ready for my post-op needs. I have a mini pillow pet, a running list of meals I am going to have prepared, a list of things I want to do around home before my surgery, a list of emergency numbers for my hubby and mom in case they have any issues with the horses or dogs, ect etc. Focusing on the planning makes me feel in control and prepared.

Best of luck to you!!
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Unread 03-26-2012, 06:08 AM
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Thank you for your post. I spent most of my weekend considering the idea of cancelling ... I just keep thinking about the anxiety I have been going through for the past few weeks and I dont think I want to experience the "anxiety wait" again. So I am going to suck it up .... I see my doctor this afternoon for pre-op. I have two pages of questions. I hope he doesn't get mad at me.
Unread 03-29-2012, 09:02 PM
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LACIE, I was terrified beyond words, and i am 1 yr post op in April. I now
wish i did it 10 years ago. Ask for a sedative in your IV you will be fine. Hugs and prayers.
Unread 03-29-2012, 11:51 PM
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I had my abdominal hysterectomy a week ago. I had so many questions before surgery and so much fear. The nurses were so helpful as I prepared for surgery. Kind words and of course some meds. This site was so helpful knowing I was not alone. I was in the hospital for 2 nights. I never had a catheter before but for me it was not a problem. They put it in while I was under. The 2nd day I got up and walked a little and used the bathroom. The day before I left I showered too but there was always help. I am on anti-biotics and pain meds when I needed. I am blessed as I am not in pain all the time just when I transition from sitting to standing or laying down. I can tell after a week that I am improving. I will take 6 weeks off of work. Not sure I will need all 6 weeks but I am able to be off of work that long. It is nice now to know I am can use most of my energy not fear and anxiousness but healing my body. You are not alone. Prayers for you.
Unread 03-30-2012, 12:20 AM
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I just had a TAH a little more then a week ago and I was really nervous but sooo ready to have it done. My uterus with fibroids and all was the size of a soccer ball and my right ovary had turned and was growing into my uterus. I was able to keep my left ovary and so far so good only minor night sweats. I agree with the other posts on here to talk to your doctor about your fears, they can prescribe you something like Ativan and make your days coming up to the surgery much easier. Write down all of your questions and more important ask them. I have a history of depression and anxiety both of which I take daily medication for so I really understand that fear and I know you DO NOT have to suffer needlessly. Prayer helped me bunches, my Doc (wonderful man) and I had so many people praying for us that I could feel it! About 5 minutes before I went into the OR the anesthesiologist put the happy drug in my IV and I don't remember much more ;-) They do put a catheter in after you are asleep and it was really nice not to have to get up to go pee that first night and it didn't hurt when they took it out either. Just know that we are all here for you to help you through this. Sorry for being long winded but I seem to have a case of insomnia tonight. Prayers and hugs.
Unread 03-30-2012, 01:13 PM
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Hi Lacie, Just wanted to wish you an enjoyable and hopefully 'zen' weekend. Just think, in a week we will be at home recovering and feeling very proud of ourselves. Wishing you the best and lots of hugs xxxxx

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