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Unread 04-11-2012, 11:20 AM
Admission waiting times

Hi Sisters,

I'm scheduled for my TVH on Monday (16th) and have been told that i don't have to be at the Castle until 10.30am.
My Dr. is doing his day patients surgeries first and then will start with the rest of us after that. The nurse told me at my pre-op that he doesn't start surgery until around 1pm and i may not get "done" until around 4-5pm.
How long have you been told/did you wait for your surgery??
It wouldn't bother me too much except that i will be starving and dying for a cigarette (my doc said no smoking the day of surgery, no need to quit before hand)
Maybe I should take a book lol

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Unread 04-11-2012, 12:10 PM
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"How long have you been told/did you wait for your surgery??"

My surgery was scheduled for 8:30am and was the first of the day. I was told to arrive at the castle at 6:30am. My DH and I sat in a waiting room for maybe 5-10 minutes because we arrived at the castle early. We went to a pre pre-op area where my bp and hear rate were taken, blood oxygen level checked, and lungs listened too. I had a pregnancy test to make sure (I knew I wasn't). I was given a gown to change into and lastly leg massagers were put on my legs to prevent blood clots. I think my IV might have been started here also, but I am a little foggy on that. After maybe a half hour in this location I was moved to the pre-op room where I met my anesthesiologist, surgical nurse, and saw my doc again. I believe at 8:30 on the dot kissed my DH and told him not to cause any trouble. I think this is when the good drugs were administered because that is all I remember.

If you are not the first surgery of the day, I would suggest bringing something to occupy your mind and keep you relaxed. I know my procedure was scheduled for about and hour and a half and ended up taking around three hours. Remember you have no control over emergencies and procedures before yours that might push back the time you actually go in.

Keep focussed on the positives, you'll do great!!
Unread 04-11-2012, 09:11 PM
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Littlebutterfly thanks for the reply.
It's great to know what i will be doing once i get there (all the checks they do), as my Dr didn't tell me any of that.
Unfortunately my doc is the only gyno surgeon/baby doc in town so i might be in for quite a wait. Hoping that he doesn't have to rush off for too many emergencies.
Hopefully I can keep my mind occupied beforehand so dont go crazy lol
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Unread 04-11-2012, 11:32 PM
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Have the feeling it will be a crazy day for me. I have to do my pre op labs and stuff the morning of my surgery ( requested by the Dr because I live 3 hours away fromt the Hospital.

Take a good book and try and relax.
Unread 04-12-2012, 12:00 AM
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I sat in the waiting room for easily an hour, then I had a chat with the front desk. They said it could be a while til they were ready for me, so I gave them me cell phone number and went for a very pleasant walk outside til they called. It was sooooo much more relaxing than sitting in the ugly waiting room and worrying. If you are getting antsy waiting, you can ask them to call you and go out
Unread 04-12-2012, 02:46 AM
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I'm a smoker. I was first surgery in the AM, so once I arrived all the prep kept me busy and surgery time came quickly. I didn't even think of needing a cigarette, which is strange for me as I smoke a lot and especially when I'm stressed. I had planned using my surgery as my excuse to quit, with surgery day being day one. After surgery was over and I was checked into my room and settled in for a few hours I was starting to think about food and a smoke. I had packed one of those little electronic cigarettes and used it several times in the hospital. They are really just a fake substitute. Mine ws the kind that contained no nicotine, so it was really just to curb the habit, but you'll be on so much pain medicine that's all you need. I really wasn't craving nicotine at all, just needed my crutch to lower anxiety. I didn't even use it all that much, but was OH SO GLAD I brought it with me. I never let the nurses see me with it, as I wasn't really sure what they would say and it comforted me and wasn't really nicotine or smoke, so I knew it was ok to use, but thought they my take it away. It was the best investment I ever made. I bought it online a long time ago.There are several different kinds, so make sure the one you get DOES NOT contain nicotine if your going to use it the morning of surgery. We can't smoke/have nicotine the day of surgery at all.Non smokers will think this is ridiculous, but with all the anxiety on surgery day, this wasn't something I wanted to deal with as well.
Unread 04-12-2012, 10:49 AM
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Hey Cathb911
Glad to meet someone who has been there.
I too smoke more when im stressed.
I was given a patch by the pre op nurse to put on in the morning of the op, and i have also bought some gum to try for after the surgery since i need to keep my hands/mouth busy.
I can't see myself walking outside the hospital grounds with my catheter in tow for a ciggie... Let alone have the energy to do it lol.
If i had thought about it earlier, I would have looked at getting an electronic cigarette. But like you said, I too would not let the nurses see it (some of them can be nasty ladies).
Unread 04-12-2012, 12:58 PM
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I live 2 hours away from the hospital were my surgery will be done Monday the 16th. I dont smoke any more thank GOD. I did my pre-op blood work last week. So when I go in they say all the routine stuff weight again bp, oxygen all that stuff. Im more worried about the fact that Ive now started bleeding again. I have a prolapse and a stage 2 bladder prolapse. My will all be done TA. The hubby will be there but I worry about all the what ifs. I know I have trust in the dr he is great!. Just a worry wart. Hope you have a great surgery and fast recovery! God bless.
Unread 04-12-2012, 01:07 PM
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Ok, they offered me the patch as well. I completely forgot about that.I used the patch years ago and got a bad rash and really weird dreams, so I won't use the patch again. You'll be too drugged and weak to even think about going outside for a smoke, seriously, don't even think of that as a back up plan.The gums a good idea as long as it doesn't make you nauseous.
Unread 04-12-2012, 01:17 PM
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Originally Posted by gatzow View Post
The hubby will be there but I worry about all the what ifs. I know I have trust in the dr he is great!. Just a worry wart.
gatzow, I too am a worrier. You will drive yourself mad if you worry too much about the what ifs. You have done your planning and made your preparations. Now just breathe and try to focus on the positives. Trust your doctor and his team and only worry about what you can control. You will do great!! You are a woman, you have the strength to do this

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