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Unread 04-14-2012, 06:26 AM
Surgery Tuesday - got my nerves on ugh

Ok ladies surgery is Tuesday. Got my first case of nerves to the point I took my pre nerve Xanax. Gonna be be a long couple of days. I was doing so good up til now. Anyone else feeling it?
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Unread 04-14-2012, 09:01 AM
Re: Surgery Tuesday - got my nerves on ugh

Hi Lukky!

I just had my LSH on Wed, April 11th. I had endometriosis and fibroids so they removed both ovaries as well. The surgery actually went very well. I know you are worried but you should have a chance before going in to ask any last minute questions so feel free to write down anything you think of.

They knock you out pretty quickly and before you know it, it's all over. I was a bit surprised when planning for this that they said I could go home the same day but that was fine too. Of course I was sore and weak but the meds they gave me to take home helped a lot and overall it was pretty manageable. One big piece of advice I was given by everyone was to walk as soon as possible, so every time I got up to use the restroom I did a little lap around the house. Yesterday, I walked around the block and boy, was I tired! So please, do take it easy.

I am not really into pain meds but this is a time I think we need to give in and let them work for us. I slept on and off most of the last 2 days and today I woke up feeling so much better.

All-in-all it has gone pretty well so far and I am using this down time to research hormone replacement therapy versus holistic treatments. I know you will do just fine! Please let me know how it goes and feel free to ask any questions.

Best wishes always,

Unread 04-14-2012, 09:47 AM
Re: Surgery Tuesday - got my nerves on ugh

Had mine April 4. I had the pre op nerves too, I think we all do. I spent the last 2 days going through the house and looking for things that needed moved or rearranged for my recovery. It kept me busy and now that I am home I'm glad I did it. I rearranged drawers, shelves, cupboards etc to make sure everything was at eye or waist level. When I got home after surgery I could not get to the top shelf of the medicine cabinet or bottom shelf in fridge. Hurt to teach up or down. Good luck to you.
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Unread 04-14-2012, 10:48 AM
Re: Surgery Tuesday - got my nerves on ugh

Thank you for ur response and support. Tell me, how was the pain... For real. Meds kept it tolerable from post op? I got gasx new pjs hair cut even tanned lol I love my hospital n doctors.... Just nerves I hate. How soon was the foley removed? Were u able to go to bathroom ok right away? Thanks again
Unread 04-14-2012, 11:07 AM
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my sugery is monday and i'm nervous too....since i'm on a clear liquid diet tomorrow, i'm gonna try to keep busy getting the house ready to come home to....GOOD LUCK..
Unread 04-14-2012, 12:03 PM
Re: Surgery Tuesday - got my nerves on ugh

Yes, I'm nervous too! My TAH is this Wednesday. I've got a long "to do" list that I'm hoping will help keep me too busy to be thinking about it 24/7. Guess I should get off the internet and get on my list! LOL! I pray everything goes well with you on Tuesday!
Unread 04-14-2012, 02:00 PM
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cathb911 That is a good idea to get things where you can reach them. I go the last weekend in April. I repotted my houseplants today, bought some Gas-X, stocked up on things for the clear liquid diet and have the bowel prep. Doing things helps to settle the nervous Nellies.
Unread 04-14-2012, 02:50 PM
Re: Surgery Tuesday - got my nerves on ugh

Hi Lukky and fellow sisters,

I can empathize with your nerves! Unfortunately, I am on the pre op side of the equation too. So what I can say is to take comfort that you are among friends and definitely not alone!

I have a little more time to wait. My surgery date is a week after yours; the 24th. I have known about this news now for a week. I can empathize with the pre op anxiety you are feeling. I can feel it building. Compared to some who have had terrible problems, I am a lucky girl, no real problems with my health, no pain, just a heavy period on the first day or two with clotting. I have had four vaginal deliveries, no c sections, just one tiny scar from the tubal ligation I had on the day I had my 4th baby. That is it for my ob gyn history. The trouble signal for me was a swollen left ankle and foot by 8am each day for a few days. My left ankle and foot started swelling due to the weight of the uterus on my pelvic blood vessels going to the left leg. The left ovary has a cyst too. The weight of the tumor inside my distended uterus has pulled it over to the left and as a result, the right ovary is up near my navel and getting very "chummy" with my small intestine. In my case, this surgery is really to preserve my health. An ever enlarging tumor is not good for anyone to live with and feed. I don't know what specifics about your hysterectomy are eating at you. I know that major surgery affects everyone in different ways. I hope your Doctor has addressed all of your questions in the best way possible. My biggest anxiety about the surgery is that I am not in any stage of menopause yet at age 47, which is pretty nice. If however, the ovaries do come out, my previous state of "being" will change right away. I may never be the same, or anywhere close to it again. Some of the posts I have read from those who had BSO or are at the point of having to consider HRT are pretty dreadful about dealing with hormone imbalance and menopausal problems. It seems that HRT and deciding whether to do the BSO, if there is a choice, is a lot of opinions and unknowns. A veritable crap shoot at how manageable the symptoms will be, and there is no going back. I am hoping that my surgery is done via laproscopic assist and vaginal removal. However I also know that because of the size of the tumor and the rearrangement of everything inside the abdomen, there is a very good chance it will require an abdominal incision = more uncertainty. I guess I am used to being in control of my destiny and now it is no longer under my complete control.

Odds are, we, like our sisters who have had their surgeries, are going to be fine. I appreciate you for sharing your experience just days before. I so appreciate having sisters on this site who have been there or are going my way and are feeling the same things I am feeling. I will be thinking of you on Tuesday Lukky, and sending positive thoughts and prayers your way.

So now.... What about our lives post surgery? The wind has abruptly changed for us, so we adjust the sails and look to the new horizon.
Unread 04-14-2012, 03:16 PM
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Originally Posted by Lukky98 View Post
Thank you for ur response and support. Tell me, how was the pain... For real. Meds kept it tolerable from post op? I got gasx new pjs hair cut even tanned lol I love my hospital n doctors.... Just nerves I hate. How soon was the foley removed? Were u able to go to bathroom ok right away? Thanks again
I just had TLH on Tuesday, April 10th and the incision and internal pain was completely tolerable with pain meds in my case. There was a rough 5-10 minutes the morning after surgery. The surgeon found endo around my bowel and put a catheter in to give my bowel rest after surgery so I was not able to eat or drink anything- not even ice chips- until the following morning which meant I was not up and walking until Wednesday around 5AM. Overnight my back was hurting badly and by 6AM the nurse came in to remove the catheter. I didn't want to get up out of bed so quickly but I'm glad she did remove the catheter. Shortly after that the pain under my rib cage and under my right shoulder was unbearable. Pain meds didn't help that gas pain much. If you are having laparoscopic surgery and you can get up and move around, do it. As soon as I got up with help from the nurse and my DH and walked a little, the gas moved and began to be absorbed. I'm guessing not everyone gets a catheter and is stuck in bed an extra 12 hours after laparoscopic surgery with no food or drink, so most will not be in that situation. All in all, it was 5-10 minutes and it was tolerable after that. Moving, a heating pad and Gas X pills helped move things along well.
You sound like you are prepared, so don't worry. I was home the day after surgery by 6PM and things have been going very well. Best wishes to you!
Unread 04-14-2012, 04:27 PM
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Hi just had my LSH on Thursday and I too was a nervous wreck. It's all normal but just know that after you are done yes you have pain from surgery but all the other pain and heavy periods you deal with are gone forever! I had constant horrible left sided back pain the minute I woke up in recovery that was the first thing I noticed was gone. So yes I am sore from the surgery but I know this pain is temporary! Good luck and keep your eye on the prize!

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