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Unread 02-17-2002, 09:31 AM

I attended a class last week for up coming surgery at our local hospital. They gave me some information, a tour and the do's and don'ts. I was told to stay away from caffine. They described the procedure with me and gave me a check list. They showed me the various items that will be used (catheter, stockings, pain pump) and also said I will use the inhibulator (??). They told me to breathe, (inhale through the nose to the count of 3, and exhale as if blowing out a candle to the count of 6, while listening to relaxation music.) They recommend I do this 20 times a day. I have been doing this and have noticed a difference. I find myself talking more about my upcoming surgery. I guess I am beginning to get scared. I think it is more from the pain and also the thought of not coming out alive.

I think I will listen to the cd more. Also, I am headed off to the mall today to buy the things I need. Have any of you had to take off your polish from your feet for surgery? I don't plan on polishing my fingernails. I hope the hospital has cable. I need my "Lifetime" fix. They have the greatest movies.

Any suggestions for what to buy is welcome.

I shall for all of you LIW going to the castle this week. Please post your experiences.

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Unread 02-17-2002, 10:03 AM

Hi, Browniz,

I think it's wonderful that your hospital offers a tour and a class before surgery! My hospital didn't offer anything like that, and it seems like a great idea. I'm an RN, so I had an idea of the kinds of equipment I'd see, but I knew very little about hysterectomy before my surgery. I hope your hospital tour helped.

If your hospital does want you to remove toenail polish, they'll have polish remover packets available for you. It wouldn't hurt to call and ask. They will want your fingernails to be polish-free, because the pulse oximeter used during surgery can't "see" through opaque nail polish.

What to buy? My first choice would be pillows. Many ladies have posted that they used multiple pillows after their surgery, to find a comfortable position. My DH bought new pillows for me, and I really appreciated them.

Maybe some comfortable, flattering pajamas? Don't forget the "granny undies." I enjoyed soothing music and pleasant aromas during my recovery, too. Books and magazines were helpful for me, too.

And you'll want to stock up on easy to prepare, fairly bland foods, too. I depended on soup, crackers, and fruit juices to keep my
stomach happy during the first week postop.

I'm sure that other ladies will have good suggestions for you, too.

Best wishes,
Unread 02-17-2002, 10:44 AM

Hi Browniz,

I had a TVH, so didn't have the exterior stitches that you will have, but even at that, my belly got very swollen at times and I don't think I would have been comfortable in pj's. I had one favorite gown that I wore so much that my DH went out and bought me another identical one so one could be in the washer while I was wearing the other one. I still wear them around the house on the weekends until I'm ready to go somewhere - they are made of cotton and don't really look like a gown - they look more like a loose dress. I could visit with friends and not feel embarrased at not having a bra on underneath.

Your hospital sounds wonderful!! More hospitals should offer classes - makes me wonder now why they all don't?

You mentioned that you are scared - I just want to reassure you that the waiting truly is the hardest part. I was a nervous wreck before mine, and in fact, found this site the night before when I couldn't sleep.

I'll be keeping you in my prayers and will be waiting to hear from you when you're back home and feeling up to sitting at the computer for a few minutes.

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Unread 02-18-2002, 08:19 AM

What to buy .... hmmm. For me, short gowns were better than pj's at first (TAH). A robe and slippers too, if you don't have them already. Most other things that I took to the castle were not used ... I wore the hospital gown until day two and I went home that day, wearing my very loose sweat pants and sweat shirt. I wore my slip-on clogs so I didn't have to bend down to put shoes on ... you really won't be able to tie shoe laces for awhile so forget about tennis shoes.

Magazines were great at first ... mindless things like People, nothing too heavy. It took me awhile before I felt like reading a book ... too much brain fog I also became a HUGE fan of FoodTV those first couple of weeks after surgery. Don't ask me why, but several other ladies posted here that they were hooked too.

Hang in there, it won't be long before you start feeling great again!

Best of luck!

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