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My Friend Was Eavesdropping! My Friend Was Eavesdropping!

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Unread 04-05-2002, 05:34 AM
My Friend Was Eavesdropping!

Ok, well I had my preop and everything went ok. Asked a ton of questions and got answers. Some I liked, ie., no vaginal packing and some I didn't like, yes catheter, yes stockings.

GYN was very comforting, assuring, etc. Since I had just had a D&C less than a month ago, only preop was bloodwork, yes!

Then I was just a bit irritated when I found out that obviously "my friend" had been eavesdropping what I was planning on doing and came to visit me! Of all the nerve! Was trying to handle all of this without letting her know because she visits SO OFTEN, but alas, she showed her ugly self one more time before my surgery next week. Oh well, I will have the last laugh next Wednesday!

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Unread 04-05-2002, 05:40 AM
My Friend Was Eavesdropping!

What else is done for pre-op??????
I heard chest x-ray, ekg and blood work.
Could some one let me know--never had surgery before.
Unread 04-05-2002, 05:48 AM
girl that is no friend

but the hag from you know where rearing her ugly head once more. But through the grace of God and a good surgeon we will all be friend free


dmb.....I had ekg, bloodwork, chest xray, physical, family history nothing scary....very easy in fact much easier than the waiting has been..... 18 days and counting.

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Unread 04-05-2002, 05:49 AM

I think it depends on the hospital's policy, as well as your doctor's. My hospital only does a chest X-Ray or EKG if there's a history of a problem or if you're over a certain age. I'm 42 and was under the age limit, so I can't tell you what it is. The only tests were urine and blood. I spoke with the anesthesiologist, a nurse, and the lab tech. Both the nurse and the lab tech were hyster sisters, so they were extremely helpful. The anesthesiologist said, "you'll be completely under" - not exactly a question, but not a statement either, and I didn't ask him at the time if there were other options. I started researching it and discovered that there were indeed options (spinal and/or epidural although my doctor ruled out epidural). The morning of the surgery I asked to see the anesthesiologist before going in and changed to a spinal at that time. So if there's something at the pre-op that bothers you, there will be time to talk to your own doctor's office or the anesthesiologist before the actual surgery.
Unread 04-05-2002, 05:57 AM
My Friend Was Eavesdropping!

Thanks for the info! I just worry--I'm the type of person that once I set foot in the Dr.s office or hospital I panic and my blood pressure goes sky high! I am only 36 and never been sick so we will see what happens.
Unread 04-05-2002, 05:59 AM
to dmb1966

Hi . At my pre op , I did have the following work done : EKG , chest x ray , and blood work. I had to fill out a lot of papers and the nurses asked me a lot of questions that were entered in the computer , pertaining to my health and family health. I also got to meet one of the Anesthesiologists and talk about the method that was going to be used (in my case a general ) . I have never had surgery before so I was nervous and scared also. I told the nurses that I was and they told me that they would think something was wrong with me if I didn't feel this way. My biggest fear was the surgical menopause symptoms and I told everyone.The nurse told me that my gyn usually doesn't start a patch until the following am but I had surgery at 8:00 and by 11:30 I had a patch on. Maybe letting everyone know my fears helped. I even told my gyn right before I had surgery. I kept the patch on for 3 days and then went to oral meds. I have not had any problems at all.
Best Wishes to you !!!! Terri (TVH/BSO 3-18)
Unread 04-05-2002, 06:04 AM
another question????????

Is it up to the Anesthesiologists on which method they use or the Dr.?????
Unread 04-05-2002, 06:36 AM
My Friend Was Eavesdropping!

I love the analogy of the "friend"! That's really cute! My "friend" was due right before my surgery and decided to stay away for some reason...I suppose she thought that if she stayed away I couldn't get rid of her???? Well, just shows how wrong one can be!

Pre-ops vary. I'm 44 and had an ovarian mass that was suspicious. So I had a CAT scan, IVP, mammogram, chest X-ray, bloodwork to include cancer markers, and that's all I can remember, but it all happened so fast (2 weeks from finding the mass to surgery) that I'm sure there was more that I can't remember. My docs rationale was that she wanted as much information before going in as possible so that if something else needed to be done, she would have some forewarning. But, none of these procedures hurt (unless you consider have your boob squashed in a vice grip painful - LOL!)

Nothing to be worried about. Just stay calm and start thinking about all those period-free days ahead!
Unread 04-05-2002, 07:36 AM
My Friend Was Eavesdropping!

LOL!!!! I am a bit slow this morning. Took me awhile to realize what you were talking about with your friend. I was wondering things like...did I miss a lot here? was she eavesdropping?...did she follow you to your dr's office and stand outside listening at the door?...doesn't really sound like you consider her a friend...and what are you doing to her to get back at her Wed?...did you tell her a different day than when you're really having your hyst or something? Now I realize you were referring to your period...duh me!
Unread 04-05-2002, 11:06 AM
My Friend Was Eavesdropping!

My mother used to always refer to our periods as our 'friend visiting' - my sisters and I always thought these 'friends' couldn't be of the female species, since no female would put another female through all that! So we decided they were just an 'It' and not one we really cared to have visit at all!!

We used to describe PMS as our 'friend knocking'! Poor Mom, if she only knew how silly we thought she was sometimes!

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