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Unread 05-05-2002, 09:29 AM
Home Again--Thanks!!

Hello Dear Sisters!!

Sorry it took so long to get back here and thank each and every one of you who helped me, the big baby weenie chicken, get thru this!

While I will agree with the rest of you the waiting is hard, for me the hardest part was arriving at the hospital, being shown to my room, and asked to change into the gown. I could not believe I was actually doing this, that a miracle didn't occur, and no magic wand was waving thru the air and making the surgery unnecessary! This was for real. I guess overall, the worst part was my own fear, and unfounded fear it turned out to be.

All went well, never knew a thing, and I was totally surprised and unprepared for the pain I never felt! I was never more than slightly uncomfortable, and even that was rare.

What surprised me the most was how little sleep one actually gets in a hospital! The biggest stretch of sleep I had was during the surgery itself. By the time I got home, I was exhausted, and couldn't sleep at home either until last night.

I knew I wasn't alone, and still found time to mentally wish my other sisters well that day, too. Thank you, thank you, thank you, sisters!!

My goal now is to be able to support the up and coming princesses as I have been supported during these past very trying, nerve-wracked weeks.


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Unread 05-05-2002, 09:49 AM
Home Again--Thanks!!

I know what you are saying (from one major cry baby chicken to another)
I am so thrilled you are doing good........... and finally getting some rest.


You were so in my thoughts.

take care
xo DonnaFay
p.s. I know, that moment when you are changing cloths is so dramtic.......... I heard in my mind......... "and this year acadamy award for best actress in a drama go to............... "
It is sooooooooo weird,. out of body moment. I know if I saw someone going through that in a movie. I would be crying for them. It is so brave to face one's fears.
Unread 05-05-2002, 09:55 AM
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Look at Bonnie, isn't she beautiful??? I'm so glad you are home and resting! Sounds like you had a very good experience in the castle. I can relate to the not sleeping in the castle! They were in my room constantly as soon as they found out I had candy, every 2-3 hours to check my vitals. I was so relieved to see my bed at home.

Just remember to rest, walk, drink and rest some more. Post on the post-op board when you are ready, we'll be there waiting, no rush!

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Unread 05-05-2002, 10:30 AM
Hospital Gown

I am glad you are doing OK
Your post made me think about when me and DH first arrived at surgery floor they handed me a gown and told me to change, opening in the back, OK, no problem, What I did not know is that the gown they gave me had to be almost assembled, there where snaps everywhere, and no directions, it really eased some of my nervouseness with me and DH trying to figure it out, it took about 10 minutes with me standing Butt naked behind a screen with DH trying to dress me.
Unread 05-05-2002, 02:19 PM
We're Brave

I had to reply to this post because when you described the changing into the gown scene before surgery...I gasped... I thought I was the only one that felt that way.

You described it perfectly, it is an out of body experience. My head was saying, "You're not really doing this...this isn't real....you can stop it anytime....but your arms keep moving, as if they are someone else's arms. You are so consumed by your thoughts...it's like someone screaming in your head...but you're the only one that can hear it! You just can't believe you are going to be put under in a moment and you don't know how you'll feel when you awake. Even me, someone, who has had surgery before...it is different each time.

But, I felt brave...like I'm proud of me...cuz I know I'm doing this for me...nobody else...and I will be a better person for it. And so that makes me brave. I remember telling myself that. You are so alone in that little cubicle..it is a surreal experience...and so you talk to yourself so you won't be so alone. I actually had my husband come in (against the rules, but I didn't care). It was so much better when he held my hand. I encourage you LIW to ask for your friend/husband and be insistive. They may have to ask your Dr for permission, but it's worth it! Be proud of yourself.
Unread 05-05-2002, 02:37 PM
Thank you

Thanks for letting us know how your stay went and what was going through your mind. Mine isn't until the end of the month and I am a BIG chicken. It was so nice of you to do that. I feel a little better everytime I hear about someone's experience. I know I'm not alone in feeling what I feel.

Take care and thanks again.
Unread 05-06-2002, 05:22 AM
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Hi Sara! Thanks for being there! You have no idea how many times I think of you during the day! What a wonderful mom you must be!

Boobear -- I think if I would have had to assemble mine, even with the help of DH, I would have had to have been wheeled down to the OR naked!

Petelope -- you said it better than I ever could!

Jackie -- I'm glad you feel better reading about other's experiences and have found this site. Finding this site was a gift from God, and I truly believe it was developed by angels.

Reading what the sisters before me experienced made this MUCH easier for me, and calmed a lot of my fears. I would have had WEEKS of fear instead of just hours or days. It helped me to know others before me had positive experiences, and it helped to know others were going thru it with me.

When I got online the day before surgery and read the messages from all the sisters wishing me and the rest of us having surgery the next day well, I had tears running down my face for quite a while. We'll be there for you, too!

I needed to hear over and over again, ad nauseum, that everything was going to be all right. It will be for you, too.

You'll have tons of thoughts and prayers coming your way, and believe me, they work!

Best to you.

Unread 05-06-2002, 05:42 AM
may 9 is coming fast, thanks for comforting words

It really helps to hear that you post sisters made it all ok. I'm really nervous for Thursday, I been having very bad thoughts all weekend. I've been waitng since Dec. to have my lavh so I've had way to much time to think about it. Thanks for encouraging words, I really scared .
Unread 05-06-2002, 05:59 AM
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I go in on Thursday too!!! I must say this wasn't the most "restful" weekend I could've had!!! Had so much to get done to prepare for the trip to the castle.............got tons of laundry done with the help of dh, but didn't do the things I had imagined getting done on my last weekend before surgery. Oh well............I have my preop appt. today and labwork on Wednesday. I'm sure this week will fly by. We don't have much longer to wait!!!!!!

Unread 05-07-2002, 10:37 AM
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Cathy and Amy--You're probably tired of hearing this, but YOU WILL BE FINE! Medical technology is great! The worst part is in your own mind. You'll be amazed by the end of Thursday how good you actually feel. I'm not saying you'll want to go dancing or anything, but it won't be like you're afraid it will be.

Will be thinking of you, and can't wait to see your posts when you're home and up to it!

Take care of yourselves. s and prayers are being sent your way!!


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