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How did you keep from going insane the week before surgery?? How did you keep from going insane the week before surgery??

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Unread 05-07-2002, 01:47 PM
How did you keep from going insane the week before surgery??

The week before my surgery, I kept very busy getting work caught up, cleaning house, grocery shopping, etc., but still went nuts. It was the worst in the middle of the night. That's what the unknown does to you. It follows you around, it keeps you up at night, and once it's over, you wonder what the big deal was. I mean, as soon as it's over, like when they're wheeling you to your room. You're laying there thinking "I could have had a nice, peaceful, relaxing week, but nooooooooooo, I had to waste time going nuts."

Just do the best you can to prepare at work and at home, and accept that these are the days when insanity is likely to prevail. That's OK. Before you know it, you'll be posting questions about dealing with the boredom!

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Unread 05-07-2002, 02:20 PM
How did you keep from going insane the week before surgery??

To all the LIW,

AH! the last WEEK! Relief or instant insanity?

Well ist's a mixture of both. This is what helped me:

I saved my last week to focust on ME. I scheduled a pedicure and a hair cut and made time for just hubby and me (like a movie or special supper together without the kids). Put the final preparations on getting stuff for my recovery. Ex. bought some videos, got some magazines, got a hand helt connect four game and some easy foods for snacks. (ex. pre-packaged frozen yogurts or trail mixes etc. whatever you like).

What did I do with the rest of my time so I would not go insane? Well as many will tell you, just try and keep yourself as busy as possible and worry about one day at a time. And yes, I cried and I also felt happy because it would soon be over and I would be finaly getting on with the rest of my life.

The castle date arrived and to my astonishment I was calm. O.K. don't get me wrong here, I had butterflies in my stomach and I was glad I was not alowed to eat because frankly I would not have been able to keep down a bite. But seriously, that morning as my dh and I went to the hospital, I got alot of strentg from knowing that I was not alone. Many LIW where doing the exact same thing as me and I knew that it would be o.k. I had done my homework, understood why and what was going to be done. Had a very good understanding of what to expect as far as pain and so forth, even had a few tricks up my sleeve for sweetening up the nurses. (Brought some candies, the wrapped kind are the best).

Sending best thoughts your way, take care,
Unread 05-07-2002, 02:25 PM

I can't believe Monday is the day. I have been so busy trying to get everything done that I just realized It's no longer a week or 2 weeks from Monday its this Monday. I have pre op tomorrow and Thursday is my last day of work and then I will be going to Branson with a group of kids on Friday & Saturday. I have so many things to get done I hope I can get there from here. My work is ready but my home is a mess. I ordered new pictures for my walls in my bedroom. Who would have thought back ordered!!!!! What else can happen it will probably come in after I return to work oh well my Mom always said a messy house is a happy house. I guess we are about to get really happy at my house
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Unread 05-07-2002, 02:42 PM
I'm with ya!

I also share the same date.......I'm not so much least not conciously.......but very anxious, and preoccupied, and it's all I seem to think about. I am working this week, and am so busy at work. First trying to get stuff settled, so they can "survive" without me (I truly am leaving them in the lurch, but my health is most important, so I'll just do what I can to get things all set). Every day I keep getting more new patients, have to see people unexpectedly, addition to my usual caseload. I have to make out a visit schedule for the next 2 weeks. I have to meet with the peds/maternal child health clinical nurse specialist on Thursday to "brainstorm" ideas, and I truthfully have no idea what kind of ideas she is even looking for. Then at 10, I meet with another supervisor to go over my caseload. Tomorrow, I work 1/2 a day cuz my pre-op interview...labs...etc are at 1, and they say it lasts up to 2 hours. Meanwhile, I have several patients to try and see beforehand......Friday I have physical therapy at 8:30 for a bad shoulder, see my 5-6 patients, and somehow make it to the office to drop off next weeks patient schedule, time card, etc. I am so stressed! In the evenings I come home and do paperwork! I still want to get a haircut, and pick up some odds and ends I'll need.......and all this with poor concentration, pain from my *last* period (yay), anxiety, yadda,, yes...I'm with ya on the insanity...can ya tell? I'm sorry, I realize I went off on a wacky tangent. I can't help it. I feel so stressed and almost hyper-nervous. I need a big dose of valium, haha.


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