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Unread 05-06-2002, 10:09 PM
Question About the "A" Word.

Throughout many of the posts, I’ve read about “talking to your ‘A’ if you have any questions.”

My current questions being the fact that I’m going into the castle 07/19/02:

1) Is an “A” assigned that you can talk to?
2) How soon should you be thinking about talking to your “A” if you have any questions?

I guess in my lack of knowledge before reading these posts, I thought all questions went to your GYN, and you met your "A" the day of surgery.

Pinkie
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Unread 05-06-2002, 10:16 PM
"A" guy

I'm rather new here but understand that to mean your anesthesiologist. The Doctor that "puts you to sleep" or gives you your spinal to numb you for the surgery. I figured that one out but there are times I get confused by other abreviations.
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Unread 05-06-2002, 10:21 PM
more on "A" guy

After reading your question again, I am wondering if you in fact wondered who he was or when you were going to meet him? Again, I'm new and haven't even been given a date for my surgery but at some hospitals you might have a meeting with the anesthesiologist before your surgery day and at other perhaps meet with them the day of surgery. I'm sure someone will be along and confirm my opinion or straighten us both out.
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Unread 05-06-2002, 10:23 PM
Correct Melanieh

You're correct on the "A" word meaning anesthesiologist (I wouldn't know how to spell that word any time of day). I'm just trying to get some clarification.

Pinkie
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Unread 05-06-2002, 11:52 PM
Question About the "A" Word.

Yes, the A guy is the anesthesiologist.
Everyone has a slightly different experience. I was told my A guy would call me at home the night before, which he did. We chatted and he asked a few questions and so did I. If we hadn't connected that night I don't think it would have mattered much. We would have had time to talk the next morning before surgery. Most of us have to show up atleast 2 hours ahead of time.
Sometimes you can request to talk to an A guy ahead of time if you have special needs or concerns.
I hope this helps.
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Unread 05-07-2002, 04:13 AM
Talking to Anesthesiologist

It's quite normal to have lots of questions about the anesthesia--its such a major component of the surgery. You're correct, most hospitals have a protocol of patient consults with the "*A* guy/gal" just before surgery. However, sometimes that is not enough.

I'd suggest you start by asking your gyn your questions. If you still have more or s/he didn't give you adequate answers, just ask for a consult with the "*A* guy/gal". In most hopsitals, the "*A* guy/gal" is assigned to a patient surgery on a daily basis, so you may not talk with the exact one who will do your surgery. But, you can talk to any of them. This consult can be done in-person or by phone and can be done at any time, but they tend to like to do them not more than a week before surgery, so they're dealing with the most current medical info about you.

In my case, I've had really bad experiences with general anes. I requested consult (and my gyn & nurse all agreed). "*A* guy/gal" phoned me about a week before surgery and we spoke at length about my history, procedure, alternatives, what to expect, how to prepare. She then phoned my gyn and discussed everything with her. Although the "*A* guy/gal" I spoke with is not the one who will be doing my surgery (she knows that's her day off...) she has advised her supervisor and wrote notes to the attending "*A* guy/gal" who will be doing my surgery. I'll get to meet him/her the morning of my surgery also.

Don't ever hesistate to ask for what you want. If you don't ask, no one can tell you "Yes".

Best wishes!

--Beatrix
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Unread 05-07-2002, 06:02 AM
Question About the "A" Word.

My Anesthesiologist was a woman. I didn't get to speak to her till right before being wheeled into the O.R. She was great. She asked all her questions and I asked mine. We went over all the steps, risks, etc. The normal stuff. I made sure to ask about anti-nausea meds and got them. This helped me a great deal, as I was afraid I would get sick to my tummy upon coming out of general anesthesia; I didn't however.

Make sure to ask your "A" guy or gal all your questions. If you are lucky to chat with him or her the night before ~ great! Make sure they answer your questions for you. Best wishes to all those with up and coming surgeries. You will do just fine.
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Unread 05-07-2002, 06:22 AM
the a person

before my surgery the a woman came in and explained every detail to me about what would be going on . she also ask me questions you will have a chance to ask whatever is not explained good luck
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Unread 05-07-2002, 06:23 AM
Question About the "A" Word.

Hm, I didn't mean to confuse anyone with the abbreviation! I started using "A" as I couldn't spell anesthesiologist and was tired of checking it in a word checker!

I talked to my "A" guy the night before on the phone. I had a pre-op appt. the day before the surgery and talked to an "A" nurse who told me that I would be able to get a piggy-back for nausea and that my "A" guy would more than likely call me that night. I have to say that I was extremely fortunate in having the best "A" man in the world. He relaxed me by answering each of my questions and I slept the best sleep that night in almost a year. I also saw him the morning of surgery, he started my IV and helped me relax with some "happy juice".

Why not call the doctor and ask when you will get to talk to your anesthesiologist. Usually they know when.

Sara
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Unread 05-07-2002, 07:57 AM
Question About the "A" Word.

Hi Pinkie,

Part of my pre-op visit included a visit to the hospital for blood/paper work and meeting the "A" lady. She was very reassuring and explained what I would see in the OR if I was still aware of my surroundings (which I barely was). They seem to keep close tabs on that nausea issue too. Hope this helps-waiting really is the hardest part!!!
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