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My Pre-Op Appointments (Long) My Pre-Op Appointments (Long)

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Unread 05-20-2002, 04:52 PM
My Pre-Op Appointments (Long)

Well, I went to my pre-op appointments and they weren't at all what I expected.

My doctor did a pelvic exam and listened to my heart and lungs. His nurse took my blood pressure (which was up because I was nervous) and checked my weight (which was up too because of all the Heavenly Hash ice cream I've eaten because I was nervous.) After I got dressed, I went into my doctor's office to discuss the procedure.

The good news is no pre-op diet restrictions (except the usual no food or drink after midnight) and best of all, no bowel prep!

The bad news is, no epidural and sedation. I have to have general anesthesia because of the length of time the surgery may take and he just doesn't like doing it with epidurals. :cry:

The doctor explained the procedure, what to expect, what he would be checking for, etc. and then I signed the consent form (which I read VERY carefully, thank you, Lauren!) He also said I would probably be released on Sunday. (I was thinking two days, which would be Saturday, but heh, I'll have a private room, so who's complaining!)

Then I had to rush over to the hospital for my pre-op paper and bloodwork, which took all of 20 minutes. I talked to an admitting clerk, made arrangements for payment of the 10% my insurance doesn't cover, requested a private room (which doesn't cost any extra), and signed the hospital consent forms (again reading them VERY carefully), then went with the nurse. She took two vials of blood, but said that one of the tests my doctor ordered couldn't be done today because it wasn't close enough to surgery, so I'll have to have it done when I go in Thursday morning. And that was all there was to my pre-ops!!! I honestly thought there'd be more to it than that. I don't know what I was expecting, but it sure was a lot less complicated than I thought.

One negative thing which happened was while I was waiting in the doctor's waiting room. One of my former students came in and we started talking. She said she'd just had a hyster three weeks ago, and that she was having a lot of pain and complications. I told her I was having the same surgery on Thursday and she asked which doctor there in the practice was doing it. When I told her Dr. P, she looked like, "Oh, no. You don't want to have HIM do it!" I told her not to say anything, cause I didn't need to have any additional worries or fears other than the normal one's I've been having. I've known this woman for awhile, and she's not in the best of health anyway, plus she used to be an alcoholic and drug addict (she's my age and looks old enough to be my mother!), so that could be why she's having complications. I've never had any complaints with my doctor, so I'm just going to think positive thoughts!

After I finished everything, I had one last pamper-me fling. I went to my favorite restaurant for lunch, then went to our local mall, shopped for a new robe (which I finally found!), bought a bottle of my favorite body lotion and got my hair trimmed. On the way home, I stopped at a department store for some last minute items, then the grocery store for some ice cream. (The Lord, Hystersisters, and ice cream are all that's getting me through this!)

And that was my day. I'm exhausted from the shopping, my tummy and back were hurting by the time I got home, but I'm very glad to have that over with.

s to all,

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Unread 05-20-2002, 05:16 PM
My Pre-Op Appointments (Long)

You go girl! I remember those pre-op days well! I couldn't wait! I had to move my classroom after 24 years of teaching, my eyes got burned from a faulty light at a school workshop, and I had to prepare my little nest and clean my house at home. Thank goodness for all the activity because it kept me from having anxiety over surgery last June 6. I left my middle school on June 1, and did not return until Sept. Heaven, even if I had to have surgery! Good luck and God bless!
Unread 05-20-2002, 06:50 PM
My Pre-Op Appointments (Long)

Good luck on Thursday, you will be fine. Have faith in the Lord and your Doctor, you will be in good hands.

Just before I went to sleep I asked God that he guide my Surgeons hands and to take care of me, ask and you shall receive.....

Thoughts and Prayers

Janice, Nova Scotia, Canada
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Unread 05-21-2002, 04:22 PM
My Pre-Op Appointments (Long)

Hi Lisa

You were right to ask your former student not to say anymore. I believe a positive attitude is SOOO important. You need to know what the possible complications are, so that you aren't surprised if you find the road gets a little rocky, but believing that you are going to have have a routine surgery and recovery is a lot better for you than worrying yourself over the possible complications.

And no bowel prep - you are so lucky!

Best wishes and
Unread 05-21-2002, 06:48 PM
My Pre-Op Appointments (Long)

Hi, Sashi,

Glad your pre-op went well. I'm a teacher, too!

Also, you gave me the name of you dr & I'VE NEVER heard a bad word spoken! Some people just like to complain & some don't follow directions. Who knows what her problem was.

Don't worry! We're looking forward to your first post in post-op.

Unread 05-21-2002, 06:58 PM
Hey Debbie

I hope you are doing okay. How's your recovery coming along? Did you do okay once you started back to work?

Where do you teach? I used to teach for an adult career school, but now teach at PCC as an adjunct. I love teaching. It's my life. (I don't get to teach this summer because of my surgery. Boy, am I going to miss it!)

I just know I'm going to go through Hystersisters withdrawal while I'm in the hospital for three days. But I can guarantee, I'll be back on the boards ASAP!!! This site is my home away from home.


Unread 05-21-2002, 07:04 PM
My Pre-Op Appointments (Long)

Hey, Sashi,

I went back the 9th of May, I was 4 weeks yesterday, and I'm feeling soooooo good this week! I was a Polk classroom teacher for 21 years, media specialist 3 years, now assistant media director for county.

They're planning a Central Fla. get-together in August. I hope to attend. Maybe I'll see you there.

Keep in touch & keep your cool. Only 2 days!


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