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Unread 02-23-2016, 12:36 PM
More nervous after reading articles

After reading articles and some of the threads, I feel even more nervous and overwhelmed than before. I feel like I need to know everything about everything (pain management, food, what to take to the hospital, all the things that can go wrong, etc.).

Anyone else feel that way?
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Unread 02-23-2016, 01:56 PM
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Although there is great info here, I didn't read until after my surgery, which worked out well for me as I was scared to death. It was helpful afterward though. I didn't do any prep really as far as shopping, cooking etc before my surgery. My dr told me that I would be up and around, right away, could drive when I was off narcotics and should be walking a mile by end of week one. I am a person who hates being waited on and hovered over, so that was ideal for me. I was able to go shopping with my husband the day after I got home, cook, etc. I never had any real pain beyond a little soreness and didn't take any narcotics, thus avoiding all of the side effects they can cause. If I could give any advice it would to be up walking as soon as they will let you out of the bed, try to eat healthy and drink lots of water, get out of the house whenever you feel up to it,it's was a huge morale booster for me. Don't worry about what any one says about your recovery except for your dr. If you want to do something that hasn't been restricted by your dr, do it! If you're not sure if something is ok to do, call your dr and ask. If you don't feel up to doing something, don't. Listen to your dr, follow all restrictions, and let your body tell you if/when you need to rest. Don't worry that you are doing things sooner or later than others, everyone has a different pace. Best of luck!
Unread 02-23-2016, 02:07 PM
More nervous after reading articles

Originally Posted by VAtoNC View Post
...I feel like I need to know everything about everything (pain management, food, what to take to the hospital, all the things that can go wrong, etc.).

Anyone else feel that way?
I was exactly like this as I had over 2 months to wait after it was determined I needed a hyst. I actually loved having the time to prepare & appreciate it after the surgery that I did plan ahead.

Don't let preparation add to your nerves or anxiety...we are all different in how we manage things, but for me prepping was a distraction and kept me from getting overwhelmed mentally.

Dabble with it & if prepping calms you about your coming surgery then great! If it doesn't, then stop & find another way to distract yourself.
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Unread 02-23-2016, 02:48 PM
Re: More nervous after reading articles

My op is March 18th but I feel much more informed but then again, I am a positive person. I'm the type who googles everything for knowledge but I don't end up convinced I'm ill- just aware of the possibilities. There is no doubt it is a major op but women have it done every day so it must be ok? O women wouldn't do it. I have not heard one woman who has regretted it. So be positive and look to the future xx

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