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Upcoming surgery 8/16. Bad mistake: Watched a couple of graphic vaginal hysterectomy videos. Upcoming surgery 8/16. Bad mistake: Watched a couple of graphic vaginal hysterectomy videos.

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Unread 08-12-2016, 12:29 AM
Upcoming surgery 8/16. Bad mistake: Watched a couple of graphic vaginal hysterectomy videos.

Oh Man.



I was doing really well with all this, feeling so optimistic.

Reality started to set in this morning when I woke up with a knotted stomach. But then a "friend" (Questionable after this!) said "Oh I watched a video of your procedure and you're really going to be hurting." So I unwisely gave into my curiosity and looked a couple up myself. I won't go into detail but it made me very queasy, agitated and pretty panicked.

Listened to my guided meditations/imagery/affirmations but just couldn't focus on anything besides what I had seen. Ugh, I wish I could unsee what I've seen and go back to my more innocent days.

The hospital also called with the preop instructions, and that drove the reality home too. T -4days, here we come....
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Unread 08-12-2016, 12:42 AM
Re: Bad mistake: Watched a couple of graphic vaginal hysterectomy videos.



Omg what were you thinking!?

I made the mistake of searching videos of a hydrocelectomy/vasectomy while my husband was having the double procedures done. It sent me into a terrible panic! On the bright side my house was never more clean. I tend to clean when upset. Lol

You should go find funny videos now. Like cats being silly or bad lip readings. Something to try and replace those other images...
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Unread 08-12-2016, 01:14 AM
Re: Bad mistake: Watched a couple of graphic vaginal hysterectomy videos.

Oh purple bloom, we are so alike! I couldn't stop reading things and Google searching anything hysterectomy. I had myself so worked up- I almost cancelled my surgery. Think happy thoughts. Watch something funny or cute - get those images out of your head. Hyster Sisters is the best place to look for information. Search your question here, and chances are good that someone else has already had the same question. Nothing is too weird, or too personal to ask.
I think that the last few days before surgery were the hardest. Try to keep busy, and get good rest. Try to eat something nutritious. Enjoy something just for you. I'm here if you want to ask anything. Best of luck and blessings to you and your medical team
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Unread 08-12-2016, 06:12 AM
Re: Upcoming surgery 8/16. Bad mistake: Watched a couple of graphic vaginal hysterectomy videos.

Oh my. What were ya thinking?! After your surgery is over and your well on your way to healing, you may actually laugh about this, but for now...

My coworkers, closest friends and immediate family knew about my hysterectomy, but to the rest of the world I intentionally posted "surgery" rather than "hysterectomy" just to avoid that kind of unsolicited oh-so-helpful advice - especially from folks who've not undergone the surgery but have assigned themselves the role of educator, caretaker, advisor and general honkerblonkin' know-it-all. (Can you tell those kind of people irritate me? )

Quit Googling, and that's Sister's orders ! Seriously, stick with HysterSisters as your main source. Here, you'll get pros and cons, the difficulties along with the smooth sailing stories, and general support for issues most of us seem to have during the first few weeks - which are likely to be put behind us. Out there, you'll get one side from one story at a time - hardly the full picture.

I personally hope your surgery and recovery goes smoothly enough that you are able to tell your friend to stick to her day job because she'd starve as a surgical advisor .
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Unread 08-12-2016, 07:25 AM
Re: Upcoming surgery 8/16. Bad mistake: Watched a couple of graphic vaginal hysterectomy videos.

I avoided the videos, as they were much too graphic for me. However, I *did* want some idea as to what was going to happen, so I found a site for would-be surgeons - sort of like Abdominal Hysterectomy 101. It had line drawings and text, no photos or videos. That was about my speed! :-)

The waiting gets harder the closer you get to the day-of. Everything's much better when you wake up afterwards.
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Unread 08-12-2016, 07:40 AM
Re: Upcoming surgery 8/16. Bad mistake: Watched a couple of graphic vaginal hysterectomy videos.

I'm not sure what you saw but I will tell you this. I had a TVH and I was not sore internally at ALL. I expected to feel kind of "beat up" like after delivering a baby. I had ZERO of that feeling. So yes, you will be crampy but I wouldn't stress about your lady parts. Surgeons are very careful and you are going to be completely still... I am sure it looks much worse than the actual recovery feels!
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Unread 08-12-2016, 11:52 AM
Re: Upcoming surgery 8/16. Bad mistake: Watched a couple of graphic vaginal hysterectomy videos.

I'm going to echo what Lucy Jane said. My lady parts did not feel beat up at all, and I had three large babies vaginally, so I know what beat up lady parts feel like! The most discomfort I had was from my abdominal incisions--I had four, one in my bellybutton and three on my stomach. And yes, I felt sore internally, and sitting in an upright chair did not happen until after two weeks--I could feel my vaginal cuff was a little swollen, and sore, if I did that--but it was way different from a birth with an episiotomy.

I'll admit to watching a video of my procedure beforehand. But I am generally not unsettled by medical things, and I was curious to see how they stitched up the vaginal cuff. It actually put to rest some fears I had.

The most unsettling thing for me was facing the pre-op enema, but as so many things, it turned out to not be as bad as I feared.
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Unread 08-12-2016, 06:02 PM
Re: Bad mistake: Watched a couple of graphic vaginal hysterectomy videos.

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Omg what were you thinking!?

I made the mistake of searching videos of a hydrocelectomy/vasectomy while my husband was having the double procedures done. It sent me into a terrible panic! On the bright side my house was never more clean. I tend to clean when upset. Lol

You should go find funny videos now. Like cats being silly or bad lip readings. Something to try and replace those other images...
I know, right? It was a bad idea. And I promised a medical practitioner today that I wouldn't do it anymore! However, I couldn't help myself and peeked at the positioning. Yeah, I need to stop. Cat videos are a good idea!

How is your crocheted uterus coming?
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Unread 08-12-2016, 06:07 PM
Re: Bad mistake: Watched a couple of graphic vaginal hysterectomy videos.

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Oh purple bloom, we are so alike! I couldn't stop reading things and Google searching anything hysterectomy. I had myself so worked up- I almost cancelled my surgery. Think happy thoughts. Watch something funny or cute - get those images out of your head. Hyster Sisters is the best place to look for information. Search your question here, and chances are good that someone else has already had the same question. Nothing is too weird, or too personal to ask.
I think that the last few days before surgery were the hardest. Try to keep busy, and get good rest. Try to eat something nutritious. Enjoy something just for you. I'm here if you want to ask anything. Best of luck and blessings to you and your medical team
Thank you so much for the understanding and kindness! I'm glad I'm not the only one with the google obsession. I'm working hard at staying away but not being totally successful. I'm becoming pretty good at Trivia Crack!
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Unread 08-12-2016, 06:12 PM
Re: Upcoming surgery 8/16. Bad mistake: Watched a couple of graphic vaginal hysterectomy videos.

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Originally Posted by Cussette View Post
Oh my. What were ya thinking?! After your surgery is over and your well on your way to healing, you may actually laugh about this, but for now...

My coworkers, closest friends and immediate family knew about my hysterectomy, but to the rest of the world I intentionally posted "surgery" rather than "hysterectomy" just to avoid that kind of unsolicited oh-so-helpful advice - especially from folks who've not undergone the surgery but have assigned themselves the role of educator, caretaker, advisor and general honkerblonkin' know-it-all. (Can you tell those kind of people irritate me? )

Quit Googling, and that's Sister's orders ! Seriously, stick with HysterSisters as your main source. Here, you'll get pros and cons, the difficulties along with the smooth sailing stories, and general support for issues most of us seem to have during the first few weeks - which are likely to be put behind us. Out there, you'll get one side from one story at a time - hardly the full picture.

I personally hope your surgery and recovery goes smoothly enough that you are able to tell your friend to stick to her day job because she'd starve as a surgical advisor .
Thank you Cussette! I'm working on the Google addiction. And trying to distract as much as possible.
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