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Unread 06-14-2002, 06:55 PM
Cold feet

My surgery date is closing in fast. I can't seem to be able to sleep at night worring about getting everything done in time. I am also scared about having this procedure but my quality of life has been going down hill for the last year. I have read quite a few horror stories on other web sites. Any good stories out there?

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Unread 06-14-2002, 07:09 PM
Cold feet

Hi Karen,

Welcome to Hystersisters!! I'm so glad that you found us, and want you to know that it's perfectly normal to be nervous and scared right now - most of us were.

Here are links to actual hysterectomy stories written by women who have already had their surgery, and to pre-op and post-op hints to help you to get ready:

Pre-Op Hysterectomy Page

Post-Op Hysterectomy Page

Princess Stories Articles

And as far as my own experience goes - I'm glad that I had my hyst, and probably should have had it earlier (I had mine for prolapses of the uterus, bowel and bladder).

Please keep on reading and come back and post your questions. We'll be here to help, if we can.


Unread 06-14-2002, 07:51 PM
Hi Karen,

I'm three weeks post op from a TAH. Right now, I feel better than I have in months.

Was I scared before I had the surgery? Definitely YES! Was the surgery easy? Definitely NO! Would I do it again? In a heartbeat!!

Everyone is afraid, it's normal to be afraid. You're facing a major, life changing event. Just don't let that fear control you and keep you from getting the medical help you need. The waiting IS the hardest part.

I'll keep you in my thoughts and prayers as you go for surgery.



PS To read my surgery and recovery stories, click on the WWW button below my post.
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Unread 06-14-2002, 08:29 PM
Cold feet

Hi Karen! You are right down the highway from me!!

First off, dont worry about not being able to get stuff done. It will get done one way or the other. We women spend waaay too much time and energy worrying about everyone else. I treated having this surgery like I was going away for a few days on vacation. I didnt pack alot of useless stuff nor prepare meals for weeks in advance. I do have an able bodied husband and a 17 year old so if all else failed, they could order pizza or something. They managed just fine with me out of commission for a few weeks. You may want to go get some cheapo elastic waist shorts and a few pairs of panties a size or so too big.
Secondly, I have no horror stories to tell. My entire surgery, hospital stay and recovery was pretty uneventful. I had never had surgery before and had no idea what to expect. All I could think about was how much better I had to feel once I recovered versus what I had been experience for the past few years. I am approaching my one year anniversary and I feel great!!!! My quality of life has improved 110%. To be honest, the pain from the surgery was very tolerable for me. I didnt even finish my RX for Percoset. It was much different that what I had imagined. I know some people do have problems and I sympathize with them, but for me, I have had tooth pain that was much worse! Its uncomfortable and you have to have help getting in and out of bed etc... for a while, but soon all that passes and each day you will feel better. If you have any questions or need anything else, please let me know. What hospital will you be at? I was at Durham Regional and had excellent care.
Best of luck to you!!!!!!!
Unread 06-17-2002, 04:13 PM
Cold feet

Thank you for your replies. I am anxiously awaiting the day. Still nervous but feeling much better about the whole thing. Marybeth I will be in Western Wake Hospital in Cary. I go for my pre-op on the 24th.

Thanks Again

Unread 06-17-2002, 06:06 PM
Cold feet

Everyone is nervous. Its just a part of going into the hospital and all the unknown. You arent alone with those feelings for sure! The pre-op will be painless. Some blood work, EKG, talking with the anesthesiology folks, insurance etc... The hospital staff are good at helping set your mind at ease and will give you some sleepy juice in your IV. Hang in there. It will all be over before you know it and you will be feeling soooo much better!
Take care and good luck!

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