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Upcoming 1/26 hysterectomy: Is it possible to do this (recovery) alone?; anesthesia questions - sleep apenea and asthma Upcoming 1/26 hysterectomy: Is it possible to do this (recovery) alone?; anesthesia questions - sleep apenea and asthma

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Unread 12-17-2017, 08:55 PM
Upcoming 1/26 hysterectomy: Is it possible to do this (recovery) alone?; anesthesia questions - sleep apenea and asthma

I'm single with no family in town. I'm scheduled for Jan 26th. My mom who is my only family is in process of moving to Ohio. Trying to figure out if I can do this alone? She's invited me to go there after, it's about a 5 hour drive. They'd pick me up at discharge and drive me.

Another question, anyone else know that they have issues with anesthesia? Is there a way to make sure that I can talk to the anesthesiologist in plenty of time prior to surgery? Between sleep apnea and asthma, my airway collapses if the anesthesiologist doesn't know how to deal with it.
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Unread 12-17-2017, 11:26 PM
Re: Is it possible to do this alone and anesthesia ?

Hugs to another strong woman braving it (mostly) on her own! I daresay you are taking it a step further than me though, with the 5 hour drive on release.

My partner and I both work 6 days a week, and we've both had trouble getting time off for my surgery in just over a week's time. I was told point blank that if I couldn't find someone to drive me home (not a taxi or uber) then I'd lose my surgery slot. My partner has managed to get the morning off to drop me into surgery and a couple days off after release but that's it!

I guess we can can do it, but it's not ideal. Please don't push yourself too hard, and call in all of the favours and help. I"ve got someone lined up to come do my vacuuming for two weeks after my procedure, and I've lined up two weeks worth of frozen meals and snacks. My fridge is overflowing with chilled water, soda water and juice, and I have a months' worth of easy to prepare and non spill breakfasts in the cupboard.

My fiance is awesome, but he's one of those guys that 'helps'... but makes SO much mess while he's doing it that I want to cry, so I've delegated the washing/laundry and kitty litter to him and that's it lol.

Also if you are going to be on your own for extended periods in the first week or so, I"ll pass on my pre admission nurse's advice and suggest you get a shower seat, and a walker that lets you rest a food tray on it and wheel your lunch across the house. I got one and even nicked a mcdonalds cup tray for inside the basket so I can carry drinks around without spilling them. We'll see if it works for me, but my partner swore by it during his ankle fusion a few months back.

As far as the anaesthetic issues... the pre admissions nurse or anaesthetist should go over all of your concerns either in your pre-op appointment, or prior to surgery. They will discuss all your current health issues, go over questions and concerns, and talk about medications etc. If they don't initiate this conversation, make sure you hijack someone in the hospital on your admission day and insist they go over all your concerns prior to the procedure.

Good luck!
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Unread 12-18-2017, 07:14 PM
Re: Upcoming Jan hysterectomy: Is it possible to do this alone and anesthesia ?

Hi cflame1 to HysterSisters!

I am so glad you found this site.

I will answer your second question first. Yes, you will be able to talk to the anesthesiologist before your surgery. Mine called the day before. You do need to let your entire surgical team about your sleep apnea and asthma, as well as any other medical issues you have. Talking to the Anesthesiologist before Your Hysterectomy

It is possible to recover from this surgery alone, but you will have some planning to do. You also need to have someone drive you home, and you will need to let your hospital know that you will be alone. They may want to keep you overnight. Here is an are some ideas on: Living Alone and Recovering from Hysterectomy Can a neighbor look in on you? Maybe a friend? Know that you cannot drive for 2 or 3 weeks, and you will have lifting restrictions (10 lbs for 6 weeks and 20 lbs for 8 weeks is typical) as well as other restrictions. You will not be bedridden but will need to rest much.

Do what is right for you - if you think it would be better to go with your mom, then do that.

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Unread 12-18-2017, 09:25 PM
Re: Upcoming Jan hysterectomy: Is it possible to do this (recovery) alone?; anesthesia questions - sleep apenea and asth

as far as the 5 hour drive on discharge i would say NO!! absolutely not and every surgeon i know of would say the same! you can do it alone as long as someone is there at discharge and to bring you in however it is far from ideal! you are having major surgery on your abdomen. you if minimal invasive will be down a min of 2-4 weeks. longer if TAH!. is there anyway your mom can come and stay with you or in a hotel for the first week or so? this would give you enough time to be able to begin to heal and for her to also make some meals and freeze them for you. after the first week i think you will be ok if you have a friend who can take you to your followup appts until your released to drive again.
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Unread 12-19-2017, 08:55 AM
Re: Is it possible to do this alone and anesthesia ?

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Originally Posted by Asheraa View Post
...My partner and I both work 6 days a week, and we've both had trouble getting time off for my surgery in just over a week's time. I was told point blank that if I couldn't find someone to drive me home (not a taxi or uber) then I'd lose my surgery slot. My partner has managed to get the morning off to drop me into surgery and a couple days off after release but that's it!...
The hospitals here do that too, even for non-surgical procedures that require sedation. I've found that I can usually find a friend or the friend of a friend to pick me up and take me home. However, if worst comes to worst, I pay someone to show up when the recovery room calls and pretend to be my best bud who's driving me home.

For my hysterectomy, I was able to get myself to the hospital - walked two miles to the bus station, rode the bus two hours, walked another mile to the hospital. So if your partner's workplace is giving him a really rough time about the time off, the ride *to* the hospital isn't as critical as the ride *from*.

Also, I did fine on my own at home once I was released. I was quite mobile by then. In fact, I was walking laps around the ward. I had no trouble taking care of myself and my cats. So that's another place your partner may be able to cut some time off if he's getting grief over it.
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Unread 12-19-2017, 09:04 AM
Re: Upcoming Jan hysterectomy: Is it possible to do this (recovery) alone?; anesthesia questions - sleep apenea and asth

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Originally Posted by cflame1 View Post
I'm single with no family in town. I'm scheduled for Jan 26th. My mom who is my only family is in process of moving to Ohio. Trying to figure out if I can do this alone? She's invited me to go there after, it's about a 5 hour drive. They'd pick me up at discharge and drive me...
You can definitely do this alone! :-) You'll probably need a friend or someone to drive you home from the hospital, as many hospitals won't allow you to take a taxi. If all else fails, pay someone to show up and pretend to be your best bud.

Once I got home, I had no trouble taking care of myself and my two cats. Preparation is key. Before surgery I scrubbed the apartment, did lots of laundry and stocked up on groceries, toiletries and household supplies (paper towels, cat litter, etc.). For food, I focused on things that would require little or no preparation: fresh fruit, yogurt, peanut butter, bread, canned, frozen and dried foods.

After surgery, I prepared simple foods for myself and the cats, washed a few dishes standing at the sink and kept the litter box scooped. Any other housework, I just let it go. The cats sure weren't going to complain! I went for lots of walks, short and slow at first, and spent the rest of my time sitting in the sun, reading and sewing.

I enjoyed having the time to myself and being able to do what my body wanted without having to explain to anyone else why I was taking a mid-day nap in the living room or eating a banana and some yogurt for supper.

I had an arrangement with my upstairs neighbour that I would contact her in case of emergencies or if I needed errands run, but there were no emergencies. By the time I ran out of yogurt 2 1/2 weeks after surgery, I doing well enough to be able to walk to the supermarket and buy more (as long as I didn't buy more than 10 lbs of stuff at once).
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Unread 12-19-2017, 09:07 AM
Re: Upcoming Jan hysterectomy: Is it possible to do this (recovery) alone?; anesthesia questions - sleep apenea and asth

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Originally Posted by cflame1 View Post
...Another question, anyone else know that they have issues with anesthesia? Is there a way to make sure that I can talk to the anesthesiologist in plenty of time prior to surgery? Between sleep apnea and asthma, my airway collapses if the anesthesiologist doesn't know how to deal with it.
Ask your surgeon or hospital about arranging a pre-op visit with the anesthesiologist if this is possible, or at least allowing for adequate time for discussion on the day-of. If you don't specify that you need this, it might not happen. My anesthesiologist was late and I got to speak with him for maybe 60 seconds before he ran off to scrub in for surgery.
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Unread 12-19-2017, 06:27 PM
Re: Upcoming Jan hysterectomy: Is it possible to do this (recovery) alone?; anesthesia questions - sleep apenea and asth

I can’t answer all of your questions, but you can do it on your own. My husband went back to work right away after I got home and I was completely fine on my own. I was actually happy to have him stop hovering and trying to do everything for me, including things that I was perfectly capable of doing on my own. I couldn’t drive for a week,but otherwise was self sufficient. You’ll be up and around, able to shower, get dressed, fix yourself something to eat/ drink etc. I also have asthma and had heard that anesthesia can be an issue, so I increased my asthma meds (with drs ok) before surgery and made sure that it was well controlled before surgery. They were very aware, and had me keep my rescue inhaler with me. I came thru surgery with flying colors, but did have a flare up when I got home. I suggest asking your asthma dr to prescribe you some steroids to have at home before surgery so they will be handy in case of a flare, since you might not be able to drive and it doesn’t feel great to be coughing a lot right after surgery.
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Unread 12-20-2017, 09:30 AM
Upcoming 1/26 hysterectomy: Is it possible to do this (recovery) alone?; anesthesia questions - sleep apenea and asthma

I haven’t had my surgery yet as it’s scheduled for January 3rd, but I just had my pre-op a couple of days ago. I live alone so they told told me I need someone to stay with me the first 24 hours after I’m discharged from the hospital. As for the anesthesiologist, I will be meeting with him the morning of the surgery to discuss any concerns I may have. Good luck!
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Unread 12-20-2017, 09:58 AM
Re: Upcoming Jan hysterectomy: Is it possible to do this (recovery) alone?; anesthesia questions - sleep apenea and asth

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Originally Posted by Arya View Post
I haven’t had my surgery yet as it’s scheduled for January 3rd, but I just had my pre-op a couple of days ago. I live alone so they told told me I need someone to stay with me the first 24 hours after I’m discharged from the hospital. As for the anesthesiologist, I will be meeting with him the morning of the surgery to discuss any concerns I may have. Good luck!
My response to that would be that if there's a medical reason I need to be under observation for 24 hours after surgery, they should find me a bed in the hospital. I don't have a lot of patience with hospitals trying to cover their own behinds for liability purposes without any additional expense to themselves.
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