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Upcoming hysterectomy 12/16: Pre surgery drugs. Upcoming hysterectomy 12/16: Pre surgery drugs.

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Unread 11-13-2020, 07:27 PM
Upcoming hysterectomy 12/16: Pre surgery drugs.

Hello lovely ladies!
I have a lot of allergies to drugs and I'm freaking out they're going to give me the wrong thing for my surgery.
The last time I had surgery they didn't tell you what drugs they were giving you they just said oh it's an antibiotic don't worry about it. Twice I have been given a drug I was allergic to, bad reactions long recovery.
I'm just wondering how it is now do they tell you what drugs? I've seen some people say they don't even give out allergy bands anymore, And I really want everything to go smoothly.
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Unread 11-13-2020, 08:33 PM
Re: Pre surgery drugs.

Hi Luna13 -

Please let your medical team know all of the drugs for which you have known allergic reactions. This is very important, and potentially dangerous to you if you are given a drug and have a bad reaction. They normally ask, but be proactive and let them know ahead of time. This is especially important if your drug allergy (or food allergy) is somewhat unusual.

Unread 11-14-2020, 04:44 AM
Upcoming hysterectomy 12/16: Pre surgery drugs.

As someone with a history of adverse reactions to several drugs, I can tell you that you really need to be your own advocate on this. In addition to telling your medical team verbally, be sure to spell out your allergies on your pre-op paperwork, and make sure they're written into your medical chart so there can be no confusion. If someone comes to give you something and tells you that it's just a ___, tell them that you have these allergies, and will not take anything unless you know specifically what you're being given. Another top tip is to skip the hospital pharmacy, and fill your painkiller prescriptions at your regular pharmacy, where your pharmacist can catch anything that may slip under your radar; my pharmacist knows that I have a history of adverse GI reactions to narcotic painkillers, which would bring up a red flag if anyone ever prescribed them for me. I would also suggest some form of medical ID like a Medic Alert bracelet, and if you have a smartphone, I suggest an "In Case Of Emergency" app, where you can store details of your allergies and potential reactions, which medical staff can access even if your phone is locked. Best wishes for a successful, worry-free surgery and a smooth recovery!
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Unread 11-15-2020, 06:30 PM
Re: Upcoming hysterectomy 12/16: Pre surgery drugs.

I don't have any medication allergies but if I were in your shoes, having already had one bad experience, I think I'd probably write my allergies on my forehead with sharpie so they couldn't miss it!!

Or maybe I'd compromise and put it on my arm, right by the needle site....
Unread 11-15-2020, 06:49 PM
Upcoming hysterectomy 12/16: Pre surgery drugs.

Originally Posted by kodachrome View Post
I don't have any medication allergies but if I were in your shoes, having already had one bad experience, I think I'd probably write my allergies on my forehead with sharpie so they couldn't miss it!!

Or maybe I'd compromise and put it on my arm, right by the needle site....
I have dreams I do this, write them all over my arm. And I write "bye Felicia" on my belly
Unread 11-15-2020, 08:43 PM
Re: Upcoming hysterectomy 12/16: Pre surgery drugs.

let your dr. know your allergies and the day of surgery, also let your anesthesiologist know. before you go into surgery, make sure you have told everyone and have it written down.
Unread 11-21-2020, 09:22 AM
Re: Upcoming hysterectomy 12/16: Pre surgery drugs.

I have several copies of a long sheet of allergies. Including unfortunately disinfectants. There is never room on their form for all of them so I say see attached. I also go over them with doctor, anesthesiologist, surgical nurse, etc. and stress them...like no adhesive. I also make sure wrist band has them and insist any that aren’t on there are added. Yep after 6 surgeries in 17 months I am picky. Unfortunately, hysterectomy surgeon wasn’t really a believer on disinfectant and kept me 36 hours. Had rash on both arms and throat closing which never happened before. I was not happy and he is now a believer but next surgery I reacted faster to allergies but my reconstructive plastic surgeon has always been great so I was pumped full of IV benedryl, Pepcid, inhaler, and phenegran....only problem was I couldn’t stay awake at home until it wore off. Son said he couldn’t even wake me up for a bit. My advice is be proactive and be a very squeaky wheel. You are your best advocate. Also have someone with you for prep op that has allergy list.

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