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Unread 03-16-2003, 12:21 PM
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Oh my, I've been waiting and waiting and now only 4 days to go. I feel really strange, anxious. I had planned to do all these things around the house (clean blinds, baseboards and door frames) and now I could care less. I'm off to Sam's to buy casseroles and stuff for the family which makes it more real. Had a pulmonary embolism 1 1/2 years ago and am getting very nervous about the fact I could get another from the surgery. They will put in a heprin drip while in the castle to hopefully prevent another one. I'm also giving up smoking the day of my surgery as HRT and smoking not recommended. Oh boy, getting scared.
TAH/BSO March 20
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Unread 03-16-2003, 12:42 PM

I am an RN on a surgical floor and it sounds like they have planned well ahead for you. In all of my 24 years I have never heard of someone on a heparin drip who goes on to still hae a pulmonary emboli so that should cover that concern. Are you on coumadin? I think I would make sure that they still have you on some sort of blood thinner once they take you off that, for a while also.

Make sure you read the list of acceptable does and don'ts and make a copy for your famliy so they are prepared for what you can and can't do. I find that it is more limited than other abdominal surgeries as there is more reconstruction done inside us that we don't really think about til we start questioning afterwards why we can't vacuum, push grocery crats and etc for so long, especially when we start to feel good enough to do it. Your famliy sees you feeling better and they back off thinking you should be able to do things and we can't yet.

Let us know when you get home from the castle, tell us a bit about your stay and then introduce yourself to the post op forum. They are the best. I like to try to read just about every post evach day as many of my questions are already there (but you may not recognize it by the title) and I learned alot about what to expect just from reading these. Add your own experiences to the threads as it makes all of us feel better knowing we aren't alone in these things we re ging through. Ask any questions, nothing is too personal, stupid or small.

Most of all start out on the puter very slowly. Only about 15 minutes a day. Rest lots with lots of small litttle walks around the house and drink lots of water. Make sure you read the re op hints and articles section on the home page if you didn't get the book. Order the book to have afterwards, it is wonderful.

Good Luck, many prayers will be following you.

Linda >^..^<
Unread 03-17-2003, 09:19 AM
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(((Alison))) I just wanted to add my best wishes and for you. It is so normal to be worried before this hyst but as Linda said, be careful and don't overdo and you should do fine.
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Unread 03-17-2003, 09:30 AM
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I just wanted to tell you I'll be thinking of you..

Everything is going to go just great ! The few days before my TAH/BSO, things seemed a little surreal to me. Time kept moving forward, and I really did want the day to be here - But, wow, once you get down to the line, time FLIES!! And that's really a good thing, because, truly, the waiting is the hardest part. You're almost past that now.

Best Wishes for an easy surgery and recovery !
See you on the other side soon !

Unread 03-17-2003, 01:07 PM
I am waiting too

Friday is my big day, and honestly I can't concentrate on anything. I have been cleaning the house like a mad woman, but I don't want to overdue it. I am so nervous my stomach is a mess. I do know that it is nerves. I had a big ovarian cyst burst over the weekend so I am dealing with being exhausted from the pain. My emotions are all over the board. I am happy because the surgery is almost here, but crying because its coming. Yikes!!
Is there anything I can do to get through these next few days without going loony? Thanks for listening.
TAH/OVARIES TOO, sorry forgot abv.

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