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Old 08-08-2011, 04:44 AM   #1 (permalink)
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This is the one thing that I cannot get control of my fear when I think about it. I have had major surgery before, but under local anesthetic. I am so terrified of the unknown that I have started to have nightmares about it. I am to the point of obsessing about this, and I only got basic information at my pre-op class. Could anyone tell me what their experience was like, or if they remember how things went beforehand? I am trying not to think too much about how it happens, or if it seems like you fall into a black hole, do you know when it's going to happen, etc. My mind is racing and I still have 8 days to think about it. Not to mention that I feel like a little crybaby and I don't want to say anything to the medical staff because I am afraid if I complain about something, they will cancel my surgery.
 
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Old 08-08-2011, 06:30 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Oh Honey, I know what you're feeling and I'm with ya. You need a distraction! LOLOL Go and treat yourself to a massage, or a mani/pedi, or anything *else* to de-stress... LOL

Keep looking at all the before/after photos and know that all these people have gone before you and had the same fears and look at them now!

Don't be afraid to talk to your docs, either! You can and should talk with the anesthesiologist, who can allay your fears and tell you exactly what to expect. Many times, they are available to meet with you before the day of the surgery to discuss all of this with you. It may just be the thing you need to stop those nightmares from entering your sleep.

Good luck my dear, I will be awaiting your text or posts or anything else you're feeling up to doing when you wake up on the loser's bench! ((((hugs))))
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Old 08-08-2011, 06:41 AM   #3 (permalink)
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First off, tell the medical staff. They'd much rather know that you are having high anxiety about the anesthesia than to find out the day of surgery when you freak out and go running out of the room! Seriously, they deal with this all the time. You are not alone, many people have anxiety about surgery.

The medical staff can give you valium or something else that will calm you down and make your experience much less traumatic. There's no shame in needing this support, but you have to let them know so they can deal with it.

My experience:
arrive at the waiting room and wait until they call me back
change into a hospital gown and socks and get in bed
nurse comes by to take my vitals and ask a lot of questions to make sure they've got all the info
specialist comes by to start the IV in back of my hand
OR team comes by to intorduce themselves
anesthesiologist comes by to ask questions (if you haven't told anyone yet, this is the guy who needs to know)
surgeon comes by to answer any last minute questions
kiss hubby goodby and get rolled into OR

crawl over to the OR table
OR team bustling around hooking me up to monitors, blankets, attach an armboard to the table and extend my arm out so they have easy access to IV
anesthesiologist puts on an oxygen mask, explains what he's doing, pushes a milky substance in the IV and asks to count backwards from 100

100...99...zzzzzzzz

wake up in recovery room, drop back off again, snooze, wake up, snooze
given pain drugs as needed, warm blankets
once I'm able to stay awake for more than a minute I get rolled up to my room
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Old 08-08-2011, 06:45 AM   #4 (permalink)
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We are having an anethesiologist talk to our support group Thurs night so people know what to expect..if you were closer you could come. I ditto what Barbie said.
It is just like that.
They are very nice to you, you are the guest... and they do everything to make it quite pleasant. They can give you a little valium to calm you... talk to them and tell them of your anxiety.
Keep in mind, they are all PROS... they have done this many many times. They know what they are doing and you will be in GREAT hands.
After all you did to get to this point, remember??? Well, this is the easy part.
Just lay down, lay back, and they will take care of the rest.
Godspeed.
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Old 08-08-2011, 08:09 AM   #5 (permalink)
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One nurse was scanning my wrist band, another was asking me about allergies and all around people were being wheeled in or out. The pre op nurse came over and said that they would be coming to get me shortly and someone else came to put something to "relax" me in my IV. The next thing I knew I was in my room and they were giving me ice chips. I had no sensation of falling asleep or drifting off. Very nice.
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Old 08-08-2011, 09:14 AM   #6 (permalink)
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When I was called back I was put in a little room with my DH, I got into the hospital gown, put the warm comfy socks on, a nurse came in and asked me some questions, then just a bit later the anesthesiologist people came in the room and asked me a few questions (I might add he was super cute and friendly LOL) I told my husband goodbye and they wheeled me down to the surgical area, they started an IV and he said something to me that I laughed at and he said he liked me because no one ever laughs at his jokes!! LOL That's pretty much the last thing I remember! Next thing I know I'm waking up in the recovery room freezing like crazy!
I didn't have to worry about having to get over on the OR table or anything I was on a blow up type mattress/pad that they use to put you from the bed to the OR table, it went very smoothly.
You'll be fine just let them know how anxious you are about the whole process, they will know how to help calm your nerves. (((hugs)))
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Old 08-08-2011, 09:28 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Perfectly normal and understandable, I was pretty darn nervous about "going under" too and about having a catheter done. As Barbie said they are very experienced with this and it happens quite often that people are freaked out about that part, just let them know and they will make you much more comfortable. My experience was very similar to Barbie, got changed and waited, they took me into a pre-surgery room and put in my iv and gave me something to relax me (I'm pretty sure it was valium) the surgical staff all came by and introduced themselves and asked every imaginable question, (get used to answering the same questions, what surgery, doctor, name birth date, age, they check multiple times to avoid any problems and mistakes, it's a good thing) then they wheeled me to the surgical suite and had me move to the or table, the surgeon came in and said hi and asked if I was ready I said yes and gave him the thumbs up. The anesthesiologists told me he was going to give me something to really relax me and I might feel a little dizzy or warm, I got as far as saying "Wow, this is some good Sh... zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz, next thing I know I'm waking up in recovery. I hope your experience goes great and that you can relax a little before your surgery. Good Luck and God Bless!!!
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Old 08-08-2011, 10:14 AM   #8 (permalink)
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If you telll them that you are nervous they will give you something to relax..

they will ask your name birthday and what you are having done about 50 hundred times.. lol... they will do your iv.. come get you bring you back to pre op, you sit there for a few doctor will come by, nurses will... anesthesiologist will come by explain what will be going on.. ask questions if you have any... they will give you something to relax, wheel you to the operating room.. put a mask on you and then good night you... and you will wake up to the start of a new person... good luck!!
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I think everyone has pretty much explained it. This is the easy part. lol You will be fine. I will be praying for you.
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This was my biggest fear as well. When I was getting all prepped the anesthesia doc came in and I mentioned that he was who I was worried about. I never knew I was knocked out. Nothing..they put something in my IV and out I was. The last thing I remember is the nurse saying ok hubby give her a kiss we are gonna get the show on the road. I do not even remember the kiss. I am so glad they did it this way.

Talk to your team and see if they can give you something to calm down with before hand.
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