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Posted 12-02-2012 at 07:51 by lettie

I went to my pre- op appointment mid January. It was all very straightforward. My blood tests were repeated, as the lot that I had had done at New Year were a bit abnormal. I had a load of paperwork filled in and a few questions answered.

I was horrified to find that I would need about 6 weeks off... Six weeks!!!!! what the hell am I going to do with myself for all that time?? The nurse said that it was a common misconception with keyhole surgery that you recover in a couple of weeks. She said that the outside scarring won't be as bad, but the inside is, and seeing as they will be removing an organ, this is still major abdominal surgery...... Yikes!!!

I had to break the news to work that I would be unavailable for 6 weeks, no lifting, pushing and pulling eg hoovering, driving etc. I was going to be bored out of my wits.

I started to prepare for a hospital stay, pre-op clinic had said that I may need an overnight stay, again, this was not what I wanted to hear, I was hoping to be in and out the same day. I packed a small bag with some clean pyjamas and toiletries, put a book in there for good measure and made sure I had a couple of quid for newspapers etc. I was told that the surgery is generally done about a month after pre-op and that I would get a letter.... I was starting to get really nervous now.

What if I didn't wake up, or woke up too soon??
Would the post-op pain be dreadful?
Would I be able to manage the pain?
Would I wake up gagging on an ET tube or even worse.....vomiting??

As you can see, I was calm, relaxed and hopeful about the whole thing..
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    Margaret Pilkington's Avatar
    We worry more because we know more Lettie.

    I also think we worry about how we will be perceived by other nurses(our peers)....we think that they will thing we are big soft wussies.........when in fact we are probably bigger stoics than anyone else.
    I would imagine that the post - op pain would be nowhere near the level of pain you experienced with Biliary colic.(Nicola had gall bladder disease.....and Kidney stones too - she said it is the worst pain in the world).
    I'm certain you would be a nervous(aren't all patients a little bit nervous anyway), but exemplary patient.
    Posted 12-02-2012 at 08:04 by Margaret Pilkington Margaret Pilkington is online now
    Updated 12-02-2012 at 08:06 by Margaret Pilkington
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    susie123's Avatar
    I had a colostomy done by laparoscopy three weeks ago...
    I'm 65, never been in hospital or had surgery before. Shared all your thoughts and fears, was so relieved to wake up and find the post op pain was manageable, got up and went to the loo on my own straight away etc etc. Home after 5 days with the consultant reminding me that I had major surgery, take it slowly... Scars healed now but next step is radio/chemotherapy on my bum ... something to look forward to!

    Never mind, you'll be back at work soon...
    Posted 12-02-2012 at 10:40 by susie123 susie123 is offline
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    Nowt to be concerned about Let,Had about 7/8 ops- one the day after i was taken from work to me doctors. They said twas that urgent, Just look at it this way, We are like Cars, the older we get the more things wear out n get knackered, n the fact is we paid enough N.I. so they should sort us.
    Posted 12-02-2012 at 13:51 by cashman cashman is online now

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