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Surgery scheduled Fri. 14th, Need Info

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Pinky68
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Hi all, I can't sleep due to anxiety about surgery on Friday. I'm having my ovaries removed and it's supposed to be "drive-by-surgery". The surgery only lasts for 45 mins then 4 hrs in hospital before I can be released..then back to work in 6 days..

My onco referred me to an obgyn surgeon that "Is the best in town". Well, after waiting 3.5 hrs total, he spent about 3 mins w/ me. He didn't do any kind of exam, just went off what onco said..I preregister at the hospital tomorrow....What questions should I be asking? I haven't had much time to research this...

I'm super anxious!! I had 3 surgeries on my right breast and 9 lymphnodes with a different surgeon, he always spent about 15 mins with each appt.

This is supposed to be fairly easy and common, wish I wasn't so petrified.

thanks for your input...any advice what to expect would be wonderful!!
Thanks so much Pinks!!
Joyce

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Hi Joyce,
I couldn't sleep either which is why I am up on the discussion forum at 4:30 a.m. my time!

I haven't had my ovaries removed so I can't give you any advice, but I just wanted you to know that I will be watching the board to see good news later on how the surgery went. I'm sure you will be fine. Sounds like you have already been through way worse than this. Try not to worry too much, they know what they're doing even if we don't.

Good luck, Joyce!

*Hugs*
Cyndi

disneyfan2008
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wow no exam and LONG wait...geshhhh

I had totaly hysterctomy SO I am no help on yours...

I hope all goes well..

Denise

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I have my appt at the hospital this morning for the pre-registration and bloodwork, I'll let you know what they tell me...Cindy, luckily I finally fell asleep after my post, I hope you got some sleep last night!!!!

Hugs,
Joyce

survivorbc09
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Praying your surgery was successful and that you are resting comfortably. Post an update when you can.

Hugs, Jan

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hope4thebest
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Hi, From what I know and have read here, it's important to have the contact numbers handy for after surgery; trust that you dr is going to do their best. The dr comes in to see you prior to surgery, that morning, so you can always ask any last minute questions at that time. You will have his undivided attention.
I think the nurses do alot of the work, dr prepares for you behind the scenes, too. Trust, if you can. In my insomnia moments, I try to get things in order, so when I do finally wake up, it is tidy. Also, I will pick out a book that is an easy read, having nothing to do with medical issues.
Keeping you in prayers,
Annie

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Positive thoughts, prayers and hugs for you!

sdukowitz
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Thoughts and prayers are with you . . .I had total hysterectomy, laproscopic, and wasn't as bad as I thought during recovery . . . let us know how you're doing. . . prayers for a quick and healthy recovery . . . Sue D.

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Annie, such good advice for me.....My dad is always telling me to TRUST the dr's, I'm glad you feel that way too! I never even thought about the surgeon doing the work behind the scenes...I've often wondered if they even look at my past med history and/or medication allergies. But they probably do......I also try to do something when insomonia occurs, check email, read the book "Crazy Sexy Cancer", come on here(discussion boards) I find if I just lay there, I become extremely anxious!

Sue, thanks for posting your encouraging words!! Did I tell you I used to live in Alaska too?
Blessings,
Joyce

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Joyce, my thoughts and prayers are with you!

Big hugs,

Megan

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Just a quick update, I'm very sore right now..Got home last night at 10:00pm. Surgery went well, just very sore, will post again later

Thanks everyone,
Joyce

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So glad your surgery went well and that you are home now. It is always better to be home, rather than the hospital. Post when you can to update us Joyce. Just rest now and recoup!

Hugs, Noel

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Happy that is behind you now. Let others pamper you and take care of you!

Keep us updated!

Kylez

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Hope you are resting comfortably. Thoughts and prayers.

MAJW
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Happy that your surgery is over....if you have pain meds, take them...they not only control the pain but help with the soreness....and try to move around as much as it's comfortable.....

Wishing you better days...
Hugs, Nancy

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Lots of gentle hugs, positive thoughts and prayers for a fast recovery for you!

Debby

sdukowitz
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Hoping your recovery is going well . . . at least it is over . . .
Sue D.

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I really appreciate the helpful tips and super nice comments!
You are all so thoughtful!

Hugs,
Joyce

survivorbc09
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How are you doing now Joyce? And, who is in your picture? I love it!

Hugs, Jan

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RE
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3 minutes hardly seems like a long enough time to spend with you, sorry he did not spend much time with you! I am not sure what to tell you as I had a total hysterectomy. I will be lifting you in prayer, let us know how you do.

RE

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That is my grandson who just turned one last week! They were home visiting from Texas and I held him almost the entire time!!
Hi RE, yeah he hardly spent anytime with me. Asked if allergic to meds,how many children, then had me sign the consent form, that was it.........He poked his head in the preop room at the hospital to say running 2 hrs. late...He didn't even go out and talk to my husband after surgery, the nurse did. There's not even a followup appt scheduled, but I'm going in to see him tomorrow regardless because I'm still quite swollen and my stomach has a rash......surgeons, can't live w or wo them lol

Joyce

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I just had an emergency appendectomy and I am absolutely totally amazed at the difference in treatment by my Breast surgeon, Plastic surgeon and this General surgeon I had! WOW! My BS and PS are two of the most concerned compassionate Doc's I have ever met. The Gen Surgeon forgot I had BC with Mastectomy..I had my follow up because of what I feel are complications and wanted to be assured things were ok yesterday.. well I left there with..we need to get a CT scheduled and some blood drawn.. but no relief from the effects I went in to see him for! Still waiting for the CT Scheduler to call. When I see the PS or BS, their secretary schedules immediately any tests to be done.. I just feel like there is no concern this time around for how or ewhat I feel.
I hope you have better luck with your appointment!
Hugs
Sandy

survivorbc09
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Your grandson is adorable! I'd be holding him all of the time too! You look so young and are so pretty Joyce!

Good luck today at your surgeons office. Let us know what you find out.

Hugs, Jan

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Hi Joyce! :) It sounds like your doctor doesn't have a good bedside manner at all. But, if he did a good job as a surgeon, I guess that counts for something. Right? Rest, relax and just take it easy.

Sue :)

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It seems to be hit or miss sometimes with surgeons' bedside mannerisms! Like Ritzy stated, as long as they do a good job!
Survivorbc--Thanks for the kind words! Brayden radiates cuteness!!
Prayers to all,
Joyce

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hope4thebest
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Some people are not warm and fuzzy, but Dr could be more reassuring. Fill out a comment card and let the nurses know how much you appreciate them, if you really do. Take care,
Annie

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I sure hope he treats you better when you see him tomorrow. I don't care how busy they are, they can still treat us like the human beings we are. I hope the swelling and the rash aren't causing you too much discomfort.

HUGS!!!
Jamie

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I agree in not liking your surgeon too. I hope he treated you better today when he saw you. How is the rash?

Hugs, Diane

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Good that you're home! Did you see your surgeon about the rash? Was he nicer to you? I certainly hope so.

Debby

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I still have a little bit of it on my sides, but better and dr wasn't concerned...I;m sure liking this new oncologist! He spent about 15 mins with me and explained the Arimidex thoroughly....I don't think I;ll be going back to see the surgeon again, My onco seems very knowledgeable....
Thanks everyone for your thoughts and prayers during and after surgery, and for your concerns about the rash!!! I consider you all my Good Friends..

I'll let you know how I;m doing with the Arimidex,
Big Hugs,
Joyce

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I still have a little bit of it on my sides, but better and dr wasn't concerned...I;m sure liking this new oncologist! He spent about 15 mins with me and explained the Arimidex thoroughly....I don't think I;ll be going back to see the surgeon again, My onco seems very knowledgeable....
Thanks everyone for your thoughts and prayers during and after surgery, and for your concerns about the rash!!! I consider you all my Good Friends..

I'll let you know how I;m doing with the Arimidex,
Big Hugs,
Joyce

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Hi Joyce, just wanted to pipe in and say I'm happy you're recovering well. I had my ovaries removed with bilateral and recon., the rest was previously removed in 05.
Miles of Love,
~Kari

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Very happy that your surgery is over, you're home and hoping that with each day you start to feel better Joyce.

Hugs, very gentle ones,

Angie

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Pinky68
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I went back to work on Fri & Sat and was quite sore, but doing great now!!

I'm always amazed at everyones kindness on this site!

Kari, how are you doing?

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I hope your soreness ceases soon for you. Nice to read that you are doing great and felt good enough to go back to work. You still take it easy.

Hugs, Lex

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I haven't seen you post in awhile, so, wondered how you were. Post an update when you've got some time.

Thinking of you,

Noel

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Pinky68
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Everythings good...Just been real tired and a little down.
I think it's the Femara I started taking 5 nights ago ..

Other than that minor side effect and very minor hot flashes, all's well!

Thanks so much for asking!!

I haven't seen a couple of the newer ones post lately either,

CyndiJW? and Theresa?, (i think she's from another country)...Hoping they are both doing good...
Thanks Noel,
Joyce

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