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SnapDragon2
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I wish all of you could be at the hospital with me when I have surgery!  You all know how it is suppose to be and how things are suppose to look and feel.  Ya, I'm super nervous.  Never had surgery before so this one is first and hopefully last!

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Trubrit
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just in spirit, and not physically. 

Take your mobile or lap top, and check in with us just as soon as you are up to it. We can still answer your questoins and give you comfort. 

You're on my calendar for the 7th.

Tru

SnapDragon2
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Thank you, Tru!  Surgery pushed back to the 21st.

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I am sorry it has been moved.  I hate anything being postponed just leads to more anxiety. 

Tru

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SandiaBuddy
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Best of luck in the upcoming surgery.  You only have a few days left, but if you focus on eating well, sleeping as much as possible and exercising, I bet the time will pass quickly and productively.

SnapDragon2
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Thank you so much, Sand!  I've been eating really good but still no needed weight gain "sigh", not sleeping or excerising though.

Dagney1924
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Prayers sent your way, but you will be fine. Try to get up and move around as soon as you can.

 

SnapDragon2
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Thank you Dagney!  I feel I will be just fine after surgery, its getting thru surgery that worries me, ha.

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At least for me, surgery was not that big a deal.  Plus, you are committed to it.  It is kind of like flying in an airplane when you are nervous.  Once you are roaring down the runway, there is not much you can do but trust the pilot and try to enjoy the flight.  Good luck.

SnapDragon2
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I am happy you made it thru without much complication.  I pray I do too.  I love your advice, it connects/makes sense.

danker
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It is not worth worrying about.  In all probability, you will be fine!!   Cannot tell how old you are, but are probably younger than my 77 when I had the surgery.  Soon to be 88 and NED for ten years. If I could do it at my advanced age, you can surely do as well and join us NED survivors.  Good Luck!!

SnapDragon2
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Thank you so much Danker!  That means alot to me. 

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When I had my surgery, the only other time I had been in the hospital was to give birth. I know how you feel. But there’s nothing you can do change it. You will get through this trial by fire and eventually you will mend. I found I was very impatient with the speed of my healing. Very frustrating. But I will tell you drink plenty of water afterwards and walk as often and as much as you are able.

Sending love and strength to you.

k

SnapDragon2
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Thank you so much K!  I really appreciate all the non-sugar coated experiences you all share.

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They will give you sleepy stuff, you will wake up wondering when they are going to start.... You won't feel a thing till it's time to get up and get moving... Then it's going to hurt like hell... But the more you move, the lesser the pain will feel...

SnapDragon2
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Thank you so much, Anne!

danker
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I Think I was 78 when I had my colon operation.  I"ll be 88 later this year, having be NED for lo these last ten years.  If it can happen at my age, it can also work for you!  May we all become NED forever!!!

SnapDragon2
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This makes me smile!!!  Thank you for sharing your journey.

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You do have this.    To quote that FDR guy, you have nothing to fear but  fear itself.  It will go fine, and you will get the result you want.  If there are some small speed bumps, come on here and tell us about it, and the wonderful people who have been on this board for years will help you through that too.

SnapDragon2
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Thank you so much, Dude!  Its a really good feeling to know you all are here for support.

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Annabelle41415
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The anticipation of the surgery is the worst part of all.  You can get through this.  You have a couple days left, go to the hospital and it's all done and over with.  You will be so glad that it is behind you.  You can do it.  Please let us know when you can how you are doing.  We will be waiting for you to let us know that all is well.  You are going to be sore, but walk, walk, walk.  You will do so much better if you do.  Wishing you the best.

Kim

SnapDragon2
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Ya, the anticipation makes my emotions crazy for sure.  I will check in after surgery.  Thank you so much for everything!

annie4145
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Hope your recovery is going well and you feel better as soon as possible.

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I hope the surgery went well for you today.  When you are feeling up to it, let us know how you are doing.

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You are out of surgery now and just want you to know I've been thinking about you.  When you are able to walk a little, sit up and get on a computer, it would be nice to hear from you.  But first, take care of yourself and we will be waiting here to hear how you are doing.

Kim

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AnneO1965
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Hope you are doing well Snap... I know it hurts, but it WILL get better. Let us know how you are doing when you can. I'm thinking of you and said a prayer for you when I woke up yesterday.

SnapDragon2
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Hi Everyone!  Got home yesterday.  Surgery went good, they saved my life.  However, I was left in the recovery area for 18 1/2 hrs being shuffled around and out of the way to make room for other patients coming out of surgery.  Surgical team saved me but administrative errors almost killed me.  Thank God I survived.

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If it makes you feel any better, I spent almost 24 hours in a hallway waiting for a room to open. . . Luckily, when I finally got a room, it was a private room and I was able to sleep.  Sometimes health care is not what we picture it to be.

SnapDragon2
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Pretty much same here, half the time was spent in the hallway not even hooked up to any monitors.  18 1/2 hrs shuffled around recovery area, second spot I was in was a horror story.  They wheeled a man beside me, started waking him up and he went into the death rattle.  It was chaos at that point.  Staff was working hard and fast to save him but they couldn't.  I was in the middle of it.  I was screaming to get me out of there.  Another spot I was moved to, same thing with another man.  The man lived that time thank God!  

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I guess I was lucky, I was just with guys shouting for their pain pills all night long.  But, hopefully in a few months, yours will make a good story.  It is great that you are back home and can focus on healing.

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It sounds like you are feeling good, emotionally; and I hope the same goes for you physically - though it is along process, where you will have good days, and want to do more than you should - so don't. And bad days when you just want to veg on the couch - but you still need to walk as much as you can. 

I'm sorry you got lost in the shuffle. 18 1/2 hours it TOTALLY unacceptable, and I hope you have filed a report.  I am glad that someone got you sorted, and you could be a little more comfortable in a hospital room. 

Be good. Do what the Doctor says. And heal well. 

So good to see you posting. 

Tru

SnapDragon2
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Thank you, Tru!  Its so good to be home.

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myAZmountain
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Great news that the surgery went well and you made it home--despite a horrible experience in Recovery. So sorry that happened to you! 

SnapDragon2
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Thank you AZ!  It feels good to be home.

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It's so good to hear that you are home already.  Now you can sleep in your own bed.  You are still going to be really sore, but it's better than being in a hospital bed.  Thank you for posting and letting us know you are doing ok.  Sorry to hear of the wait you had to go through.  Hopefully, you will get a home health care nurse to help you in the next day or two.  Wishing you a speedy recovery.

Kim

SnapDragon2
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Thank you, Kim!  It feels good to be home.  Haven't made it past the recliner to the bed yet but maybe in another day or two.  My son and dogs really missed me and have been sleeping in living room too.  I had the choice of a home health nurse but the dr's thought that I'd stress more about the nurse coming than she could actually help so I declined it.  I can change my mind at any time tho.  What I really need is someone to keep my house clean and clothes washed, haha.

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After my surgery and during chemo, I had a saying, "there are certain things that aren't going to get done this year."  For me, it was stuff like trimming bushes and trees, but the same theory applies.  I don't know if anyone has mentioned to you the "hug the pillow" technique, but it sure benefited me to have an extra pillow around to take the stress off the abs when sneezing, coughing or laughing.  Cheers!

SnapDragon2
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Gosh yes, a pillow would have been nice earlier today.  My son is packing for a cruise next week so I was telling him to eat over his plate, don't have gravy or spaghetti (ya know just kidding with him about dribbling on his shirt) and my husband said in his Seinfeld voice "and no marinara for you"...I cracked up over that and it hurt!!!!

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they didn't give you a binder? Did they teach you how to roll up on your arm so as not to use your abdomen when you get out of bed

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Annabelle41415
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They never gave me a binder after surgery, only after hernia surgery.  It would have hurt like heck with me with a binder after my surgery as my whole stomach was cut and even hurt to wear loose PJ bottoms.

Kim

SnapDragon2
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i don't know what that is.  They never mentioned a binder,  Like Kim, I had open surgery.  35 staples in my abdomen.  Maybe thats why it wasnt offered? idk, but I do know it hurts to move wrong or to fast and to laugh...whew!

 

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Oh, I was cut all up my belly too. I know it seems counter intuitive but the binder made it better. And all those things that you mentioned hurting, the binder makes hurt less. For me, it felt like it was just keeping everything in place. And it isn't like the way pjs or zippered pants feel because it covers whole torso. I woke up with it on after surgery.

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SandiaBuddy
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LOL.  I tried to be cheerful after the surgery, but man, laughing really hurt.  Hopefully this will soon be an experience in the rearview mirror.

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AnneO1965
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Glad you are home and the surgery is done done done! Take it easy and listen to your body. Don't push yourself to clean that house and do that laundry... You are recovering, darnit...  LOL

Really, I'm glad that you are doing well, take care of yourself.

Anne

SnapDragon2
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Good morning, Anne!  Yes, so happy its done.  I'm babying myself and learning how to move as not to create any complications...whew!

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