View Full Version : 4 Days and counting

11-07-2009, 05:38 PM
Wow I can not believe that I am now only 4 days from my surgery. I am getting so nervous, but so ready to be on the other side of all that I have been going through the past two years. I am so afraid that there is something that I did not get done before hand. I know my husband and kids will do fine while I am down I am just a worry wart, and it is driving me crazy. I am starting to have trouble sleeping. Any suggestions?

11-07-2009, 06:02 PM
If you are like me, you will spend a lot of time in the days before surgery getting everything ready. About two days before, I experienced a strange kind of calm...as if it was out of my hands. I didn't really sleep the night before...I stayed up late on purpose b/c it seemed silly to try and sleep and then I had to get up so early. By the time I got to the hospital, I was very calm and everything sort of takes on a life of its own...doctors and nurses telling you what to do, etc.
You'll do great and before you know it, you'll be waking up...YEAH!
So spoil yourself the next few days...eat out, order in, watch movies with your kids. Good luck...I'll be thinking of you!

11-07-2009, 06:23 PM
This part of the home run is the hardest but I couldn't agree more than with Kathy's words. I hope you get that inexplicable calmness that allows you to just relax and allow time to drift by, knowing there's nothing more to be done but put yourself into the hands of others, who will take very good care of you.

All the very best Loris, for a successful surgery and a smooth, comfortable and well-cared-for recovery.

11-07-2009, 08:39 PM
Hi Loris,
Try no to worry about a thing. I know its easier said than done. With regards to sleeping, I couldn't sleep either but because I had to stop all natural therapies previous to the op (accupuncture, vitamins etc), I used to make myself a strong cammomile tea - let it brew while I have a shower with Johnson & Johnsons Baby Bedtime Bath gel, then apply Baby Bedtime Baby Oil - get dressed - drink the tea and sleeeeeeeeeep!
Best wishes for your upcoming surgery and the very best wished of a smooth and speedy recovery.:)

11-07-2009, 11:32 PM
4 days out, i bet you are a little nervous! I reckon everybody would feel that way, I know I will. Try and relax the best you can :)

You should try and stay up for as long as you possibly can and eventually you will just fall asleep.

11-08-2009, 07:50 PM

You will get through these last few days,....although they are the absolute hardest. My advice is to ask for the 'happy juice' as soon as the anesthesiologist will give it to you. It calmed me down and I couldn't care less that they were wheeling me into surgery.

I can't wait to hear how you did after everything is all over.

Good luck,

11-08-2009, 08:07 PM
Ahhh...yes...the happy juice...I have to laugh. I felt like I was visited by EVERYONE in that little "room." Surgeons, assistants, nurses, anesthesiologists. It was the nurse anesthetist (sp?) who I asked and she had this litttle syringe in her breastpocket. She said "Oh this? Sure!" and that's the last thing I remember!

11-09-2009, 01:08 AM
I was in the holding bay and nobody had offered me anything and though I was by that stage, quite calm and accepting, I asked for a pre-op. Nurse brought me a tablet, I took it and I don't remember anything else until waking in Intensive Care about 9 hours later. I would recommend it to everyone.

11-10-2009, 02:11 AM
Ho loris,

All my best for god speed in your recovery.

Take care, you'll be fine!!! Tell your husband to keep us posted, on your progress.

In my prayers and all by best,

11-10-2009, 03:33 AM
Hi Loris

I think Jen said it best. The calmness happened to me, accepting the fact that you will no longer have control, letting go, and relying on professional people to handle things. I call it the "zombie" state. It got to the point were I couldn't focus on anything at all.

Soon it will be over. The healing stage will begin.

I will admit that the "happy juice" Debbe suggested sounds like a great idea. (For myself) LOL

Hang in there


11-10-2009, 12:25 PM
Thanks everyone, and you are right I am now getting to that stage of not being quite so nervous (kind of wierd). I have everything packed and ready to go to the hospital at 6:30 tomorrow morning with a 8:30 surgery time. I know I am in the best hands I can be in and I know he will take good care of me. I will post as soon as I am able to let you know how it went.

11-10-2009, 12:28 PM
I'll be thinking of and praying for you and your family. It can seem a little overwhelming, but we only have today. And take it one day at a time after your surgery. Take it easy and god bless

11-10-2009, 10:44 PM
Best of luck to you. I know you'll do fine and then you can start the job of recovering. Prayers for a good correction and complications-free recovery! Janet

11-11-2009, 02:03 AM
Just remember that we are here to comfort and help you in ant way.
When you fell well enough to get on here, we'll be here for you!!!

If you have question or concerns, ask! No question is stupid, because most of us have been there. Why worry when we can give you an answer, when you need an answer.

Here for you,

11-11-2009, 03:03 AM
Best wishes for today (aussie timezone). Heres hoping all goes well.

11-11-2009, 04:12 AM
may God bless u during and after for your recovery. Youre gonna be straight soon! yay! :)

11-11-2009, 09:51 AM
Thinking of you today.


11-11-2009, 11:45 AM
I'll be thinking of you, and sending up prayers, throughout the day.

It's been about 2 1/2 months since my surgery (T-3 to L-3), but it already seems long ago and far away. . .

I look forward to your "from the other side" posts. . .

Gentle hugs. . >

11-11-2009, 04:24 PM
Thinking of you today Loris. Sending best wishes.

dolores a
11-11-2009, 07:09 PM
Hi Loris,

By the time you read your posts you'll have had your surgery and on your way to healing. Do be patient because it will get better every day, just accept everyone's help and do as the doctor orders, eat well, walk, and especially rest, resting and taking it easy these next few weeks will help to speed your recovery time.

11-11-2009, 09:32 PM
Thought of you all day! Can't wait to hear how it all went. Rest, rest, rest....

11-12-2009, 03:15 AM
You are in my thoughts Loris. I hope you are resting comfortably now.