View Full Version : Surgery Tomorrow...

01-09-2011, 10:19 PM
Well, here we go!

I'd be lying if I said I was completely at ease, and not worried. But I do have this strange sense of calm and acceptance. The hardest part will be wheeling me away from my wonderful husband. He has been so supportive and doing everything he can think of to make my recovery easier. He held me and cried today. He is so worried... We are still newlyweds ( a year and a half) , and being older, we appreciate every day we have together, especially since it has taken us 50 years to find each other! Getting this done and over with will be such a relief for him...

Surgery is always such a scary thing. But I know it will all be fine and I will be moving on to another stage of my life. I look forward to getting back to the old me, the one that Andy never knew. The one who had more energy. Able to be more spontaneous and do more than sit around after work with a heating pad and meds. I know I won't be 20 again, but I do believe I will be able to do much more than I do now.

I cannot express how much you all have meant to me. You have patiently answered my questions and listened to me vent, strengthened my resolve, given me courage, and been there for me like no one could be that doesn't understand what we go through. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart!! I will post as soon as I'm able. Amy (foofer) will post any info she sees from my hubbies facebook page. I can't wait to talk to you all and let you know how it went, from the other side.....


01-09-2011, 10:40 PM
Jenee good luck tommrrow

01-09-2011, 11:25 PM

You have that sense of calm because you know your next, and there is no backing out now. We waited many many years for this, its our destiny I guess. I will never forget that morning checking in to the hospital. I started out, downstairs, IV was hooked up, and waited. Then they rolled me up to the operating room staging area. There were a few others, not too many....You look, and wonder, what are they having done? My vascular surgeon came in and he asked me if I was nervous, and I said yes. He then inserted another IV in the top of my wrist in 1.6 seconds flat, gave me something to calm me down, and that was it. I woke up about a week later, or at least my brain woke up. I wondered what happened? I was standing by my bed, but didnít realize it. By the time my brain was back to normal from all the meds, I was already a pro at standing and ready for hallway races!

Its going to hurt, you know that....You will adapt and start your healing process. It feels strange with your new frame. Everything has been moved, and you feel so delicate, afraid to move. You move, and realize that you can now do that. You realize that you can stand. Some things hurt, and its all so new. You learn to adapt to this new body, and thatís it. The first few weeks are tough, and then it gets easier as you go.

Are you ready? You bet! Donít ever look back. Eyes on the prize, as Sharon says.
C u on the other side.
Try to smile!

01-10-2011, 12:58 AM
You'll do great Jenee'. You have plenty of support which is the ideal, you know you don't have to worry about a thing. You have a great doctor, you know what's ahead. We often hear the worst of it here, but it's not always that bad. Hopefully you'll travel a smooth road and a few weeks or months down the track, you'll say, "It wasn't that bad."

Thinking of you. Glad you've found that strange sense of calm. I did too, and as I expected, those last hours and minutes before surgery were ok.

Looking forward to seeing you on the other side!

01-10-2011, 01:04 AM
I am so amazed at how so many of you folks have had your surgeries years ago and are still on here, encouraging others. You guys rock!! Thanks again.
Ed, you always know just what to say, say it with honesty and no sugar coating. I love it. I like realism. You are like my scarecrow. Remember Dorothy's gang??? I'm going to click my red shoes three times, say "there is no place like home", and hurry up and get well and go HOME where I can be back in contact with my forum friends. I truly hope I have it in me to continue on this site and help others like all of you have helped me.
See you on the other side!

01-10-2011, 02:13 PM
Very, very best of luck to you! I hope they let you wear those red shoes! It will be great to hear from you on the other side. I had that sense of calm too--it was strange. Thinking of you and your husband tomorrow. Janet