I would probably say that if you didn't feel a bit overwhelmed and anxious something is wrong. I like your sense of humor where you are waiting to run for it as soon as you get over to the hospital. Not that I know anything about surgery but living with crohns for the past 12 years i've seen all the tests and had my 4th scope yesterday. Surgery may be in the forecast for me as well.
Don't focus so much on the surgery but try to focus on the time after that where the surgery will be behind you and you can move forward.
Post Edited (JAB) : 2/13/2009 12:27:12 PM (GMT-7)
I am the biggest baby when it comes to blood, pain and needles and I look back on my Nov 2008 resection as a piece of cake.
The best advice I was given was from this site....I was told to be sure to discuss with the surgeon the pre-op issues of the cathetor, the NG tubes and so forth...so I told my surgen that I needed to be out for those things...and no problem, once in pre-op they asked me a few questions to be sure I was who I said I was...the IV lines were already in place...so then I got a hit of joy juice...went spacey for a few seconds...then out like a light....woke up in a lot of pain so I just punched/clicked the IV pain line and in a few moments I was asleep again. I was up and walking after a day and 1/2 in the ICU (the ICU is just a pre-caution) the cathetor and the NG tubes were removed at some point but I can't remember....I kept taking the pain drups for about 3 or 4 days....walked as often as i could....
I did have a pillow held against by stomach the whole time I was in bed.....operated on a Tuesday, home the following Monday, back to work for a few hours three days after that, wife went up north to care for her mother 5 days after I got out of the hospital so I had to care for myself......had the staples removed one week after discharge from the hospital and was back to work full time the day after that....flew out of town for a sales call less than a week after that.
THE BIGGEST WARNING I CAN GIVE:
Do Not Take Your Blackberry Or Computer With You Into The Hospital!!!!!!!!!
I know I sent off some very strange and confusing text messages and e-mails from my Blackberry. I thought I knew what I was doing...but like a drunk driver I didn't have the control or connective thought process, while on the pain killers, that I thought I had.
As for the fear of the surgery and the anesthesia......Have you won the big Lotto? You have almost the same chance of having a problem in surgery as do of winning the lotto....you will be fine.