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Iluv2qtr
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   Posted 7/12/2009 7:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Ok..  Where do I begin?   I went in for my first ever operation this past Friday (July 10th).  I am 36 years old and have to get my tonsils taken out and my uvula and palate trimmed due to their size it is causing sleep apnea.
 
Ok..  Again..  First operation EVER.  DEATHLY afraid of going under Anesthesia.  I am on Xanax and Paxil for anxiety.  Of course, day of the operation they push me up due to an emergency with who my dr. was working on before me. 
 
So after waiting...  I finally see the anesthesialogist and I just break out sweating..  And drenched!   And we get as far as he gives me three shots (for nasuea and two others), and he leaves.  I'm sitting there thinking about it...  And just can't do it.  I buzz for the nurse and I wind up cancelling.
 
Now on top of that...  My anxiety is flarring up thinking about it non-stop.  I have to get this operation done, because I feel the tightness in my throat from the tonsils.  But I am just so afraid of the anesthesia.
 
ANY HELP WOULD BE GREAT!!!!

Allestaria
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   Posted 7/12/2009 8:36 PM (GMT -6)   
I've had 3 C-Sections. Oral surgery and stitches from glass in my leg when I was about 2.

Anyway 3- c-sections. I was asleep for the first one and woke up feeling like crap. The other 2 I stayed awake and it was much easier on me and my body. Though we found out. Doctors and myself that I have a very low tolerance to drugs. Most people who have these done are usually out of the "watched" stage with in an hour. I was out in 2-4 hours because it lasted so long.

I will say if your fear is not waking up. I wouldn't worry so much about that. If they can put you in a comma and wake you from that. Then waking up from anesthesia is not a problem
If your worried about feeling sick from it. Well some people do get a little upset tummy's and feel very groggy when they come out of it. But that is all normal. The doctors expect it.
I slept so good I didn't want to wake up.

You should ask the doc if there is a pill you could take to help relax you more the day of the surgery. That way you wont run. And you can get this over with. Or have a friend/family take you. Usually that forces us to be a little stronger then we want to be. And you have some support before and after the surgery is done.

Good luck
Cary-Ann

Nanners
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   Posted 7/13/2009 8:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Ilove2qtr,

I have had multiple surgeries due to a chronic health condition I have. I am always anxious beforehand. I always ask and have received no problem Ativan via IV. It almost always knocks me out even before I get to the OR. Maybe you can talk to your doctor about your fears and they can plan on you taking something before you leave home and then something when you get there to calm you down. Good luck!

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Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium  w/Vit D, and Xanax as needed for my anxiety.  Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
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stkitt
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   Posted 7/13/2009 8:48 AM (GMT -6)   
 
Hello and welcome to HealingWell and the A & P Forum.
 
I am sorry to hear of your cancelled surgery after you were already medicated.  Would you mind sharing what 3 medications your received before you changed your mind about the surgery?
 
You have come to a great place to find support and advice from the wonderful members who post here daily.
 
Stick with us,
Kitt

 

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Iluv2qtr
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   Posted 7/13/2009 6:21 PM (GMT -6)   
He gave me an anti-nausea injection. The other two... To be honest.. I have no idea. I was too terrified to even pay attention.

And to make matters worse.. And even though everyone says it's not that big of a deal.. It's not just a regular tonsilectomy. He is trimming the pallet and uvula as well. I was finally down to 1mg of Xanax XR but I was so bad today, I had to take a second one just to calm me down a little bit and I didn't sleep for a single second all night last night. I called my psychiatrist and he was supposed to have called me back.. But of course he didn't. And he has NO appointments until my scheduled appointment on Sept. 1st. So I took it upon myself to take the extra Xanax since I was taking 2 mg for a very long time. And it did subside the agony some what.

The doctor is now making an exception to take time to do th procedure for me this Friday, even though it is not his surgery day. His secretary basically called the hospital and pleaded for them to fit me in this Friday. I am TERRIFIED that I'm not going to be able to do it.... But I know I somehow have to.

I think it is the issue of not knowing what to expect, flipping out when I get rolled into the OR, not waking up and the procedure going fine. (Ok... That covers everything...)

Everyone at work is having a field day with this. I just can't wait for this to be past me. I just have to somehow get to that point... And through it...

Thank you again everyone. I appreciate it.

Allestaria
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   Posted 7/13/2009 6:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Any surgery is a big deal. At least to me it is.

Sorry to hear you didn't get the returned phone call. I would of hounded him.. But that is me =)

What did the doc say about taking a sedative of some sort the day of the surgery? Have you found a friend/family member to take you? Have you called and chatted with the anesthesiologist? You might also want to go over what you should expect when you wake up. How you might feel. both physical and mentally. Cover everything. That way you understand and will not be shocked when you wake up.

The best way to look at this. Is your not the first patient to go through this. So don't be scared to ask as many questions as you need to to feel comfortable. Make sure they understand how you are feeling. They should take an extra step to make it easier on you. Learn as much as you can. Call the hospital the day before and chat with a nurse, doctor and the anesthesiologist. Take a friend/family member with you for support.

You can do this. You are a strong person. Take a deep breath and say "OK, I'm better off getting this done and I will do it". Reinforce it.

Good luck, Big Hugs,

Cary-Ann

Iluv2qtr
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   Posted 7/15/2009 9:39 AM (GMT -6)   
First of all... I want to thank everyone for trying to make this easier.. I'm two days away... And going crazy... Was given permission to up Xanax XR from 1 mg to 2 mg. I'm still terrified though... Hahahahahaha. Go figure.. I know I HAVE to do this. Now I have this horrible anxiety feeling again that I haven't had in a LONG time. I'm now afraid that won't go away once this operation is done as well... But I'm keeping my fingers crossed. I go in on Friday... So hopefully Saturday evening I will be posting on here that I actually went through with it.

You guys are the best.

stkitt
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   Posted 7/15/2009 9:44 AM (GMT -6)   

Good Morning,

One day at a time and by Saturday this will all be behind you.  Use your Xanax and do try to find things to keep your mind occupied on other things..............Go to a movie, rent some funny videos.  Go to the mall.  Just get out and do something,  anything at all.

Practice deep breathing and stay in the moment.  The minute your mind starts to wander to the "What if?" pull back and look around you.  Find something to focus on.  Bake a batch of cookies and share them with us.  smhair

We are here sending you good vibes and we will help you through this tough times.

(((((((((((((((Hugs))))))))))))))

Kitt


 

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Nanners
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   Posted 7/15/2009 10:05 AM (GMT -6)   
I agree with Kitt, find something else to focus on!! Also, I feel for you as your anxiety is so high, but I really hope with all the hoops your doctor went thru that you go thru with your surgery. I think if you don't, then who knows when you will be able to get this obviously needed surgery. I would recommend you taking your Xanax the morning of your surgery to help calm your fears some. You wouldn't be human if your weren't nervous. Also, be sure to ask the anthesieologist for something to help calm you when you get to the hospital. I have had so many surgeries I have lost track of the number, but I always ask as I am always nervous too. I am sure everything will turn out well, and before you know it you will be on the road to recovery.

Gentle hugs and Best wishes,
Gail*Nanners*
Gail*Nanners* Co-Moderator for Crohns Disease and Anxiety/Panic Forum
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium  w/Vit D, and Xanax as needed for my anxiety.  Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
*Every tomorrow has two handles.  We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith"*

mikeman
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   Posted 7/16/2009 8:01 AM (GMT -6)   
iluv2qtr,

The same exact thing happened to me with my first surgery. I was overwhelmed with the Anesthesia questions and deathly afraid of never waking up. I pulled the monitors off my chest, took off my gown and broke out in a sweat pleading to get me out of the pre-op room.

What my wife did was prey the night before that there would be angels watching over me.
My history of anxiety totally prepared my wife for a predictable panic disorder on my day of surgery.
My wife and a very attractive, kind nurse consulted me and urged me to have the surgery, I listened to their voices and pushed away those anxiety demons.
I finally calmed down enough to proceed with getting sedated.
I woke up having completed the surgery and I'm grateful that those angels were looking out for me.
You need to have someone there that can help you shift your thoughts and you will be able to conquer your fears like I did.
Age:31 Married with children.
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Ulcerative Colitis cause: In 2003 I took Accutane for about 4 months, strong side effects of abdominal cramping and bloody stools.
May 2004: Diagnosed with Left sided UC -should have understood the IBD warning and should've never taken the dangerous drug
known as Accutane.
May 2004- May 2009: Prednisone, Asacol and many other med's that did not work well-Remicade was great for 16 months then suddenly stopped working.
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May -June 2009: Pancolitis- chronic 2 month flare up that put me out of work and made me seriously think about surgery.
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October-November 2009: planned Reversal.
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No more diseased colon. No more running to the bathroom 20+ times a day. No more cramping and bleeding. Satisfied with first surgery.


Iluv2qtr
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   Posted 7/16/2009 9:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you, everyone!! Mikeman, thanks for the latest... Tomorrow morning is the big day. My fiancee will be there the whole time this time.... And hopefully they will have a shot of something ready for me as soon as I walk in. No matter what, I have to somehow get this done and over with... I hope I am posting it is done and over with Saturday evening!!!!

Thank you again everyone. This did help my mind... Now I just have to keep that ease as I get there tomorrow. ;)

Nanners
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   Posted 7/16/2009 10:04 AM (GMT -6)   
Were you alone last time before your surgery? If so, I could definetly see myself getting super anxious.

Just make sure your fiancee is right there with you till you go to the OR. Will keep you in my prayers that your surgery goes perfectly.

Hugs
Gail*Nanners*
Gail*Nanners* Co-Moderator for Crohns Disease and Anxiety/Panic Forum
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium  w/Vit D, and Xanax as needed for my anxiety.  Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
*Every tomorrow has two handles.  We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith"*

dixibella
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   Posted 7/16/2009 2:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Iluv2qtr,
Sorry to hear you are having such a hard time with this but it is totally understandable and normal to be nervous about surgery! Definitely take your Xanax and maybe your fiancee can talk you through things and try to keep you occupied as well. Bring something with you to distract yourself, a book or crossword, something maybe you two can do together to make the time fly and before you know it you will be healing and this huge mountain will be behind you.
I had anesthesia once and I was terrified, they wouldn't let me have valium beforehand either and they pretty much had to hold my arm down to get the medication in my arm... but I woke up groggy an hour later and besides feeling a little loopy was fine. I was amazed at how quick it went. I did have my best friend hold my hand until they gave me the medication, perhaps you can have your fiancee do the same? It really helped to have a support person there just to talk to about mundane stuff to keep me focused elsewhere. Definitely talk to your nurse when you are admitted and let them know about your anxiety and hopefully they can work with you to make it easier so you can get through this. I know its huge but it sounds like you need this, just focus on that, that you will feel better after you have it and that your doctor wants you to have this done. They wouldn't set you up for surgery if you didn't need it. Good luck tomorrow and I hope you are feeling better very soon!
~Dixi

Iluv2qtr
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   Posted 7/16/2009 2:38 PM (GMT -6)   
My fiancee was there the last time... But after the postponed the time for the second time.. She had to go back to work.. So for the last 1 1/2 hours - 2 hours I was alone.... And EVERYONE was off the floor.. Just me.. Sooooo, yea.. That was alittle nerve racking. Now I've just been a wreck the whole week. Just hoping I have the strength tomorrow morning to do this and by this time tomorrow I'll be in my room watching some baseball.

Thank you again everyone.. I will keep you posted.

stkitt
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   Posted 7/16/2009 3:00 PM (GMT -6)   
You  can do this and you will do this so keep on moving and don't dwell on how anxious you are..............find something to keep busy and take your med before bedtime so you stay in the quiet zone.  Take it in morning too if you can.  I do not know how often you may take it but it feels to me like if you can you should use it.
 
Good luck and take care
Kitt

 

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Iluv2qtr
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   Posted 7/16/2009 9:39 PM (GMT -6)   
WELL, it's 10:38 pm. And I am terrified!!! My stomach is killing me, I am dizzy and it's going to be a LONG night. I know I have to do this though... Wish me luck everyone!

Talk to you all soon!

Nanners
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   Posted 7/17/2009 7:58 AM (GMT -6)   
I know you can do it. Just think how much better life will be for you once you get these medical problems taken care of. Kick the stinkin thinkin to the curb!

Good luck!
Gail*Nanners* Co-Moderator for Crohns Disease and Anxiety/Panic Forum
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium  w/Vit D, and Xanax as needed for my anxiety.  Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
*Every tomorrow has two handles.  We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith"*

Iluv2qtr
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   Posted 7/19/2009 2:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Well.. Somehow I made it! I was scared to death, especially when the rolled me in. But I'm home now and on the road to recovery. Now I know why everyone said they lose weight after this... I can't even swallow water.. Hahahahaha. But.. That I can deal with. I am just so glad this is behind me. Thanks to all of you. You all had a great part of getting me through this. You all are the best. God Bless and I hope to keep in touch!

Nanners
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   Posted 7/20/2009 8:53 AM (GMT -6)   
Hoorah!!! You did it!!! I am so glad to hear you had the surgery and are recovering well. Enjoy all the ice cream and popsicles you can handle:)

Hugs
Gail*Nanners*
Gail*Nanners* Co-Moderator for Crohns Disease and Anxiety/Panic Forum
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium  w/Vit D, and Xanax as needed for my anxiety.  Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
*Every tomorrow has two handles.  We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith"*

stkitt
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   Posted 7/20/2009 9:55 AM (GMT -6)   
 
Whoooooo hooooo yeah   yeah   yeah   yeah   You made it and we are all so proud of you.  Here is a little dance line to cheer you on while you slurp on popsicles and enjoy ice cream. 
 
Lots of hugs and make sure you add this to your list of goals you have accomplished.

Health & Happiness,
Kitt

 

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