Surgery Tomorrow

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Barbara Lee
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Date Joined Sep 2003
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   Posted 9/24/2013 10:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi folks:

Just wanted to let you know that I'll be away for a day (hopefully) possibly more. I'll be having my GYN/ONC surgery tomorrow. We are to report to the surgery department at 5:30am.

I've given my hubby Lynnwoods email address, I've sent him an email asking him to contact her, if I don't come home tomorrow night with him. Lynnwood will post if hubby contacts her, my daughter normally would do this, but she's away at college.

I'm pretty sure that the epidural will be out of the question. I did some research and most Doctors will not do epidurals on patients who take coumadin unless they've been off of the drugs for 5 days prior to the epidural. I've been taking my coumadin daily and haven't cut it back at all. They did have me eat a large salad last night, but according to what I read the risk of bleeding in the spinal canal is to great a risk for most Doctors.

So if that's the case with the epidural, then I'm going to receive general anesthesia. The big concern is my lungs and will I come off the ventilator easily when they wake me up. If I come off the vent I'll spend the night in the recovery room, as patients with sleep apnea (especially Central Sleep Apnea) can have difficulty with their breathing later on after waking up. If I don't come off the vent I'll be transferred to the ICU and the plan is to gently wean me off the vent.

They've got loads of blood ready in case I bleed to much and I'm okay with everything. Bit worried about the whole vent thing, but I'll get over it. I'm thinking positive and I hope to be putting out a post tomorrow night on my ipad around this time.

Take care of yourselves and I love my family here at HW. Thank you for all your love, support, many hugs, and prayers. Just in case I kick the bucket you know. smhair

Hugs to you all,
DX- RA, Lupus, Fibro, LGL Leukemia, Pulmonary Hypertension, Bells Palsy, Gastroparsis, Blood Clots, Glaucoma, Chronic Pericarditis & Pleurisy, Severe Anemia. Way to many medications to list.

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Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 25393
   Posted 9/24/2013 10:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Barb, you have my prayers and support for tomorrow's surgery. I would rather you have the GA, and just be put under for this, think it would be less stressful for you.

Don't feel pressured to post right away, think of yourself first, that's more important, if we have to wait to hear from you, so be it.

Hoping for all good things to come out of this, all fingers and toes crossed as well.

Your pain-buddy,

Age: 60, 56 at PC dx, PSA 16.3
3rd Biopsy: 9/8 7 of 7 Positive, 40-90%, 4+3
Open RP: 11/8, Catheter in 63 days
Path Rpt: 3+4, pT2c, 42g, 20% tumor, 1 pos margin
Incontinence & ED: None
Surgery Failed, recurrence within 9 months
Salvage Radiation 10/9-11/9, SRT failed within 9 months, PSA: Too High
Spent total of 1 ½ years on 21 catheters, Ileal Conduit Surgery 9/10,
7 other PC-related surgeries 2009-2012

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Date Joined Jul 2009
Total Posts : 14475
   Posted 9/25/2013 1:02 AM (GMT -6)   
Best of luck tomorrow! I'll be thinking of you.
Lupus, Fibromyalgia, Glaucoma, Asthma, Hypothyriodism, Sleep Apnea, OA, Depression, and Allergies

When life throws you lemons....
Pick them up and throw them right back at them! :))

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Date Joined Jun 2008
Total Posts : 1470
   Posted 9/25/2013 1:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Praying all goes smoothly Barb! You are always in my thoughts and prayers!!! <3
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   Posted 9/25/2013 5:00 PM (GMT -6)   
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Date Joined Feb 2011
Total Posts : 399
   Posted 9/26/2013 1:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Barbara,
     I am thinking of you tonight and sending you a warm ((((((((((((hug)))))))))))) across the many miles of Universe.  I will call this week-end to see how you are doing.
Love, Laura

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Date Joined Nov 2012
Total Posts : 264
   Posted 9/26/2013 5:43 AM (GMT -6)   
My prayers are with you as well and much needed positive healing energy. Just take care of yourself and get better and don't stress about anything.

*big hugs*

Much love,
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