Tentative date set for my surgery.

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Re: Tentative date set for my surgery.

Post by Kystar » Tue Dec 23, 2008 9:51 pm

According the insurance, it's a go. Provided nothing pops up in the pre-op testing that's being done on Dec 29th. Sigh.

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Re: Tentative date set for my surgery.

Post by Crazy Healer Lady » Wed Dec 24, 2008 2:15 am

Well that is good news!!! I'll be thinking of you on the 29th [-o<
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Re: Tentative date set for my surgery.

Post by Willow » Wed Dec 31, 2008 6:40 am

I hope the testing went well, and that is good news about the insurance! Keep us posted ! :hug:
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Re: Tentative date set for my surgery.

Post by Kystar » Thu Jan 01, 2009 8:08 pm

Well, I'm waiting for them to call me for the finalized plans. Since I got the testing done right before New Years, I didn't expect to hear from them until Friday, so the fact that I'm still waiting isn't a big deal. However, since I have two working days (four days total, urgh! :pale: ), I'm hoping they aren't slow to call!

The panic is at a manageable level right now, but I don't know how much that's going to stay constant.

Happy New Year, hospital-phobic one, five days into 2009, you're heading in for some major surgery! YAY! #-o ](*,)

Sorry.
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Re: Tentative date set for my surgery.

Post by Crazy Healer Lady » Thu Jan 01, 2009 9:47 pm

You'll do absolutely fine. No worries! Hope you get the call soon. Think how good everything will be after this is over.

[-o< Thinking of you and sending energy!
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Re: Tentative date set for my surgery.

Post by Kystar » Fri Jan 02, 2009 8:16 am

I've been trying to focus on the positives, I really have. But, I've come to the conclusion that the fear stems from a trust issue.

I have to trust that they'll knock me out right, that they'll do their job right, and that everything will come together like they say it will. Here's the problem, I don't know these people. At all. I've met my surgeon twice. Never met anyone else that will be there.

And I have trust issues, big trust issues. (Probably stemming from a large number of broken promises and emotional flaying over childhood). So, letting go so far as to let a bunch of strangers, even if they are professionals, knock me out and muddle with my body is beyond terrifying. After having problems with doctors not knowing how to fix my IBS, and others not being able to explain why I get migraines and sinus pressure, years of being told I have severe allergies and should never be around plants or animals, and a doctor who said I didn't need physical therapy for a sprain so bad the ER said I would have been better off breaking it, I also have problems trusting doctors. I trust my PCP, but that's because I've known her for like 7 years!

Though, I think I did the right thing when I chose the hospital I did. I'm going to Pittsburgh's Magee Woman's Hospital. All of their dosage and research is based on medical trials with women, not men. (Little known fact, unless a hospital is specialized, a lot of their dosage of older meds are all based on men. Not women, not children. New med trials mix it up, but for the longest time, they didn't test things on women.) Magee is considered one of the best Woman's Health centers in the country, I think. If a Woman's Hospital can't get this right, there's problems.

thanks for the blessings and positive energy, everyone. I'm finding now that simply taking the time to type it up and explain things helps too, because I can organize what I'm thinking and feeling and clarify it. It's easier to deal with an issue if you know the issue, after all!

Though, reading over things, there was one positive to come out of everything. The Doctor at the pre-op testing told me that he knows what's wrong with my sinuses. It's not that I have allergies. I have some syndrome that causes the mucus membranes in my nose and sinuses to react to environmental stimulus like heat, cold, or barometric pressure changes. I can't remember what he called it...but I'll be sure to ask my PCP about it next time I see her! Thus, pressure changes trigger an almost hay-fever reaction in me. I'm a walking barometer! Like having my bad ankle seize up right before a bad storm wasn't enough! :roll:

Thanks again, everyone. I will let you guys know what happens!
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Re: Tentative date set for my surgery.

Post by Crazy Healer Lady » Fri Jan 02, 2009 9:45 am

You know, if hubby's OK with it, you CAN have them in the room or watching while you are knocked out. I used to have a HUGE fear of being put under, and I was set to have surgery on my teeth (totally unnecessary from a lying, coniving dentist, as I learned), and made arrangements to have my boyfriend of the time and mother in the room. Luckily, we caught on to what the dentist was doing before we went through with it. Knowing that someone you trust and love is observing the whole thing, I found, is a great comfort, although they've got to have a strong stomach.
Kystar wrote:After having problems with doctors not knowing how to fix my IBS, and others not being able to explain why I get migraines and sinus pressure, years of being told I have severe allergies and should never be around plants or animals
That's great that you finally found out what it is! I'd love to hear the name, as my bf has sinus troubles. Regarding your IBS, though, have you found relief? If not, I know it is controversial in the mainstream world, but I have connected with hundreds of people who have healed themselves fully of various disorders including cancer, IBS, gout, diabetes, and Chrohn's through diet changes. I can hook you up with resources, but basically it's the raw vegan thing I've talked about. If you didn't want to go all the way, there are still some great tricks to pick up. If you're interested, PM me. If not, no worries! :)
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Re: Tentative date set for my surgery.

Post by Kystar » Fri Jan 02, 2009 10:25 am

Well, Stress will kick my IBS up, but that's not a big deal b/c that's happened since puberty. (Aunt Flo triggers things too, but we're not going into that!)
No, what truly chemically triggers it is artificial sweeteners. No diet ANYTHING for me! No Splenda, Sweet-n-lo, Equal, none of it! We found out b/c my PCP asked if I switched anything else in my diet besides eating fish more when it started, and I realized I went from Pepsi to Diet Pepsi. The specialists never figured it out, my PCP did. #-o I accidentally ate a moose made with no-sugar pudding, and 20 mins later was in the bathroom! As long as I avoid them, and take fiber once in a while, even if it's eating a double-serving of a fiber-rich food, I'm fine. Also, any heavy preservatives in foods can spark me up.

The only thing I remember about the sinus condition was there was a V and an M in the initials, with an R. VMR? MVR? RVM? Dunno. Something along those lines. I can't find it online b/c I can't remember how it went, but I know that he said it was caused by environmental triggers, not allergies. So the best thing to find out is if they get sinus problems when the weather changes, or going from cold to hot or humidity changes, or when they're around certain stuff, like animals or flowers.

I'll look into having Hubby there to keep me calm. He was actually wishing he could be there during the surgery, but I doubt that highly. If he's there when they knock me out, that will be enough!

I'm glad your family stopped the dentist from doing useless work.
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Re: Tentative date set for my surgery.

Post by Willow » Fri Jan 02, 2009 1:27 pm

My Mom was with me when I was knocked out for wisdom teeth and my husband was with me when I was knocked out for foot surgery, that is definitely a good option.

I can totally understand the trust issue, I don't have any good solutions but I sympathise.

And Just think, it is good that is early in the year. there are so many positive benefits to this surgery (I think you mentioned being able to excersise) that this is a greatt ime for you to look at it as the start of soemthing new, focus on recovering and starting a new excersise routine when you feel up to it. maybe that will halp give you something to look forward too after the fact!

Lots of hugs. I will light a candle for you the day of your surgery.
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Re: Tentative date set for my surgery.

Post by FyreGarnet » Sat Jan 03, 2009 4:26 am

One of my best friends had this surgery in college. It was an amazing help for her. The only thing I caution you about is to make sure you don't gain any weight or very little. Otherwise they will get bigger, and you don't want that.

I'm sure everything will go fine. And being put out is kinda fun, depending on your personality. I just had my wisdom teeth out and they gave me Nitrous Oxide first. And when I was talking, I kept thinking that I probably sound stupid and the anesthesiologist gets a kick out of her job because of it. I kinda felt like I was spinning, and I was getting bits and phrases from the music they were playing and someone came into the room and asked about lunch, so I caught some of that as well. When she was trying to put the IV in, she had to ask me a couple of times to open and close my fist for here. And I remembered telling her that she would have to tell me when I needed to close my fist, cuz I wasn't sure I was all there. I barely felt the needle for the IV, so that was nice. I'm not big on pain at all.

When all was said and done, I remember my husband there, and it was time for me to go home. I don't remember getting into the wheel chair or the car really. But I remember trying to text my other mother (friend) that I was done and ok. My brain was slowly waking up. Most people said I'd sleep all day, but I went to bed like normal around 11PM.

I guess I'm rambling. And this wasn't meant to be me asking for sympathy or anything. I'm pretty fine now, aside from a slight amount of swelling and pain. This is easy stuff for me, apparently.

But I wanted you to see a more personal side to going under. Dunno if you've ever been put out for anything, even as remote as this. But I think you did a great job of picking the hospital, and I think everything will go ok on their part. The insurance company on the other hand.... well they usually hire idiots so that they don't have to pay for things. Don't get me started on that one. I hate all insurance companies.

But I've been sending positive energy that they will get off their butts and do the right thing by you. And I'm sure you will be fine before, in the middle, and after surgery. And I understand how scary it all can be.

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Re: Tentative date set for my surgery.

Post by Kystar » Sat Jan 03, 2009 7:17 am

Well, I did have my wisdom teeth out two years ago. I actually don't remember going under. I remember them giving me the drugs, then waking up and not knowing anything was done until I tried to talk. It's hard to ask for your dragon when your mouth is stuff full off cotton! I finally gave up on nicknames, even though that's all my muddled brain could think of...took me for EVER to remember to say his name...and even then...I needed to tap my wedding ring on the chair arm.

As for gaining weight, right now I can't do much physical anyways because of how bad my back is. I'm planning on shifting my eating habits starting shortly after the surgery so I don't run the risk of gaining more. When I'm actually recovered enough to do it, I'm planning on hitting our gym like the wrath of a pantheon of gods to try and drop some extra weight. Part of the reason I need this done is so that I can get active enough to drop at least twenty pounds, ideally fifty.

Thanks for all the good wishes, gang!
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