Tomorrow is my biggest lap (vaginal resection and cervical ablation). It is my 3rd lap, and my 5th op in 3 years so I'm getting to be quite an old hand at this. Problem is, I know what to expect.
The waiting around beforehand is the worst for me. At my women's hospital you arrive at 7am to be given a hospital gown and told to sit, with dressing gown and slippers, in a cold room with a load of strange women making nervous conversation. Then you get admitted by a nurse, then you wait for some interminable time next to the bed whilst the nurses go round and do obs. After your cannula is fitted you wait in the bed for another length of time, wondering if they've forgotten you whilst various people come to ask you the same questions and take the nurse takes obs once more. Then suddenly a nurse approaches and administers your sedation before taking you to theatre. Usually it's about 2pm by that time. Once it was 4pm! I really hate the waiting part. That is at least 7 hours of trying to not think and attempt to read the book you brought but are too anxious to read.I really hate the waiting part. Eventually, I get a headache and feel like crying.
The one at 4pm was also a bowel prep/nil by mouth op! That was not fun.
Sorry to bring anyone down/make anyone nervous but I needed to share with others who know.