I have been called with a cancellation date for surgery after waiting 72 weeks. It's this Friday and I'm getting super anxious and nervous cause I don't have any time to prepare myself.
I had a lap in 2019 but I'm finding myself way more scared for this one, I'm worrying the recovery will be much harder as it's more extensive now and I'm in way more pain than I was before my first one.
I also have emetophobia (fear of being sick) which is really bad and currently in therapy for and I'm so so anxious about being sick from the anaesthetic. I wasn't last time but the lovely nurse did say she gave me more anti sickness stuff. So hoping I won't be sick this time but the worry is enough to make me not want to go 😅
I think I'm just rambling for my own benefit to get it out of my head but any reassurance or tips for Friday would be much appreciated. Thanks
Hi Jade, l can understand your anxiety after myself having had 2 lap surgeries in the space of 6/7 weeks.
But, the surgery recently is very calm in preparation on the day and your attendant nurse is the ideal person to discuss your worries with.
My second surgery was to complete a partial hysterectomy l had some weeks earlier and l too was a little anxious but l put myself in the hands of my attendant nurse and she sat with me doing some gentle breathing exercises, l was not scared, but she said these would ease the transition to the preparation room. I walked to prep and was given a spinal anaesthetic before the anaesthetic mask as they knew there was a tumour in my womb and covered all pain contingencies.
When l awake some 7 hours later, l am a long sleeper, l was completely pain free and walked to the loo unaided. I am 77 years of age, but not frail, if they had not found the tumour l would not have received the second surgery, but so happy l did.
After effects, yes it does take several weeks to regain your full strength, and perhaps belief in your own abilities, but you will know this from your previous experience. I wish you every good thing going forward. If you want to ask me more or simply off load some of your worries l will look back in here, take care Alexa 🌸🌸🌸
This is such a lovely message thank you, you have definitely put me at ease a bit💕