Last I posted, my gynecologist had just recommended I get a hysterectomy. She is going to perform a laparoscopic partial hysterectomy removing the uterus and tubes but leaving the ovaries. I am happy with this decision, as by leaving the ovaries I will not be forced into menopause right after the surgery.
I was very apprehensive to go into this surgery as at age 47 the only surgery I have experienced was the removal of my wisdom teeth, this will be my first visit to a hospital and my first experience with general anesthesia. I did some reading up on having general anesthesia including how to prepare and what to expect afterwards. Even though my doctor did not recommend I follow a strict diet before surgery I decided to do so anyhow. The day before surgery I ate jello, yogurt and Lipton chicken noodle soup. Stuff that would be very easy to digest. A nurse cousin of mine also suggested I take a stool softener the day before surgery and the anesthesiologist had me take an acid reflux pill the night before surgery and another one the morning of surgery with just a sip of water. (You may already know that with general anesthesia you can not have any food or drink after midnight for a morning surgery)
I was surprised at how well I actually slept the night before my surgery. My check in time was 6:00am so we needed to leave our house around 5:30am. I wore comfy loose fitting flannel pajama bottoms and a super soft long sleeve t-shirt. Once admitted into the hospital my husband and I were taken to my room where I was instructed to remove all my clothing and slip into the very generous one size fits all gown…It was quite the sight!! I then loaded myself into my hospital bed and this is where I was really enjoying myself. First off I have always wanted a craft-a-matic adjustable bed and here I was in my very own personal adjustable bed. The second best part was this remote controlled heater blanket on the bed that was hooked up to a blower tube, it reminded me of those old fashioned hair dryers that were in a suitcase type box and you placed the bag which was attached to a blower tube over your head.
The nurse who inserted my I.V. did a fabulous job, I felt nothing!! Next thing I knew my anesthesiologist arrived to wheel me in to the surgery room. He asked me if I felt anything yet? as he had slipped some medicine into my I.V. I remember telling him “no, not yet, but the celling is swirling around”. 🙂 Once on the operating table I was asked my favorite vacationing spot and that was about all I remember…until I opened my eyes and the nurse said to me “Hello Kimberly, you have an anxious husband waiting to see you.” OMG! It’s done? I’m done? What???? Are you kidding? I still can not believe I didn’t feel or remember anything about the surgery!
My mouth was super dry so I was given some ice chips, and then a jello, and I have to tell you it was the best tasting jello! I fell in and out of sleep for the next few hours and was released around 3:00pm to come home.