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Operation Chain Saw Therapy

We officially have a code name for the surgery tomorrow. It's called "operation chain saw therapy". I don't know for sure if it involves a chain saw, but we're going to call it this unless someone thinks of a more humorous name for it. I can't eat after midnight, but can, apparently, have water, apple juice or Seven-up until 7 AM. That seems strange to me if we're talking about general anesthesia. Any thoughts?

I got the impression from the hospital web site that laptops/cell phones aren't allowed in the hospital. This means I will be reading hardcopy Braille tommorrow if I actually feel like reading, though that's pretty unlikely since when I described the surgery at Monday's pre-op exam, the nurse said "ouch!".

The RSD spreading or getting worse is still the main concern for me. I haven't been able to find out what the statistics are on such things happening, but I know the doctor is very concerned about it. I am too; I really don't want the RSD to get worse.

The control freak in me hates the not knowing and waiting part of this. The perfectionist in me hates getting done with school so early because I want to know what my grades are.




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May. 17th, 2006 05:33 pm (UTC)
*hugs* Good luck tomorrow!

Nope, you're allowed to have all those liquids. I was told the same thing when I had general. Also, I remembered this tidbit from when my sister was a baby. Because the type of cancer I had is hereditary, my sister had to be tested every few months for the same cancer. These tests involved dilating the infant's eyes and peering at them with very bright lights and all sorts of uncomfortable-for-baby things. So they put the babies under general anasthesia. I was 11 or 12 at the time, and I remember my sister couldn't have milk or formula in her bottles after a acertain point, only water or diluted juice.

Um so yes. Long-winded, but yeah, that's what you can drink. *hugs again*
May. 17th, 2006 06:11 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the info and especially the hugs. They are definitely appreciated!
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May. 17th, 2006 08:20 pm (UTC)
I learned the hard way...
Every body is different in how it reacts to anesthesia. Early on in my disease, I had trouble after one of my first surgeries. The best way for me to avoid the experience of nausea and vomiting was to be fasting after midnight. If I had a cup tea or glass of juice early in the morning of my procedure - I'd have to be kept longer because I was throwing up. Anesthesia would not let me leave the hospital until I was "clear" and ready. The nurses gave me ice chips which were very comforting.

I'll be praying for you Nickie - I hope everything goes well!

Hang in there, Julio!!!
May. 17th, 2006 09:11 pm (UTC)
Re: I learned the hard way...
Thanks for the advice and prayers! I really appreciate them.
May. 17th, 2006 09:26 pm (UTC)
Good luck! I think they allow clear liquids if you're surgery isn't real early in the day. I was never allowed to have them. Didn't much matter, as I'd yack my brains out after every surgery anyhow. Hope this surgery can relieve some of your pain.
May. 17th, 2006 09:45 pm (UTC)
Yeah, these instructions are close to what I get from the pain clinic before I have my nerve blocks. That's a lot less invasive though.
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