One lovely touch was nurses gave everyone who was having breast surgery a stuffed heart cushion to bring home to put under your arm which was so comfy in the car and to sleep with. ..apparently a lady who had surgery there makes them to give to the ladies who are on the ward ...how lovely is that 💖
They do that at the RUH, Bath, I think it's a group of volunteers there, though. I wonder where the idea came from?
By the way, if you are looking for others to 'talk' to about your experience of surgery and after, there is a Surgery board in the Going Through Treatment section (click the blue block at the bottom of the page).
Glad to hear it wasn't to bad for u. My surgery wasn't as straight forward we thought it would be. Piece of equipment was faulty while a was under and had to replace it. Also took lymph node away for testing was away from my room for three and a half ours poor hubby wasn't told anything and was passing up and and very worried poor thing they should of told him. Have to go back on 3September for results very concerned. During realise how much blood comes from drain very glad my 6 year old grandson is on holiday would b scarry for him to c. Sorry for going on a bit hope u r recovering well.xxxsue
Hi HelenRose, firstly Happy Birthday for today and secondly all the very best of Good Luck with your op today also. You will be just fine, the staff will take good care of you and it will all be over before you know it and you will be having a cuppa and biccie as you recover, waiting to go home! My 2 experiences in Oct/Nov 2012 were very similar and i actually walked along the corridors in a lovely airy hospital gown and surgical stockings in a lovely shade of green! I went into a prep room and hopped onto the table while the nurse and doctor hooked me up to the drip all the while chatting about family and holidays and before i knew it both times i was waking up in recovery (the second op i woke up in a private room to recover at 1 in the morning!!!). I didnt request a room for one, but it was nice to be alone while looking not my best!!!!!! All the best in your recovery and i hope all goes well for you along the way.
Cheers, Michele x
P>S> - Please let us know how it all went , its nice to keep in touch and hear how your b/c journey is going. x
Most hospitals have a 'preparation room' connected to the theatre itself, where they administer the anaesthetic, so you could well already be asleep by the time they take you in. When you are ready to come round they often take you out to a waiting area before you are properly awake. So you might not actually see the inside of the theatre. Good luck xx
Hi Helenrose, I think most people are wary of surgery and its quite normal. I had two operations as I need to go back for re excision due to margins being inferior. I was terrified like you the first time but after that I was okay. The staff were excellent putting me at ease and the surgeon spoke to me all the time until I guess I passed out. You are not under long say about forty minutes or thereabouts if things are straight forward. Try not to worry just remember that they are taking the nasty away to make you cancer free. Regards A
Hi Breckenridge. Sorry to hear your having your op on your birthday not best day. I'm 52 and I've had 9 operation all told for various different things won't bore u with what they were. I'm having my lumpectomy done on the 15th August. The operating theatre it's self is really nothing to worry about all the staff I've had have been very nice and they try to put u at ease by talking about family and different things. It does have a weird smell but u r not there 4 very long before your asleep then it's all done and in the recovery room. Hope I have helped. Hope all goes well with u.xxx