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#1 LisaBulman

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Posted 20 July 2010 - 03:09 AM

Tentatively it is scheduled for September 9th! I am so excited! :jump-for-joy:

I have three options: 1. general anesthesia- Not going under! 2. Twilight sleep with novacaine- maybe an option 3. local in my arm and stay awake- I really like this option! We will see what I choose the day of the surgery!

Yippee!!!
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#2 Jeannie McClelland

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Posted 20 July 2010 - 06:35 AM

Woooeee! That's really exciting, Lisa! It's after school starts and before winter sets in, so it sounds like pretty good timing too. The time will just fly. What are they saying about any post-operative restrictions and recovery time?

I'd probably go for option 3 myself. It's like when the mechanic is working on your car - wanna see!
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#3 Shelley Ensz

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Posted 20 July 2010 - 12:02 PM

Lisa, I'm so glad your surgery is scheduled. What a relief for you, isn't it? It also gives you time to arrange some help for your recovery, I hope.

If you select local anesthesia, will you have your other hand free to take photos for us? :blink:

I'm hoping this puts you out of some of your digital ulcer misery! Here's an extra hug just for you. :emoticon-hug:
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Posted 20 July 2010 - 12:18 PM

Hi Lisa,
Sorry but I have had hand surgery under a shoulder block. I hate to have to spoil your fun but my arm disappeared through a screen which was parked beside me and I couldn't see or feel a thing!!

Quite different from my heart repair when I could see the TV screen and watch the progress of the catheter and its balloon.

Anyway, hope your surgery goes well and you feel the benefit afterwards.

Best wishes from Downunder.

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Posted 20 July 2010 - 03:08 PM

I find it strange to say but with your positive attitude, I'm wishing you an enjoyable surgery! :D
I just had a a calcinosis cutis lump taken off of my finger. It was done in the doctor's office with a local (that was the worst- lots of those little stingy shots.) After that, I didn't feel anything. Did make a little involuntary noise when he asked the assisting nurse for the "cooker". Turned out to be a cautery thingy......... Walked out an hour later with a big fat bandage and no lump.

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Posted 21 July 2010 - 01:31 AM

Hi Lisa

Good news about your surgery; what a relief it will be to get it over and done with!! :)

I had a local anesthetic for both my carpal tunnel operations. The good news was that it was completely painless; the bad news was that I couldn't actually see anything at all due to the angle at which my hand was positioned. Also during the second operation the surgeon (a lovely guy with a great sense of humour!! ;) ) insisted on talking to me throughout the procedure, which was fine except due to his mask I couldn't actually hear what he was saying, so I just kept saying "Oh,really??" and "Fancy that!!" at regular intervals (I think he was talking about his daughter's wedding , but I wouldn't swear to it!!! :blink: :lol: )

I do hope you have an equally successful and pain free surgery as I did!! :)

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#7 Amanda Thorpe

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Posted 21 July 2010 - 01:35 AM

Hello Lisa

My nephew fell through a glass door many years ago and had the very deep wound repaired under a local nerve block. Apparantly the pain relief of the nerve block lasts past the procedure so can help with post operative pain.

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Posted 21 July 2010 - 02:00 AM

Hi Lisa,

Good news about the surgery date, certainly says something when you start looking forward to hospital procedures! Is it the hope that another problem will be solved once and for all?

Shelley, I have to say this, but are you nuts, lol, I nearly cried with laughter when I read your reply about the camera, hehe!!! But I guess this is what makes this such a great site, there is always someone here to lift your spirits.

Take care all,

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Posted 21 July 2010 - 05:29 AM

Thank you for all the well wishes!! But I am so disappointed that I might not be able to watch!!! Shelley I am definitely going to see if they will take pics for the site. Hopefully I can get one during if not at least before they bandage me up. I will let you know.

The count down begins....


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Posted 21 July 2010 - 10:25 AM

Hi Lisa

Good luck with your surgery....can't say I'de want to look...but I sure am proud of you!! You are a true inspiration to all.
Sending good wishes your way!

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Posted 21 July 2010 - 04:13 PM

Hi Lisa,

That's awesome news! The day will come before you know it. :happy-day: I know what you mean about wanting to see--I had spinal anesthesia once for an operation, and I was very disappointed that I couldn't watch the proceedings. That said, it's probably for the best not to see!

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Posted 22 July 2010 - 02:23 AM

Well, aren't we a scary bunch! What other group congratulates a very happy person about her surgery date?!?!?! I guess one has to know what it's like to live through years of digital ulcers as you have Lisa. I'm thrilled that something is finally getting done that is going to give you some relief. Congratulations on finally getting this scheduled. I know you want to watch the surgery, but maybe you should take advantage of this time and get some rest, something you don't get a whole lot. I'd go for the Twilight sleep.
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Posted 22 July 2010 - 09:22 AM

Lisa, yippee! That is great news. Pictures would be awesome! :happy-day: :flowers:
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Posted 22 July 2010 - 10:52 AM

It's interesting to watch procedures sometimes. Years ago I had sinus problems and the ENT sent a camera up my nose and I watched it on the T.V. I had polyps and they looked like bunches of grapes inside me. Surgery removed them and I haven't had a sinus infection since. When I had my first colonoscopy I didn't quite go to sleep. I didn't feel anything and didn't have my contacts in so couldn't see that great but saw the inside of my colon. When the doctor said he was going to take a biopsy, I could see the pincher thing go out and back. For the other ones I was out like a light. For my first heart cath I watched on a screen and saw the camera or whatever it was go through my veins to my heart. I always watch when they draw blood, want to see it go in the tube.

But then my husband passes out if he sees a needle!

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Posted 28 July 2010 - 07:54 AM

Miocean,
Funny how women can handle just about anything and men crumble at the slightest thing!!

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Posted 28 July 2010 - 08:05 AM

I watched my right and left heart catheter procedure and could feel the catheter in my veins. It's wasn't painful just felt weird! Watch what you can but I can't watch blood tests/canulas being put in anymore as it makes my fear worse. I'm actually quite a baby.

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Posted 29 July 2010 - 05:48 AM

Hi Lisa,

I enjoy being awake and watching most procedures myself, too. I'm not certain I'd select that option for a sympathectomy though. I remember I teased my husband like crazy when we had to get blood tests before we were married, as they were required in the state we were going to get married in. I was pretty sure he'd pass out at the sight of blood. Whereas, I've nearly always been okay around it, except for once when I saw a glass bottle of blood sloshing as a tech walked down the hospital hallway, which caught me completely unawares and made me instantly develop a bit of an understanding into some people's pure terror at the sight of blood.

So, joke was on me, I came very close to passing out cold when we had our blood tests, and Gene was just fine. I think it was all psychological too, as it was on my mind so heavily (for him) that I held my breath, in hopes that I wouldn't make a fool out of myself, and voila, there you go, insufficient blood supply to the brain.

Memo to Lisa: Don't hold your breath! And if you feel like you might, consider the merits of those marvelous, relaxing meds.
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Posted 29 July 2010 - 11:10 AM

I was awake and talking during my 5 sympathecomy surgeries. For each of them, I was given a nerve block, as well as some good drugs that were to put me into lala land. I wasn't able to see anything other than a curtain that was placed between my face and the arm/hand that was being operated on. I remember I was speaking with the surgeon so much that he told me to talk to someone else. :VeryHappy:

I too like to be up during surgical procedures.