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Surgery is scheduled!!!

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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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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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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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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.

 

Judy T

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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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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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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.

 

Take care.


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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,

 

Sandy B

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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....

 

 

Hugs,

Lisa


Lisa Bulman

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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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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!

 

Hugs,

 

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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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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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