View Full Version : Wish me luck before surgery?

01-05-2003, 01:32 AM
Early Monday morning I will be going into the hospital for kidney surgery, and I'm feeling kind of blue about it. I'm mildly nervous about anesthesia, and I don't relish three to four days of having an IV stuck in my hand, with a tube coming out of my back. I hesitated to ask, but decided I needed the sympathy. If you have a good wish or a prayer to spare, I need it. Sorry to make this sound like a "poor me" whine, but I guess that's what it is. I'll be home Thursday at the latest, thank God.

01-05-2003, 01:35 AM
my dad has been through kidney ordeals (mostly lithotripsies) many times, so I understand and sympathize. Good luck, heal quickly, and go home soon!


Albert Rose
01-05-2003, 01:35 AM
Good luck and best wishes, Baker. I hope you have lots of kind nurses waiting on you hand and foot, and many loving visitors.

01-05-2003, 01:36 AM
Get well soon, Baker.

I feel for ya.

Hope everything goes well.

01-05-2003, 01:37 AM
Cheer up, Baker! Look at the bright side. After surgery, you'll be better, right? So, focus on the benefits. BTW, there's nothing wrong with being blue or nervous. Best wishes!

Let us all know how it turned out, ok?

01-05-2003, 01:40 AM
I will hold you in my heart, and my prayers are with you, Baker.

Anesthesia IS scary, and the rest.....although probably not scary, is a pain in the neck. (Or somewhere else) And certainly this isn't going to be fun. But I will be praying for you....that you have all the help you need and that the Doctors use wisdom and most of all that the outcome is what you need it to be.

My Love,


01-05-2003, 01:58 AM
Hey, don't knock the IV going into the back of your hand. They'll put lots of nice little cocktails in there to make you feel muuuuuuch better (and even if you don't feel better, you won't give two-hoots anyway.....:D )

Good luck Baker and be nice to the nurses. ;)

01-05-2003, 02:03 AM
You will be in my thoughts and prayers Baker.

Surgery is scary, but as long as they fix whatever is wrong it will be worth it.

Check in with us as soon as you can.

01-05-2003, 02:04 AM
My good thoughts and prayers are with you, Baker. Hope there's some hunky intern named "Antonio" with an adorable accent who will tend to your every whim! ;)

01-05-2003, 02:38 AM
Aye, what kambuckta said.

Getting the I.V. itself is (generally, at least) the only painful sticky part of the whole deal, nowadays. Any further meds you need go into a shunt in the tube, instead of, say, your left glute.

You've perhaps heard the old saw about being asked to count backwards from 100 (or 10, depending on the age of the story teller)? Forget it.

If you can count backwards from 2, after they hit you with the sodium pentathol (or some derivative/alternative of same) you're in fairly rarified company. By the time you think to worry about it, you're waking up in the recovery room. No sweat.

Good luck, all the same, and our best to ya. Surgery sucks, no matter how you cut it (ha, I kill me, no really), but you'll pull through.

01-05-2003, 02:49 AM
Good luck with everything before surgery!

Now during surgery, well, that's a different matter altogeth...


01-05-2003, 02:56 AM
Hey, good luck! I sent a quick prayer upstairs for you, although I'm sure it probably wasn't necessary . . . you'll be fine. Hope you have a quick recovery. :)

01-05-2003, 05:42 AM
Ask questions. Ask all kinds of questions. About meds, procedures, whatever. First of all it makes us (health-care pros) feel good when you ask, and secondly, it helps your peace of mind in the process.

Ich wŁnsche schnelle und gute Besserung! (I wish you a quick and successful recovery.)


Ice Wolf
01-05-2003, 05:45 AM
Hang in there and get well soon, Baker. :)

01-05-2003, 06:14 AM
Good luck Baker!

I hope everything goes well! We'll see you back here soon, I hope!;)

01-05-2003, 06:25 AM
[dr. nick]

Hello everbody! Ill be doing your amputation today. then after that free boob jobs for all!

[/dr. nick]

Good luck baker

Mac Guffin
01-05-2003, 06:26 AM
And a hearty Good Luck from me as well!

01-05-2003, 06:28 AM
Good luck from me, as well.


01-05-2003, 07:03 AM
Remember to ask for the regular morphine shot, rather than the self-administered pushbutton thingie (you get way more that way)!

Seriously, good luck.

Ferret Herder
01-05-2003, 09:58 AM
Best of luck to you.

01-05-2003, 10:23 AM
Best wishes and good vibes coming your way. I've had major surgery 3 different times and except for the scars, you'd never know I was less than perfect! And I was nervous every time. But pain killers are your friends. And how often do you get to just lie around doing nothing? I know, it's not as glamourous as it sounds, but it beats scrubbing toilets.

Make sure you post right away and let us know all is peachy!

01-05-2003, 10:34 AM
Good luck Baker, and, remember, all parts of your body may not wake up from the anethesia at the same time. Something I wish they'd told me before I went under...

01-05-2003, 10:35 AM
Best wishes. You're going to be just fine.


01-05-2003, 12:07 PM
Hey Baker -- Good luck. I know everything will go great. Think of it as an opportunity to get caught up on daytime TV. You're in my prayers.

Your twin sister,


01-05-2003, 12:14 PM
Good luck! Don't worry - even if it DID sound like a poor-me whine (and I'm not saying it did) it is OK to whine sometimes. Sometimes we just need to vent.

Luck to you.

01-05-2003, 12:16 PM
Hey Baker -- Good luck. I know everything will go great. Think of it as an opportunity to get caught up on daytime TV. You're in my prayers.

Your twin sister,


01-05-2003, 12:26 PM
For me, the worry and nervousness before surgery are the worst part. The surgery and the recovery have never been as bad as I think they will be. I hope everything goes well for you, and like others have said, don't worry about needing support.

Best wishes for a very speedy recovery.

01-05-2003, 02:01 PM
(I swear to god I didn't double post -- must be my evil twin. Hmmm, that would be you, Baker.)

01-05-2003, 02:11 PM
Good luck, Baker! I've had surgery three times in the last three years. Here's to getting well quickly!

01-05-2003, 02:16 PM
Best wishes to you for a full, fast recovery, Baker. If it helps at all, a lot of us will be thinking of you Monday morning and beaming positive vibes your way.l

FWIW, I agree w/ Brynda. The pre-op dread is often so much worse than the actual surgery and recovery. Once you're in there it's just a matter of gritting your teeth and thinking, "Okay, we're doing it now. Almost there." Then follows the huge relief of having it done and over with.

Here's wishing comfort to Baker.


01-05-2003, 03:32 PM
Good luck!!

Sending happy vibes your way...

01-05-2003, 03:51 PM
Best wishes Baker :)

01-05-2003, 04:26 PM
I'll be thinking of you and sending my best wishes.

When you wake up after surgery, you will be in the recovery room. Nobody told me this, but when I woke up, the nurse was asking, "Do you know where you are?" (Even when heavily sedated, I can't stand not to know the right answer.)

I told a pre-operative friend about the recovery room. When she woke up from surgery, sure enough the nurse asked her, "Do you know where you are?" My friend said, "the recovery room". The nurse said, "Well, if you're so smart, what's your room number?"

01-05-2003, 04:26 PM
Baker, my daughter endured more surguries than the average person. She would often wake up grouchy (which is normal for some)
Before she went under, I would remind her that there would be a nice snack waiteing for her when she woke up and to not kill any post-op nurses. She would giggle and promice not to gouge out any eyes or pull out thier tounges and wrap them around their owner's necks.
So, Baker, before you get your prophinal, remind yourself that when you wake up, there are lots of nice people trained to help you out of that post-op fog. Don't hurt any of them.

01-05-2003, 07:19 PM
Thanks everyone for all the nice words and wishes. They really do make me feel better.I report to hospital registration in less than fourteen hours, so this will be my last posting here before I leave. I hope to be home by Thursday, or Friday at the latest and will let folks know how it went.

Just sorry I won't get any leftovers from the 1st Annual SDMB Covered Dish Supper. Maybe next year.

01-05-2003, 08:20 PM
Wishing you the best Baker. You will be in my prayers.

01-05-2003, 11:30 PM
Originally posted by Baker

Just sorry I won't get any leftovers from the 1st Annual SDMB Covered Dish Supper. Maybe next year.

Whaddya reckon made you crook in the first place? Sheesh....talk about dicing with danger. :D

Take care, trust that everything will be absolutely fine, and best wishes from everyone DownUnder (sorry to be presumptious G'Dopers, but I'm just like that sometimes....;) )

01-05-2003, 11:37 PM
Wishing you the best of luck, Baker.

01-05-2003, 11:53 PM
Another wish for a routine, successful surgery, Baker. Had an emergency gall bladder removal a few years back and discovered I didn't mind the IV in the back of my hand when it was hooked into a self-administered Demerol pump, something no home should be without. Hope your recovery is smooth as well.

01-07-2003, 10:47 AM
Well, I never expected to be posting again this soon, but as I am home and not in the hospital anymore I'll give you the tale.

I reported in yesterday morning. Of course the first step is filling out some more forms, getting weighed and undressed and so on. Then you wait, And wait some more. One of the nurses that came in to talk about the first part of my procedure(having a tube stuck into my kidney) was a cousin of mine, as she works for the doctor that would be doing it. I also the the doctor and they both explained how I would go to radioloty to have the dye injected into my kidney, X- rays would be taken, and the tube would be inserted. From there I would be taken to surgery and my own urologist would perform the nephrolithotripsy, which is sucking the big bad kidney stone out through the tube. Then I would be in the hospital for a couple of days at least to monitor the drainage(such a lovely term) from the tube.

Never got past the dye injection. After the dye injection a lot of pictures were taken. Very much to the suprise of the doctors, my big bad kidney stone had dissolved all on it's own, and the rest of the hoorah would be unnecessary. Needless to day I was thrilled! I went home by noon yesterday, getting out of the hospital sooner than the mail I had put in the hospital mail drop did.

I hesitate to use the "M" word. But it makes one think. I had all you people here thinking of me, sending prayers and good thoughts, as well as the people at church and in my family.

BTW, for those who told me it wouldn't be as bad as I feared, your were right. I have been under general anesthesia before but it didn't go that far this time, and even if it had the staff at this hospital always seems very caring and sympathetic. I was drugged up somewhat, but so gently I didn't even feel it. I laymostly on my left side, with warm coverings over all but my lower back area, and while I felt a little subdued it was not unpleasant. Never even felt the needle prick, and I'm needlephobic.

This is getting long so I'll close up, but I just want to say it again,
the people here are the greatest!!!!! (sniff)

01-07-2003, 05:48 PM
Hey, this is great news! Kind of anti-climactic, really. Glad to hear that you are once again in the bloom of health!

01-07-2003, 08:17 PM
WoooHoooo ! I'm so glad to hear it Baker .

rocking chair
01-07-2003, 09:05 PM

makes ya believe in christmas miracles.

01-07-2003, 10:35 PM
Yay! Welcome back!

01-07-2003, 11:40 PM
Welcome back, Baker!

Great news, and wa-HOOO! You must be as relieved and happy as can be. I'm so glad it turned out so well for you.

Smiling ear to ear,

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