The day had come, the day was here that I fought so tirelessly to get to.
I was finally having my dual endometriosis excision surgery, I was having 2 surgeries with 2 surgeons in one operation.
I got to the hospital at 6am the mooning of surgery, surgery was at 8am and I had to be there 2 hours prior for patient check in and pre op.
This meant I was up at 4am to shower and make sure all my things were organized, and then leave my house at 5am since the hospital is an hour away.
We got to the hospital and I registered myself, which after that I was sent to pre op.
I got gowned up, given some pre surgery pain meds (apparently it helps with the pain after) and I got beautiful knee high socks on!!
Once all of that was done and my patient intake information was inputted I got escorted to THE BEST CHAIR IN THE WORLD!!!!
They had these new paper gowns that you wear underneath your hospital robe, she told me while I was changing that they are heated gowns and I didn’t understand since they were paper. OOO MMM GGG!!!!
When I got to my chair she pulls out a tube from a machine attached to the wall called “The Bear Hugger”.
It is essentially a hair dryer connected into your paper gown and on the inside of your gown these pockets fill with warm air, IT WAS GLORIOUS!!! and I want one in my house!!!
After that I got my IV in, and we were well on our way with an hour left until surgery.
Waiting there with my husband, my teams started to trickle in to see me.
They came and opened my file, made sure everything was in order. We talked about what was going to happen and we discussed a thoracic epidural to be put in while I am in the OR before surgery.
Everything was good to go and they left.
Second, Endometriosis Excision.
I had a Dr and 2 fellows and half way through our briefing my surgeon popped in. We talked about what was going to happen during surgery, I asked a few technical questions and then off they left.
Third, Thoracic Surgeon.
He came in and spoke with us, he made it seem like it was going to be the easiest thing to do ever hahaha!!
We’re gonna go in look around take anything out and you’re done, just like that.
We decided to forgo the thoracic epidural.
My thoracic surgeon advised me that its my choice either way but in his opinion he didn’t think I would need it, so I took his advice.
I walked into the OR and there had to have been about 15-25 people roughly.
I went and sat on the OR table while I waited for all the surgeons of my teams to arrive, once they did than I laid down as they de briefed on what was going to happen during surgery and at this time they started to sedate me.
My endo surgeon was showing me photos of his dogs and his doctor was telling me think about a sandy beach with a margarita.
I remember thinking to myself, when I fall asleep I feel like everything is going to be chaos and it will be loud and lots of movements. Who knows, it may be true but I was happy sleeping during all of it.
They put the oxygen mask on me, and before I knew it I was being woken up in recovery.