• Any last minute advice???

    Asked by maralyn on Wednesday, March 6, 2013

    Any last minute advice???

    i go in next wed, 13th, for HIPEC procedure,,, i know i need it, cavity is filling up already after only 4 months since they last cleaned me out, trying to be pro-active and ask questions, but like last surgery, they can't be specific on what they will do, until they open me up, which is understandable,,, but i feel i am in great care with this oncology team,,, any thoughts or advice out there, i would really appreciate it!!! thanks for all your support as i have gotten this far!!!

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    • abrub's Avatar

      Be ready for a long, slow recovery. HIPEC is very hard on your body. Make sure you have a source of music with you. I also go to surgery with my (stuffed) octopus - it's nice to have a friend in bed with you. (Also, the comments I got, doing my walks with an octopus on my IV pole were priceless! He helped the other cancer patients as well as me.
      Hopefully, all will go relatively easily for you. I have a friend who was up and running - almost back to normal - within 3 months of HIPEC.
      Sending lots of hugs.


      over 4 years ago
    • SpunkyS's Avatar

      Be patient with yourself. If you have asked the questions and trust your team that is a big part of the battle. I too had a mascot - made recuperation just a bit easier to have smiles from my lamb.

      over 4 years ago
    • SpunkyS's Avatar

      P.S. good luck with surgery. May you be surrounded by peace.

      over 4 years ago
    • fastdog's Avatar

      I had HIPEC last June. I had literature up the wazoo saying this will happen, that might happen, expect this, expect that, have someone with you 24-7 to advocate for you, buy special bras, get a raised toilet seat, and on and on. All very well-meaning, but in the end, none of it applied. I am 67, my man dropped me off and, since we live pretty far from the hospital, I told him not to come back till it was time to spring me. I did just fine, and what I learned is that everybody's experience is individual, and I gave the toilet seat still in its box to Salvation Army. I don't in any way mean to minimize it, it is major surgery, but hope for and expect the best. They truly don't know what they will find till they get in there, in terms of what may need to be done. If you're at all like me, you will take lots of naps and the time will pass. Walk as much as you can when you are ready, rest and be easy on yourself, it is kind of a long recovery.
      The very best of luck to you!

      over 4 years ago
    • maralyn's Avatar

      thanks so much for the advice!!! i have a cancer daffodil bear a got from a friend recently, and i am taking that with me, and a prayer shawl i got from a local church here, and some bible verses and some quotes i have collected from this site here as well, on note cards,,, i believe the surgeon would not do the surgery if i wasnt healthy enough, he made that quite clear earlier when i battled bronchitis the month of january,,, so i am ready to get this over with and move on from here,,, i am expecting a while to recover, but like carol said, everyone is different and i am praying for the best!!! God willing i will be up and walking the halls and home in minimal time, my sister has offered to stay with me again if i need help, but time will tell on that, (living alone does have its disadvantages) Bless You All For Caring!!!

      over 4 years ago

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