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Old 02-22-2012, 09:09 PM   #21
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Addie,

Call the surgeons office and find out what antianxiety protocols they follow. If they don't give you IV Valium, which causes you not to give a ****, then ask about a Xanax or Valium script.

Bakerchef told my story about dentists. I take Xanax for cleanings!

I am NOT an advocate for needless medication but I so TOTALLY understand your upset.

I will not discuss my knees............ But that's happening soon.
I get more freaked out for my cleanings than I do for fillings, makes no sense, I know, but it's true.
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Old 02-22-2012, 09:20 PM   #22
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Addie, I completely understand and empathize. They do indeed give you sedation during the procedure so that you will be aware, but not freaked at all. You can ask for something beforehand to deal with the anxiety you are feeling right now too. I think they call what they do conscious sedation. You'll be very relaxed, hear what is going on, see lights but that is about it. Afterward you will be able to toss those glasses in the trash!
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Old 02-22-2012, 09:26 PM   #23
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addie , i know how you feel. mine or at least the one in my left eye, is also ripe. i don't like things aiming for my eyes. ask for meds. i certainly will. however i do look forward to seeing better once they are removed.
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Old 02-22-2012, 09:30 PM   #24
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Addie, I completely understand and empathize. They do indeed give you sedation during the procedure so that you will be aware, but not freaked at all. You can ask for something beforehand to deal with the anxiety you are feeling right now too. I think they call what they do conscious sedation. You'll be very relaxed, hear what is going on, see lights but that is about it. Afterward you will be able to toss those glasses in the trash!
Thank you. I will miss my glasses. I have had them since I was five y.o. Maybe I will get just plain glasses like they have for demos only.
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Old 02-22-2012, 09:31 PM   #25
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I was told at my last exam that I have the beginnings of cataracts. Mom and Dad both had their surgeries last year. Dad elected to keep his glasses, Mom decided on getting rid of them. They are both happy. I hope I can stick it out until I retire.
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Old 02-22-2012, 09:33 PM   #26
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addie , i know how you feel. mine or at least the one in my left eye, is also ripe. i don't like things aiming for my eyes. ask for meds. i certainly will. however i do look forward to seeing better once they are removed.
Thank you. Having something coming at my eyes freaks me out completely. When I go for an eye exam, I have to be the one who brings the eye exam machine to my face. That is the main reasonI never went for contacts.
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I was told at my last exam that I have the beginnings of cataracts. Mom and Dad both had their surgeries last year. Dad elected to keep his glasses, Mom decided on getting rid of them. They are both happy. I hope I can stick it out until I retire.
I didn't know I would have a choice about the glasses. I am nearsighted in my right eye and my left eye is lazy. So I don't know how that will be resolved. It is obvious. I have to start making a list of questions before I agree to any surgery.

This is not good. In the past four hours, I have had to take three hits with the nitro spray just from getting upset. I need to calm myself down. Some deep breaths and self hypnosis are called for right now.
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I didn't know I would have a choice about the glasses. I am nearsighted in my right eye and my left eye is lazy. So I don't know how that will be resolved. It is obvious. I have to start making a list of questions before I agree to any surgery.

This is not good. In the past four hours, I have had to take three hits with the nitro spray just from getting upset. I need to calm myself down. Some deep breaths and self hypnosis are called for right now.
The surgeon should ask you if you want to keep the eyesight you have now or if you want them to correct it. It can go either way. I wish I could be there to help you out of your anxiety. {{{{{Addie}}}}} xoxoxoxoxo
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Old 02-22-2012, 09:59 PM   #29
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The surgeon should ask you if you want to keep the eyesight you have now or if you want them to correct it. It can go either way. I wish I could be there to help you out of your anxiety. {{{{{Addie}}}}} xoxoxoxoxo
Thank you PF and everyone else. I have oxygen in the other room. I went in and put it on, started to take some very deep breaths, forced myself to think of pleasant things. Like when my kids were small and did cute things. I then reverted to my personal mantra. Years ago when I had to consult a psychiatrist, he taught me how to do a quick self-hypnosis to get me through some rough moments due to a very severe case of claustrophobia. It comes in handy at times like this. Angina is gone. And I am much calmer.

I am definitely going to make that list of questions. I don't want them coming at me as they are putting me on the table. That is no time to make decisions while you are from being premedicated. I just might be agreeing to having my head amputated. I must be feeeling better. I am getting my sense of humor back.
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Dr. House: You know how they say, "you can't live without love"? Well, oxygen is even more important.
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