Hope continued

Saturday, August 4, 2007

It's all behind me now, I hope. I went to the outpatient part of Cedars-Sinai hospital yesterday and had a LEEP performed to remove parts of my cervix that contained high pre-cancerous cells. You know you're in Beverly Hills
when the outpatient center has a valet, though. Luckily, that's how I roll ;)

I couldn't eat or drink from midnight the night before and I was so thirsty, not even hungry just thirsty. I was a little freaked out by the idea of anesthesia, since I've never been under with it, even when I had my wisdom teeth pulled they just used gas. It didn't help that the day before the hospital called to ask if I had a living will or if I was allergic to anesthesia. I told them I didn't think so, but of course didn't know for sure having never had it.

I had to go an hour and a half ahead of time. They led me in the back where i had to don a robe that opened in the back, put my hair up in one of those hair nets, remove my shoes and put on booties. I looked scary when I saw myself in the mirror. Oh and they had me remove even my toe ring since they would be using electricity inside me. Again, scary.

Then it was time for the IV and luckily I didn't faint, but it did hurt and caused a heart throb like beat on my hand. They had nice warm blankets for me though which was nice.

Next the anesthesiologist came in followed by a resident who he said would be following him and asking me questions. It reminded me of Grey's Anatomy. The guy even looked like the character George and was awkward like him. Whenever I was more conversational in my responses he'd tense up and just say "yeah." It was cute until I remembered that George didn't pass his exams and who knew about this George-wannabe.

He asked if I was feeling woozy, but at the time the bed that I was on was being spun around a corner and oxygen was being put over my face, so it was hard to tell or answer. I then was awake enough to help them move myself to the gurney, I saw them put some sticky things under my robe and had enough time to look around the large surgery room to see tubes hanging from the ceiling, big lights, stirrups being put up and then I was out.

When I woke I had thought I had fainted and started mumbling as such and then Raphael was there and my surgeon and then I was lucid again. Despite being weak, my hunger was more prevalent so we stopped at my favorite - Sizzler. They even had my fav chicken noodle soup available, which I'm going to take as a sign, lol. Now I'm on Percocet so everything is just peachy, I don't even care about the cramps and other inconveniences.

News: Cat predicts deaths at nursing home. Freaky!


  1. Saturday, August 4, 2007 - 1:20 PM PDT

    Name: "Suebob"
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    I hope your recovery goes smoothly

  2. Saturday, August 4, 2007 - 5:51 PM PDT

    Name: "Steve"

    Hey Tara! Beckie and I wish you the best. We live in Stamford now and cant wait for you to come back to visit.

    Get well soon!

  3. Saturday, August 4, 2007 - 7:00 PM PDT

    Name: "Vegas Princess"
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    Tara, I hope you are back on your feet soon. It sounds like your procedure was a success which is good news. I hope the results of the tests are positive as well. Sending you warm blog hugs your way!

  4. Saturday, August 4, 2007 - 8:43 PM PDT

    Name: "suki"
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    a quick recovery, i hope :)

  5. Sunday, August 5, 2007 - 11:01 AM PDT

    Name: "H. (aka NC_State_gal)"
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    Love that you typed this post while high on percocet ;). I'm glad that the procedure went smoothly, I had no doubt. It is rather uncomfortable and painful, but definitely will help prevent anything nastier in the future.

    Oh and I love the news link about Oscar the cat. I actually read about this in the New England Journal of Medicine and spoke about this during a dinner with some colleagues recently (my undergraduage background is in Veterinary Medicine - concentration in animal reproduction and animal behaviour)

  6. Sunday, August 5, 2007 - 12:50 PM PDT

    Name: "SL"

    Thanks for the update! I'm sending Raphael a big hug for taking care of you.

    Keep me updated. I'm going to be thinking (aka worrying) about you.

    Love you!

  7. Monday, August 6, 2007 - 8:59 AM PDT

    Name: "anjali"

    Hey there red! Keep your chin up, hope everything goes well J Milind & I wish you the best on your fast recovery.

    Miss you,


  8. Monday, August 6, 2007 - 9:27 AM PDT

    Name: "Farrah Rochon"


    Scary stuff! I hope all is well. Enjoy the Percocet!

  9. Monday, August 6, 2007 - 9:34 AM PDT

    Name: "Zendi"
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    Hey there Tara, You’re such a trooper. The only time i was in a hospital bed fashionably dressed like you was when I volunteered to be a guinea pig for a diabetes studies... You’re looking mightily healthy already. =)

  10. Wednesday, August 8, 2007 - 10:10 AM PDT

    Name: "nicole d."

    Glad to hear it went well Tara. *hug*

  11. Sunday, August 19, 2007 - 8:40 PM PDT

    Name: "Kath"

    Glad to hear everything went so well!! I'm just so sorry you had to go through this. Thta'll teach me not to read your blog for awhile and then try to catch up. ;)