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Pre-op depression - bad mood and no motivation

Cath111CCath111 Posts: 3,554
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:40 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I'm so cranky today and although I don't really feel depressed per se, I'm in one of the worst moods I can remember. My patience and motivation are zero and I feel like if someone around me makes one wrong move (including my puppy) I'm gonna lose it on them. My concentration is also extremely short.

I feel like I have a lot to do, but luckily I've warned my at home nurse (my MIL) how I'm feeling and she's told me that she can take care of everything and for me to rest today. She's an angel. But I just hate this horrible feeling I have in my head.

Do you think this is normal? Has anybody else experienced this the day before their surgery?



  • It's the stress Cath. Even though you have done this drill before with past surgery. You still have the stress, apprehension, fear, concerns, etc...

    Take some deep breaths. Try not to think so much about the surgery. Easy to say I know. You're stressing yourself out and need to let it go.

    It's ok. Just kick the dog or the SO, whichever is convenient... LOL.

    I'm kidding on that btw. Please don't ban for my post. Ok grumpy? ;-)

  • It's odd because I'm not consciously thinking about the surgery very much, so maybe it's a subconscious thing.
    Please don't ban me for my post. Ok grumpy?
    Thanks for making me smile. You sounded just like my brother (which in this case, is a good thing).

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  • Dear Cath,

    Yes, what you are feeling is 100% normal.

    Do you have any anti-anxiety medications you could take?

    It's not uncommon for doctors to prescribe these, prior to surgery.

    I felt the way you are feeling right now, just before I had my hysterectomy. I wound up calling my doctor and he prescribed two Valium pills for me to take.

    See if Valium or Xanax is on your no-no list of medications to take. If they aren't listed, I would call the doctor and ask for something. It will take the edge off.

    Are you in the mood to listen to music by yourself? Sometimes, that is a great escape. If you go to YouTube and want some humor, look up Mumbles Drive-Thru and the other Mumbles stuff. Picture yourself going to a drive-thru and talking like that. If you're really agitated... go to a drive-thru and do this with your mother-in-law. A good laugh can get rid of frustrations REALLY quick.

    Keep us posted with how you are doing. You're in our thoughts and prayers.

    Wishing you peace of mind,

    Tammy >:D<
  • I'm sorry that you're going through so much but obviously I understand.

    Let's hope it is worth it.
  • I have some Xanax and just took one. My MIL is taking me out for Mexican food (my comfort food from heaven).

    Thanks for the thoughts, my friend, it's a comfort to know I'm not alone, although not enough of a comfort to keep me from being cranky.

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  • I think this is normal. I'm telling you...a few days ago I was ready to Kung Fu Panda everyone around me!

    Please know I'll be praying for you through your procedure and look forward to chatting when you're back home and up to it!

    Maybe we'll meet in chat tonight since you're procedure is tomorrow.
  • I was thinking about askng for something myself. I'm trying to keep busy with work and chores and amazingly I think my husband is trying very hard to be nice and helpful. I am worried about the morning of my surgery. I am scheduled for 11:30 and my surgeon is doing a 3 level fusion before me so I am sure I will be pushed back. I can't imagine how anxious and hungry!!! I will be that morning. With any luck they will have some happy drugs for me to take while I am waiting. Would be nice if they let me go to my room before surgery instead of sitting in a waiting room - wishful thinking!
  • Enjoy your mexican food and Xanax, too.

    The combination of both, will take the edge off.

    I might grab my tushie pillow tonight and log into chat, myself. (I haven't chatted on here yet and am looking forward to it).

  • DITTO!!!

    Holy cow, I've been ranting and raving and NOT acting like myself at all since last night. It was like a switch got flipped and I lost all my patience and have been really on one since. I feel like my head is going to explode (that's probably the blood pressure though)

    Just waiting for now. The hospital is calling later to give me the time to come in tomorrow.
  • I was in a really bad mood the few days before my surgery. I felt like I had loads to do and no time. Plus all the idiots around me who kept asking if I was nervous. Nervous... OMG!!!
    I think part of it is knowing that you can't do anything after the surgery for such a long time. In the end I just opted out and left the housework and most of everything else too!
    Look out for yourself. My surgeon told me that now is the time to be selfish. Good advice that I have taken on board as much as possible.
    Good luck by the way.
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