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ERPC - how to prepare?

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Merinda Thu 05-Jun-14 22:22:26

Ladies, I am booked for ERPC on Saturday and know what to expect in medical terms, but not sure what I should bring with me, what I should wear etc. Any advice/ideas?
Thank you

joosiewoosie Fri 06-Jun-14 07:06:56

Hi Merinda,

Mind if I join? My op is planned for next Thursday. I'd planned for an ERPC last time I mc, but nature had other ideas!

I've only had GA once before when I was 7 and having 4 teeth out at once. All I remember was being sick in the street afterwards, so I'm really nervous about the GA bit mostly.

It would be good to know some practicalities for before and after too.

Hope it all goes well for you on Saturday x

cavamonster Fri 06-Jun-14 07:24:13

Hi Ladies, sorry for your losses.

Practicalities for your ERPC are loose clothing, something you can easily get over your head if a little sore after. Baby wipes, a large pad, slippers and dressing gown. Take a magazine as there can be a lot of waiting about.

Try not to worry about it too much, I've had 7 GA's over last 3 years and I try to look at it as getting a really deep sleep. The only warning I would give you is that it's normal to feel a little bit weepy when you come back round - it's just the drugs.

Good luck and any more questions ask away...

ots Fri 06-Jun-14 08:44:09

Sorry for your losses x

I had ERPC on Monday. I was expecting it to be awful but actually wasn't bad at all.
I took some pyjamas, dressing gown and slippers just in case I had to stay in. Also baby wipes and big pads. Me and DH each took a book, and packed some chocolate and sweets for after.

DH was able to stay with me right til I went in to be anaesthetised. I was given a gown and then wheeled down to theatre, DH waited in the theatre reception withme which rreally helped.

Being put to sleep wasn't too bad either, quite a relaxing feeling really. Then when I woke up I felt a bit drunk and disorientated, and really thirsty but not too bad. I'm sure one day soon I'll look back and laugh at the embarrassing things I said to the young male nurse in recovery!

Then I was back on the ward with DH, had a wee and a sandwich and then they let me go home. I went down to theatre at 9.30, was back on the ward by 10.30 and we were home by 1.

Hope it goes well and feel free to pm me if you have any more questions xx

Merinda Fri 06-Jun-14 18:52:26

Thank you, ladies. Fingers crossed...

joosiewoosie Fri 06-Jun-14 20:03:48

Thanks folks. Some useful tips there.

Good luck tomorrow Merinda. I'll be thinking of you. X

Merinda Fri 06-Jun-14 20:17:46

Best of luck to you joosiewoosie. I will let you know how it went when I am back

ots Sat 07-Jun-14 15:12:48

Hope it went ok today Merinda, been thinking of you thanks

Merinda Sun 08-Jun-14 17:01:46

Thank you. It was ok, actually, feel that I made the right decision. GA was absolutely fine - felt like a nice nap when I woke up. And it was very quick - I was taken to theatre at 13.20, got the cannula and GA started shortly after and woke up at 14.05.
It took me a few hours before I went home. I tend to get very sick after GA. They gave me anti-emetics, so it was ok, but I could not face eating anything for a good 3 hours. And they would not discharge me until I ate smile.
The pain was not bad, and I have not taken anything since 6pm yesterday. I was warned that I could have period-like bleeding for up to 2 weeks, but so far it is very light. Hoping for no complications, but all in all not as bad as I worried.

joosiewoosie Sun 08-Jun-14 17:53:47

That's good news, Merinda. Glad you found it as ok as it could've been.

Best wishes for a speedy physical and emotional recovery and good luck for the future xx

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