From prepping to the surgical suite was about 3 hour wait . I spent most of the time wondering how bad it would be if I just left. I changed my focus from doing this prophylactic to convincing myself that there was cancer. I will eventually hear from pathology if that was true, but the mind set got me through the morning.
I was sitting on the edge of the bed. The anesthesiologist was explaining that I would need to fold my arms and bend forward for the epidural. But first a small injection that would make me feel like I had a drink. Not sure what was in that cocktail but that was the last thing I remember.
Next thing I remember is the elephant sitting on my abdomen. The first 3 hours were not fun. I maxed out on the pain medication and kept locking myself or. In time I noticed the pain subsiding and have been comfortable ever since.