This page is for girls only. So if you're reading this and you're not a female... goodbye!
I wasn't sure if I should ever write anything related to this, but any girl who is going to go through this surgery has probably wondered about it. And I think it's something you should at least be aware of.
Due to the stressful nature of this surgery, most girls will start their period right before surgery.
I was unfortunate too, as soon as I walked into the hospital the day before my surgery. Between that and the fact that I was nervous, I felt SO sick that night. We left the hospital to drive over to the Ronald McDonald House to check in, and I cried because I felt so awful. I didn't eat much for supper that night. But thankfully, after we got back to the hospital and I took a hot shower, I started to feel a lot better.
Many people want to know how this affects the surgery and recovery. The nurse will give you a special pair of underwear and a pad to put on before you go into surgery. And trust me. You won't even realize it when you come out of surgery. I was so drugged up that I had no idea. The first time I noticed was when I sat up in the chair on day 2. I looked at the bed and was horrified for about three seconds before I forgot all about it. It was covered in blood. I wondered if it was from my back, but it was from my period. The nurses will take care of it when you get out of bed, though. Mine did a great job of making me feel comfortable. I know it seems like something that would be hard not to notice, but when you're on that much medicine, believe me, you don't even realize it.
The thing that made things just that much more difficult for me was that it lasted for two weeks. It does make recovery a little more of a hassle, but it really wasn't terrible or anything. Your mom will probably be helping you for a while at home anyway.
The reason why I say all this is to put a lot of worrying aside. I hope this helped any of you out there. Let me know if you have any other questions. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
One more tip, since it's just us girls. :) You might want to get a bra that hooks in the front. It made things so much easier for me.