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Old 29.07.2015, 20:39
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Re: Question for the ladies - fibroids

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I don't want to waste the nurses' time by not making my needs clear.
It's the nurse's and the doctor's JOB to make treatments clear to you and to listen to you making your needs clear, however long it takes. She/he needs to understand your needs to be able to address them, so do not ever feel bad about taking however much time you need piecing together your questions.

From your post, it seems like the most important phrase for you would be:

"Bitte erklären Sie mir das nochmals, und zwar langsam." Please explain this again, slowly"

as well as

"Wie meinen Sie das?" - "What do you mean by this?"

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Old 29.07.2015, 20:42
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Re: Question for the ladies - fibroids

Do you have a smart phone/iPad or something like that? They have translation apps, easy to use. And take your cheat sheet for the common questions
But I´m sure they will have (and get you) someone who speaks English if necessary!
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Old 29.07.2015, 21:01
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Re: Question for the ladies - fibroids

One of the catches with all this is that saying things twice, let alone explaining what you mean, is SO EXHAUSTING after any sort of op. What you really need is staff at the hospital who can mind-read. Fortunately some of them can!
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Old 29.07.2015, 21:04
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Re: Question for the ladies - fibroids

Perhaps calling the hospital on the day before your surgery and preemptively asking if whoever'll be on call before and after your surgery is English-speaking could help putting you at ease. Also tell them by phone (and again when you show up) that they should please explain things clearly and slowly due to language issues. This way they'll be informed of your situation even before you start asking questions and might prepare themselves better to explain things to you.

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Re: Question for the ladies - fibroids

Good idea, as they will then see if they can specifically 'allocate' you someone who deos speak English.
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Old 04.09.2015, 22:19
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Re: Question for the ladies - fibroids

So the operation is a few weeks behind me, and I thought I should post an update. First, huge thanks again for all the messages both here and via PM. EF is often criticized as unfriendly or unhelpful but these kinds of threads prove (to me) there are real hearts and heads behind the avatars. I am not back to 100% but I am on the mend and I feel we made the right decision.

The doctor and the anesthesiologist spoke excellent English. The nurses, not so much. Let me be clear - I know I'm in Switzerland and I don't expect everyone to cater to me, however for some reason I thought the nurses' English would be better than my German. When my husband was around they spoke exclusively Swiss German and spoke to him as opposed to me. I felt a bit like an afterthought. When he was not around, they mostly spoke Swiss German to me but would switch to High German when I gave them blank looks. At one point in the middle of the night the nurse woke me up to tell me something and I didn't understand at all. My roommate finally spoke to the nurse in Swiss German to get the info and then explained it to me in High German.

In terms of what to expect, a few things come to mind worth sharing:

- My cheat sheet helped me know some of the terms they might use, so I mostly understood except for that one incident.

- They let me change into my own pjs as soon as I was conscious enough to do it without help. They also removed the IV before lights out, so I didn't have that discomfort while trying to sleep. This might sound normal to many people, but both of those are pretty uncommon in the U.S.

- Also for the U.S. folks, you don't receive a big box with kleenex, toothbrush, hand lotion, etc. upon arrival. The hospital only provides the meds related to surgery. You bring your own toiletries and usual vitamins/medications. I actually like this, as the U.S. hospitals charge ridiculous amounts for these items ($10 for an aspirin, for example).

- I took glowjupiter's advice and had plenty of water and snacks handy. I was not in decent shape to go hunting for vending machines and I did get hungry and thirsty. Dinner and breakfast provided by the hospital were exactly the same: coffee, two rolls (one with cheese and one with jam), and a pot of yogurt.

In terms of pain and side effects, it's been unpleasant but manageable. I won't go into details but if someone has to undergo this in the future and wants to ask me about it, feel free to send a PM.
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Old 04.09.2015, 22:33
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Re: Question for the ladies - fibroids

Glad it went well.

I think it depends on the hospital and your condition. When I was in hospital I had the IV's etc in day and night for 2 weeks... and when I was well enough to eat I had a huge menu to choose from and more food than I could manage! They gave me basic toiletries until hubby brought me some from home.
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Re: Question for the ladies - fibroids

Glad to hear it went well. I had 2 big ones removed 5yrs ago. Now we have 2 beautiful children. Like you I could have tried to be pregnant with the fibroids but we knew it would make it hard. Even by the time I got pregnant the second time a new one grew and partially blocked the birth canal. I think you made the right decision and I hope in 5yrs you too will have the family you want!
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