100 thoughts on “Our Experiences with Surgery and Hospital with Michelle Elman | Hannah Witton

  1. I have Crohn's and I had my first surgery this year. I did also make a list of food I wanted to eat when I got out haha! Besides sneezing and coughing, laughing was the worst haha.. Seeing your videos about your surgery are so helpful! Thank you!

  2. I had surgery a year ago next week after dislocating and breaking my elbow, and so recovered from the surgery with a cast on over the scar and during Christmas. I identified with so many of the things you talked about even though my surgery was less serious – not realising how little energy you’ll have and exhausting yourself; crying every day from all of the emotions; missing big occasions; and not realising what small things will be hard/impossible – I couldn’t tie my own hair up, do up buttons on my jeans, cut up my food. Every surgery is different but it’s nice to hear some of the similar things people go through!

  3. From birth til about 18years old I had checkups in hospital because of Spina bifida. About a week per time and at first 2 times per year and later 1. Had friends there at the same time and we played in the corridors between appointments. Playtime was nice. Most appointments not so much.

  4. Thank you so much you guys for making this video, I literally relate so so much to everything you were saying 😂. I guess I don't really know anyone (apart from myself) personally who has been seriously ill or been in hospital for an extended period of time, so it was really great to hear you guys talking about it. I was in hospital for a few weeks because I had sepsis and my lung collapsed and my liver and spleen started not working properly. I was in ICU for a week and I had one nurse all to myself and then when I was put on general ward I felt exactly the same as what you were describing. You get used to knowing your nurse and not having to wait for thing etc. And then when you're suddenly one person out of a dozen that your nurse has to look after its so different and kind of scary sometimes. Another difference for me anyway was that in the ICU they were extremely lenient with visiting times and so my boyfriend and parents were there all the time essentially, whereas they were much stricter in general and I felt quite lonely. Anyway thanks so much for this video ♥️

  5. I had a total colectomy and an ileostomy 6 weeks ago. My hair is falling out! I also remember the morphine dreams, and not being able to lay down properly. And also being so tired I my phone was heavy, and I could only sit in the chair for like, 2 hours. I remember walking up the stairs was so hard. Sneezing and laughing is still brutal 😂😂😂

  6. Noooo, how can you pull out your ng tube yourself?! I just remember it feeling horrendous when they pulled it out, and seemed to go on forever, I could never have done that to myself. Though to be fair, the longest I've spend in hospital is 7 days (only had 2 surgeries, most of my experience is outpatients), and they took the tube out after just a few days, so I don't remeber it irritating.

  7. I have had more surgeries than I can count for various reasons relating to my dwarfism (SEDc with kniest like symptoms). I always start going "yup. uh huh. yes. yup." when people talk about surgery/anesthesia. lol

  8. It’s so good to hear someone else say they felt sad when they moved out of the ICU! I don’t have anyone to talk to about that sort of thing. Good chat guys

  9. Spine surgery! Lost all my core strength, it's crazy how much we use it for everything, sneezing was a nightmare for ages 😅❤

  10. Hairdresser here! Your hair literally shows EVERYTHING that happens to your body. You could have taken illicit drugs last year and (granting that part of your hair hasn't been cut off), you will still find traces of it in your hair. A pregnant woman with naturally straight hair might find that it grows curly while she's pregnant, or vice versa, because of the hormone changes. Anaesthetic is the same, it does some weird shit to your hair. It can make it fall out or grow differently or change the texture. Your hair is so sensitive to everything that happens with your body.

  11. My dad has been hit by a car twice- once when he was on a bike and the second on his motorcycle. That took up about 4 years of his life and our lives so my family really speaks hospital jargon now. I’m overly comfortable in hospitals- I’ve just spent so much time in them. He used to have awful dreams on anesthesia- he had a delusion that he had killed someone in the accident bc the had his had tied down bc he kept pulling out his breathing tube. He’s walking again after immense trauma. My dad is incredible

  12. I was in hospital for 10 months for anorexia and I had an ng tube for about 4-5 of those months and despite a little discomfort at first I never really noticed it! Mine kept slipping out of my nose tho so every morning I'd have to slide it 5 or 6 inches back down my throat. And it was horrible having to blow your nose with the thing tho geez

  13. I've had 3 knee surgeries and still don't get hair growth around those scars! Mine was keyhole tho so maybe that has something to do with it

  14. I cant tell if people in the uk are less shallow or if people are more accepting of bags if your a woman. Because im a young in shape man with one and everyone runs away for life

  15. I've always reacted badly to most pain meds and anesthetics, but I didn't know how bad it was until I had knee surgery over 10 years ago. It was meant to only be day surgery, but they had to keep me for an extra 12 hours because of how badly I came out of the anesthetic. But I can relate to quite a few of the things you talk about because of that experience.

  16. Hi Michelle! waves 🙂

    I had colon surgery earlier this year, so I could relate to many of the things you were saying. I didn't get hairy belly though because mine was a laparoscopic surgery through my belly button. It'll never be the same, but I realize it was a much easier surgery to have than the kind you had, Hannah (and Michelle, if she had the same kind as yours). This made me feel less alone in what I went through. Thanks! 🙂

  17. Aww my baba had a NG Tube knowing what it felt like made me sad. He used to pull it out quite a lot. They swaddled him which was good to prevent him.

    Re the stepping into the car- after my section with my daughter I couldn’t wait to get home to my comfy bed! However I forgot how high my bed was and it was a total nightmare to get into.

  18. Long story incoming
    4 years ago now, My girlfriend who has Crohn's disease got incredible sick, went into hospital not able to keep food down, turns out was a minor perforation of the bowel, they kept her in for observation for about a week, and near they end of that week the bowel properly perforated and wasnt picked up until it was causing sepsis, which resulted in ICU for a few weeks and almost 2 weeks in an induced coma due to the sepsis causing ARDS (Acute respiratory distress syndrome).
    After she was out of the coma, because she had been so sick, the repair they had done to the bowel before the coma failed which resulted in her having to have another emergency surgery to give her a stoma.
    During the about 1 month long stay in hospital she went from about 60-65kg down to the low 40's. The recovery was pretty long, and the mental recovery is probably still happening to some extent as she still struggles to sleep some nights.
    The not being able to do almost anything after they have cut up your stomach, resonates so much, and the exhaustion for those first few weeks and months. Also Hannah i just introduced her to your videos a few months ago and she loved how open you were about all the surgery stuff

  19. Thank you thank you thank you. I have crohn’s and struggle majorly with fear and anxiety about the possibility of surgery, which is becoming more and more likely. Hearing people talk about it in a relaxed way like this is so, so helpful.

  20. I have had 23 surgeries so I feel the pain, no of mine have ever been open though luckily. In the US open surgeries are last resort and they at least attempt laproscopic surgeries in every situation

  21. I relate to the sleeping in weird positions one so hard! I was hospitalised in 2011 with diabetes and I literally slept on my back for almost the whole time I was in hospital and normally I can only sleep on my stomach to fall asleep. Very weird but also weirdly comfortable when I was in the hospital

  22. AH the tube down into your throat was the worse for me, luckily I only had it for 24 hours to test my reflux disease. you ladies are wonderful!!

  23. I've never personally had surgery (knock on wood) but recently my dad had a really bad work accident where he's lucky to even be alive but he's also lucky enough to actually have gotten to keep his leg! at this point all he needs is like an AFO type thing and sometimes a crutch. but anyway during that initial time he had I think it was 10/11 surgeries within like a year and a half, most of which were in the first month where he was fully in the hospital until they let him be transferred to our home, and since his accident happened in another state so we spent a LOT of time in hospitals. me and my mom are already both chronically ill so we've definitely had more than our fair share of them the past 10 years, plus my grandma is currently in the hospital for a while for a bacterial infection. since we were with him so often (me less so because of said chronic illnesses, I needed to rest in the hotel rooms more often than I wanted) my mom especially is CONSTANTLY asked if she's a nurse or something because she learned everything so quickly, and by extension I know a bunch of it as well. it's always funny talking to people who have had surgery knowing so much of it other than actually experiencing it, so when they inevitably ask I'm always like "oh actually I know by witness not experience"

  24. Been through it so know how you feel. Went through reversal. Only real downside is couldn't go out on motorcycle for a month so stuck on public transport.
    Hardest part is the reversal especially on the enhanced recovery programme.
    The other part is that some employers don't cover your sick pay for the operation as you chose to have the surgery

  25. I had a few smaller operations before and 2-3 bigger ones. Some five years ago and one this year.
    It really sucks. Five years ago I was really ill and had to get operations to get well again, I spend weeks in the hospital and got really depressed. This year I broke my leg on my vacation in Malta and had to get the operation there. That was this summer and I am still learning how to walk. It's such a slow process…

  26. The car comment is so accurate! After my surgery, I was trying to get into a black taxi, and I just couldn't pull myself up. I remember just breaking down in the middle of London then and thinking I'd never get better – very over dramatic, I know!

  27. I had emergency surgery on after being hit by a car in September, and a bunch of metal hammered into various bones. Hospital stays are nuts. My biggest complaint, kind of funnily considering my condition, was how dirty I felt after 4 days… greasy hair, bloody, dirty from rolling all over the street… unable to wash because of all the bandages etc.. sheesh.
    also my hair is falling out too. Good to know the anesthesia is the culprit!!

  28. I loved this video and all these medical related videos you’re doing Hannah. I had scoliosis spinal surgery at the end of 2015 at 14 years old and as of the last year or so has it only properly dawned on me my experience. My hospital stay was eight days. Because it’s on your spine I’ve got a scar down my back that I love and I honestly don’t know if they shaved my back. I mean, it doesn’t seem hairy as far as I can tell lol. Just really numb, which it will probably be like forever.
    I wish ptsd caused by hospital stays and medical things was more well known. Only recently did I find out a statistic that 1 in 5 (I believe) of scoliosis spinal patients develop ptsd. I don’t hav it diagnosed nor can I be certain I have it, but honestly I probably should go to therapy to prevent it too.
    That’s my little input, but basically wanted to say hope whoever is reading this has a great day and that I’m loving these videos Hannah!

  29. Four years ago I had jaw surgery, due to having a massive overbite. I was not prepared for how severe it feels when your face swells up to the size of a melon and you become unable to speak… I’ve seen lots of shows and series with surgeries and I felt so jealous of people who did not have surgery on their face because they could talk afterwards… I had a fluid diet for six weeks, during that time I had a fixed jaw (rubber bands crossing in my braces) except for when I ate and my family would make fun of the way it sounded when I spoke, which I NEVER thought was funny. My family is not the type to take the piss out on someone anyway so it really hurt. I didn’t feel like myself for a long while because I couldn’t smile, it took me several weeks before I could smile because I had joker-wounds in the corners of my mouth from the tools they used to keep my mouth wide open (all the surgery happened inside the mouth). I had to use a teeeeny tiny baby toothbrush and I remember that it felt HUGE in my mouth, like triple the size of a normal toothbrush. I had for a while very strong pain killers that made me sick and it sucks to vomit when you’ve had surgery in your mouth, because you need your jaw to do it and therefore it doesn’t really feel good to do it when your jaw is actually broken. And rushing to get the rubber bands out of my mouth in order to vomit… those are some of the worst memories. It also took me about two years to get over a kind of facial dysphoria I had, I couldn’t recognise my face or identify with it for a long while. My best part of post-surgery was watching tv – at the hospital they put a tv right in front of me and I watched the king’s speech and Notting hill and during my recovery time at home I binged all of Gilmore Girls. Going through all of this was worth it, I became a different person for the better after I woke up from the surgery.

  30. My mum had a hysterectomy a couple years ago. It was key hole but they still cut a lot of her stomach muscles in the process. My dad was abroad at the time so it was just me looking after her, and i just remember her trying to even sit up in bed so she could drink tea was such a massive effort for her. Shes been doing pilates every week for 2 years now and shes only just getting all her stomach muscle strength back. its mad to think that you have to literally grow your muscles back again!

  31. OH MY GOD I used to always be really concerned about how hairy my wrist was around my surgery scar and this reminded me of it so I took a look and the hair on that wrist is double the length of the other AND NOW I KNOW WHY MY SURGERY SCAR IS HAIRY! THANK YOU!

  32. I’ve had a handful of operations in my life but none of them were as bad as the stay I had in hospital recently. I had this virus called Epstein Barr Virus that makes your liver enzymes really high and there’s a potential for your liver to fail. Every morning I was woken up by the blood nurse for blood tests. No one told me anything the whole time I was there. They couldn’t give me any idea as to when I would go home and then when I had panic attacks they told me to ‘grow up and stop throwing a strop’ I couldn’t sleep some nights because the nurses were being so rude and I was scared they would do something to me in my sleep.
    I was only there a week but it was more traumatic than all 3 surgeries I have had put together!

  33. I shared this with my mom. I spent a week in hospital with her when she had emergency surgery. I remember the PURE JOY she felt when the doctors told her she could have as many ice chips as she wanted. THE LUXURY

  34. Oh my god, thank you for the warning about hair falling out! I'm at almost 4 weeks post hip surgery. If that happens to me, at least I'll know why now!

  35. Michelle telling you to feel what you need to feel, really hit me hard. I’ve suffered from chronic pelvic/hip pain for 20 years(I’m 31) and I don’t let myself get angry or sad about it.

    I was talking to my boyfriend about my pain last month and started crying and I just bottled it all up immediately. I just kept thinking ‘if I start, I’ll never stop’ which I know isn’t the healthiest way of thinking about things

    Maybe this is something I need to work on with myself

  36. Very enlightening! I have also had a major surgery but am about to graduate from nursing school as well. Made me empathize for my patients even more!

  37. I’ve had the same surgeries as you Hannah. Then I’ve had 3 more since those, to create a J-pouch, etc. After the initial surgery (where I got a stoma) I also lost my hair – but ALL my hair! It’s not the anaesthetic, it’s the shock of surgery like you mentioned Hannah. It’s now 2 yrs since I lost my hair – or since it started falling out, and it’s now back to last shoulder length – but it’s taken AGES! My first surgery was early October 2016 and all the things you mentioned -I also went through. Expect I didn’t get any hairs on my belly afterwards 🤣 I’m now DONE with surgeries and getting a J-pouch was the best decision even though it meant lots of more surgery but I now live a normal life – and it’s only 2 years since my very first op to remove my colon.
    Now I have no health issues except kinda low blood % but I get iron infusions for that and live a great life post stoma! ☺️

  38. I had maxillofacial surgery two and a half months ago and even though it's not even vaguely the same as yours I relate so much so a lot of the things mentioned! No hair for me, since they cut me open from inside my mouth but the slooooow graduation through foods I totally get! Two and a half months later and I've only just been allowed to eat totally normally again! I was fantasizing about eating a sandwich (specifically egg mayo for some reason) for weeks. And being woken up loads in hospital is so frustrating. I was so tired all the time, but I was in so much pain that sleeping was hard, and I had to sleep entirely on my back and not move because my jaw was in pieces, which is really hard. I was also bleeding excessively from the wounds in my mouth, and basically choking on my own blood a lot, so the nurse gave me that suction thing they use in the dentist to suck the blood out of my mouth, which meant there was that added noise keeping me awake, plus a cannister of my blood next to my bed, and the constant threat of choking but then being in agony when attempting to cough. The nurses kept waking me up every couple of hours for obs and every time they did, my blood pressure would set off the emergency alarms because I hadn't eaten anything in days, so they'd make me down a jug of water, and then I'd be up an hour later needing to wee but unable to get out of bed on my own because I'd faint due to aforementioned low blood pressure. I also didn't realise how disabling jaw surgery would be. You'd think it wouldn't really have an impact on your movement since the rest of your body is fine, but I remember trying to walk and being in agony, and having to walk so slowly and carefully so as to not jolt my jaw. The second day I was in hospital, I had to have a load of x-rays and assessments and they wheeled me around in a wheelchair, but every time it went over door frames or the joins between the linoleum tiles on the floor I'd end up tensing my whole body in pain in an effort to not clench my jaw. For weeks I was slowly lowering myself in and out of chairs, basically housebound because the car would be too jolty for my fragile jaw to cope with. Not to mention how little energy you have when you're on a liquid or soft food diet, which just adds to the overwhelming boredom of hospital. Even now, two and a half months later, chewing still hurts, and I can't cup my face in my hand and lean on it because that hurts. I also have potentially permanent nerve damage in my face. And now for the first time I've just found out that my hair is gonna start falling out soon, just in time for christmas! It's really helpful hearing other people talk about this though, because no one I know has had major surgery, so everyone just says 'oh that sounds tough' but they can't relate to hospital banter, or that pure panic experienced when you wake up after surgery, insanely confused, hurting, tired, delirious, with none of your family around you, and (in my case) choking on the bandages and packing inside your mouth. I have nothing but respect and thanks for the nurses who talked to me in recovery, and those who helped me back on the SS ward, giving me the suction tube, getting me water, helping me go to the loo, being gentle with me when I was a wuss about the cannula (talking of, cannula scars, amirite). I will forever be grateful to them, and to people like you who talk about these things, creating a sense of community and bonding 🙂 shoutout to all my fellow bionic people out there with metal instead of bone!xx

  39. I had open heart surgery so I had Double Chambered left ventricle! So basically a tiny bit of extra muscle out; witch is was blocking the blood flow to the rest of my body ! I had to hug the towel and to cough and sneeze too for my physio !

  40. i had a laparoscopy and one of the ports was on my lower abdomen and the surgeons shaved the top left half of my pubes. just the top left that’s it. and i got razor burn from it too!!

  41. I had surgery on my nose to help me breathe as a teenager. The strangest moment by far was a few days after surgery sitting on the toilet when I realised that had shaved a rectangle of my thigh. I still don't know why they did that and 14-year-old me found it very disconcerting that they had touched my upper leg when I had surgery on my nose.

  42. I broke my ankle while at camp so my dad came and picked me up and he got there as soon as possible and it so happened that he was on his way to work when the camp called so he was in a pretty decent sized truck and no one really thought about it until I hopped up to the car and opened the door and realized that the truck was very tall and I am very short. I had to just hop and my dad pushed my good foot in and somehow I got into the car

  43. I've never had surgery but I was in hospital for a week severely ill due to my M.E. Honestly I don't remember much and when I think about it I can feel my brain actively blocking me from remembering how much pain I was in. As a kid I remember being threatened with a liquid drip (because I wasn't drinking enough water) and me being terrified but this time I only refused once before accepting I needed it and discovered it is amazing as I no longer felt thirsty but I wasn't having to use every ounce of strength to take a drink. Of course though, this led me to needing to pee so I called the nurse and they said they would get someone to help me. What felt like an hour later someone finally came and I reached out my arms to them so they would assist me to the bathroom in the way my partner did, only she stepped back and refused to touch me. By this point I was desperate so I crawled to the toilet with the woman yelling at me to come and wait til she'd brought the equipment to assist me and I just couldn't understand why she wouldn't help me (I was very out of it and even this memory is vague). Thankfully that was the only time that happened as I just made sure I didn't need to go when my partner wasn't there.

  44. I've had SO MUCH SURGERY! I'm used to it (been having it literally my entire life) and there are definitely aspects of it that I enjoy (being waited on hand and foot really is nice) but I haven't realized until the last few years how much bitterness and frustration I haven't allowed myself to feel. It's very difficult to put on a happy face so well and for so long that you fool yourself only to realize that there is real psychological damage under that shell.

  45. Thank you so much for this video. I had a bowel resection and ileostomy 3 months ago and am struggling with day to day life.
    I could really relate to your comments.
    Bits of my life have returned to normal but a lot has been flipped upside down.
    The hardest part is the negative comments from people around you, people expecting you to of returned to normal by now and to be back to normal physical activities etc but it really isn't like that.
    You guys have let me know that's its OK and normal to still be recovering.
    Thank you x

  46. In April I had a ruptured abscess underneath my belly button, the entire area around my belly button (i think it was about 10-15cm long AND wide? and 5cm deep, I'm fat anyway so it was just a lot of fat) had to be removed and because of the size it had to be left as an open wound. The entire hospital experience was traumatic, from being told in a+e after five hours of waiting thinking I had a burst appendix that I was pregnant and therefore the surgeon wouldn't even see me, and despite me saying 'hey, i'm a lesbian and have never been near a penis so that's impossible' it took my mum screaming the place down to get someone to see me, to coming out of surgery and having a nurse in the recovery room talking to me very viciously about how i need to lose weight and how I'm going to die young (this was whilst i was out of it and also having a panic attack). On top of this after the surgery, I still had poison rapidly spreading through me so I was on heavy heavy antibiotics and my small veins meant that i was crying in agony every three hours from the antibiotics alone, not even from the bloody gaping hole. It was such a horrible and dehumanising time and I think it's only recently become clear how traumatising it was? I had a wound vac and I'm only 20 so I was very very lucky that my wound healed quicker than it would have otherwise but it still took months, and during those months I couldn't wash or do anything really without help. I didn't realise how much I needed to see videos like this, and being able to relate with people is so refreshing. ALSO, on the body hair thing, I was generally hairy before but mine came through even weirder because the wound vac meant that nearly my entire stomach was covered by dressing that was vacuumed to my stomach, so the hair didn't really have a chance to grow and now I have weird patches. All I got from the experience was trauma, not being dead and the ability to use my lack of a belly button as a party trick.

  47. I've had three (will be four on Tuesday) jaw surgeries this year. Mostly cos my molars and wisdom teeth are messed up but I've had so many complications now that I'm dreading this last one. All were done under local and I hate it, I feel like the surgeons think that because the area they're treating is numb that your entire mouth is numb. It's not. I've had my lip split open twice with no pain relief during surgeries now and I just am terrified of it again cos it hurts so much. The surgeons have never seemed to care either because they're apparently so close to it being over that they have no regard for whether they're causing excess pain or not. The last one was the removal of a fairly sizeable section of jawbone that was sticking out where they'd removed a molar and they let a dental student do the surgery with supervision every now and then. Ngl having someone who can't remember what order they're meant to be doing things in while they're cutting your mouth open while you're fully awake is fucking scary. I understand students need to learn but not on me pls 😫 also I'm a professional musician and play the saxophone to earn money so I need my jaws to be working and looked after properly so I can earn money.

    Obviously these are nothing as major as the surgeries many other people have had but they're so often overlooked in terms of causing lasting mental trauma because they're minor. 😔

  48. I've never noticed it before, but when you started talking about your hairy bellies, I felt my back where I had surgery and it's hairy.

  49. I had an operation on my throat a few years ago and when we left the hospital after I was discharged I don't think I have ever taken a more painful car trip. I felt like a bobblehead, my neck muscles were absolutely messed up from both being in an unnatural position for hours during surgery and being cut into and I could not for the life of me stop the pulling on the wound that happens in a car. You never really realise how much your neck muscles move and stablise until that kind of thing happens. Also, don't even get me started on sneezing or coughing, I think I cried multiple times a day from the pain of my throat moving involuntarily. Last thing – hospital cravings omg. I was still on a jelly/ soft food diet when I left hospital and I begged my dad to stop to get a smoothie. Best thing I have ever tasted hahaha

  50. Hi Hannah, thank you for making this video! I had spinal/nerve surgery around the same time you were in hospital. It's so strange because even though it was a very intense experience, I find that I forget a lot of things from that time.. (Which also makes me wonder: did i process it all well enough?? ) One of the things I remember is that my voice was so fragile like I just lost all the power in my vocal chords even though there wasn't anything wrong with them. I couldn't write either because it took op too much energy, which i regret because that's also why ive forgotten so many details. It's like the sick person that I was is not me. Do you relate to that? Like obviously it is me, but it just feels as though its another ones life experience or something. I would also be very interested in your experience with the mental changes it brought to you. Funnily enough, almost a year later I can say that my whole hospital/surgery experience has made me less anxious about death and more grateful for life. But I still find it difficult to think about those heavy days in hospital. I kept the soap they gave me. Sometimes I smell it and it takes me back to my old hospital room. Its's a weird sort of feeling, but I kind of appreciate it to be able to go back to that time and relive it for a bit without getting pulled into all the emotions.

  51. i realized they shave you before surgory wenn i was 16 and basically got a c-section (when it comes to where they cut and how big the cut was) and a nurse said "oh they allready shaved you!" and my mum laughed and said no i did that myself on a regual basis 😀 yeah they cutted above my at this time non-existing pubics and not at my tummy so..

  52. i had surgery in my mouth when i was about 14 cos i had a lot of tooth drama (like not just a quick pull out a tooth i had to have tons of stitches and drilling and part of my jaw was removed too) and only having water was the absolute worst – i had to keep wads of cotton wool in my mouth and obviously they were full of blood so all i wanted was a drink with a taste. anesthetic was weird. oh and i had a cannula in my hand and accidentally tore it out a little bit and literally still get mild nerve pains in my hand now, im 22 (surgery is a weird experience)

  53. Sneezing is very violent. If your body hurts anywhere, sneezing will make it hurt and the closer it is to your lungs, the more it will hurt.

  54. I've always known what happened to me during any of the minor surgeries i've had because my mom was always in the room as a nurse.

  55. My dad had surgery in the last 2 years i think and the doctor was surprised how fast he recovered.
    He's in his 70s, but he's work hard all his life and he's much tougher than me.

  56. I have had a number of different surgeries. I had a pelvic embolization and a half funny half horrible moment was them shaving half my pubic area (for the incision) in front of a group of students (it was a teaching hospital). That surgery overall was my most traumatic one. I let the doctor convince me to not go fully under so I was awake. Maybe some people can handle that fine but I can’t. Also it was before I knew numbing injections take longer to work on me so I felt a lot of pain during it. It was years ago now but I don’t think I ever dealt with it emotionally. Also for most of my surgeries I would faint or almost faint when trying to first sit up afterwards.

  57. Hi Hannah! I have Crohns had an op in September this year where my appendix and part of my colon was removed (hemicolectomy) so basically open surgery. This video is so helpful, I feel so understood! My op was not as big as yours and still for a few days I thought I'd need a walking stick for a long time. Yesterday I did my first HIIT training at the gym in 4 months and I feel so proud. Still can't do any weight lifting but have my drs thumbs up for cardio. And THANKS SO MUCH for explaining about the hair loss. I've been losing my hair so much lately and thought it was because of the Crohns symptoms but the anaesthetic and trauma theory makes so much more sense. You are doing amazing work raising awareness Hannah. Gonna share this with my best friend.

  58. I love watching these videos, as a medical student it's so cool to better understand the POV of the patients in hospital. Like I knew about the shaving before surgery thing, but it never occurred to me that would make your hair grow noticeably thicker! And watching you recover from surgery has been so interesting too! Although I knew the type of surgery you had was really major, I had no idea how slow and difficult recovery would be. I thought it would be that way for an older person, but never realised the difficulty young people would have for months and months after too. Thanks for enlightening me 🙂

  59. This is so interesting. I've never had surgery myself but I work at a veterinary hospital and have seen A LOT of surgery and recovery in animals. We do a lot of open abdominal surgeries (taking out various weird stuff out of intestines, taking out infected uteruses and stuff like that) and the vast majority of dogs and cats aren't really impacted by their abdominal wounds. Like, a few hours after surgery they're usually up and walking if they aren't too high on their pain meds or were really, really sick (like, peritonitis from a ruptured intestine kind of sick). And after anything from a day to a week or so most seem pretty much pain free. Seems like humans are super dependant on abdominal muscles.

  60. I’ve had oral surgery before, I had all of my wisdom teeth removed AND had the posts for two tooth implants put in on the same day

  61. Relate so much with you guys, had UC and 4 surgeries. Did you guys have to have the machine that massages your calves, post surgery?

  62. I had a keyhole appendectomy and i had a very weird moment 2 months after when i thought to myself ‘i should be dead right now’ and got very upset. It was such a vivid thought and it terrified me. I would also have pain recall in dreams where i could feel how awful it was when my appendix was rupturing in the days before i went to hospital. I remember the doctors saying to me that i should have been in excruciating pain for months and thinking ‘my body tried to kill me’ and became as a result very mistrusting of my body. Ever since i’ve developed stinging pains in my abdomen, but also even worse pains in my genitals that is mostly triggered by arousal. I’m now terrified this might mean i have a problem with my reproductive organs that might only be discovered after i start trying for kids in the future. All that physically remains are 3 little scars across my abdomen and some scarring on my kidneys. I was 14 at the time, now i am 18. Surgery sucks and i would never wish that amount of pain on anyone

  63. I had surgery on my ear drums when I was 12 and 13. It was super short term, I was only in hospital for a night or two, but eating was the one thing that I really struggled with. Because I know that if I have painkillers on an empty stomach then I'm going to throw up any food I eat, but they wouldn't let me go until I had a meal and kept it down. And I remember being really mad every time they gave me more painkillers cause I just wanted to eat and keep it down, and I couldn't understand why they wouldn't let me.

  64. this is going to sound ridiculous because mine was a completely elective surgery, I had a breast augmentation and it would have been a fairly dull surgery except that afterwards my surgeon (who's been doing this for 30 some years) came out and told me he's never seen anyone with such thin intercostal muscles (the muscles between your ribs), they were so thin he could see the sac that surrounds the lungs though mine and sure enough the moment they put me in a wheel chair i couldn't breathe for this stabbing pain in my side, part of my lung was collapsed on one side an when i asked my surgeon later he said the surgery must have disturbed it,
    its funny the things you can learn about yourself from even the most minor of surgeries
    (and maybe I do have hairy boobs now too but i cant say ive paid much attention being blonde i guess???…)

  65. I’ve had 7 surgeries all on my ear/nose/throat, it’s not as debilitating as most surgery but you just feel very woozy in the head for ages!

  66. I have never gone through surgery but i was hospitalized for a week when i was 19 and i had to have ng tube is was the worst thing ever i couldn’t swallow or breath but i was really good about it until I sneezed it out and had the worst nose bleed of my life that wasn’t fun

  67. I'm like Michelle where I've had 13 surgeries in my life. I'm lucky in that a lot of the really major ones happened when I was a tiny baby so I don't remember a lot of the experiences. I also don't remember my hair falling out, even in my later surgeries so that's interesting. It is really hard to talk to people who have never experienced surgery before and you tell them what you've been through and when they see the scars, I've felt like I've been on display sometimes, like in a carnival show and it's kind of annoying. I'm more than happy to talk about my experience with surgery and hospitalization, but sometimes people get a little TOO interested and sort of look at me in a different way and I really don't like that.

  68. When I had my appendix removed, I was at the ICU, and I was waking myself, full of anaesthetics, and there was a girl, and I was just calling "is someone here?" then I passed again and then again the same question every 30 mins 😀

  69. I had a surgury where they removed part of my lower intestine. I didn't want to accept how serious my recovery was to that surgury and when they had those people come in to like sponge bath me I realized how down I was. When you cant even take a shower. Being out of commission is such a humbling experience.

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