Dr. del Junco Jr. explained everything I needed to know in great detail and I stayed glued to my seat, hanging on every word, astonished at how much time the doctor spent with my husband and I. At over 3 hours, Dr. del Junco Jr. spent more time with me in one visit than any of my previous doctors over the years combined. Dr. del Junco Jr. cared deeply for this program and his kindness and gentleness was so apparent. My husband and I were like sponges absorbing all the information. Dr. del Junco Jr. went into the surgery in great detail. We also watched a video on a prior surgery he had done. Although both David and I knew that his was the answer for us, Dr. del Junco Jr. told us to take some time to think about it. Not wanting to suffer through one more bad period, I scheduled the surgery for August 28, 2000, relieved to have made this first step. That was by far the best consultation I ever had and I felt like I was finally in the driver’s seat.
I had one month to prepare for surgery . I found myself really enjoying my family and summer activities. The day had just come and I felt more than ready. Patricia became my lifeline. She answered the biggest to the smallest of questions for me. She was a gem and I can’t think of a better person qualified for this job. The Friday before my surgery, I went to Temple Hospital to get all my pre-surgery tests done. I was nervous but the hospital staff was delightful and very helpful. This was huge for me because my experience with hospitals was not great when I had given birth to my first son. I was hesitant at first. I really felt I was drawing upon all my female strength for this surgery. As a matter of fact, I was so adamant about not having a c-section with my first pregnancy, I just never wanted to be cut open; that completely freaked me out. Here I was about to encounter a surgery that was similar in some ways. Dr. del Junco Jr. let me know that I would have an epidural and would be awake during my surgery, and I would have bikini cut incision. I was very nervous about the epidural because it made me very sick and I was allergic to it during the birth of my first son. I also had a lot of allergies to different medications and this worried me too. But, with Dr. del Junco Jr. by my side, I felt comforted and all my fears were dissolved. He told me that everything would be fine.
I checked into Temple Hospital the day before my surgery. I could not believe how awesome the nursing staff was. I really felt at home. I awoke early on the morning of August 28, 2000 and spent time by myself just collecting my thoughts and preparing mentally for the surgery. David stayed with me and slept right in my hospital room. At 7:00am David walked next to the gurney down to the surgical floor. He held my hand tight and said goodbye. This was particularly hard, as he had been with me through both births of our sons. Fortunately he was able to stay connected by watching my surgery on a closed circuit television in my hospital room. I also think he wanted to know what it was inside of me that was troubling me so much.
While I was being prepped with my IV, Dr. del Junco Jr. came by my side and held my hand and asked if I had any questions. I looked right at him and said I am ready and this is my choice. If I let it go on any longer I know the choice will be made for me. He smiled broadly and gently at me.
Now, you have to know that I was nervous about this whole thing, but I went with the flow. Everyone around me was so caring, gentle and reassuring that everything would be just fine. I trusted these doctors and nurses with my life and now I was just completely relaxed and I was ready to move forward. The surgery commenced, and I was glad to be awake and able to communicate. I was even able to watch it on television that was close by me. The surgery lasted no more than a couple of hours, and then I saw my husband for a few minutes before I went into recovery for a final, relief-filled hour.