TAH/BSO - All that worrying for naught!
| TAH/BSO - All that worrying for naught!|
From the Abdominal Hysterectomy Stories Articles List
Freaking Out and Worrying before Hysterectomy
Options to Hysterectomy
Hormone and Menopause
Intimacy after Hysterectomy
Fitness after Hysterectomy
Grief and Loss
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Well, here goes. I went to the City the day before because it is over 100 miles one way and I had to be at the hospital at 5:30 am. I had my hair cut and colored, and got a great positive pep talk from the beautician about healing (she has had two Caesarians). We got there about 4:30 in the afternoon. Checked into the motel, went to Olive Garden to eat-yum!. Then we went for a little walk on the river bike path because I needed to calm my nerves a bit-I thought exercise would help, and it did.
Then we went to a book store, and back to the motel so I could do the pre-op enema and shower and betadine douche.
I slept off and on through the night and got up at 4:45 without the alarm. Another shower and to the hospital.
They asked me lots of questions, then up to the prep area. They weighed me and measured me (like I would have grown or shrunk?) Then the nurse started an IV in my left hand by the base of my thumb. She said, "Oh Shoot" and had blown a vein. It swelled up really big, so I thought great-she doesn' know what she is doing. Anyhow, she got an IV started in the other vein. Then the anestheologist came in and talked to me. He told me they had lots of good things to keep me from getting as sick as I did the last surgeries I had. It was all getting a little surreal by then, and I was getting nervous. Just wanting it to be over.
Finally I walked with an aide and DH down the hall and through the surgery doors into a room with several beds lined up with people in each bed. I got into one, and then lots of different people kept coming in and introducing themselves, telling me who they were and how there were going to help me. The nurse anesthesist was very very pregnant-said she was due next week.
I put on my headphones and listenend to some relaxing music, but started to tear up a little. My DH was so nice and kept telling me everything would be all right-that made me come more unglued. Finally they took me into the surgery, more people introduced themselves, and I scooted onto another table.
The next thing I remember was someone saying, "It's a little after 12:30 and we already let your husband know everything is fine an that you are awake.
Then I don't remember much until I was in my room. What a wonderful room-dark, quiet, at the end of a hall with no noise. I was sick to my stomach, but not too bad. I had the little pump with taradol and they told me to push the button whenever I started to think about the surgery. Well, I did that, but was getting more nauseated. Finally Wednesday morning, I barfed. It was kind of funny-I had the little kidney shaped pan and stuck it under my chin so I wouldn't barf on my bedclothes. Well, I hurled right over the top of it, past it, onto my whole bed!
Then they gave me more stuff for nausea, and after awhile they took away the pump and gave me something different that didn't make me sick.
On Wednesday the catheter came out in the afternoon. Then I was eating lightly-I could order anything, but just wanted soup, crackers and toast.
On Tuesday I was up with help to the sink to brush my teeth, and to a shower on Wednesday in the morning. That was a little difficult as I was still dizzy, but it felt sooo good.
The nurses were all so nice, they kept telling me I was doing amazing, and "Look at you go, girl". It sounds stupid, but it helped.
On Wednesday night they took out the IV needles after they gave me one last hose of antibiotics. I think they gave me 3 megadoses in all.
Today the ob/GYN came in and went over the surgery with me. He said my uterus was about 280 grams or 3-4 sizes bigger than a uterus is normally. He said I had 8 fibroids, the largest the size of a golf ball. I had asked them to take pictures, so he showed me the pictures. Man that thing is ugly! Anyhow, he also told me that the Plastic surgeon had removed two 3 inch pieced of skin and about 2 1/2 pounds of fat. He said expected me to be able to have better posture, less backaches, and be a lot more comfortable without all that loose skin in front. When I was weight before surgery I weighed 155 pounds, at my heaviest two years ago, I was 206. So I worked very hard for this, and deserved to have the whole thing taken off!
Then some other nurses came in and removed every other staple. They go from the outside of one hip to the outside of the other-there are alot of honkin staples and stitches in there! They put steri strips on the spaces, and showed me how to empty and measure the drain fluids. And I ate lunch and DH drove me the two hours home. And I had a treat of an ice cream cone at McDonald's on the way home.
And I wasted a lot of money buying things for my recovery that I don't need. The only thing I really need is a tray table, and I couldn't find one to rent-they were kind of pricey to buy.
Now I go in to my local doc on Monday for the removal of the rest of the staples, and one drain. Then two days later the other drain. Not many restrictions except to take it easy.
So I will. Good Night, and God Bless all of you that prayed for me, and sent me wishes. It all helped.
Freaking Out and Worrying before Hysterectomy
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