From the Staff Bios Articles List
Molly50 - Rona
LovetheOcean - Kim
Kim M - Hostess
Options to Hysterectomy
Hormone and Menopause
Intimacy after Hysterectomy
Fitness after Hysterectomy
Grief and Loss
Ask A Doctor
Hi, I'm Pat from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. My DH and I have been running a small business for the last 25 years. I do whatever needs to be done including sales, lots of office work, customer service, running around (my favorite) picking up, dropping off and seeing customers and vendors.
I have a grown daughter, we have fun traveling together and she helps me with computer stuff. She has two cats. I enjoy golf, skiing, gardening, traveling, snorkeling, whitewater rafting and just being outside.
HS found me when I finally faced the fact that if I didn't do something I would bleed to death. Wanting just one surgery I decided to get it over with and have a hyster. My hyster was when I was 55 for huge fibroids, heavy bleeding and anemia. My pathology report listed adeno and endo but neither were discussed post-op. After many years in perimenopause with raging, fluctuating hormones its no wonder something would go wrong. Several docs offered me BCPs to make me feel better but I said, 'No way, they will make me gain weight,' and estrogen is bad for you. Oh if I had only found this site sooner. I now know that some hormones would have probably been useful. But I listened to sound bites of news or other women who didn't know what they were talking about and shunned any hormones.
My LSH was uneventful, I woke up asking if it was laparoscopic to learn it had been. I was happy. An abdominal incision would have interfered with my golf for much to long. My recovery was very fast and easy but getting back on hormones after five months of Lupron was tough. First it was Premarin, Yuck. Then several months of compounded, cyclic pills. Yuck. Yuck. My serum estrodial tested at 19 after three months on HRT. For some dumb reason the compounding pharmacist thought since I was cycling pre-op I should continue to do so. NOT! After reading all the success stories here I was all set to ask for Vivelle Dot when my doc offered it. I was happy for a while. I started having vaginal atrophy problems and also noticed some bulging. My doc said I had some mild, stage one, prolapse. He fitted me with a pessary, sent me to PT, upped my estrogen patch and added vaginal cream. So far I've managed to keep the prolapse from getting worse with lots of estrogen, exercise and losing 50 pounds. After a few months I was still having some atrophy problems so my doc had me try Estring. The ring worked so well I switched to Femring which I have been pleased with so far.
HS was of great use to me pre-op. It saved many calls to my doc and put my mind at ease, almost. I knew what to expect and it was calming. I knew I was doing what I needed and that my doc had given me all my options. I was inspired to try to help others. After my hyster HS was even more useful. Surgical menopause isn't for wimps and understanding what's going on made it possible to get my HRT right. I don't even want to think about where I'd be now without this site and the hostesses who helped me so much.
For me its important to try to help other women get the best possible care and support them through what is often their first major surgery.
Molly50 - Rona
LovetheOcean - Kim
Kim M - Hostess
Recommended for Hysterectomy Recovery
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