Good morning Sam--
You are 4 days ahead of me. Looks like we had similar surgeries but with opposite effects......I can't tinkle at all. She did a laparoscopy first to view past endo wasteland then made a 5 inch abd. incision(MMK) where they pulled my bladder up and tacked it to the pubic bone(however in the middle of surgery one side "popped" off, they had to reopen that incision and reconnect my left side to a ligament instead). Then she did the rest of the 6 procedures, taking over 4 hours. What a way to spend a morning!
I was told to plan on being in the castle 5-6 days.
Is the leaking every time you move? Is it when your bladder is full? Dribbling or gushing? Can you void on your own at all?(Sorry, I used to be a urology nurse years ago). I've seen many of these things resolve themselves within a short period of time and wish you well with it. Just do what the doc says. Many times the patient was surprised to wake up one morning to find a drastic change.
Our hospital was full so that I was discharged in less than 48 hours when I was still on oxygen, with an epidural in my back, nauseated, taking no food or liquids, on IVs and having been out of bed only once for a walk to the door and back. Needless to say, my husband and I were in shock when I was kicked out and sent home with the catheter. We knew it would be a possibility, but not for that reason. Anyway, the cath came out 4 days ago and self-cathing was excruciating for the first 2 days. Now it is tiresome because I can not yet do it by "feel" or sitting down and I hate getting undressed each time I have to go. However, now that I am finally done throwing up I feel pretty good and am thankful.
Are you getting out of your bedroom enough? My plan calls for no isolation in the bedroom during the day and negotiating with the Great Dane for the couch instead. (he shares). My house is made up of lots of stairs and I just take my time on them but insist on making a few trips just for exercise each day. It was warm enough yesterday to sit on the deck for just a little while and the fresh air really did me some good. Of course, it was snowing by afternoon again and I had to stay in.
All-in-all I am so excited that I finally had the courage to go thru this stuff and just keep reminding myself that tampons & pads are not forever!!!!!!
I will no longer be held captive by cramps, bleeding and paps and biopsies every 3months!!!
Hang in there! Buzz me if you like--this brain needs stimulation.
3/11/02: Lap, TVH, BSO, MMK, cystourethrocele/rectocele repair for Endo, adeno, fibroids, dysplasia