I had a LSH, uterus only keeping ovaries and cervix, on 3/5/12. All of the freting and worrying I did in advance I found was not necessary. I found the hospital and nurses to be very calming and I believed that I was in good hands. So when I woke up in recovery, I felt at ease. I was in a little pain, which they gave me something for through my IV. I was transferred to my room and the I had Norco prescribed as well as Naproxen. My high blood pressure had prevented my surgery from occurring on three previou separate occasions. I was put on BP meds so it finally got down to a number that was acceptable to the docs (130/79). After surgery, my blood pressure has been low, first at 96/59 then gradually increasing to 101/69. That's really something!
I got to my hospital room at 2pm and the catheter was removed at 8pm. It was not painful to remove as I thought and I didn't really notice it was there at all when it was in.
I stared on a limited liquid diet and I ordered Jello. Then I had some Chicken Broth and crackers. I drank plenty of water so I ended up peeing on my own at around 9:30pm. I was passing a little gas by then as well. I kept drinking fluids so I was peeing every 2 hours. So I decided at 2am I wanted to go for a walk. My friend and I walked the hall very slowly with IV in tow for about 15 mins. It really tired me out and my pain worsened so I asked for my pain meds which were given to me. I didn't sleep all that well so I just played on the Internet and dozed off in between.
My nurse was great. And in that small hospital unit there was only me and one other patient with two nurses so I got plenty of attention. I was very thankful for this. My nurse was such a sweetheart and she encouraged me to do my breathing exercises and drink fluids and cough every step of the way.
By 6:45, the surgeon came by and told me that my right ovary was adhered to my bowels and he had to really work to cut it free. He also said he found "old endometrosis" and he had always thought I had ademmyosis, which would only be confirmed by the pathology reports when ready. He told me that I had meet all the requirements for being discharged: peeing, passing gas, stomach noises, walking on my own, eating and my incisions looked good so I was free to go. I left the hospital at 9:30am.
Now comes the hard part. I had a four hour car-ride to my friends home whom I'm staying with to recover. I did just fine for the first hour. We planned to stop every hour. Then I started feeling gassy and I heard lots of stomach rumbling. We stopped at a bathroom and I tried to pee or pass gas and nothing would come out. I was beginning to feel some discomfort and I got sweaty and dizzy. As I waited for my friend I felt like I just seized up and I couldnt make it back to the car. She had to pull the car up for me. I sat in the back seat this time and we still had three hours of driving left. The next bathroom stop I totally had a BM blowout. It was a lot of BM! I was weak and in some serious pain by this time. I was also nauseated. Got back into the car and we headed back on our journey. I felt the gas building up inside of me, putting pressure on my incisions and causing me all types of discomfort. I was moaning and groaning in agony! By the time we made it to her house I was almost in tears and I ran into the bathroom were as soon as I got myself on the toilet I had diareaha-like a lot of it-and I was passing huge amounts of gas. I was so weak all I could do was crawl into bed and put a heating pad over my tummy.
I took my meds and slept for several hours and had some applesauce, crackers and water. I knew that the gas would be painful but not like that. I also wasn't expecting a BM so soon. I think our car ride shook me up to the point I got an expedited and intensifiyed version of what probably should have occured over several days, not several hours. Needless to say, I wouldn't recommend driving that long after surgery if you can help it. My only other choice was catch a cab from the hospital and go home alone so I thank God that my friend offered to be my support during this time. So I had an interesting day today. But I'm feeling much better now.
Thank you for this site. It has given me the knowledge I needed to make an informed decision about my surgery, choices and my comminications with the providers. Knowledge is power and I believe that is the the reason I was able to be so prepared for this surgery. Hang in there ladies! We can make it!!!
Ok, time to pamper the Princess!