Dear silly bee, Pamela JLD, barabeth, Gail Lee, charlene geore, and Jane 77:
One year ago today, my life was dramatically changed. Sadly, more than I believed it could change. I am still grieving the loss of my uterus and the fact that I will never be able to carry a child. Being childless has suited me as well as having my left ovary (what was left of it after TAH) removed on August 8, 2001. Sometime in May 2001, I started to have pain on my left side. Transvaginal sono revealed a large mass. Before the TAH, my DH & I consented to leaving the ovary wedge to avoid surgical menopause and the long term effects of it. But a mass, NO, that was it! The wedge broke the "deal". It was going out! Not surprisingly, not without a fight!
It was suppose to have been "quick & easy""in & out". Well I was discharged after what was to have been lap ambulatory surgery, cut open again (same incision of TAH), a good 3+ hour surgery (serious adhesions) and a 7 day long hospital stay (longer than the TAH stay). Now 2 months later after the ooph, I still have a long way to go.
My dear Hystersister's, I truly pray your recoveries have been "quicker & easier" than mine. We can all relate to the unhealthy attachment to our hospital pillow (at least me, I have 2 now. Theyr'e smaller, waterproof (nice!) and much firmer), anxiety of the 2nd first time, those long prayers on the throne for a "quick and painless" movement, taking that 1st tub bath, those killer gas pains, those overpowering hot flashes (which I still have although less, using dot), and oh, of course, that follow-up gyn exam!
Only by the Grace of God have we made it! It certainly has been a long and treacherous road but we have come out the winners, the true SURVIVORS! And the only passport we needed was on-line access to this site!
Enjoy today, for we have come through refined like GOLD!