Vaginal hysterectomy with cystectomy
Hi all! I got to the hospital at 10:30 am for pre-op. the nurse asked me if I had ever had a hysterectomy, I told her that I was here for a hysterectomy, and only brought one uterus so, no. Then she ran a pregnancy test. Weird, but ok...
Then they set me up with a gown and booties, asked me a lot of questions and started my IV. At 12:00 they said the doc would be in just before 12:30 with the anesthesiologist, and we would go in. At 1pm, no sign of anyone, at this point i was freaking out with nerves, had no food for 40 hours, nothing to drink for 17 hours, and was really ready to be knocked out of my misery! My sis tracked down the nurse, and we were told it would be another hour. The case before me showed up late, and her surgery took longer than expected.
At 2:45 we still hadn't heard anything, so we tracked her down again, and was told It would be another 45 minutes! At this point I decided I was going to die without a cigarette, so we all went for a very long walk, as you aren't allowed to smoke anywhere on hospital grounds. I was standing on the sidewalk, I downtown Phoenix, in a hospital gown, slippers and robe, tied to an IV pole smoking my cigarette!
Finally, at 4pm the docs came in, gave me some happy juice, and wheeled me away.
I remember transferring to the OR table, and feeling a slight burning sensation I my armas the medication went in. The next thing I know I'm in recovery, catheter I and my tongue really hurt! Apparently they cut my tongue when the laryngoscopes pressed it against my teeth as they were putting the breathing tube in, still swollen and sore, 3 days later.
They had removed the uterus, which was normal sized, and found a hemmorhagic cyst in my left ovary that they removed. They also performed a cystoscope to check the bladder and ureters for any damage that may have happened during surgery, so my urine was dark blue until it flushed out all of the dye!
I was eventually moved to my hospital room, around 8pm, and set up with a dilauded, patient controlled pump. Dilaudid is about 7 times stronger than morphine, so I did not need as much as I was allowed. I couldn't sleep, and around 1 am the nurse gotme up to walk. I made it about 15 feet down the hall before getting nauseous, so she put me back inbred and got me some zofran.
About this time, the gas pains kicked in. I did not have laparoscopy, so the gas was all intestinal and OMG! It would pass by those raw wounds inside, hover at the exit and would NOT come out! The most painful part! They gave me some simethicone, and an ambien, and I sorta dozed for a little while. The problem was, even though I was on oxygen, every time I fell asleep, I didn't breathe enough and my oxygen would drop to 92% causing my monitors to beep,waking me back up. This continued until they took off the dilauded, about 10 am... So no sleep for me!
I tried breakfast around 7:30, got nauseous again, and got more zofran. When they took off the pump, they gave me 2 Vicodin, and removed my catheter, I got up to walk, and got nauseous again. Sitting upright and walking made me so sick! I couldn't have any more zofran, so she gave me ohenergan, which makes you really sleepy, but then the oxygen monitor wasn't happy, so I was still awake.
They wanted me to urinate in my own twice, and then scan my bladder to make sure I was emptying before going home. I went once, only got out 25ml, the second time, I got out another 50. She let me try I've more time, and I only got out another 50 or so, but when she scanned me, I was empty, so I got to go home.
Once home, I went so much, I feel like I lost weight, so apparent my kidneys were just a little slow to wake up!
I didn't have any packing to take out, or they did it in recovery before I woke up, so that was nice to not have to deal with.
Since home I have had some pain control issues, but found that standing I the shower, leaning against the wall really helps, the gas isn't moving no matter what, and I can't push it out, so I take beano and phayzyme to help. U try to walk, but still get sick, so I take zofran every 6 hours, and the doc ordered me some stronger painkillers I just make sure to take on schedule.
Compared to yesterday I feel like a rock star, but no BM yet, not really hungry, and finding a comfortable position is difficult. I can do the stairs ok, get myself fed and to the bathroom, bathed and dressed just fine. So glad there are no abdominal incisions to heal from. Still hurts on the inside, almost as bad as the cramps and pain that caused me to need this, but it's not worse, so I think I'm on the right track!