I figured I'll go ahead and introduce myself to the group--I just registered yesterday but have been reading all your helpful and interesting posts for a couple of weeks.
I went into the "castle"(?) on Jan. 17 through Emergency and had TAH/BSO on Jan. 19. I am 48 yrs. old and had been dealing with a constant fever for three weeks at that point. Turned out to be an abcess that involved the uterus and ovaries!! It had been several (ahem...27) years since I'd been to the OB/GYN, so I am submitting this for anyone else out there who is like me, as well as to "tell my story."
Anyway, had the TAH/BSO, then had to stay in for a week due to high WBC and fever. I was on three antibiotics IV several times a day and finally got rid of the high WBC and fever. My DH claims it was my IUD that caused the problem but the DD says he doesn't know.
I am now five weeks post-op and I have had very little problems. I cannot figure out why, but am glad for it. I had, essentially, no real pain after surgery--just discomfort to turn in bed, etc. I had the NG tube in my nose until the first morning after surgery and was told this was to minimize the effects of nausea; also had a Foley's catheter until the next morning. As soon as both of them were removed (the DD removed the NG tube; nurse removed the catheter) I was up and walking. I walked once an hour for about 10 minutes from the time I woke up to when I decided enough was enough at around 8PM every night. The only problem I had was my body just didn't like IVs and I was having to get a new site every day, sometimes twice a day. I finally was convinced to get a PICC line on the 22nd and things went much better with that.
My DH was just a dream through all of this. I was scared to death--all this came on very quickly and as you can tell, I was not a doctor/hospital friendly person. I had never had stitches, broken bones, etc., so all of this "stuff" was just totally new to me. When I went into emergency, it was unknown what was causing the fever/WBC, so I had X-rays, CT, and sonograms. The sonogram revealed what "they" thought was fibroid tumors. That's what ended up being the abcess once the surgery was done. I was glad the DH is also the surgeon and wonder how many other people have that circumstance.
I have the shelf, hopefully that will go away. Oh, I did get a really bad cold the first week after I got home, so had loads of coughing and sneezing!! That was quite the experience. I never took any pain meds after the first night (they made me take shots of Tora...something-or-other). But, when I was coughing and sneezing I was thinking I would but never did.
I also have one question. I was supposed to go in for an appt. on Tuesday, but I am here in the Dallas area and the doctor's office has been closed. I'll be going tomorrow. At my incision, there is "hardness" under the skin. Is this normal? I wouldn't bother the group with this, but haven't been able to ask the doctor!
Thank you all for the list, for your kindness I've seen, and for being there
. I don't feel very experienced but I'll try to help anyone I can!