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Supporting your Husband through your Hysterectomy

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Taking care of husband through your hysterectomy As my husband and I have prepared for my hysterectomy, I've realized that he needs a lot of support through this too. What can I do to help him?

It is a good thing to remember and support your husband during this time. Even though you are the one going under the knife (or the robot), he may be feeling nervous, anxious, or generally unsure about the procedure and its outcomes. The more you support him, the more inclined and equipped he will be to support you.

Here some ideas from some of our HysterSisters on how to support the man in your life as you prepare for your hysterectomy:

"I got the movie The Vow and a box of chocolates, so once I feel up to it we can have a movie date night (in the bed, without sex of course)—just something to let him know I appreciate him. I also got a 'miss you' card since he won't be able to stay with me over night in the hospital."

"I made my hubby a 'while you wait box.' Let's face it, we have the easy part getting to sleep through it. I put in some magazines, candy, quarters for the vending machine, a card, made him a playlist on the iPod, and a couple other personal touches. He loved it, and he used it while he was sitting next to me watching me sleep in the room too."

"I made sure a friend could come and wait with him at the hospital—he was really grateful to not be alone."

"I wrote him a letter in the Dear Honey section."

"I just keep saying thank you for all the help is giving, things that he is taking care of at home. I also send him texts and emails saying that I love him. I also have my sister coming to hospital to sit with him and my niece will come stay for several days to help out with the kids so that he is not trapped at home."
These are just a few of many possible ideas to support your husband through the weeks that lie ahead. The important thing is that he feels loved and assured.

This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

09-17-2013 - 03:51 PM


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