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HappyCM3 - Alumni Hostess 2003

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Hello, and welcome to HysterSisters.

I go by HappyCM3 and I’m a happy mom of three kids 1 boy and 2 girls. I was 29 when I had my TVH and I live in the southeast.

At the age of 19 I was diagnosed with endometriosis after a laparoscopy. That was the worst surgical experience of my life because I was sick for three days from the general anesthesia. The dr. seemed like a quack so I decided to seek another dr. after getting married. My new dr. that is awesome told me that I shouldn’t wait to long to have kids since I previously had a diagnosis of endo. No sooner did I start and by the time I reached 27 I had three kids. I had started having more problems with pain and bleeding since the birth of my second baby and took Tylenol #3 for pain. During each of the pregnancies the ultrasounds revealed what appeared to be a fibroid. The pain and bleeding got worse after the third baby. I had tried a few different types of birth control pills that didn’t help and realized that due my increased B.P., headaches, history of gallbladder trouble, and continuously bleeding while on the pill, I was better off without them. My bleeding went anywhere from 10 days to two weeks. When my youngest was a year old I went for a yearly where I discussed my health and the dr. mentioned to me depo shot or hysterectomy. I left thinking that I’d just not do either and put up with it. The straw that broke the camels back came about July of 2001 when I was traveling back on a plane and had to get hubby to find an open place at 2 am on the way home from the airport so I could use the bathroom due to the heavy bleeding. It was one of the worst periods of my life and I was not happy to be out traveling and risk embarrassment because of going through super supplies in 20 min. I also couldn’t understand why my bladder seemed so small and I couldn’t seem to empty it all the way without difficulty. The Tylenol #3 wasn't working as well for the pain so I was switched to vicodin till I could get in for my next appointment.

I found HysterSisters after searching for information about hysterectomy. It gave me the chance to gather information and find possible alternatives if I didn’t want a hysterectomy. My biggest fear about going through surgery was the type of anesthesia used since I was so sick after general. I surely didn’t want to risk vomiting with a belly full of stitches. The HysterSisters was a great place to find out about others surgeries. It came down to two options for me, which was UAE (uterine artery embolization) or hysterectomy for possible adenomyosis. I went on to schedule the hysterectomy after the ultrasound came back and thoroughly going over the options with my husband. My uterus was the size of a 9-week pregnancy and I knew that if it had gotten bigger my option for a vaginal hysterectomy would be out. I was also told I may need a transfusion due to the size and was offered Lupron but refused and agreed to have a TAH if needed. My urologist told me that the enlarged uterus caused the bladder pressure after doing a diagnostic cystoscopy with dilation. The surgery was a success and I am one of those rare ones that happened to be awake. It was indeed the best surgical experience I ever had. I just loved the spinal/epidural for pain relief and the zofran they gave me helped prevent nausea and vomiting. My quality of life is definitely better and I feel it’s the best decision I’ve made. I’m glad I wasn’t forced to wait 20+years till menopause for relief. I’m so thankful I had the resource of HysterSisters and was honored when I was asked to be a hostess.

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04-29-2003 - 08:37 PM


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