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Weeks 5-6 03-18-2007 - 09:01 PM
Week5 was a suprise. Pains that I hadn't had before started showing up. Lots of nausea, lose of weight, lack of interest in eating. I started to have bowel problems that had been nonexistant until now and my thyroid swelled up. Started asprin 4x/day for swelling and MOM for constipation. Naps that had become less frequent have now started to pick up again. This has been one truly weird week.

Week6 was released to go back to work. Hallelujah!!
The pains and bowel problems stopped almost as quickly as they started. Feeling pretty darn good. Can't wait to get back to work.
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Weeks 3-4 03-18-2007 - 08:54 PM
Week3 was some driving, some housework, increasing activity slowly and resting frequently. I started walking around the YMCA track for an hour every other day. There was some pain but nothing that wasn't controled by OTC meds. Then tragedy here in Bluffton OH. 7 people/5 students, perished in a bus crash in FL while Bluffton University boys were on their way to baseball camp.

Week4 brought many trials. Listening to the public and students at the University express their sorrows and grief while trying to recover from hysterectomy. The pain in our hearts must have overshadowed any physical pains because I don't remember too much of the physical. I do remember increasing insomnia and trying to learn to deal with that. Even with one ovary the night sweats and hot flashes increased in frequency and intensity.
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Weeks 1-2 02-26-2007 - 11:11 AM
The first week my mother was here to run the house and Sammy sit. (Sammy is my nickname). She was a God send. It was my job to take care of myself mostly.
I had decided to take the Ibuprofen and hydrocodone for the first week just to relax after the castle. Stopped hydrocodone at end of week one.

The second week I caught a cold. OOOOOuch. The pain had subsided greatly except for the coughing and sneezing jags. Not too bad though. My mother left on Sunday, so I was on my own for the first time. No problems. Saw the doc for my 2 week check up. Discovered that my incision had a small hole, but it didn't go all the way through. Probably caused by the coughing and sneezing. Released to drive when not in pain and to gradually increase activity.
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The Castle 02-26-2007 - 10:59 AM
When I first arrived at the hospital, I was already registered so they got my vitals, my weight, took my blood, and put on the air boots to keep ciculation moving.

The surgery went very smooth. The recovery didn't go quite as smooth but wasn't bad. I did end up nauseated and feeling like I couldn't catch my breath and didn't have the strength to tell them. Fortunately the oxygen monitor tipped that off.

When I was transferred to my room they put me back on oxygen, instructed me how to hug a pillow to cough and then kept telling me to do so. (To get anesthesia out of my lungs) The hardest part was transferring myself from the gurney to the hospital bed. The nurses also hooked up my pca. It took about another hour or two before they took the monitors off and out of the room. The next thing I knew it was 8pm.

Over the next two days they took away the pca, required that I shower, change clothes, and walk. Eating never was high priority but drinking was. SOP
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Pre-Op Decision 02-26-2007 - 10:42 AM
The Pre-Op decision for me was an easy one. I was anemic to the point I passed out at work and it had to be stopped.

Fortunately I experienced my "no more baby blues" prior to the surgery. For me I think it lasted 2 days. I had a huge support base to lean on and my dh was totally sympathetic.

I found out everything I needed to know about the surgery itself by looking over several sites on the internet. Hystersisters was a very instructional & supportive place to go. On other sites I researched how the surgery would be performed complete with pictures. No suprises here. Doc was also very instructional on what he would do and sop at the hospital after surgery.

My biggest concern was the recovery room. I didn't want to feel nauseated. I'm asthmatic and didn't want to feel like I couldn't catch my breath. Most of all, I didn't want to say things that I didn't know about.
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