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Recovery Progress Reports for Hysterectomy dates Feb 08-Feb 14,2021 Recovery Progress Reports for Hysterectomy dates Feb 08-Feb 14,2021

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Unread 02-08-2021, 03:00 AM
Recovery Progress Reports for Hysterectomy dates Feb 08-Feb 14,2021

If your hysterectomy was between Feb 08-Feb 14,2021 this is the place to post your progress during your hysterectomy recovery.

If you have a question about your hysterectomy recovery, please start a new thread to receive answers and support for your concerns instead of including the question in your update! There is information on how to start a new thread in this link: New Here? or you can use this link: Post a New Topic in the Post-Op forum.

Post how you are doing here when you are home and well enough to sit a few minutes at your computer.

We hope you are recovering well with plenty of rest and water and a bit of walking. Don't forget to pamper the princess!




How to use the Recovery Progress Reports thread:

  • 1. This thread is for the purpose of sharing updates on your recovery as you heal from your hysterectomy.

  • 2. Generally, ONE or TWO posts on this thread per member/per day is adequate to share your daily progress and to share encouragement with your surgery week Sisters.

  • 3. Remember to start a new thread on the Post-Op message board to ask your questions.

  • 4. The Progress Report threads now begin in our special forum for all Hysterectomy Recovery Reports and will remain there for you to always find your discussion.
  • 5. Remember all the love and support you got here as a pre-op member? Now it's YOUR turn to give back to the women in the Pre-Op Hysterectomy Support forum. Extend your hand and your hugs in replies to our pre-op ladies in waiting. This will complete our circle of women helping women!
  • 6. You can also share support and experiences with post-op members in all phases of recovery in the Post-Op Hysterectomy Support forum by replying on the new threads they create.
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Unread 02-08-2021, 05:45 AM
Re: Recovery Progress Reports for Hysterectomy dates Feb 08-Feb 14,2021

Dearest Sisters,

A warm welcome to you as you finally are on the "other side". Your new journey is just beginning and We hope the support you find here will help you navigate the road ahead a bit easier.

I am your Moderator - aka Mother Hen...and have the privilege of helping you on your way to emotional, physical and mental healing...which honestly can prove a bit challenging at times. This thread is here for you so that you may share and continue to update your own recovery with others and know that you are not alone.

We cannot emphasize enough how the healing and recovery process is different for everyone. While there are Progress Checkpoints, they must only be used as a guide. Initial recovery is between 4 to 8 weeks, but full recovery may take up to one year. I am an "official card carrying slow healer", so I have learned to be patient and listen to my own body.

Our healing must be taken seriously and cannot be rushed, so please start off by being kind to yourselves and please accept help from your family and friends and co-workers! Retire your superwoman cape temporarily to allow yourself to focus on just YOU- a unique concept for many here who are so used to be independent and helping others.

There may significant things that you may feel both emotionally and physically...running the gamut from gas pains and bloating, to emotional distress and panic. This site was a lifesaver for me so hopefully you will also come here for answers to questions as well as much needed emotional support.

Your thread is what you sisters make it as you are the sole authors for this journey unfolding. You can feel comfortable knowing no one is here to judge you and you can feel free to just vent in a safe environment.

Try not to worry about what is "Normal". You and your sisters on this thread will be going through these milestones together, so you are not alone.

Also the Post Op Forum is a great place to post questions that you might have to sisters that are further along in their recovery, who may have different perspectives and experiences to share.

Please NOW is the time to begin your healing. Rest, rest, rest and drink and eat healthy food. The Articles on this site on food and diet tips are amazing and really helped me. Just as our recoveries are different, so are our appetites and level of pain. So please try not to worry if you are experiencing something new.

We can't wait to hear from You!

Marcia❤️
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Unread 02-08-2021, 02:40 PM
Re: Recovery Progress Reports for Hysterectomy dates Feb 08-Feb 14,2021

I’ve got my surgery this morning and was discharged around 2pm. Any tips on the best sitting or sleeping position? I just feel awkward and uncomfortable.
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Unread 02-08-2021, 03:01 PM
Recovery Progress Reports for Hysterectomy dates Feb 08-Feb 14,2021

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Originally Posted by Javanese View Post
I’ve got my surgery this morning and was discharged around 2pm. Any tips on the best sitting or sleeping position? I just feel awkward and uncomfortable.
Hi and welcome to the other side!

Sleeping and sitting can be tricky in the beginning so try gathering a bunch of small squishy pillows. You’ll need to experiment a bit to see which side you prefer. I recommend a long body pillow - nothing fancy. They usually sell them reasonably priced in chain stores. Dress in layers - loose, comfortable, soft fabrics. Nothing binding. Try elevating your feet see if that position is comfortable.

Hugs and feel better!
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Unread 02-08-2021, 03:05 PM
Re: Recovery Progress Reports for Hysterectomy dates Feb 08-Feb 14,2021

Recovery Tips

Sleeping positions - I just found these threads from members sharing tips:

https://www.hystersisters.com/vb2/sh...d.php?t=252313

https://www.hystersisters.com/vb2/sh...php?t=640189To
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Unread 02-09-2021, 05:59 AM
Recovery Progress Reports for Hysterectomy dates Feb 08-Feb 14,2021

Hello! Less than 24 hours post-op and I have grossly underestimated the pain I would be in. I had two laparoscopic surgeries before this. The immediate wake up and recovery time didn’t seem “normal” based on what I was expecting. Woke up in a lot of pain. After trying to stand ti go potty I would experience excruciating pain for about 15 min after to the point of being a bit incoherent. My husband called my dr bc I was outpatient and he bumped my pain meds up and told me it I couldn’t pee on my own by the end of the day to go in bc the expansion of the full-ish bladder was likely irritating everything around. They gave me a bag of fluids and some more meds at the emergency room last night. Eventually I was able to pee so I didn’t need to go home with a catheter.

Just trying to remember this was also an intense surgery.

What a trip. I hope everyone else is doing well. Don’t forget to speak up. I feel lucky my husband has been taking care of very well.
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Unread 02-09-2021, 06:14 AM
Recovery Progress Reports for Hysterectomy dates Feb 08-Feb 14,2021

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Originally Posted by Marciamae View Post
Hi and welcome to the other side!

Sleeping and sitting can be tricky in the beginning so try gathering a bunch of small squishy pillows. You’ll need to experiment a bit to see which side you prefer. I recommend a long body pillow - nothing fancy. They usually sell them reasonably priced in chain stores. Dress in layers - loose, comfortable, soft fabrics. Nothing binding. Try elevating your feet see if that position is comfortable.

Hugs and feel better!
Thank you for the recommendation and the resource links, Marcia. Hysterectomy brings a lot of emotions, like how I was so proud that I finally able to pass gas last night!
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Unread 02-09-2021, 07:27 AM
Re: Recovery Progress Reports for Hysterectomy dates Feb 08-Feb 14,2021

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Originally Posted by britabee View Post
Hello! Less than 24 hours post-op and I have grossly underestimated the pain I would be in. I had two laparoscopic surgeries before this. The immediate wake up and recovery time didn’t seem “normal” based on what I was expecting. Woke up in a lot of pain. After trying to stand ti go potty I would experience excruciating pain for about 15 min after to the point of being a bit incoherent. My husband called my dr bc I was outpatient and he bumped my pain meds up and told me it I couldn’t pee on my own by the end of the day to go in bc the expansion of the full-ish bladder was likely irritating everything around. They gave me a bag of fluids and some more meds at the emergency room last night. Eventually I was able to pee so I didn’t need to go home with a catheter.

Just trying to remember this was also an intense surgery.

What a trip. I hope everyone else is doing well. Don’t forget to speak up. I feel lucky my husband has been taking care of very well.
You bring up a great point! If you are in pain, speak up! Glad you are doing better. Hang in there. The first weeks can be a bit bumpy.

You just had major surgery - please be kind to yourself

And for ALL - please take your pain meds exactly as prescribed. Please do not try to be brave - it will prove counter-productive as I know first hand.

Do not try to take half doses or extend the dosage time

Your body needs to concentrate on healing - not fighting pain.
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Unread 02-09-2021, 10:26 AM
Re: Recovery Progress Reports for Hysterectomy dates Feb 08-Feb 14,2021

Hey y'all. My surgery was yesterday (February 8). It was laproscopic with a robot. It was a hysterectomy with bilateral salpingectomy, leaving the ovaries.

I arrived at 6:30 for pre-op, went into surgery at 8:30 am, and was discharged at 2 pm. They wanted to make sure I could pee on my own, and that I was able to walk around.

I was in a TON of pain when I first woke up. I kept saying it felt like my period because there was so much burning and stabbing and gouging and PAIN. They upped my pain meds until it felt better. I don't remember everything they put me on, but I do remember Dilaudid and fentanyl.

I kept falling asleep, not sure if that was because of the anesthesia or pain meds or both. I'm sleeping on and off today, so let's see how that goes!

The doctor and nurses were all surprised at how prepared I was. I came in wearing loose comfy clothing and shoes I can slip on so I wouldn't have to bend over or fiddle with tying laces. I also brought an overnight bag with a change of clothes, 3 books, and throat lozenges. The lozenges really helped my poor throat. My mouth was also REALLY dry. They gave me crackers to eat when I woke up, but I could only chew it a few times before it all got stuck on the roof of my mouth.

My throat still feels raw, does anyone have suggestions for how to treat it?

I'm also having blurred vision, even with my glasses on. Is this something that's typical after anesthesia?
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Unread 02-09-2021, 10:34 AM
Re: Recovery Progress Reports for Hysterectomy dates Feb 08-Feb 14,2021

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Originally Posted by ElectricHarp View Post
Hey y'all. My surgery was yesterday (February 8). It was laproscopic with a robot. It was a hysterectomy with bilateral salpingectomy, leaving the ovaries.

I arrived at 6:30 for pre-op, went into surgery at 8:30 am, and was discharged at 2 pm. They wanted to make sure I could pee on my own, and that I was able to walk around.

I was in a TON of pain when I first woke up. I kept saying it felt like my period because there was so much burning and stabbing and gouging and PAIN. They upped my pain meds until it felt better. I don't remember everything they put me on, but I do remember Dilaudid and fentanyl.

I kept falling asleep, not sure if that was because of the anesthesia or pain meds or both. I'm sleeping on and off today, so let's see how that goes!

The doctor and nurses were all surprised at how prepared I was. I came in wearing loose comfy clothing and shoes I can slip on so I wouldn't have to bend over or fiddle with tying laces. I also brought an overnight bag with a change of clothes, 3 books, and throat lozenges. The lozenges really helped my poor throat. My mouth was also REALLY dry. They gave me crackers to eat when I woke up, but I could only chew it a few times before it all got stuck on the roof of my mouth.

My throat still feels raw, does anyone have suggestions for how to treat it?

I'm also having blurred vision, even with my glasses on. Is this something that's typical after anesthesia?
Hi and welcome!
Blurry vision often occurs after surgery from the meds and anesthesia. Please don’t worry . I’ll post an article later.

Try sucking ice cubes for your poor throat - the pain is probably from the tube. Also try ice pops or sucking candy. Avoid spicy drinks and food. And wait on drinking very hot beverage.


Feel well.
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