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Recovery Progress Reports for Hysterectomy dates Jan 04-Jan 10,2021 Recovery Progress Reports for Hysterectomy dates Jan 04-Jan 10,2021

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Unread 01-04-2021, 04:00 AM
Recovery Progress Reports for Hysterectomy dates Jan 04-Jan 10,2021

If your hysterectomy was between Jan 04-Jan 10,2021 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 01-04-2021, 06:53 AM
Re: Recovery Progress Reports for Hysterectomy dates Jan 04-Jan 10,2021

Princesses to your Recovery Progress Report thread and the other side,

This is your thread for sharing with and caring for your kind sisters and caring for yourself. It will be as helpful as you make it. You can compare experiences, share progress, vent frustrations, ask questions and just generally find understanding.

I am your SunshineSister. I remember how good it felt to have my surgery over. I am here to say “you aren’t alone” and to share my personal experiences and the things I have learned other sisters. I had my dvTH/BSO with rectocele and cystocele repairs on 1/16/14 and had a slow but in complicated recovery.

Recovery is different for everyone and there is No Normal. We will have similarities to share. Initial recovery may take 6-12 weeks and full healing could be 1 year. You know your own body so please listen to it. Heed any warning and go slow.

Make sure your profile has the correct surgery type, this is helpful as some answers to questions depend on this. Also while you are editing, where you are in this wide world can be fun.

So some Sisterly advice:
-Be kind to yourself and listen to your body.
-Follow your Dr’s orders and limitations.
-Accept help from family and friends. You just had MAJOR SURGERY.
-Drink lots of water and eat healthy tummy friendly foods.
-Rest, Rest, Rest, and Rest
-walk a little each hour that you are awake (to the bathroom, to get a cup of tea or glass of water)

Feel free to ask questions about anything that comes up or if you just need a cyber (((hug))) ASK

This site has some great articles so explore while doing some of that resting. You could start at the top of the screen in grey letters. The big blue bar helps with info also, including Hysterectomy check points(I really learned and enjoyed this). It let me know what to expect as I progressed in my healing.

Don’t forget the post op forum to ask questions of sisters farther along in their recovery who might have had a similar issue. I will definitely let you know when this is a good idea.

So as you begin your healing remember you just had MAJOR SURGERY. You have ONE CHANCE to get this right. Listen to your body and take care of you. This is your main task for the next few weeks. We are here to help! See you when you are ready to post. You have my prayers and good thought for your recovery.

Lots of Gentle Hugs,
Anndy
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Unread 01-06-2021, 12:41 AM
Re: Recovery Progress Reports for Hysterectomy dates Jan 04-Jan 10,2021

Hi everyone! I had my surgery yesterday morning and am recovering pretty well so far. What was initially supposed to be laparoscopically assisted turned into an open hysterectomy since one of my fibroids grew larger and changed my cervix, while she also found evidence of endometriosis and adenomyosis, which we didn’t know about before. Surgery was about 2 hours and I think I was in recovery for about 2-3 hours after that. I was pretty calm beforehand, which surprised me, but I think I have been looking forward to getting this done so that helped (along with some EFT - tapping). I spent the rest of the day dozing on and off, not requiring much additional pain relief.

Today the doctor wanted me to move around a little (to the bathroom etc) and that was a little uncomfortable but manageable in small steps and movements, as long as it didn’t involve use of my stomach muscles. I’ve been told that it is similar to a c-section recovery. I’ve started eating light foods (after being on clear fluids only yesterday) so I guess that will be the next challenge for me.

Overall I’m feeling a little tired but I’m comfortable and optimistic. You’ve got this, wonderful women!
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Unread 01-06-2021, 08:05 AM
Re: Recovery Progress Reports for Hysterectomy dates Jan 04-Jan 10,2021

koalakat,

So glad to have you on this side and starting our thread for you and your surgery sisters. Your Dr is right, gentle walking is very helpful in this recovery. It helps increase circulation down there so there is less swelling. The key is not to stress the area, by walking too far or just standing. We always suggest about 5 minutes walking for every hour you are awake. But don’t worry when you are sleeping, that rest is good for you also. The other caution I always give is to be especially careful not to push too hard right now even if you do feel good. Over the different threads I have had I have noticed many feel they are doing better than they are during the first 2-3 days while they still have anesthesia in their system. Then on day 3-4 they start having more pain because they haven’t heeded their restrictions. Just keep remembering you did have Major Surgery. Lots of prayers and positive thoughts coming your way!

Gentle Sister Hugs,
Anndy
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Unread 01-06-2021, 09:42 AM
Recovery Progress Reports for Hysterectomy dates Jan 04-Jan 10,2021

Hello! I had a DaVinci yesterday, removing my uterus,cervix, Fallopian tubes, and left ovary. I was surprised that I was discharged the same day, but man it’s nice sleeping in my own bed. I’ve been sleeping only about 3 hours at a time, but have felt ok enough to knit and watch a little Netflix. I’m thankful for all the advice on here, especially about being careful to not overdo it right away. I do feel like I can do more than I am, but knowing anesthesia is still in me, I’m just telling myself to “be lazy” so I keep myself quiet for now.

It’s hard to not do all the things when I feel good, especially being a person with ADHD. But, giving myself some verbal permission to not do stuff is actually really helpful.

Hugs to my surgery sisters, be gentle to yourself, we’ve been through a lot!
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Unread 01-06-2021, 11:29 AM
Re: Recovery Progress Reports for Hysterectomy dates Jan 04-Jan 10,2021

sisters and SadGinger,

So nice to have you join your RecoveryProgressReport thread. It is great you did so well and are heeding my warnings. Think it could make a difference in how you heal. And please Sis remember you are not being “lazy” you are taking care of you!! It is great that they were able to save one ovary. It may be sleepy or offline for a bit but will be helpful in the long run to ease you into menopause. The blood flow can be disturbed during surgery so it is common for them to come back a bit slow. Keep up the knitting and if need be binge the Netflix’s to keep you down for the next couple of weeks. Of course lots of water and healthy fiber food to get that GI tract back on line.

Gentle Hugs coming your way,
Anndy
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Unread 01-06-2021, 01:56 PM
Recovery Progress Reports for Hysterectomy dates Jan 04-Jan 10,2021

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Originally Posted by SadGinger View Post
Hello! I had a DaVinci yesterday, removing my uterus,cervix, Fallopian tubes, and left ovary. I was surprised that I was discharged the same day, but man it’s nice sleeping in my own bed. I’ve been sleeping only about 3 hours at a time, but have felt ok enough to knit and watch a little Netflix. I’m thankful for all the advice on here, especially about being careful to not overdo it right away. I do feel like I can do more than I am, but knowing anesthesia is still in me, I’m just telling myself to “be lazy” so I keep myself quiet for now.

It’s hard to not do all the things when I feel good, especially being a person with ADHD. But, giving myself some verbal permission to not do stuff is actually really helpful.

Hugs to my surgery sisters, be gentle to yourself, we’ve been through a lot!
Hi SadGinger! We did it!!! So glad to hear that things are going smoothly so far. Netflix and knitting sounds like a good plan
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Unread 01-06-2021, 02:38 PM
Re: Recovery Progress Reports for Hysterectomy dates Jan 04-Jan 10,2021

Hello,
I am in France, had abdominal surgery yesterday to remove my uterus and its 1.4kg fibroid... (about 3 pounds). As soon as I woke up I felt relieved from this heavy stone in my belly, even if it's achy now.
Still in hospital tonight but should be going home tomorrow.
I do have pain, and medication, it is manageable during day time but not so much at night, I hope the next night will be better.
I got up today and went around the bathroom a few times in the day, nurses say I recover well, and I feel I do. I rest, read, watch series, that feels good.
I am really glad to have found you and all the precious advices shared on this site.
Hugs to all the sisters operated this week!
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Unread 01-06-2021, 03:03 PM
Re: Recovery Progress Reports for Hysterectomy dates Jan 04-Jan 10,2021

all and NathalieNantes,

So glad to have you join us and be doing so well. The moving around sounds great. Wow, that was a big fibroid. Were they able to keep your ovaries and your cervix? Just wondering for my future reference in case you have a question where these are relative. Try and make sure you understand whatever pain management they send you home with. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Sometimes just a little tweet makes a difference. Here in the USA many alternate ibuprofen and Tylenol very effectively, making it easier to get off the narcotics which can cause constipation.

Ladies all, getting the GI tract back to normal for many is the next recovery challenge after pain control so eating tummy friendly fiber foods can be important. I didn’t have much of an appetite the first 2 weeks so I tried to eat small amounts frequently. Oatmeal and stewed prunes where a big part of my diet, also included applesauce and toast. Any comfort foods that are higher in fiber are good. You could try the types of foods that help you after having a stomach flu.

Hope are being able to

Gentle Sister Hugs to all,
Anndy
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Unread 01-06-2021, 07:23 PM
Re: Recovery Progress Reports for Hysterectomy dates Jan 04-Jan 10,2021

Hello everyone I hope you are all taking it easy and on the road to a quick and complication free recovery!

I had lap. assist vaginal surgery this morning and I think it went well. I went in at 8, surgery at 10, woke up in recovery enough to see the clock at 12:30ish, and was home before 3pm. The surgeon removed my cervix and fallopian tubes as well. She said i had scar tissue and bowel adhesions which could have contributed to my pain these previous years. All in all the most difficult part of the whole procedure was trying to start my IV but we obviously had success after the third try.

I took one hydrocodone when I got home and it is working well. I also started taking a stool softener to hopefully avoid constipation Hoping to switch to OTC pain meds soon. I made apple carrot raisin bran muffins and turkey veg soup with brown and jasmine rice yesterday so I'm hopeful to keep things moving!
Gentle hugs and thoughts to everyone scheduled fot this week (and beyond)
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