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Recovery Progress Reports for Hysterectomy dates Jun 01-Jun 07,2020 Recovery Progress Reports for Hysterectomy dates Jun 01-Jun 07,2020

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Unread 06-01-2020, 04:00 AM
Recovery Progress Reports for Hysterectomy dates Jun 01-Jun 07,2020

If your hysterectomy was between Jun 01-Jun 07,2020 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 06-01-2020, 05:31 AM
Re: Recovery Progress Reports for Hysterectomy dates Jun 01-Jun 07,2020

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 06-02-2020, 05:09 AM
Re: Recovery Progress Reports for Hysterectomy dates Jun 01-Jun 07,2020

I’m 43 and had the robotic LTH with BSO yesterday 6/1. I am still in the hospital since I had to stay overnight. I had my hysterectomy for fibroid pain, complex ovarian cysts, and the surgeon also found endometriosis (never knew I had it) when he was in there and removed the endometriosis. The endometriosis was a new thing that was never diagnosed before surgery. My throat was on fire from the endotracheal tube but I anticipated that and brought some Halls cough drops with me and they are a lifesaver! They have really soothed my throat! I have been taking my pain meds as scheduled and the pain is manageable with them....Don’t try to be a super hero ladies! Take those meds! I had them remove the foley last night and feel so much better with that out! The CO2 pain settled under my rib cage and into my shoulders last night and WOW! That pain is no joke! I read some tips and brought Gas X with me and my surgeon actually ordered some as well. It does help but the CO2 is definitely still there. I read that it usually is absorbed in a couple days. I brought some high waisted capri leggings and they really feel good holding my tummy in! Hopefully I’m going home today and I’ll update as I progress! Good luck to all of you lovelies having your surgery today and the rest of this week!
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Unread 06-02-2020, 05:34 AM
Re: Recovery Progress Reports for Hysterectomy dates Jun 01-Jun 07,2020

Hi Smann07,

You must be so relieved now that surgery is behind you. You sound well prepared in managing your pain.

Thank you for being the first to share your experiences - and for offering such good advice.

Take care and heal well.
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Unread 06-02-2020, 05:37 AM
Re: Recovery Progress Reports for Hysterectomy dates Jun 01-Jun 07,2020

CO2 discomfort
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Unread 06-02-2020, 10:08 AM
Re: Recovery Progress Reports for Hysterectomy dates Jun 01-Jun 07,2020

I had LAVH with ovary removal (recurrent PM endometrial thickening with spotting) and some adhesions removed at 10 AM 6/1. I am 62 years old.
I woke up in recovery at 11:14 (well, the first time I could focus on the clock!) and was in my room at noon. I had a Norco at 11:30AM as I felt some very mild pain and thought it might worsen.
I got settled in my room and felt zero pain and no nausea. I had brought a Kashi bar and got an Italian Ice from room service. A little coughing from the throat tube but no sore throat. I drank lots of water as my mouth was really dry--about 80 oz. over the first 4 hours. I spent the afternoon checking in with friends and tried watching some TV. I could feel a slight anesthesia fog.I had to look for my 3 incisions because I could not feel them.
By 4 PM I felt great and asked to get out of bed and try walking. I was able to get up and sit in a chair and walk without assistance. No pain getting out of bed, walking or sitting, so they okayed me to 'free-range' without assistance. I was not having any dizziness or pain so I could go wherever my IV and catheter would allow.
I ordered dinner and ate around 5:30--I was starving! Had half a chicken sandwich and a salad.
No nausea from eating.
I took a Norco again at 9 PM to help sleep but really had absolutely no pain---just a little discomfort that was from the catheter. That was alleviated by finding a comfortable position. I ended up not getting much rest with the vitals checks every few hours, the alarm from my IV going off when it emptied, and them the IV plug coming undone and getting my wet at midnight.
I never did get any pain from the abdominal gas---and I have had that with past surgeries.

I hfad a blood draw at 5:45 this AM, got catheter removed at 6:30. Had a nice breakfast and peed by 7:45. My surgeon came in at 8:15 and released me to go home and I was home by 10 AM.
In hindsight, I could have very easily gone home yesterday afternoon.

I am very lucky---I have had no pain really. I can't find any motion that causes pain. I can sit up in bed easily, twist, went up the stairs fine when I got home. I can press by my incisions and lower abdomen with no tenderness.
Very little spotting. Urination stung the first 2 times and is much improved.
At this point I had the 2 Norco's in the hospital and nothing else. I don't feel the need for ibuprofen either.
Doctor said I can drive tomorrow (as long as I don't suddenly need Norco) and am okay to walk to the end of the block and back later today if I desire.
I am taking it easy and taking a good nap after lunch to make up for the lack of good sleep last night. I'm glad to be home and looking forward to a really good night's sleep tonight. My hubby is waiting on me and I will listen to my body as far as activity. I don't want to slow my so-far easy recovery.

Take care of yourselves!!!
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Unread 06-02-2020, 10:36 AM
Recovery Progress Reports for Hysterectomy dates Jun 01-Jun 07,2020

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Originally Posted by labellevie View Post
I had LAVH with ovary removal (recurrent PM endometrial thickening with spotting) and some adhesions removed at 10 AM 6/1. I am 62 years old.
I woke up in recovery at 11:14 (well, the first time I could focus on the clock!) and was in my room at noon. I had a Norco at 11:30AM as I felt some very mild pain and thought it might worsen.
I got settled in my room and felt zero pain and no nausea. I had brought a Kashi bar and got an Italian Ice from room service. A little coughing from the throat tube but no sore throat. I drank lots of water as my mouth was really dry--about 80 oz. over the first 4 hours. I spent the afternoon checking in with friends and tried watching some TV. I could feel a slight anesthesia fog.I had to look for my 3 incisions because I could not feel them.
By 4 PM I felt great and asked to get out of bed and try walking. I was able to get up and sit in a chair and walk without assistance. No pain getting out of bed, walking or sitting, so they okayed me to 'free-range' without assistance. I was not having any dizziness or pain so I could go wherever my IV and catheter would allow.
I ordered dinner and ate around 5:30--I was starving! Had half a chicken sandwich and a salad.
No nausea from eating.
I took a Norco again at 9 PM to help sleep but really had absolutely no pain---just a little discomfort that was from the catheter. That was alleviated by finding a comfortable position. I ended up not getting much rest with the vitals checks every few hours, the alarm from my IV going off when it emptied, and them the IV plug coming undone and getting my wet at midnight.
I never did get any pain from the abdominal gas---and I have had that with past surgeries.

I hfad a blood draw at 5:45 this AM, got catheter removed at 6:30. Had a nice breakfast and peed by 7:45. My surgeon came in at 8:15 and released me to go home and I was home by 10 AM.
In hindsight, I could have very easily gone home yesterday afternoon.

I am very lucky---I have had no pain really. I can't find any motion that causes pain. I can sit up in bed easily, twist, went up the stairs fine when I got home. I can press by my incisions and lower abdomen with no tenderness.
Very little spotting. Urination stung the first 2 times and is much improved.
At this point I had the 2 Norco's in the hospital and nothing else. I don't feel the need for ibuprofen either.
Doctor said I can drive tomorrow (as long as I don't suddenly need Norco) and am okay to walk to the end of the block and back later today if I desire.
I am taking it easy and taking a good nap after lunch to make up for the lack of good sleep last night. I'm glad to be home and looking forward to a really good night's sleep tonight. My hubby is waiting on me and I will listen to my body as far as activity. I don't want to slow my so-far easy recovery.

Take care of yourselves!!!
Hi and congrats on your surgery going well. It sounds as if your pain is well managed So good to hear.
However, I’m just confused and concerned and would really appreciate if you could clarify when you say “the doctor said you can drive tomorrow”. Im hoping that means as a passenger in a car and not the driver - as actual driving would be beyond unusual the day after surgery. Even if you don’t have pain, most doctors are concerned about us driving and having to stop short - which would obviously put your healing stomach at risk. As I am not a doctor, nor do I try to second guess professionals, I’m a bit concerned.

Take care and heal well.
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Unread 06-02-2020, 10:38 AM
Re: Recovery Progress Reports for Hysterectomy dates Jun 01-Jun 07,2020

Driving After Hysterectomy
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Unread 06-02-2020, 11:23 AM
Re: Recovery Progress Reports for Hysterectomy dates Jun 01-Jun 07,2020

My surgery was Monday. I can twist, and move with no pain and am not on Norco or ibuprofen. As long as I am comfortable to do an emergency stop I am cleared to drive tomorrow.
My surgeon told me prior to surgery that she has had other patients drive after 2 days---IF they are not on pain meds and they can twist to look in all directions and can emergency stop comfortably. And as all articles state, your surgeon is the expert on this. My surgeon is FACOG and I trust her treatment. Everyone is different and she allows for that.
Some patients she allows after one week and some after 2 weeks. Some people take longer.
I in no way, distrust her judgment over an article from 2003 with the following disclaimer:

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.


I realize I am an exception in my recovery.
I probably will not drive because I don't need to go anywhere, and because I want to be abundantly cautious.

My real intent is for people who read here to realize that having this surgery is not all pain and problems. Some people have no issues and little to no pain. Probably not the norm, but we do exist!
And by all means, follow your surgeons advice and err on the side of caution!

Take care!
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Unread 06-02-2020, 11:43 AM
Re: Recovery Progress Reports for Hysterectomy dates Jun 01-Jun 07,2020

Thank you Labellevie for clarifying and addressing my concerns. I appreciate you sharing your own experience and of course I applaud you for following your own doctor’s advice.

Just for the record, when I question things, it is always with the intent of making certain one is optimizing all areas to recover. I do not judge - I only am here to cheer you all on and offer tips.
Each of us has a unique recovery but we are bonded by our desire to heal well and help others.
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