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  #121  
Unread 11-16-2007, 08:23 AM
thanks

thanks for the most informative and amazing website. it has been such a pleasure researching my op on your site. the articles have been so helpful pre-op and now are invaluable post-op.
had op on monday, 12 november - home thursady - and feeling really great. all has gone so well - attribute this to prayer, support and love from all around me.
the best tip was the gas-x - which my mom brought back from the States for me on Tuesday! nothing like it here that i could find.
thanks again
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  #122  
Unread 11-16-2007, 10:01 AM
Hysterectomy dates Nov 05-Nov 12,2007

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Originally Posted by jmary56
tnt1970 You say that your 10lb weight restriction is up this coming Monday?? Your profile says you were just operated on November 7th? I was told no lifting for 6-8 weeks so this has me a bit puzzled. Are you sure about this?
As for puffiness, well I feel like a beach ball and I'm not even at the beach. Especially in the evenings it swells so much. I am more sore in the mornings when I get up but this tends to leave as I move around a bit more.
November 5th was my surgery. I was told 10 pound restriction for two weeks followed by 25 pound for the remainder of the 6 weeks. But I already know that I won't be ready for much above 10 for quite a while, so won't be lifting much yet.

I have to say, the one thing my doc pounds in my head is the "no sex" restriction. He must say it 5 times when I see him everytime! When it comes to the weight, he says "just take it easy and do what you can without pain or pulling."
  #123  
Unread 11-16-2007, 10:14 AM
Hysterectomy dates Nov 05-Nov 12,2007

Nice that your doctor was more definate about the lifting thing....that is funny he keeps mentioning the sex....
I wonder if you might help with this....my surgery was Nov. 8 a TAH...I have mild cramping and more discharge since yesterday afternoon than I've ever had...dark pink and it smells a bit foul..not really foul but not like normal. I've been resting today to try and ease it off but it won't go away...no fever just a really bad headache...any thoughts appreciated...tks
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  #124  
Unread 11-16-2007, 10:36 AM
infection

I had my TAH done on Nov. 6 and was home on the 8th. Staples were removed in hospital and steri strips applied. I seemed to be recovering well until Sunday night (11th) and then the paid really started I called doc on Monday and spoke to nurse who asked if I had any fever or excessive bleeding which I did not, so she said just take your pain meds and it will get better. Monday night I noticed a bad smell coming from incision and pain increased. I called Doc on Tues morning, but she was too busy to return my call. By Tuesday night the paid was excruitiating even after taking a lot of pain meds. The smell was unbearable and my DH got on the phone and kept calling until he got the doc to call back around 11:00. She immediately put me on antibiotics and I went to see her early the next morning (painful trip) whereupon she said I had a terrible infection and should have been seen on Monday. She cleansed the area with Hydrogen perioxide and instructed my DH to do this for me 3 times a day and then to also shower and bathe the incision with soap and water and then let air dry as much as possible. I went back this morning to see her and it looks like we are out of the woods and the infection is almost healed. Bad smell is gone. I will continue my cleaning regimen until I see her again on Tuesday morning.

Moral of story - clean your incision with soap and water and let dry and also use q-tips and hydrogen perioxide to avoid infection. Wish someone had warned me. Hugs, Karen
  #125  
Unread 11-16-2007, 12:05 PM
Hysterectomy dates Nov 05-Nov 12,2007

My surgery was 11/5 and I'm okay except the last 3 nights I have waken up with excruciating headaches in the back of my head and my nose is so dry and when I blow my nose I have blood. Anyone else having this? I thought it might be high blood pressure since it was higher than normal yesterday but my primary care physician says the blood pressure is normal for having had surgery and if I continue to have the headaches and bloody nose I need to come in for an evaluation. After 4 visits to the surgeon since my surgery I do not want to go back to the doctor. I'm thinking maybe it had something to do with the oxygen and spinal during surgery.
  #126  
Unread 11-16-2007, 12:18 PM
Hysterectomy dates Nov 05-Nov 12,2007

Thanks so much for the advice and information everyone. Is it wrong to feel more comfortable with your advice than my doctor's partner? I seriously think she gave me bad advice all the way around, probably because she has no idea who I am or what happened during my surgery. I can't see my own doctor telling me it was okay to drive or get behind the wheel when I'm on Percocet. As has already been pointed out, the bottle is clearly marked not to drive or operate heavy machinery. Yes, you are right! It is pretty lame medical advice to tell someone not to stop the pain meds and get behind the wheel! I actually would never do that, which is why I was trying to make it through with just Advil or Aleve yesterday. I'm not going to do anymore driving until Monday (2 weeks) and maybe even not then if I'm still feeling dizzy.
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About driving, I asked my doctor's nurse yesterday and she said that I should be able to sit in the driver's seat and check my blind spots without any pulling or pain on my abdomen. She said that they recommend at least 2 weeks.
And, there you have it! Yes, I felt like something was pulling or popping when I drove yesterday.

I'm also a bit concerned that her advice to stop the iron was wrong. I haven't taken it in 2 days, and this morning I was feeling really dizzy and having heart palpitations. Something is off!

I think I did too much yesterday as far as driving, walking, etc. I had to get out the nightgown and granny pants again last night because I was so uncomfortable. Hadn't had to wear those for almost a week! I also had to get out the heating pad again because I felt so achy and sore in my abdomen. I'm going to slow down a little bit today again. The good news is that I did manage to fall asleep at 11 last night which is a major victory, especially since I took a 2-hour nap in the afternoon. Of course, I also took my first pain pill of the day around bedtime, so maybe that helped.

Serious hot flash this morning! I went out this morning in just a T-shirt while my husband was bundled up in a sweatshirt. He kept asking me if I was cold, and I kept telling him it was actually comfortable and refreshing. Of course, now 2 hours later, I'm starting to get cold inside the house. I feel like I have no temperature regulation.

Well, thank you all for the excellent advice. I think I'll follow the advice given here and just forget about what my doctor's partner said. Thanks everyone!
  #127  
Unread 11-16-2007, 12:33 PM
Hysterectomy dates Nov 05-Nov 12,2007

Sissel, I have had blood and bloody "stuff" come out at times when I blow my nose ever since my surgery on 11-5. I had a severe headache (actually a migraine) the day after my surgery while in the hospital, but no headaches since then. I also attribute the blood to the oxygen I was getting the day of surgery (had it til the next morning). Unless you know you have a history of migraines like I do, I think I would go ahead and be seen by your Doc. Remember we've had a lot of stress placed on our bodies, and we just have to deal with things as they come up.

Let us know how it goes!! Hugs to you!!
  #128  
Unread 11-16-2007, 12:45 PM
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Originally Posted by jmary56
Nice that your doctor was more definate about the lifting thing....that is funny he keeps mentioning the sex....
I wonder if you might help with this....my surgery was Nov. 8 a TAH...I have mild cramping and more discharge since yesterday afternoon than I've ever had...dark pink and it smells a bit foul..not really foul but not like normal. I've been resting today to try and ease it off but it won't go away...no fever just a really bad headache...any thoughts appreciated...tks
I was told that bleeding/discharge was normal for 1-2 weeks postop. I've been lucky and have had no bleeding or discharge since the second day postop.

Did you do too much? Because I do know that doing too much would increase the bleeding. But the foul smell is troubling. Often this is the first sign of an infection, so I would really watch that. Is the incision area more red/inflammed than before?

You might want to make a call to your doc if you're worried that an infection may be brewing. Best to catch them early.

As far as him mentioning the sex so much, I think he's seen a lot of what happens when someone begins sexual activity too soon. My mom had a hysterectomy last year and her doc (diff doc. but same practice) did the same thing.

Take care!!
  #129  
Unread 11-16-2007, 12:56 PM
Hysterectomy dates Nov 05-Nov 12,2007

Thanks for your reply. It's always good to know we are not the only ones experiencing something. I called my surgeon's office 3 hours ago and haven't heard back. I do get sinus headaches but never migraines. I was diagnosed with high blood pressure 3 years ago because I was having this same headache and thought it might be my elevated blood pressure (I take Avapro daily and yesterday it was 132-82 and my primary care Doctor said it was normal for what I've been through. I read something else that said it could be hormonal. I worry about everything I guess.
  #130  
Unread 11-16-2007, 01:14 PM
so helpful

had TAH on monday and this is such a great thread. facinating to read and share experiences.
plain sailing to date - but clips out this morning and the first burning sensation on wound this evening. useing swelly belly - helpful and cold.
keep strong ladies and keep sharing.
lots of love!
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