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Recovery Progress Reports for Hysterectomy dates Nov 23-Nov 29,2020 Recovery Progress Reports for Hysterectomy dates Nov 23-Nov 29,2020

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Unread 11-23-2020, 03:00 AM
Recovery Progress Reports for Hysterectomy dates Nov 23-Nov 29,2020

If your hysterectomy was between Nov 23-Nov 29,2020 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 11-23-2020, 07:28 AM
Re: Recovery Progress Reports for Hysterectomy dates Nov 23-Nov 29,2020

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 11-25-2020, 08:06 AM
Re: Recovery Progress Reports for Hysterectomy dates Nov 23-Nov 29,2020

It has been 36 hours since my surgery and I am happy to be home. Overall, I am doing okay. When I first arrived home from the hospital, I was in very little pain, but since yesterday I have had a pretty consistent level of pain, mostly in my abdomen area -- especially my belly button and the areas where they made their incisions.

I am usually a side sleeper, but it is too uncomfortable given my abdomen pain, so I'm doing my best to sleep on my back. Since I'm sleeping off and on all day, I still haven't had a full night's sleep.

I have been doing my best to walk a little bit every day, and to remain patient because I know I can't move too fast!

One unexpected thing is that I've thrown up a couple times -- based on what I've read it seems that I may be having a bad reaction to the oxycodone. So I'm sticking with the milder pain pills for now...

My advice to anyone in post-op is to be patient, go slowly, and eat light and small portions so as not to overwork your system.

I'm sending lots of healing support to all those in recovery!
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Unread 11-25-2020, 08:46 AM
Re: Recovery Progress Reports for Hysterectomy dates Nov 23-Nov 29,2020

skyboss,

So glad to have you on the other side and deciding to join the recovery report thread. It does sound like you have things under control.

Keeping everything in the lower ab quiet is smart. I do suggest you try and space walking around the house a little each hour. A little (5 min) each time you are up. The added circulation can help with swelling in the pelvic floor area i.e. helping with pain. Keep drinking lots of water, also.

I didn’t throw up but sure didn’t like the heavy meds so I went off them early. If you have too much pain give your Dr’s office a call. They may be able to give you something else or a suggestion on how to use the OTC anti inflammatory meds. Many do ibuprofen and Tylenol alternately very effectively.

You didn’t mention what type of Hyst you had. Guessing it was laparoscopic since you mentioned plural incisions.

Many sleep in a recliner the first few weeks, so if you have one you may want to try that. You could try getting creative with pillows and make a nest in you bed or sofa that would set you up a bit but also feel secure so you could sleep in that position.

Sending gentle Hugs your way,
AnndyAnndy
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Unread 11-25-2020, 12:51 PM
Re: Recovery Progress Reports for Hysterectomy dates Nov 23-Nov 29,2020

28 hours post op, I have to say it was worse than I expected, they couldn’t get my pain managed last night in the hospital, then my blood pressure dropped so nearly passed out. I threw up most of the night, maybe slept from 2am to 5 am this morning. Good news is the nausea is gone and I am at home somewhat comfortable. Hope it starts to get better soon. To all of you other ladies, good luck and good recovery wishes
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Unread 11-25-2020, 01:45 PM
Re: Recovery Progress Reports for Hysterectomy dates Nov 23-Nov 29,2020

Jenl5,

Glad to have you join the thread and am glad to hear you are doing better now that you are home. Please take it easy on yourself. Lots of water and do walk as I said above it will help with the pain. Eat as you can even just a little healthy snacking or a few bites of a meal. Many don’t have much of an appetite in the first 2 weeks so don’t worry if you don’t. Keeping hydrated is the most important right now.

Gentle Sister Hugs,
Anndy
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Unread 11-26-2020, 09:40 AM
Recovery Progress Reports for Hysterectomy dates Nov 23-Nov 29,2020

I am 20 hours post-op (laparascopic hysterectomy). I had put off this surgery for over a year due to anxiety, covid, and wanting to explore other options. I had a family of fibroids and a thickened pre- cancerous uterus, 4x a thick a it's supposed to be, cramping and pain that would put me out of work 3-4 days a month, as well as periods so heavy I often needed iron infusions. When I woke up, I was nervous about whether or not I would keep my ovaries...I did! And also learned I had endometriosis. Such a relief to know I won't be dealing with all that anymore, making recovery that much more feasible.
Waking up at the hospital I was in quite a bit of pain. I refused more meds for a few minutes, nervous about constipation... and then gave in and thank goodness I did. I was able to urinate about an hour later and was released from the hospital less than 4 hours after coming out of surgery.
Last night, I felt good and had energy. Couldn't sleep until about 11 pm, taking it easy with short walks to the bathroom. I kept on top of pain meds throughout the night but am struggling with what I think is gas...a sharp pain under my ribs when I breathe. I keep needing to cough with post- nasal drip and that is incredibly painful. Last night, the third time I had to pee...I waited too long until I really had to go. My bladder started spasming and was putting so much pressure on everything it was excruciating. Learned my lesson and now go as soon as I feel the urge.
The swelly belly came to visit this morning, so next time I get up I'm going to try the abdominal binder. It's much more comfortable laying down in a recliner due to the gas and swelly belly.
Drinking as much fluids as I can along with high fiber foods, senna kott and magnesium in anticipation for my first BM. I am terrified as I had significant problems with this in the past when I gave birth, and when I had a hemmorhoidectomy. So crossing fingers that it goes smoothly!
Thank you all for all the support and happy Thanksgiving!
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Unread 11-26-2020, 10:39 AM
Re: Recovery Progress Reports for Hysterectomy dates Nov 23-Nov 29,2020

all & tanyaljo,

Glad to have you join us here. Think it is very smart to stay on top of the constipation. It really can be an painful issue with this surgery. Many have to wait days for the first one. I was lucky and went on day 4, this is a chronic issue for me. I was able to go off the narcotics on day 3 also. Just switched to OTC meds. And stayed on top of taking the max dose for a few more days. I also hated the way they made me feel. Just remember we are all different so listen to your body.

A caution to all, for the first few days it is common to have more energy and I think feel better than you actually are so a word to the wise please stay slow and keep thing quiet in that lower ab. Many say that they feel worse on day 4 and from what I have seen those who get to energetic too early tend to have this happen. I realize this is anecdotal observation but it won’t hurt to be a bit cautious. You all have one job right now and that is take care of you.

A reminder healthy food as much as you can and generally just

Hope someone is making you a turkey. Happy Thanksgiving to those in the USA!

Gentle Sister Hugs to all,
Anndy
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Unread 11-26-2020, 02:05 PM
Recovery Progress Reports for Hysterectomy dates Nov 23-Nov 29,2020

Well I'm two days since surgery and released to come home. Had a TAH plus tubes and ovaries removed.
Woke up in my room on Tuesday hurting and throwing up. I don't even remember time in Recovery. They gave me something for nausea and showed how to use pump for pain. Hubby said Dr said went well. I had catheter in so didn't leave bed at all for first 24 hours.
Yesterday I ate a little lunch and had catheter out. Started on oral pain pills.
Started eating dinner and got sick as a dog. Projectile vomiting all over me, bed, and floor. So had to get up and everything changed. Have me something else for upset stomach. Then went through a period last night where I felt like I had to pee every 30 minutes but hardly anything coming out. Was afraid it was UTI but instead was because everything was swollen and so wasn't emptying bladder.
Just so glad to he home!
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Unread 11-26-2020, 02:11 PM
Recovery Progress Reports for Hysterectomy dates Nov 23-Nov 29,2020

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Well I'm two days since surgery and released to come home. Had a TAH plus tubes and ovaries removed.
Woke up in my room on Tuesday hurting and throwing up. I don't even remember time in Recovery. They gave me something for nausea and showed how to use pump for pain. Hubby said Dr said went well. I had catheter in so didn't leave bed at all for first 24 hours.
Yesterday I ate a little lunch and had catheter out. Started on oral pain pills.
Started eating dinner and got sick as a dog. Projectile vomiting all over me, bed, and floor. So had to get up and everything changed. Have me something else for upset stomach. Then went through a period last night where I felt like I had to pee every 30 minutes but hardly anything coming out. Was afraid it was UTI but instead was because everything was swollen and so wasn't emptying bladder.
Just so glad to he home!
So glad you're home! It definitely is helpful to recover with your own comforts around you. I hope things improve quickly, you are on the mend! Sending lots of love and healing energy your way!
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