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Recovery Progress Reports for Hysterectomy dates May 10-May 16,2021 Recovery Progress Reports for Hysterectomy dates May 10-May 16,2021

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Unread 05-10-2021, 04:00 AM
Recovery Progress Reports for Hysterectomy dates May 10-May 16,2021

If your hysterectomy was between May 10-May 16,2021 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 05-10-2021, 06:18 AM
Re: Recovery Progress Reports for Hysterectomy dates May 10-May 16,2021

Welcome to The Other Side, Princesses!

I am your Sunshine Sister (moderator), and I will be posting most every day during your initial recovery, which is usually 4-8 weeks. I will read each of your messages. If you have a question you want me to definitely reply to, just put my name with your question. You've got this, ladies!

This is your Recovery Thread, where you’ll be able to share your progress and laugh and cry together as you support one another along the way. I'll be walking alongside you in your recovery journey, sharing my own experiences and pointing you to resources we have here.

Healing is your #1 priority. This was major surgery and healing takes place inside as well as outside. You’re still your doctor’s patient until you’re released, and even then, healing will continue.

Get plenty of rest, nap, and rest some more!
Follow your doctor’s orders
Lean on others for help
Drink plenty of water
Take your meds as directed (around the clock to stay ahead of the pain)
Walk as you are able (for now, from your cozy recovery spot to the bathroom or kitchen)
Listen to your genius body as it heals – trust your body knows how to heal this
Don’t drive until your doctor says ok!

There will be things you cannot and must not do at first. If your doctor hasn’t given you restrictions that you recall, ASK! My specific restrictions for the first 6 weeks were: lifting more than 10lbs, driving, flying, soaking, and nothing in the vagina.

You may experience gas, bowel issues, aches and pains, and your emotions might swing at the drop of a hankie.

And when you’re confused, it’s okay to ask questions, and we welcome you to discuss whatever is on your mind. You are not alone! Also, a reminder that while you have this website and community, your doctor is your best bet for diagnosing and triaging concerns!

Have your support get you some miralax, psyllium, etc. for when you get home!

For now, rest – and rest well!
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Unread 05-11-2021, 11:21 PM
Home 1 day now

Hello from bed!

I got home at nearly 2 in the morning almost 24 hours ago. I was not the early morning schedule so my surgery got pushed and I went in about 4pm (about 3 and a half hours late) so my nervousness had time to build up. I filled that time with as much laughter and ease as possible to keep a positive environment. Surgery itself went as they expected and they were able to leave my ovaries. Everything else is out. I slept out of pure exhaustion after getting home and woke only once at 5 am to use the bathroom. I slept a bit more and woke up about 10:40 with a pretty good amount of pain. I am trying to stay ahead of it but so far the pain med lasts 5 hours when I am scheduled to take it every 6 hours. So that hour between is very uncomfortable.

My belly is very swollen, it helps to rub it actually. The mesh underwear they gave me is great, they sent me home with a bunch of extras. They are a real lifesaver.

The recommendations of extra pillows was brilliant and I have found that something under the knees helps relieve the pressure on the lower abdomen.

The doctor prescribed miralax but I have gone yet so it has been more than 2 days now. I hope to get regular again tomorrow.

I am weaker than I expected and had to get help off the potty but I am accepting and asking for help which goes against my nature!

Hope everyone else is doing well in this group of us up this week!
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Unread 05-12-2021, 04:53 AM
Recovery Progress Reports for Hysterectomy dates May 10-May 16,2021

DvH, kept ovaries. Day 1 at home feels a little like day 2 after my last C Section. I know the soreness will get better and swelling will go down, today I focus on rest. My bladder was slow to act yesterday, so I have some mild anxiety about future bladder issues. Hoping for the best and knowing my quality of life is going to be so much better. Have a restful day, ladies. Hugs!
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Unread 05-12-2021, 08:35 AM
Re: Recovery Progress Reports for Hysterectomy dates May 10-May 16,2021

Welcome!

You’re out of surgery. Now, the work of recovery begins! You often have a false sense of energy and absence of pain in these initial days with anesthesia and hospital meds...GO SLOW! And do not try to do kegels until you are well healed!

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 2 to 8 weeks, but full recovery may take up to one year.

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, sore throat, 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.

Here is a video for for your 1&2 week: https://www.hystersisters.com/vb2/videoshow.php?vid=2.
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Unread 05-14-2021, 01:32 AM
Re: Recovery Progress Reports for Hysterectomy dates May 10-May 16,2021

I had my surgery on the 12th. I am still in the hospital as bladder doesn’t want to wake up. Had to have the catheter put back in. My surgery was all done vaginally with a vaginal vault repair and lift tubes out,uterus out and cervix out. My ovaries are here to stay!
My pain has been very difficult to control as I am opioid tolerate as I take hydrocodone daily on a schedule for another issue. I think as I write this I am having a better plan for pain. I have a great surgeon who understands my issues.
Also she removed some endometriosis that was found. I had issues with this for many years when I was younger

Good luck with recovery ladies. I am hoping to go home tomorrow !
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Unread 05-14-2021, 09:12 AM
Re: Recovery Progress Reports for Hysterectomy dates May 10-May 16,2021

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Originally Posted by Jvobornik9746 View Post
I had my surgery on the 12th. I am still in the hospital as bladder doesn’t want to wake up. Had to have the catheter put back in. My surgery was all done vaginally with a vaginal vault repair and lift tubes out,uterus out and cervix out. My ovaries are here to stay!
My pain has been very difficult to control as I am opioid tolerate as I take hydrocodone daily on a schedule for another issue. I think as I write this I am having a better plan for pain. I have a great surgeon who understands my issues.
Also she removed some endometriosis that was found. I had issues with this for many years when I was younger

Good luck with recovery ladies. I am hoping to go home tomorrow !
So glad your surgeon understands
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Unread 05-14-2021, 09:16 AM
Re: Recovery Progress Reports for Hysterectomy dates May 10-May 16,2021




UPPER CHEST PHLEGM:
You were all intubated. Thus you are having a bit of phlegm. I hope you were given this little breathing thingy called spirometer. If so, please use it as directed to help you with deep breathing. If not, please see below:
Sit upright. ...you may need to hold a pillow tightly over your incision. ...
Take a few normal breaths, then take a slow, deep breath in.
Gently and slowly breathe out through your mouth....

VAGINAL DISCHARGE/BLEEDING
This is completely normal at this point. A general rule of thumb is to not worry unless you fill a pad with blood in an hour.

And for your circulation, walk a little a couple times a day, and I lived in my compression socks for a while. Amazon has great ones by Sockwell.

PAIN- no need to be in pain. In fact, you shouldn't be in excruciating pain at all ever. Call your doc! He/she needs to know that you are in pain (unless you are not taking your pain meds!).
Anyhow- take your meds on schedule, sweeties, and wean yourselves off narcotics slowly.

Y'all: you can use pain and swelling as a guide to stop, but the reverse is not true. You can't assume that because you are not suffering immediate ill effects that it's a green light to keep going. You ladies JUST had MAJOR surgery. There are at least 5 ligaments inside that are healing. Trust that you should rest and take it easy.

That stuff on the floor? Either someone else gets it or it stays put. Lifting anything over a gallon of milk? No! Reaching up or down? Probably No! Many of you may not be able to rest on your side yet. No vacuuming/sweeping! Loading the bottom of the dishwasher? Nope! The vibrations from car rides may not be tolerable for a while. And no, you should not be driving yet. Your pelvic floor may not respond well enough to brake emergently.

I hope you two ladies (and the others reading that haven't posted) see hourly improvements!

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Unread 05-14-2021, 09:35 AM
Re: Recovery Progress Reports for Hysterectomy dates May 10-May 16,2021

DvH on Tuesday. As for pain, I am not honestly experiencing whst I would call pain. Pressure, bloating, stiffness feeling, i can manage. Finally had a BM last evening and a little more this morning, then significant nausea hit?? I also notice numbness/tingling in my feet and legs today and especially when i get up to go to the bathroom or kitchen. Will have myself in bed more today. I think ive been up and down too much just walking thru the house even.
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Unread 05-14-2021, 09:45 AM
Recovery Progress Reports for Hysterectomy dates May 10-May 16,2021

  Quote:
Originally Posted by CaryV View Post



UPPER CHEST PHLEGM:
You were all intubated. Thus you are having a bit of phlegm. I hope you were given this little breathing thingy called spirometer. If so, please use it as directed to help you with deep breathing. If not, please see below:
Sit upright. ...you may need to hold a pillow tightly over your incision. ...
Take a few normal breaths, then take a slow, deep breath in.
Gently and slowly breathe out through your mouth....

VAGINAL DISCHARGE/BLEEDING
This is completely normal at this point. A general rule of thumb is to not worry unless you fill a pad with blood in an hour.

And for your circulation, walk a little a couple times a day, and I lived in my compression socks for a while. Amazon has great ones by Sockwell.

PAIN- no need to be in pain. In fact, you shouldn't be in excruciating pain at all ever. Call your doc! He/she needs to know that you are in pain (unless you are not taking your pain meds!).
Anyhow- take your meds on schedule, sweeties, and wean yourselves off narcotics slowly.

Y'all: you can use pain and swelling as a guide to stop, but the reverse is not true. You can't assume that because you are not suffering immediate ill effects that it's a green light to keep going. You ladies JUST had MAJOR surgery. There are at least 5 ligaments inside that are healing. Trust that you should rest and take it easy.

That stuff on the floor? Either someone else gets it or it stays put. Lifting anything over a gallon of milk? No! Reaching up or down? Probably No! Many of you may not be able to rest on your side yet. No vacuuming/sweeping! Loading the bottom of the dishwasher? Nope! The vibrations from car rides may not be tolerable for a while. And no, you should not be driving yet. Your pelvic floor may not respond well enough to brake emergently.

I hope you two ladies (and the others reading that haven't posted) see hourly improvements!

I was not given the thing for my phlegm, thank you for the advice. My doctor gave me 3 days of oxy for the pain and I am a little concerned right now because I am waking up in a lot of pain! I slept in this morning and was in bad shape when I woke up! Other than that I think I am recovering as expected. I am not bleeding much at all. I get around slowly but I do get around, still only to the bathroom and walk around the top floor, we have a lot of stairs in this house and I am not ready to go down them.

Oh, I also have a terrible headache when I wake up.

Any advice is welcome!
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