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Unread 05-23-2007, 01:44 PM
Hysterectomy dates Apr 09-Apr 16,2007

I am sorry to hear you are having such an stressful and sad time. I will be 6 weeks tomorrow since the TAH/SBOand I am hoping all it's fine and can get back to work. Can't wait to get back to my normal activities and life.
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Unread 05-23-2007, 02:30 PM
Hysterectomy dates Apr 09-Apr 16,2007

Hi everyone,

I will be at 6 weeks on Friday and I feel great!! I feel better today than I have felt in years. I really didn't realize just how bad I was feeling until now.
This surgery is the very best thing I could have done for myself.

I want to let everyone know it may time some time but you will feel this way too. Everyone heals at different levels so please but patient.

Unread 05-24-2007, 08:15 PM
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My first week back and I am so suprised as to how slow this healing actually is. My first day back was Tuesday. I thought that I would gradually get back into working. My Dr. said babysteps, and that is what I plan on doing. Thank God. On Tuesday, I was in pain all day, into the evening. Wednesday worked 4.5 hours with no pain, came home and was exhausted for the entire day and evening. Thursday (today) worked 6 hours with pain on the 5 hour and still exhausted. THe exhaustion, is like nothing I have experienced before. Tells me, that the body still has a lot of healing to do. My Dr. said 6 to 12 months to be 100% healed. So, tomorrow is Friday, was planning on doing the entire 8 hours, but I think that I will listen to my body and do no more than 5. Oh, I am an accountant, so sitting, bending, mild lifting. You would think that it would be a piece of cake. To my suprise, I was wrong. I feel for the women with physical careers. Is this exhaustion normal, I ask. When I come home, I take a nap (maybe 2) then later take my small dogs for a walk with me dragging my feet.
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Unread 05-24-2007, 10:43 PM
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Had my 6wk check up today. Everything is fine.
I won't be returning to work yet. Am now being referred to more specialists - an Endrocrinologist & a Hematologist. What fun more doctors to see & more testing. Started today with blood tests.
For everyone who has returned to work or returning soon remember not to overdue things.
Unread 05-25-2007, 01:17 PM
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I had my 6 week check up on Wednesday. Still have not healed as completely as my Dr. would have liked. He said there were still lots of stitches he could see (eek), then he did some painful meandering around up there. Bottom line is that he must have snipped the ones that did not dissolve and I have been seeing them ever since.

I must say I am sitting better now and that I am not hurting as much as before.

Basically I am to do what I can and to not push it. I find I get exhausted after a day of energetic activity. Today I am pooped!!! I forgot to eat before I went and could not remember any of the questions I had. I am still really sluggish and I am going to get my iron checked. Is anyone else still anemic after all of this?
Unread 05-25-2007, 05:39 PM
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Yesterday was 6 wks. I really thought with a LAVH/BSO I would be completely back in the swing of things by now but, while I feel a whole lot better than before surgery, I get exhausted really easily. This has been the first week where I have worked every day. Thursday was the first time I drove myself to work. I left 45 minutes early because I didn't feel good - some pain and exhausted. By the time I got home I was dead. We are going camping this weekend and I was suppose to start getting everything ready but I couldn't move. I rode down to pick out the campsite but that was all I could do. Usually I am running circles around everyone else when it is time to go camping. Now I find I still can't lift a lot, working all day is all that I can do so if I have anything else I have to do, I have to leave early or I won't function the next day. Still some pain in my back and on my left side. I couldn't get in for my "6 week checkup" until June so it will be more like 8 weeks.

It is comforting to know I am not the only one who is still having a hard time with this healing thing. The one thing I miss pre-surgery is my energy level was higher despite the pain. I usually kept going unless the pain was real bad but now I just do not have the energy. I hope it comes back soon.

My prayers are with all of you on a speedy recovery as we work our way back into a normal life.

Unread 05-25-2007, 07:06 PM
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I still have times where I have really really bad pain - but it is getting fewer and far between - yesterday I had about 6 hours straight with no pain, which was a first. So I feel there is light at the end of the tunnel. I have to say though that right now I am struggling with accepting that I went ahead with this surgery - I don't feel "right" and some mood swings and instead of adjusting the hormones, the doc wants to put me on Effexor, because she's a big researcher and is into this. I am not taking it. She explains that the change in hormones changes the neurotransmitters and these anti-depressants can help until things even out. I'd rather deal with the emotions. I still have these hot flushes and the heat is difficult. I didn't realize that the uterus contributes to contractions during orgasm and I am very honkerblonked off that this "side effect" was not mentioned and that I didn't read up enough on this. Other thoughts and "experiences"!!
Unread 05-26-2007, 05:40 AM
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I am sorry to hear that you are struggling accepting going ahead with the operation as it must be incredibly difficult for you. I have had a dear friend who as a result of being diagnosed too late, she is not longer with us and she was pretty young too. When I found out what was happening to me, I was determinant that I would not go the same way as her and maybe that is the reason as to why, I have no regrets having major surgery. I think you begin thinking that it could have been a lot worse, it will make you realise that having such an opertion was the best thing you could ever have done. Can you imagine what it would have been like if you would have decided not to have major surgery? Just think think how fortunate we should all feel that we are on the process of recovering and it's an incredibly slow process which I find very frustated. I am on 6 week recovery process and although I feel that I have not all the energy I used to have. It will take a while before I do feel 100%. I personally, don't believe tables will cure everything. My personal view on medications is that they cure one thing and damage another. But of course, I am not a doctor and therefore, I cannot state that either. I would not take anything which I don't think belongs to the body, if it's not extricly necessary. As for hot flashes and mood swings, it may well be that you are going through a menopause and maybe if you are taking HRT you are not taking the dosis needed for it and perhaps it also needs to be increase. Talk to your doctor and see if that is the reason as to why you do feel like that. I am on HRT right now as due to the TAH/BSO I went into sudden menopause. I do sweet a bit at night, but I am coping well and I feeling fine. I think you are quite right to deal with those mixed emotions on a much natural way than taking anti-depressants. As for the 'side effects' of the utero contributing to the contractions during orgasm, I am not sure what you are actually talking about. I have not had sex since the operation as I am petrified that it will hurt, but I don't know if it will. Eventually, I will begin having sex again. However, my belief is that the utero and orgasm have nothing to do with one another. The utero has one fucntion and that procreation, nothing else. Therefore, it should affect sexual intercourse at all. Have you had sex after the operation? If so, how it did feel? Hope you begin feeling better and can come to terms with the operation soon. Kind regards
Unread 05-26-2007, 10:39 AM
Spent the evening in ER

Well, I was back at work for my first (and last) full week this week - it was our last week of school. I did it - but I felt lousy - was dizzy and tired - came home and went to bed most nights right after school. But I was feeling triumphant that I made it - then . . . we had a teacher work day yesterday with a breakfast in the am - I was feeling dizzy and nauseated when I got up in the AM but what's new? By 11am I was just finished cleaning up my classroom and I had to run to the bathroom where I lost my breakfast. By 12 (we were free to go at 1pm) I had to leave - it was OK though as I was done - I couldn't keep anything down - not even sips of fluids the rest of the day and had a fever and chills and raging headache. Naturally I was hurting again from the wretching as well. By 5 pm I was in the ER - they decided I had gastroenteritis not related to surgery - but I was VERY dehydrated. I am still on antibiotics for bladder infection as well. They gave me IV meds (anzemet and antibiotic and fluids) and sent me home. I still have the headache and have only tried small amounts of fluids and have kept those down so far, but I feel lousy - aching all over and sore. I finally took a Tylox left over from post surgery to see if I could stop the headache/aches. They told me to follow up with GYN on Mon/Tue anyway. I think I just overdid it. I'm supposed to go in Tue-Thu just for meetings next week.

Wow - expected to be a lot better by now - supposed to travel to Cincinnatti for my nephew's wedding next weekend, then a cruise, then I'm scheduled to speak at a huge convention in Denver the next weekend. AHHHHHH!!!!
Unread 05-26-2007, 11:37 AM
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Oh my Lord, I am sorry to hear it. I went to work for the first time last Thursday, and felt incredibly tired by the end of the working day. I slept well that night and went to do a full day work yesterday. Although I was sitting down, I went for small walks throughout the day and did not did lifting, my lower back hurted badly. Today, I am simply resting, but I feel kind of sore and I have no energy whatsoever. Luckily enough, we have a long weekend and I intent to rest. I was meant to join some friends for lunch tomorrow, but I will simply not be going anywhere as I feel that I need to regain all that lost energy back and be ready for Tuesday when I will return back to work. Does anyone out there knows how long it does take to really and fully recovered? I know 6 weeks is probably not sufficient, but I have never thought that a TAH/BSO recuperation would take forever. When should I expect to feel 100%???

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