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  #571  
Unread 10-23-2007, 07:33 PM
Hysterectomy dates Sep 10-Sep 17,2007

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Originally Posted by Recovery
Jennifer, wow thanks! I'm going to look for that book in the library. I'm on a tight budget to get a copy for myself. But I can make notes of the most important things. I did read John Lee's book and he was so adamant about women using Progesterone because most women are estrogen dominant. Well, that's not the case if we have had TAHs! Thanks for the info. I'm on a low dose for now becuase that's how my doctor thinks -- low dose first and then adjust. He is also a holistic medicine specialist. But I can't afford all the supplements he has recommened, like Q10 (sp?). I do have a lab slip that my doc checked the box to check for my hormone level. So, I will give this medicine at least a month to be in my body before drawing blood again. What scares me is that Estrodiol has an increased risk for heart attack or stroke and I have high cholesterol right now. Do you think I want to take a stain right now? No. Then there's that question of well, we had Estrodiol producing in our bodies before which could have led to increased risk for heart and stroke, so the debate goes on. I just want to feel good! I think a low dose was the smartest thing for me to do, and I can always stop it if it disagrees with me. I'm only 2 pills into this thing.

Thanks for letting me go on and on
Linda
P.S. Kathy, thanks in advance for checking on the name of that drug to stop smoking. If it is Chantix, look it up online, wow lots of potential risks there too! However, just to get over that one or two month period without a cig, and then stop the med, just might bring me to be a non-smoker!
Linda,

I talk to my brother and the drug is Chantix. I didn't know of the potential risks. I'm glad you checked. He only used it for 2 months and he didn't need the drug anymore. He smoked 2 packs a day. I hope if you decide to try it works out for you. All the best.
Kathy
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  #572  
Unread 10-23-2007, 09:03 PM
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Reinventing,
Tomorrow is my 6-week mark. I already had my one-month postop, and my doc said, you're healing fine and we'll see you at your next annual exam. I too tire easily still, especially if I sit on my fanny for hours watching TV. I am going for a walk today. I am walking faster, but my stamina is not totally back. Hang in there. I agree, I had no idea what I signed up for and how long this recovery period would take. Try not to compare yourself to others here. We are all different and our surgeons may have done something a little different during the operation. For instance, when I urinate I still sting a bit, but that's because the doc had to push my bladder aside to get to the repro organs, and also being catherized can cause stinging for weeks from what I have been told. I ask a lot of questions and the nurse is probably sick of me calling, but I keep calling.

Kathy, yes, please tell me the name of the drug that takes away the cravings for cigs. Was it maybe Chantix? I'm not sure how many more meds I can afford and I'm afraid of the side effects, especially now that I'm taking Estradiol. I reserached it and I think it's a steroid, or maybe I read it wrong. I thought it was just plain estrogen. I think my thinking is not good lately.
I am resolved to the fact that it's still going to be a while before I feel 'normal', and I realize that I really haven't had a bad recovery. No setbacks, don't seem to be having any major problems...it just seems like it's never going to go away. I have a kind of crampy feeling just under my ribcage on the right side if I lie on the couch all day - and other issues pop up if I don't LOL
As for the Chantrix, my mom has been taking it for a couple of months now and she has seen some real progress after 40+ years of smoking. She says it makes the cigarettes taste bad and you tend to associate it with the smoking, after a while (everyone is different) you stop craving the nicotine... I do know my MIL also took it and it was over $100 each refill, but my mom has gone through a clinic locally that is set up for seniors and she gets her Rx for $10. Don't know if insurance covers it or not...but I do know I'm going to look into it as soon as I'm down a bit more on my daily drugs LOL...
  #573  
Unread 10-23-2007, 09:18 PM
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Originally Posted by janelle9876
I am happy that I am not alone. I feel like everyone else is healing much faster than I am. I understand from my doctor that I had a lot of extra stuff taken out and I would be sorer but I feel like I should be much better than I am. I guess I need to stop feeling guilty and just let myself heal. Good luck everyone.

Janelle
I understand what you mean...with all the adhesions, I don't think there is much of anything that was possible in there that didn't get messed with. Bladder, intestines, abdominal wall, all the stuff they removed...so I am right there with ya...too much handling during surgery.
You know...I really don't feel myself comparing so much with people on here, it's more that I, along with most of the people in my life on a daily basis, get that feeling of "ALRIGHT ALREADY"... People who have not gone through this can't understand it. My husband, mom, and a couple of friends are the only people who remind me constantly that I had major surgery, to take it easy. I know DH has to be sick of this whole year by now. Starting in March with my dad's hospitalization, and July with the pain starting, August when my dad passed away, then through to September with surgery... he has been amazing, but it has to be getting old. It is hard for me to even focus on what to grieve most days.
But I digress, my point was that I find most people just don't have a clue. I get seriously worn out, still have pain management issues, driving is still uncomfortable. Tomorrow my bosses (who happen to be my Mother-in-law and father-in-law...) will be expecting me to be released. Period... The feeling I get is "We've been so patient so far, it's time to move on" and I'm dreading it. There's no way I could possibly do the type of work I do full time yet. And I am not willng to set myself up to bottom back out.
Anyway, I just want some sense of control back. I think that's it.
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  #574  
Unread 10-24-2007, 11:27 AM
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Thanks you two about the Chantix info. I think I will call my doc today to call it in because I still have health insurance. I will ask him to put a refill on it. I can't afford the $100 a month, but I'm pretty sure my insurance will pay for it and I will only fork out the copay ($30.00). [Oops! No insurance company names, please ]
  #575  
Unread 10-24-2007, 11:48 AM
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Originally Posted by Recovery
Thanks you two about the Chantix info. I think I will call my doc today to call it in because I still have health insurance. I will ask him to put a refill on it. I can't afford the $100 a month, but I'm pretty sure my insurance will pay for it and I will only fork out the copay ($30.00).
I sure hope it works for you and you don't have any side effects. My brother didn't seem to have any. I hope you only have to take it for only 2 months like he did. Good luck. Kathy
  #576  
Unread 10-24-2007, 02:06 PM
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I not sure if it is a problem -- or if I just did something wrong --

After spending all day Saturday and Sunday with husband in a tow truck -- I was a little swollen in the tummy area. No biggie -- so I thought --

but Sunday night i bent over to tie my shoe and felt a tight pinching on the left side -- :burning: it still smarts does not seem to be getting any better.

I have my 6 week follow up on thursday -- so figured would ask then any ideas what I might have done -- or how I can make it better? Thanks
  #577  
Unread 10-24-2007, 02:49 PM
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thediamondlady, whenever I overdo it, I just allow myself complete rest for the next 1 or 2 days and then I feel better. I had surgery on 9/18 and will return to work next week. I was planning to drive 2 hours to/fro to University of Illinois in Champaign, Illinois for a tour for my 17 y/o. I thought that I would be able to drive and stay for 6 hour tour but thought to myself-Not a good idea right before going back to work, so I decided not to no matter how good I feel.
  #578  
Unread 10-24-2007, 10:17 PM
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Follow up today... went ok. Pelvic exam wasn't as bad as I expected and was VERY quick. He said all looked good. Released me to lift 20 lbs, when I explained what type of work I do, he said I would probably be able to go back to easing into my job in a couple of weeks (lot of standing, pulling large record books in the courthouse). DH asked about sex and dr said wait 3 more weeks.
What?
I'm not sure if I am ready for the whole sex issue yet, but it is really worse having someone say DON'T LOL...
On another note, my Dr and the Gyn both said that the steroids are probably responsible for me healing a little slowly. BUT because the hives are still here, I have to take another month of the steroids. *sigh* She is afraid that if I stop them right now, I will end up with a HUGE hive breakout. She believes they're emotionally driven, and I talked to her about my thinking I need to go back and see my old therapist. I've thought that since the whole thing with my dad happened, but just had too much on my plate. I need to get moving on that, I am going to have to have some help dealing with the grieving process and I know it. So that's my next step.
But aside from that, I got the report from my surgery...and I'm confused on some of it, so I'm going to do some research on some of the info to see if I can't find some 'laymans' info on what it says.
Hope everyone is having a good week... now I get to try to get in to see a dentist on an emergency tomorrow. I have had nonstop pain in my tooth for 2 or 3 days now and it's becoming unbearable. Fun!
  #579  
Unread 10-25-2007, 03:47 AM
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Originally Posted by reinventingrobi
Follow up today... went ok. Pelvic exam wasn't as bad as I expected and was VERY quick. He said all looked good. Released me to lift 20 lbs, when I explained what type of work I do, he said I would probably be able to go back to easing into my job in a couple of weeks (lot of standing, pulling large record books in the courthouse). DH asked about sex and dr said wait 3 more weeks.
What?
I'm not sure if I am ready for the whole sex issue yet, but it is really worse having someone say DON'T LOL...
On another note, my Dr and the Gyn both said that the steroids are probably responsible for me healing a little slowly. BUT because the hives are still here, I have to take another month of the steroids. *sigh* She is afraid that if I stop them right now, I will end up with a HUGE hive breakout. She believes they're emotionally driven, and I talked to her about my thinking I need to go back and see my old therapist. I've thought that since the whole thing with my dad happened, but just had too much on my plate. I need to get moving on that, I am going to have to have some help dealing with the grieving process and I know it. So that's my next step.
But aside from that, I got the report from my surgery...and I'm confused on some of it, so I'm going to do some research on some of the info to see if I can't find some 'laymans' info on what it says.
Hope everyone is having a good week... now I get to try to get in to see a dentist on an emergency tomorrow. I have had nonstop pain in my tooth for 2 or 3 days now and it's becoming unbearable. Fun!
Reinventingrobi,

You have a lot. I'm amazed that you are doing as well as you are. When my mom passed it wasn't around any surgery. That threw me for a loop itself. To deal with hives, greveing and dental problems. A big hug to you. Be good to yourself. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Hope you tooth feels better.

Thinking of you,
Kathy
  #580  
Unread 10-25-2007, 04:36 AM
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Hi Everyone - hope you are all doing well today.

Well, it's 6 weeks since my op today and I went to my GP and he cleared me to return to work on a phased return which I am pleased about as I have to drive to Plymouth University for a course on Tuesdays. It is about an hour and a half away from where I live and I have only driven a maximum of half an hour up to press. I still find that pressing the brake and clutch together give me twinges internally sometimes. I intend to take a rest day on the Wednesday as I won't get back from Uni until about 9.30pm and I'm usually pretty tired at that time. I will be back full-time at work within the month.

I think the Docs in the USA seem more thorough than ours. My Dr only looked at my scar when I complained about some 'fishing line' (which is what the stitches seem to be done with) still sticking out of the top of the scar which was scratchy. They were supposed to be dissolving stitches. He cut it off and said it should be okay - otherwise I don't think he would have bothered looking at all. There was no pelvic exam and he mentioned nothing about lifting, sex or anything. I feel I have been left to 'get on with it' - I get more information from this site than anywhere else and although I feel great, the lack of information does worry me. My cervix was removed and I've no idea if the cuff has healed properly - I, like some others, have seen no sign of any stitches so I assume they were internal and as I have no pain, I assume everything is ok down there too. My DH has treated me as though I was fragile through all of this, being scared to even cuddle me in case he caused me any pain but how can I convince him that I'm ok for sex if I don't know myself? It all adds to the apprehension.

Anyway, looking forward to getting back to some decent conversation and weaning myself from day-time TV where everything seems to make me at the moment - I seem to have got very sentimental - I cry when happy, sad, angry - why is this, I kept my ovaries and I know they are working as I still follow the symptoms of my cycle before my womb was removed????

A big to you all
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