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Unread 07-22-2007, 07:55 AM
Ahead of the game

My hysterectomy was on July 18, so I am a little bit ahead of the game with my progress report.

I had a subtotal abdominal hysterectomy. Only the uterus was removed; I keep both ovaries and fallopian tubes, and my cervix.

My recovery and pain management have been pretty easy so far. I can't tolerate ibuprofen (irritates my stomach) and Percoset is useless, so I have been managing with Tylenol and last night I resorted to Tylenol with codeine. Tried Alleve also, but it didn't help as much as Tylenol. The worst part is not the pain but impaired mobility, which forces me to rest and take it easy.

I attribute this easy recovery to three things: my surgeon is top-notch and left me without any vaginal discharge (so far); in the OR my anesthesiologist used a spinal morphine treatment to relieve the first few hours of pain immediately following surgery; and I was in good physical condition before the surgery (running, cross-training, and weight training). Strong leg, abdominal muscles, and upper body really compensate for the muscles affected by the incision. Best advice I can give to those awaiting hysterectomy is get your body in the best physical condition you can muster before surgery - it will help immensely with your recovery.

Take care, sisters.
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Unread 07-22-2007, 08:10 AM
Hysterectomy dates Jul 09-Jul 16,2007

Happy Sunday sisters! I just wanted to put in my about the boredom factor. I completely relate to those of you who are frustrated from boredom. My brain and energy level are what they should be, but the body hasn't quite caught up yet. This morinng, I cleaned my bedroom of all remnants of it being a 'recovery rooom'. It's just a bedroom again... a small shift toward 'normalcy' but a step none the less. I'm ready to get back to my life again!!
Unread 07-22-2007, 08:18 AM
2 Weeks Post Op - TAH/LSO

Hello fellow recovering sisters!!

Sheesh!! At 1 week post-op got an infection in my incision (cellulitis). I'm on day 4 of taking Levaquin so at least I'm not getting a fever anymore - but the stuff makes me sick to my stomach. My incision and surrounding area is still an angry red and swollen up hard. I had been keeping the area clean so I don't know what happened.

I'm pretty much off of pain meds but reserve the right to take a percocet from time to time.

I'm still walking like a senior citizen which is frustrating but I think it's partly because of that infection that is keeping the area swollen and tender. I'm still having bouts of dizziness as well.

My short term disability insurance thinks that I can return to work on Aug. 5th (4 week recovery), so I'm having to fight with them for my income protection. This is really annoying - I'd like for their staff to be on my airplane as I'm wheeled into the cockpit because I busted my incision open carrying my luggage around. Jerks. It doesn't even pass the logic test even if I had a perfect recovery - would you want to be on a plane where the pilot was 4 weeks out from major abdominal surgery?

My DH has been absolutely sterling!! He has waited on me hand and foot with no complaints. I have done absolutely nothing other than putter around when I feel like it. He has been perfect!! While sitting around with me, he also copied our entire music CD collection onto our hard drive.

Hope everyone is doing well.
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Unread 07-22-2007, 08:49 AM
The good, the bad and the ugly!

Hi everyone! It's great to be on this side of the surgery with you!

My surgery was early last Monday morning TVH with A&P repairs. Was scheduled to go home Tuesday but it didn't happen til Wed. afternoon.

The good: I feel great! There is pain in one specific area when I stay up and around too long so am making a concerted effort to spend more time horizontally. Have decided to use only OTC meds since home due to:

The bad - Monday and Tuesday:
Was on oxygen and the catheter until very late Tuesday night. Had every possible bad side effect from the meds you can imagine. I had expected the nausea and they gave me something for that ahead of time. (Didn't work):
Blurred vision
Violent vomiting
Itching - felt I was covered with a rash but wasn't.
Massive headache
Unrelenting pain
Short term memory issues- that lasted several days
Time stood still. I would look at the clock at 3:00 for example. Thought I had slept an hour and it would be 3:03!
Hallucinations - I have no memory of it but DH says I was doing the parade wave. He asked who I was waving at and I said "Kari". (Our granddaughter who is 250 miles away). I DO remember the truly scary things (The Ugly!), I saw including the frightening monster that was holding up his toddler - equally frightening - for me to see.

It was the worst two days of my life. I've had several previous surgeries with only nausea as a problem afterword. I've decided that all that was to remind me to listen to the dr and let it heal. I sure don't want to have to go back to get the A&P repairs done over!

For any pre-ops reading this I hope it doesn't scare you. I believe my experience was atypical. Even going through that, I'll reiterate that I feel GREAT and it was worth it.
Unread 07-22-2007, 09:26 AM
Hysterectomy dates Jul 09-Jul 16,2007

I so agree that diet and physical shape pre surgery plays a huge role in recovery.......

I have been eating lc over 2 years now (not 100% by anymeans!) but know all about it and my body craves it...I was at goal weight/great physical shape going into surgery...I have since surgery went down 5 lbs. and was down maybe 5lb according to hospital weigh in (I always thought dr. scales weighed more?) I feel like I'm eating junkie food in an effort to gain a few! Oh well things will steady out soon!

I do pride myself as great physical shape, muscular, and full of energy and fell I'm just about 90% there!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Lower bowel gas down to maybe two episodes a day.......guarantee diet related.......huge coffee drinker and dt. pop, etc...BM's are back to normal, just waiting out the gas...GRRR! Trying to come up with good reason why it takes so long and hoping it's about DONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Unread 07-22-2007, 09:47 AM
Hysterectomy dates Jul 09-Jul 16,2007

Has anyone had a green/yellow mucous discharge? No offensive odour. I haven't had any since op, but this has just started and coinciding with throbbing pain on right side low down.

I guess despite trying to avoid it, I should go back and see the Locum Gynae tomorrow at the hospital and get checked out. Best be safe than sorry...but as pains seem to come and go just wondered if it is part of healing process.

Both ovaries were left although a large cyst was removed from one ovary during the procedure. So maybe causing it?

Anyone else had this problem?

Thanks and big hugs xxxx
Unread 07-22-2007, 10:30 AM
Hysterectomy dates Jul 09-Jul 16,2007

I understand Sandlover how you feel. I also cleaned my bedroom today.(great minds think alike) My daughter said she would take me grocery shopping today for awhile and I'm so excited. I guess I am bored if I get excited about buying groceries. I'm working from home so that helps alittle. I've watched way too many movies. My daughter got me the most wonderful dvd to watch if anyone's interested. It's called Planet Earth. It's a five dics set that took five years to make. It's the most beautiful scenery I've ever seen. It's very relaxing and you learn so much about this wonderful planet. Just alitlle fyi. Have a great Sunday.
Unread 07-22-2007, 11:18 AM
Hysterectomy dates Jul 09-Jul 16,2007

Good afternoon, girls!

I stayed down yesterday until the wedding, sat through it, drove to the reception, sat and walked around there. I didn't open heavy doors, I didn't lift anything. I even bowed out of "helping" serve things. Anything that made me twist or bend or put my incision or ledge in harm's way I just said, "No thank you!" I am sore from all of the sitting. I find that the muscles in my groin are particularly sensitive to long periods of sitting. But everything feels pretty good. I am staying down again today until it's time to get DD from the airport. I won't be driving and I definitely won't be lifting her bags.

I work at a Montessori school and everybody there knows what's going on with me. When I go in to prepare my classroom for the fall they offer to help carry things. My family will come in and help move things for me. I think DH and the DDs are starting to get the picture that Mom is willing to do what she can, but she just can't do certain things. Yes, my house is a mess and everybody has to prepare most of their own meals - but it's working!

All of your posts about your recoveries are REALLY helping me keep mine in check. When I'm tired or I hurt - I stop. I keep having dreams of running and jumping - isnt' that crazy? While I'm dreaming, I'm saying to myself - "I shouldn't be doing this..."

Happy Sunday
Unread 07-22-2007, 11:33 AM
July 09 - 16 Sisters Chat

This is a place for the ladies who had their hysterectomies between July 9th and July 16th to chat and share. Other ladies are welcome to join in, too. We look forward to hearing from all of you!
Unread 07-22-2007, 11:47 AM
New Chat Forum

For Y'all's information - I started a thread in the HysterSisters Club House Forum. It's called July 09-16 Sisters Chat. It's a place where we can go and chat about whatever and leave the Recovery Progress Report thread for actual recovery progress reports.

You can get there via the Forum Jump scroll-down list or by searching for the HysterSisters Club House. I hope to meet you there!

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