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Recovery Progress Reports for Hysterectomy dates Oct 19-Oct 25,2020 Recovery Progress Reports for Hysterectomy dates Oct 19-Oct 25,2020

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Unread 10-19-2020, 05:00 AM
Recovery Progress Reports for Hysterectomy dates Oct 19-Oct 25,2020

If your hysterectomy was between Oct 19-Oct 25,2020 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 10-19-2020, 09:51 AM
Re: Recovery Progress Reports for Hysterectomy dates Oct 19-Oct 25,2020

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, usually in the morning. 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!
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

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!

For now, rest – and rest well!
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Unread 10-19-2020, 09:43 PM
Smile - Recovery Progress Reports for Hysterectomy dates Oct 19-Oct 25,2020 Re: Recovery Progress Reports for Hysterectomy dates Oct 19-Oct 25,2020

hey all!

I had my LAVH today 10-19-2020.. Feeling okay for the most part. Sore, gas pains, very tired but over all I feel like im doing okay. My dr said everything went very smooth and she said it was textbook. Something I found amusing, my husband said that when she went to talk to him after my surgery she said that everything was just trying to come out on its own after she pretty much detached everything. I might have over done it today a little with moving around so im hoping that tomorrow I wont be paying for it. I am trying to be in high spirits about it. Especially since I was a nervous wreck all week/weekend. Its done and I am okay so that takes a big stress off of me. Hubby has tomorrow off as well and I have family coming to help me out with the kiddos this week as I try to heal. Lots of love to everyone having theirs done this week! Best of luck and well wishes!
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Unread 10-20-2020, 09:43 AM
Re: Recovery Progress Reports for Hysterectomy dates Oct 19-Oct 25,2020

Hi Lost! Welcome! And to all the other lurking sisters:

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!

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 10-21-2020, 09:51 AM
Re: Recovery Progress Reports for Hysterectomy dates Oct 19-Oct 25,2020

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.


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.
Constipation is a big concern after major surgery, and even more so after hysterectomy, as we have swelling & stitches down below... which means we don’t want to push or strain. Eat high fiber foods (pears, almonds, peas, bran, prune juice), drink lots of water, walk as you feel able, and take stool softeners. Be careful to only push very gently. If nothing is “happening”, get up and walk around the house for a few minutes, then try again.
Avoiding Constipation https://www.hystersisters.com/vb2/article_454121.htm
5 Ways to Speed up Sluggish Bowels https://www.hystersisters.com/vb2/article_571227.htm

Gas pain can be horrible! For many it settled in their shoulders and for a few days it was their chief complaint. Some sisters find relief by wetting a hand towel and microwaving it so it's warm (but not hot) and then placing it where you are feeling the most discomfort from gas. The moist heat may help to draw the gas out. Another idea is using a moist heating pad (which can be bought at most drugstores). For intestinal gas: peppermint or ginger tea, rare Gas X and walking can be the best ways to get relief.

CO2 Gas Relief After Laparoscopic Hysterectomy https://www.hystersisters.com/vb2/article_450077.htm
Gas, Gas, Gas After Hysterectomy https://www.hystersisters.com/vb2/article_96643.htm
Do This – Not That: Gas & Constipation https://www.hystersisters.com/vb2/article_607698.htm

You are in the earliest-of-early stages, Sisters. Lots of TLC for you!

And for your circulation, walk a little a couple times a day.
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Unread 10-21-2020, 09:58 AM
Re: Recovery Progress Reports for Hysterectomy dates Oct 19-Oct 25,2020

Also, a reminder that while you have this website and community, your doctor is your best bet for diagnosing and triaging concerns!
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Unread 10-21-2020, 09:07 PM
Re: Recovery Progress Reports for Hysterectomy dates Oct 19-Oct 25,2020

Day 3 Post Op LAVH!

Hey all! Its the end of day 3 and I'm feeling pretty good. I do have some gas stuck in my shoulder and ribs still but will definitely be trying the warm towel thing to see if that helps. I had some help today from my mother and sister to help me get some laundry folded and it helped me feel better about not being able to do too much. I have been trying to stay moving as I can. I will get up and do some things then take a small break to relax for a few minutes then get back up and keep going. I feel like its definitely helped me in the feeling better aspect of things. I did notice, and I am sure its probably normal, that when I 'lightly' scratch in between my two lower incisions across my belly I don't really feel it. I can feel the slight pressure of me doing it but not really the scratchy feeling.

Trying to stay moving but not over do it!

Best wishes and speedy healing!
-SM
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Unread 10-22-2020, 09:52 AM
Recovery Progress Reports for Hysterectomy dates Oct 19-Oct 25,2020

Day 2. Feeling much better now that I got meds and slept last night. My body normally needs to sleep to heal and that definitely wasn't happening yesterday due to pain.

Gas seems to be releasing so I'm thankful it's not stuck as I've heard that has really bothered people.

A bit dizzy still and not really able to lay completely on my side so I angle slight to give my back a break. Walking is painful but much more bearable today.

I do have 4 incisions. I had 2 previously due to an ectopic pregnancy that burst so for some reason I was expecting 2 again.

Emotions so far are okay even though I was super devastated initially about it but did hold out 5 years haha. My health had declined so I'm hoping long term quality of life improves.
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Unread 10-22-2020, 10:08 AM
Re: Recovery Progress Reports for Hysterectomy dates Oct 19-Oct 25,2020

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Originally Posted by LostOnWhatToDo View Post
Day 3 Post Op LAVH!
I did notice, and I am sure its probably normal, that when I 'lightly' scratch in between my two lower incisions across my belly I don't really feel it. I can feel the slight pressure of me doing it but not really the scratchy feeling.

Trying to stay moving but not over do it!



Best wishes and speedy healing!
-SM
Sensory nerves can be cut by the incisions and usually heal. For your peace of mind, you can mention it at your first follow up. I'm glad you're healing and on the other side of your surgery!
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Unread 10-22-2020, 10:10 AM
Re: Recovery Progress Reports for Hysterectomy dates Oct 19-Oct 25,2020

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.

Now incisions! You have the obvious ones that your doc would have instructed you on. But! The serious ones are those you can’t see. To remove your uterus, they incise inside about 5 times! So, be preventative about increasing that inflammation. Easy does it. Being too harsh and active will start more inflammation and can cause more pain.

Take it easy ladies. Believe me - I know - it is hard to do. If you have any reservations about something - wait! Your positive attitudes are already helping!

Your docs may have told you different advice and I defer to them, of course.

You have only one uterus to get removed - thankfully!

On the housekeeping side of things: Hystersisters community guidelines ask that you are sensitive of the grief that many of us are facing – not having children. Also, please be cognizant when discussing your children or partners that many sisters are going through this recovery markedly alone. Thanks!

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