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Unread 10-14-2013, 04:00 AM
Recovery Progress Reports for Hysterectomy dates Oct 14-Oct 20,2013

If your hysterectomy was between Oct 14-Oct 20,2013 this is the place to post your progress during your hysterectomy recovery.

If you have a question about your 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 10-14-2013, 09:04 PM
Re: Recovery Progress Reports for Hysterectomy dates Oct 14-Oct 20,2013

To the Post Op Forum!

The waiting is finally over and you've arrived safely on the other side!

This thread is your place to update us on how you're doing as you recover and begin to heal from surgery. I will be keeping you company during your initial recovery period. Remember initial recovery is 2 to 8 weeks, depending on your type of surgery. Full recovery may take up to a year.

I will be your Sunshine Sister and will be checking in on the thread daily providing some answers, pointing you to other resources on the site and directing you to forums where you might get more answers from members farther along on their recovery journey. There are a lot of resources on this site, including videos, articles and web links and we want to help you find them.

When I think about my own recovery, I remember feeling very alone and uncertain what to expect. This was my first major surgery and I don't know anyone personally who has had a hysterectomy. I was amazed at how much I didn`t know. I found HysterSisters to be a community full of women who understood what I was going through physically and emotionally. It was a great relief to find that everything I was experiencing was normal. Everything I wondered, someone else was wondering too!

Initially we expect a lot of

swelly belly
gas bathroom concerns emotions

These things are all a normal part of recovery and most of us experience a few (if not all!) of these issues. You are not alone!

Remember to:

Drink plenty of water
Walk a bit
Rest, Rest and then Rest
Put away your super-woman cape
And most importantly Pamper The Princess!
Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your recovery journey!

Unread 10-15-2013, 02:47 PM
Re: Recovery Progress Reports for Hysterectomy dates Oct 14-Oct 20,2013

I had surgery at 10, in my room by 1 this afternoon. I'm doing great so far. Pain is managed by Demerol through my IV. I have an icepack on my stomach. The insisions don't hurt but I have an area of skin that is hypersensitive. The ice helps numb that spot. I aldo haveair compression things on my legs. They go from ankle to mid thigh. I Aldo had to have my IV moved.

The only thing that I did not expect was to only get ice until dinner! Then I get a liquid meal. Not sure why but I guess I'll survive. I'm hoping they will let me have my pumpkin spice that I brought with me.

They took cervix and uterus but were able to leave overies. YEA! Hope everyone is resting calmly!
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Unread 10-15-2013, 07:02 PM
Re: Recovery Progress Reports for Hysterectomy dates Oct 14-Oct 20,2013

Welcome to the other side! Glad you are doing well and resting. Don't forget to drink lots of water and get lots of sleep. Naps are your new best friend!

Unread 10-15-2013, 07:12 PM
Re: Recovery Progress Reports for Hysterectomy dates Oct 14-Oct 20,2013

Surgery was supposed to be at 10:45 but they were behind si didnt go till 12. Surgery took a total of 20 mins an only removed the cervix an uterus, tubes an ovaries looked great. They had me on a morphine pump but I asked for it to be removed at 5pm an if I can just have advil or motrin since I have no pain just cramps. Was offered percocet but don't think I will needi it. I have also already been up for a little walk an just had my first meal an so far so good on all accounts! Hope all of you other lovelies are doing wonderful!
Unread 10-16-2013, 12:26 AM
Re: Recovery Progress Reports for Hysterectomy dates Oct 14-Oct 20,2013

Hello there!
Today is Wed Oct. 16. I just had my TAH Monday Oct. 14. I am sitting in a chair in my hospital room right this minute as I am typing this. I arrived to the hospital at 11am, and surgery was at 1. As soon as I arrived they weighed me, took my blood pressure, etc. Next it was time for the nurse to give me my enema (which I did not know I would have to have) followed by a douche. At this point I was getting very anxious, so they put in my IV and gave me a little something to calm me down through my IV. I was able to relax. Time went by fast after this. I remember my mom and husband hugging me, then I dozed off. Upon waking up after surgery I was in a lot of pain, which I expected. It mostly felt like hard labor contractions in my back and near my incision site. I felt like I was having trouble breathing, but I wasn't it just felt that way because I was so sedated. Once I was taken up to my room I received a morphine pump. The rest of the evening was a blur. The next morning around 5am a couple of nurses came in and told me I needed to get up and walk. They took away the pump at that time. They also removed my catheter at that point. That was a little painful, but it happened so fast, it was not that bad.

Sitting up and standing for the first few times was really difficult. I made sure to lower the hospital bed as low as it could go, then rolling on my side grabbing the sides of the bed and using my arms to pull myself up. Next I made my self stand, Ouch! Standing up for the first time hurt, There was a lot of stinging and pulling pain, and i couldn't stand up all the way. I walked around hunched over in the beginning because it hurt to bad to stretch the incision site.

Walking and drinking lots of water is the key! Now every time I sit up or stand up, it gets a little easier and a little easier. I began to make small trips around the room, then I started to make laps around the halls of the hospital. Just a little at a time. Moving really does help! I took shower afterwards, and that made me feel like a new person! I was afraid the warm water would hurt my incision site, but it didn't at all, It was very soothing.

6 hours after my catheter was removed I still could not urinate on my own. My bladder felt so full I just couldnt get it out. Unfortunately I had to have a catheter put back in so my bladder could properly empty. Being awake while getting the catheter was extremely painful!! But it was brief. Emptying my bladder was very relieving and got rid of a lot of my pain I was feeling.

This morning I was able to sit and stand up without any help. It was a million times easier today than yesterday. It's amazing how much healing can take place in just one day. I walked a little around my room before sitting in a chair with my laptop to type this report,

I still have the catheter in. They will be removing it this morning and I am a little nervous about the pain that goes along with that. I am really hoping I will be able to urinate on my own afterwards. I have to stay here until I can, and I really do not want to go through getting the catheter put in again!

Gas has not been an issue for me,,,yet. I have been taking the Gas X chew-able tablets regularly since the evening of my surgery, and so far I have not had any trouble at all!

Here are the items that I have been really useful to me so far:

*The abdominal binder! This is wonderful. It really holds everything in place, and makes me feel like I have a lot of support, especially when walking.

*Werther's candies! My throat has been very scratchy and sore, I suppose from the breathing tube. This candy does the best job of soothing it

*A small pillow to hold on my tummy.

*Lots of drinking water!

*My robe and house slippers so I can feel comfortable walking the halls.

*GAS X for sure!!!

* I also brought my own heating pad from home which I have been using quite a bit.

I will give another update as soon as I can. Hopefully it will be from my home and not here at the hospital!
Unread 10-16-2013, 06:10 AM
Re: Recovery Progress Reports for Hysterectomy dates Oct 14-Oct 20,2013

Haven't had much sleep just little cat naps here an there. Been pering a ton on my own, walking, pushing the water, taking gas-x an colace several times a day to be safe. Can't wait to get home to my heating pad an my comfy couch so I can actually sleep! No real pain just a lingering cramping feeling other then that I feel great!

LSO81 when you first go to the bathroom take a deep breathe an thren blow it out threw you mouth. I know it sounds weird d but I read it on here an I tried it an it so helped big time!
Unread 10-16-2013, 08:48 AM
Re: Recovery Progress Reports for Hysterectomy dates Oct 14-Oct 20,2013

Thank you shannon741! I will definitely try that. They removed my second catheter at 4am this morning. It is now almost 11am and I still have not been able to urinate on my own. I'm still here at the hospital until I can. Hoping I can avoid having another catheter. I am so glad to see you are doing so well! It gives me hope! I am getting ready to walk the halls again. Thanks again for the breathing tip.
Unread 10-16-2013, 03:13 PM
Re: Recovery Progress Reports for Hysterectomy dates Oct 14-Oct 20,2013

Had surgery the 15th ...arrived at the Castle to find it in darkness...power outage! Did all my pre-op in the dark...flashlight to use the restroom! everyone was so nice and helpful. Surgery went as expected...removed uterus, left ovary and both tubes...kept the right ovary and my cervix. Felt great after surgery until they gave me a tummy didn't like it...sooo some meds for nausea and much better today!!! Will take extra strong motrin instead...over all I'm feeling good...tired and some mild pain but up and walking...some gas in my tummy and shoulder..walking does help! Sneezing not so good...owie! I wish you all the best and appreciate all the encouragement ..Thank you ever so much! sending TLC to you all! xo
Unread 10-16-2013, 07:22 PM
Re: Recovery Progress Reports for Hysterectomy dates Oct 14-Oct 20,2013

Welcome recovering ‘es!

I am glad to see some of you feeling well enough to post! Please pace yourself and listen to your bodies... this recovery can take you by surprise sometimes. Follow doctors orders and remember no lifting, bending or cleaning.

If you haven't already checked out the
Checkpoints for weeks 1-2 post-op, you may want to, as you can find information on constipation, bladder issues, as well as other things you may be experiencing at this point in your recovery.

Please remember, this is the time to take care of you. Moving is good, but don't over-do it. Be sure to keep on top of pain medications, as your body needs to be able to focus on healing and not pain. Your main tasks should be resting and a bit of walking around your room or up and down your hall (stairs are not the best thing so early on). Some of you may be thinking your room is untidy or the kitchen is messy; this is untrue - it is in perfect shape and will be for as long as you need to rest!
Love Your Dust Bunnies!

You are in the earliest of early stages right now, so be kind to yourselves.


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