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Unread 07-14-2007, 09:33 PM
Hysterectomy dates Jul 09-Jul 16,2007

oh my goodness betsy, i can relate to the nurses not caring during my stay at the hospital. they too were very rude and impatient. No one came in to even show me how to best get in and out of bed. or even advice on gas, nothing, nothing, nothing. It was so horrible. DH had to go and remind them when it was time for my pain meds. i couldnt believe the lack of compassion and care on their part.
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Unread 07-15-2007, 02:15 AM
3 days out

so its been 3 days since my h I went in for a simple exploratory surgery and ablation and woke to my shock and surprise with a total hysterectomy with only my right ovary left behind. currently i am confused, scared, and unsure of what is ahead of me in life. every time i look in the mirror i do not see the young vibrant 33 sexy woman that i saw on wednesday morning no i see a shell of who she used to be.
and i was once a very sexual woman with intense uterin orgasams what happens now
im scare, lonely and confused
Unread 07-15-2007, 06:18 AM
To Bama 07 and MTdreams

Bama07: how 'nice' to hear someone else getting booted out of the castle as fast as possible. Wowzers! I've written about my experiences elsewhere. I must say, though, that my two nurses were ANGELS. I loved them and they seemed to love me.

Mtdreams: how could you have exploratory surgery and wake up to hysterectomy? One cannot go back in history, but check all the forms you signed, the discussions you had with your doctor ????? It doesn't make sense to me at all. Let me tell you you will still be sensual and sexual. I've already experimented at night 'by myself' and even without a uterus it is possible to be sensual and sexual. I would say based on your email you definitely need emotional support during this time. It sounds tragic for you, in a sense. If you can stomach the person who did the surgery (I assume you will have a follow up appt. in either 2 or 6 weeks) can you have a frank discussion in order to help others like you in similar positions in the future? You could frame it that way. And also, this website from what i've seen in about a month's time, can give you lots of support, ideas, advice.

Best of luck to you Mtdreams. Oh: one other idea: maybe start an entirely new thread with your topic and what happened and advice for what to do next in the forums. Your plea for help and ideas might get buried here in this section....people here will definitely respond but the larger HysterSisters community might also respond with a new post in one of the post op forums. I will say a little prayer for you today as I go on my extremely slow laps......... E.

P.S. For all my sisters out there: my 28 yr old 'child' who came to 'take care of me' w/my little granddaughter STOLE TWO OF MY PERCOCETS last night. Can you believe it? I count them religiously. What a little argument ensued. And they say to keep it stress-free after hysterectomy. Sigh.

Off I go.............a good Sunday to you all. E.
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Unread 07-15-2007, 08:42 AM
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To all my sisters, (and a special message to Mtdreams)
Yes Mtdreams,,,you need to start a brand new thread with a bold title about your situation. I agree it may be lost in this thread and there are many very informed, educated people who can guide you through this time. Most of all Hang in There....Get some support from people who truly care for you and let them help! That's the hardest thing.
Sensually and Sexually....Girl you're gonna be fine....you sound like a person who loves life and your inner self will come back as you heal....But give it time. Your body has been through a trauma and needs to heal. My LSH was Tuesday and right now I don't feel much of anything because of swelling....this is very normal! Don't try to rush the healing process. We are here for you Mtdreams!

To everyone else out there...glad to hear everyone's stories. I tried the ginger ale and tea remedy for gas and it helped! I'm doing laps around the house once in a while but can't begin to think of the half mile that some of you are accomplishing.... and I'm a runner! I've got a good support group here with my mom coming every day and my hubby and kids watching over me.
My one problem has been the "tickle in the throat" WOW. My whole body convulses when I try to suppress the cough. Everybody runs around trying to give me something to get rid of it. I've tried water, soda, bread... It has happened 2 nights in a row and I'm trying to avoid it happening again. Oh well. If this is the worst thing then I guess I'm lucky! Hang in there everybody and remember to let yourself be pampered... too many steps forward and we'll all wind up back in bed!

Enjoy your Sunday!

LSH for Fibroids --- Loved my Dr. will kiss the anethesiologist b/c I wasn't sick... Nurses were so so
Unread 07-15-2007, 09:44 AM
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Oh...that tickle in the throat... geez, Louise, I had it four times now... what is it? Does it have something to do with the tube down the throat during surgery?

I sneezed for the first time last night and it gave me a fresh and sympathetic respect for those sisters dealing with allergies.

To Mtdreams and to all the sisters - I have faith that everyone of us is going to be stronger, more peaceful, sexy (if you want to be) and all around better people when we are fully recovered. Why? Because all we did something to improve the quality of our lives.

Our immediate outcomes and expectations might have been altered and in many cases, there probably wasn't much in the way of alternatives. We can, however, look forward to existing without the discomfort and pain and arranging our lives based on our cycles and bleeding patterns.

That being said, we can now focus our energies toward our families, friends, and other things that matter to us. This, at least, is my hope for all of us.
Unread 07-15-2007, 09:47 AM
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I have to speak up on behalf of Nurses, being an RN myself. Even though my Nurses rarely came in to check on me and didn't really give much one on one care or teaching, I recognize that it's because there really is a shortage in hospitals, along with way too much paperwork and other meaningless jobs they have to cover, from a legal standpoint. The Healthcare System is in need of a complete overhaul, otherwise we are headed quickly to times like the scenes in "Gone with the Wind", where only the sickest get help, and poor quality at that! Believe me, it is a "thankless" job, and very hard physically. Yes, you do take it home w/you and if you were blessed to have a concience, the system comes down on you the hardest, not the slackers. I always tell my friends, "if you or a loved one is going in to a hospital, make sure you have someone there, 24/7 to care for you.
This is a great opportunity to write letters to Congress, and Government officials and let them know you demand more out of healthcare. It only gets attention when we have to experience it ourselves.
Unread 07-15-2007, 10:08 AM
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On behave of the drs., nurses, anesthesiologist and hospital I had a wonderful stay. Everyone was great especially the nurses since I spent most of my time with them. They were comforting, supportive and kept checking on me. They were also pleasant to my family. I never had to hit the call button and my BF only once had to go and get them for a pain pill and even then they were on there way. Sometimes, I think they treat you how you treat them. I stayed overnight, so from 11am when I was taken to my room till the next morning at 10, I had about 5 nurses. All thumbs up. My experience was def positive. It is a newer hospital with all private rooms.
Unread 07-15-2007, 10:14 AM
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I agree w/Lin914 and jennice41. What amazes me, too, was how the nurses had such loooong shifts. My night nurse did 7:30 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. but was still there at 10:00a.m. The day nurse was 7:30-7:30 but working longer that night, she said (she took me out in the wheelchair for pickup at 6:30). They must be so exhausted. They were really my angels. I never got to thank my night nurse for putting up w/me....but I left her a note on the new whiteboard in my room and I hope they didn't erase it before she saw it or that someone told her I left that note there for her......................

Gotta go.......................sometimes having people here to 'care for me' makes it harder than if I were tinkering around by myself.
Unread 07-15-2007, 11:47 AM
Day 2

I broke down and took a darvocet last night and slept really well with an ice pack on my belly and heat on my back and surrounded by pillows. Dh came in, looked around and said "are there any more pillows?" LOL I got in a good 10 hours at least. This morning it felt great to take a shower but my hands and feet feel like sausages. Need to stay on top of the Aleve like the doc suggested to keep down the swelling. Pacing around the pool helped with the gassies...too hot though to do that very much.
My doc and nurses were great. My dr was a referral and, although he took some getting used to (he's very frank) I have been very pleased. I also requested an anesthesiologist that I had used in the past who is fantastic. My doctor was thrilled because then he would have that same guy for all of his surgeries. (Did you know you could do this?)
So far my biggest complaint is that my stomach really hurts whenever I eat anything. Hoping for a speedy recovery cause I HAVE to go back to work in 2 weeks
Unread 07-15-2007, 11:52 AM
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Setrimacoky--thank God you are okay and home. Sounds like you had so much going on. Sorry to hear that you were vomiting afterwards. that must have felt awful. how are you feeling today?

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