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Unread 08-05-2007, 07:42 AM
Hysterectomy dates Jul 09-Jul 16,2007

Good Sunday morning,

What a beautiful morning here in PA. There is a refreshing breeze and we finally turned off the C/A. Won't last long but anything to save a few bucks on the electric bill. Anyway -

Sunny - Have you had your leg checked? Mine are still bothering me. I went to the GP doctor again on Friday and she felt that I was having some back issues - I think it is sciatica related. I will be seeing the GYN on Weds. and will discuss it with him. I think it I might want to have this further investigated.

I am not ready to go back yet, however, it has been on my mind. I keep thinking of all the things I need to do when I get back to work and I shudder!

Belle - Believe me when I tell you that I highly respect anyone doing what you are doing. My eldest son has Asperger's and although he functions as most neurologically typical people do, there are areas (especially social/emotional) where he has issues. Outwardly, he presents very "normal" which makes things more difficult for him especially when he gets upset or stressed out. Thank God for people like you.

Carolyn - Welcome to this thread. I hope you don't mind me asking, when you were experiencing your back problems, did you experience any pain in your leg(s)? The doctor told me that I was having muscle tightness and spasms in my lower back which might be contributing to the pain in my legs.

In regard to pampering the princess, pamper as long as you need. We all heal at different rates - you might find that some days you might want to do more and then on others you might just want to sit and watch TV all day. Take one day at a time.

I hope everyone has a great day. I am going out to do a few errands.
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Unread 08-05-2007, 09:03 AM
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Hello everyone. I just finished a nice 5 lap walk. Sometimes I feel 'tight' in my upper left chest area and I think, 'it's all in your mind, E.' The doctor assures me that w/my 'stats' I have a 1% chance of heart issues right now. Hmmmmm. I was trying to walk at a good clip, though. It's nice and cloudy and cool and w/the record heat/drought it was so nice to clip along. My sister does 20 miles Sat/Sun as she trains for the 3-day cancer walk that is coming up in 3 weeks here in the Twin Cities area. I'm jealous but could never do it right now. I almost got on the bike today because it is so nice and cool out, but I will wait until Wed. My doc said I could try biking this coming Wed. and I'm not going to disobey the rules........

Yesterday I wore a regular pair of capri jeans. That felt nice. My belly is slowly 'calming down.' I have spotted a tiny bit, but I do not worry as I know there are stitches, etc. in there.

I still am brain dead. I find it hard to concentrate on details. And I still have little interest in t.v. or music, which is strange. (Well, the t.v. here locally is all about the bridge; yes, i get mesmerized w/that) My brain will hopefully clear w/time. I did get a lot of syllabus figured out this past week and tomorrow/Tuesday/Wed. I plan to go into my college for a little bit each day to 1) carry things in by batches so I'm not carrying too much and 2) getting handouts/classes lined up/labeled so I know what the heck I am doing when duty days start 8/22.

Tomorrow it's four weeks since 'the day' i went to the castle. Time flies. Surely. I know I've walked a lot of miles since then and chugged a lot of water.

My posts will end soon.............back to the 'real world' I guess. I've enjoyed getting to know you all and wish you all the best as you continue to recover. Today will take people around who need rides and try to help DD (the older one) find alternate routes to/from daycare w/our beloved bridge down.

Again, best to all. E.
Unread 08-05-2007, 10:32 AM
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Finally someone who had the same problem with the back as me. I have spent days on the floor with my legs up to support my back. I finally got rid of the ongoing spasms after countless nights of no sleep and now it feels sore and at times it tweeks with small spasms just to remind me to slow down. I quit walking distance for the last couple days and I just want to get outside today and walk some and see how I do. Wish me luck!

Originally Posted by Travelinwoman68
Hello Everyone,

This is my first post in this thread, and I have to admit, I am struggling to remember the first few weeks post-op. I was trying to keep a journal at first so that I could keep better track of everything, but then I just felt like I didn't want to remember everything...

My biggest problem has been back-aches and spasms, for which I ended up in the ER on Friday night with spasms so bad that it affected my breathing. After two painkiller injections, a spray for the muscles and muscle relaxants, things finally calmed down and I slept for 20 out of 24 hours. This only happens when I overdo it or have to go to the doctor's office - down and up 3 flights of stairs, sitting in the office waiting, and then 2 minutes with the doc. - and for the next few days, I am wiped out.

Today is my 3 week anniversary, and I feel like I am a turtle... Especially when I read about all you lawnmowing ladies! I am definitely still in pampered princess mode, and in no rush to get out of it! I worry too much about adhesions, or tearing something, or having any reason to go back into surgery...

Nice to be in with the Sisters from my week of surgery!
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Unread 08-05-2007, 11:38 AM
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Hi all. It's a beautiful day here in Ottawa too. I drove to a nearby park on the river, walked for a bit and then parked myself on a bench with a drink and book. It sure is nice to see something besides my own neighborhood. I have so much more energy than even a few days ago, but need to avoid pushing too hard.
How to pamper? Here are a few things that work for me: Scented candles or scented oil. A facial. Paint my nails even though going nowhere. A pedicure. Fresh sheets as often as I can get someone to change them. Bubble baths. Other ideas, ladies?
How is the drug situation? I've been off the heavy-duty stuff for some time. I take ibuprofen and acetominophen in the morning when the pain starts to kick in, then again mid-afternoon, and at bedtime.
I, too, have little patience for tv or movies. The home decorating shows are the best -- lots of visuals and no need to follow a plot line. Time for a little rest. Hugs to all.
Unread 08-05-2007, 12:33 PM
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Spasms - I haven't brought this peculiar problem/feeling up because I haven't been able to put it into words. But here I go.

During the night, and only during the night, I have what can only be described as an involuntary sit up. It happens when I am laying on my back and my legs are out. If I have been on my side curled up and fall to my back, as soon as my legs are almost completely down, my stomach contracts insanely. Every single time i get in this positions. I can only control it by pulling my knees off the bed. I keep thinking I just need a good full body stretch (that isn't going to happen) so I pull up my knees and do a good upper body stretch.

When I am super tired or half asleep, I dream of the alien jumping out of my abdomen or the surgeon admitting to leaving sponges in there that my body is trying to push out.

Is anyone having this feeling? (God, I hope so.)

Have a great weekend.
Unread 08-05-2007, 12:40 PM
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Hi to all,
I haven't been coming on that much the last few days because of my dad's big 80th birthday party.

Phil446, It was a very nice cookout, which ended up being in as much as out because of the heat. It was piping hot in Richmond the last few days. I just hope that I didn't overdo it. I mean, I didn't pick up anything heavy, but was on my feet most of the time. My legs are bothering me still a little. I now fully understand swelly belly, Elefant. I was so swollen in the tummy last night around midnight (usually it is hard to tell). After the cook out we went to a little military dance and they made a fuss over my dad. we had never been before, but because of his age and he fought in the Korean war they had plenty of shout outs. We didn't stay that long and called it a night. I didn't have any pain meds yesterday, because I knew that I would drink a beer or 2 and have champagne. I am exhausted.

I am pretty scared about adhesions too, since they have been removed from me twice. So, I try to be as careful as possible. I did dance a little and only once did I have a twinge.
Unread 08-05-2007, 12:45 PM
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LaRue, I know that seems scary. But, I can almost promise the dr. didn't leave anything. I had like some contractions or flutters a few days after and was thinking the same thing, but it went away. Mine was in the lower left and I was standing up and it would stop me in my tracks. I t did go away.
Unread 08-05-2007, 12:46 PM
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LaRae-Ive had similar scary dreams. i wonder what is up with that?

Jennice-sounds like you had a great time though. I can relate to the swelly belly at the end of the day. its frustrating because we're feeling so good yet the swelly belly reminds us that we still need to take it easy.
Unread 08-05-2007, 12:50 PM
back spasms and infection

It has been 3 weeks and 2 days since my surgery i can smile today because I feel the best that I have felt since late Tuesday. On Thursday of last week I went into the Dr. for just not feeling up to par/back spasms/and a foul odor to a discharge that just seemed to get worse not better..
i cried the entire visit. Scared of the pelvic exam because i was feeling more pressure and pain on my bottom than I did a week postop. The pelvic exam was uncomfortable. I will take something before I go for my recheck on the vag cuff infection.

I am getting alot more energy back and so I have taken quite a few walks the past two days. I notice if i stand or am walking or sitting for too long the back starts to hurt. I just take ibuprofen and that seems to help.

I was so frustrated with being set back a bit..but getting over that. The emotional stuff I had going on, crying for no reason, has stopped. Part of it has to do with my parents staying here since Wed and they wear me out, emotionally and physically. Well, my Mom does, my Dad is great. They live 3 hours away and always stay here when they have Dr. appointments in town. It is too much for me right now, and i cannot wait until tomorrow comes and i can have my house back.I love them both but right now, I need more space.

My hubby is great, when he is at home. It is during the day when I would get into trouble those early days...doing too much too soon.

Have a great day sisters!!
Unread 08-05-2007, 12:51 PM
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Okay here is my crazy dream. The dr. gives me a shot and every pain is gone, I am comfortable again to move and do as I please.....

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