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Will I feel empty? Will I feel empty?

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Unread 10-09-2000, 05:33 PM
Re: Avis Ann

Yep Avis, that is axactly what I was questioning...the physically empty part...My doctor asked me this: "When you were pregnant with your daughter and you finally had her, what was your feeling?" I said "Relief"...he said "Bingo". So I guess I wont feel empty inside, physically. I am getting through the worries of the other kind of empty feeling. I have said it before and I will say it again...and again...this site...Hyster Sisters has been more helpful than I could ever imagine! I have never felt more support throughout my 17 years of pain and agony and heartship, until now. Everyone has responded in different ways to my concerns and worries, but their bottom lines have been wonderfully positive and it feels great knowing I am not the only one. I just wish I would've found it sooner! As for the drawings on your stomach: I say-go for it! Maybe you could make a pumpkin face using your belly button as the nose...or a witches face using your belly button as the wart on her nose! Personally, I am going to draw little "X" marks the spots and "Cut Here"...it's either that or "Be nice to me, I'm having a hard day". Haha! One time, for a laporoscopy, I drew a connect-the-dots! Once everything is gone, then I would think you would have more room for your bladder, but then I'm not a professional...but it does makes sense! Between my Oct 13th and your Oct 31st-we make quite a pair! Good luck to you-keep corresponding with all these wonderful women who are in the same boat and you will be soooooo prepared for what is means to become a Punctured Princess! I know I am! Keep in touch! I will be checking on you! Trasey
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Unread 10-09-2000, 05:41 PM
Empty feeling

Dumped the uterus, ovaries and a 2 1/4lb fibroma (ovarian tumor). No empty feeling here. Things seemed to fall back right back into place and it feels soooooo good!

Unread 10-09-2000, 08:14 PM
Not empty

I thought I'd feel "empty" after losing all that equipment, but no--I can't sense anything at all. And my TVH was recently! (9/20)

I feel a lot less "nasty" as I had endless heavy bleeding, and really felt disgusting in general. I feel like I've gotten my life back already! I have energy and don't feel like I had surgery--I am 41 and this was much easier than I'd expected. I wish I'd done it years ago!!!
Unread 10-09-2000, 08:41 PM
Will I feel empty?

Hi Trasey,
I had a TAH/BSO 2 weeks ago (9-26) due to Dysfunctional uterine bleeding and polycystic ovaries, and I can tell you that even though the I still have a little soreness from the surgery, I already feel better than I have in years! I have never heard sweeter words than when my doctor said,"no more periods ever again".
Unread 10-09-2000, 08:57 PM
Re: Paigee

Yippeee! I can't wait to feel good too
Unread 10-09-2000, 08:58 PM
Sandy S.

Sandy, No more periods....THAT does have a nice ring to it!
Unread 10-09-2000, 11:04 PM
Will I feel empty?

Hi Trasey,

Me again, I am glad that the positive story was helpful :-) Just wanted to add that physically, I did not feel empty, but ever since the surgery, I do notice things shifting around inside. It doesn't hurt, and it has diminished a lot, but when I roll over in bed or get up too fast, it's like I can tell that my insides are readjusting themselves.

I specifically asked my doc. what would happen to the cavity in my abdomin where my uterus used to be, and he said that typically the bowel spreads out into that space. He assured me that it won't feel like things are shifting around in there forever, and sure enough it is going away with time.

Best Wishes,
Unread 10-09-2000, 11:15 PM
Will I feel empty?

Hey Sisters, I'm going in in a couple of hours and I just found your site about an hour ago. I LOVE IT!!! Boy have I had some questions. I have just about told everyone I know because I wanted to hear from someone that had been through it. I listen to BENT by MATCHBOX 20 over and over, it seems to help. I will be bent soon, I'm so scared that I'll never be put back together. I'm 31, I have an eleven year old and a five year old. I have suffered for so long and afraid to go get it checked out, fearing cancer. Of course, being married, it was either go get treatment started or divorce. I ran out of excuses to avoid sex. My periods kept him off of me, but I suffered more with them. It turned out that I have PID, endometriosis (1st stages) and some window that needs to be stitched up. Does anyone know anything about the "window?" I'm worried about my family managing without me. My Mom is here to help for two weeks, then I'm on my own. How long will I be down? I mean really unable to move with ease. I probably won't the answers until it's over. I go in at 5:30 and the procedure (Partial Hysterectomy-womb and R. ovary) will take place at 7:30. Pray for my strength. I can't wait to meet my old happy self again.

Unread 10-10-2000, 06:47 AM
Will I feel empty?

Lacy, I too went through endo and PID and as a result of the PID (which was discovered one year after my c-section) my doc reconstructed my right tube. This all happened 9 years ago and had I known then I would be going through a divorce and more medically physical pain, I would've had it taken along with my now hardening uterus and my right ovary while I was in the hospital back then! I really thought I would have another child first, but it wasn't meant to be and I am glad I am finally going to get it all done now at 35 yrs old. I don't know exactly what your doctor meant by "Window". I can't help you with that one. As far as how long your "down time" will be...I think it just depends on you, as an individual. Just take it easy and let people do for YOU! Don't be afraid to ask for help. It is better that you take it really slow the first 2 weeks, then to push yourself and possibly set yourself back longer. A little note for your hubby....I suspect he better get some rest now too, cause when you are all healed-you are gonna want him all the time! I love Matchbox too and your reference to "Bent" made me laugh...I also like some country and for you I would like to dedicate the song "I Hope You Dance" from Lee Ann Womack! I wish you found this site sooner too, but it WILL help during Post Op! You're in my prayers and thoughts...as all our sisters are! Let us know how you are doing! {{HUG}}
Unread 10-10-2000, 06:55 AM
Will I feel empty?

Michelle, If my bowel "spreads out"..I will be the happiest girl in the whole U S of A! I cannot tell you how painful it is to perform that one necessary daily function due to my hardening uterus! My uterus is losing it's elasticity (am I the only one? I don't even know anyone who's heard of it) and will not flex enough to let things go where they must when my bowel and intestines are full. Oh I can't wait to get this done!!!!!!! It sounds like you are doing well and I am sooooo happy to hear it! Bless you

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