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Unread 03-23-2004, 10:12 AM
6 week checkup...what to expect


Just wondering what to expect at my 6 week check-up next Monday. I had a RAH w/lymphandectomy (they took 52 lymph nodes!) on 2/17 for Cervical CA Stage 1b.

I've been recovering wonderfully-can't believe I have to go back to work next week. Oh what will I do without my daily dose of Regis and Kelly and The Bold and the Beautiful...hmm, maybe my boss will be so happy to have me back, she won't notice the portable TV...

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Unread 03-23-2004, 11:00 AM
6 week checkup...what to expect

Hi Missy,

So glad that you've had a good..and even enjoyable, recuperation!

I can give you my experience regarding the 6-wk exam, for what it's worth. But remember everyone's different. It was just about this time four years ago that I was getting ready for my 6-wk checkup after a TAHBSO in mid-Feb. At the appt, I remember my gyn saying to me, "OK, in the next two weeks, get yourself gradually back to normal living." I asked if I could resume hiking and I remember him laughing and saying, "You can hang glide if you'd like!" The only restriction was no heavy lifting for a while. So the full recuperation was 8 weeks if you add in those last two.

If you've had a good recuperation and followed the rules, my guess is that you'll have a good re-entry into normal living and working again. Just pay attention to your body's signals--rest if you get tired, etc etc.

Now about that portable tv....isn't it possible to get tv on a cell phone display? Bet your boss wouldn't even notice.

Let us know how you do at the doctor's.

Unread 03-24-2004, 05:59 PM
6 week checkup...what to expect

Thanks for the info, Marlene!

Any idea if I will have an internal at that time too? I know I'll get to have a chest xray and a pap every 3 months, but I didn't know if that would start with the 6 wk and then every 3 or if it was to start 3 months post op or if I would have the first 3 months from the 6 week....so Thanks!

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Unread 03-25-2004, 11:58 AM
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My 6 week check up was a pretty routine exam including pelvic. I thought that part was a bit sensitive (ouch), but otherwise not unlike all the others. My doctor took some time to go over the final pathology report again and asked if I had any questions. I was lucky that I didn't need any further treatment. She reminded me that it had been major surgery and that I needed to give myself time to continue healing. She said that at this point, we are able to go back to work, but it would take really 6 months to a year to really be back to normal. She said internally that things looked really good, healing, and "up there". I took that to mean that the vag.cuff area was nice and high.. not shortened... She explained the followup, and how often I should plan on coming in for future check-ups. All and all, it wasn't bad. The only weird moment was before going back to the exam room, the nurse asked about my last period, etc. and if I thought I might be pregnant. I'm 51 and probably look close to 50, and I couldn't tell you when the last period was because it had been at least a couple of years ago.. and I thought she should maybe look at the chart first to see that it would be some kind of divine intervention for me to have gotten pregnant. (I really do think they should at least take a few minutes to read charts first). good luck on your check-up.. you'll be fine.
Unread 03-25-2004, 12:56 PM
6 week checkup...what to expect

Hi again.

I don't remember for sure, but I think I probably did have an internal at the 6wk checkup. Not sure about a pap at that point. Some of this begins to fade after a while...or is it ???!!!
I don't recall it being any more uncomfortable than usual.

And of course the DR poked and prodded externally in the abdominal area just to see if things were getting back to normal.

Good luck and keep those questions coming...it helps to get all the input you can!


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