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Unread 07-22-2004, 02:19 AM
Home and staying home FINALLY!

I had my hysterectomy on 6/23 (open hysterectomy -kept ovaries)--I came home after only 2 days in the hospital, but developed a bad vaginal cuff infection as well as a bladder infection. This caused me to be put back into the hospital. Then I had to go to the ER twice--I needed to have a catheter put back in and then I nearly ripped it out getting out of bed---UGH!

But finally, I am physically feeling much better, the infections "feel" like they are about healed. Of course I still need to go to the urologist to check on that next week and then the following week check back in with the gyn to double check everything for my 6 week check up. Hopefully all will be healed up.

My DH had to return to work just 3 weeks after my surgery-he travels out of state the majority of the month--so life has been quite hectic being alone with my three kids-although they are aged 11-16--but they are soooo bored too! They want to get out and do more things, but I am still not up to taking them everywhere just yet. I am driving, but not very much. I am very blessed to be less than a block from the grocery store, so I can quickly pick things up or send the oldest to walk up there for milk or other small items.

My concern is that since the surgery I have a real feeling of melancholy. (I hope I spelled that right). What I mean by this is that nothing that I would normally be interested in seems to mean much to me these days. I am not super depressed or anything like that...I am just in some sort of an emotional fog. I don't seem to be happy about much, nor do I care to get back to doing the things I know I enjoy.

I am going through the motions and doing the things I know I need to do and that I would normally like to do--but am just not "into" doing anything. I found more pleasure in cleaning my bathroom, than in my hobbies or anything else. Enjoyment activities no matter how small all seem to be more of a chore to me.

Also, I am NOT hungry in the slightest. I have lost weight and am having to MAKE myself eat and drink. I simply don't care to and am not finding myself hungry very often. Nothing I eat tastes good to me--everything seems so boring and dull.

Please don't think I am simply trying to whine...I am just concerned because this is very unlike me. I am normally such a positive person with more irons in the fire at one time than I care to admit--over achiever if you will....but I don't want to do anything. I don't want to sit there and watch tv or sleep, but I don't want to get up and do anything either. It is not due to pain...it is not due to discomfort.

My DH called the other day and asked when I would be cleared for marital activites...and I have to admit, in that regard, I am glad he is not home, because I have no interest/desire there either. Am I going crazy???

I guess I just want to FEEL like me again, and for some reason, it is like I don't feel like I am myself anymore. It is like I am watching myself from across the room going through the motions...like I am out of body or something. Has anyone else experienced anything even remotely close to this? I am afraid to tell my doctor about this because it sounds to me like I am losing my mind or whining ...not quite sure which way I would classify it...LOL

Also, the hot flashes are still with me but they are getting better. The doctor said that the ovaries should kick in after a few months, they seem to be starting back up...but I hope they kick back in soon--this is one hot summer!
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Unread 07-22-2004, 02:57 AM
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I am almost 11 weeks post op now from a TAH-cervix gone-kept ovaries. I went through the exact same thing as you. I felt like nothing mattered. I couldn't get interested in watching tv or anything else. I had such bad anxiety and did housework all of the time, eventhough it was a big no no. I hate to admit, but I couldn't even seem interested in what my four teenage boys were up to. I was irritable and very moody. Finally at seven weeks out, my GYN put me on zoloft for depression. I have been on it for four weeks now and am doing so much better. Hopefully I will be weaned off of it in a few months. This has been a very emotional and trying time for me and I just needed something to help me through it.
I returned to work this last Monday and it has been the best thing for me. To be getting back into a normal routine is just what I needed.
Hang in there. Things will get better. Don't be afraid to ask your dr. for some meds to help you through this rough time.

take care
Unread 07-22-2004, 07:45 AM
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I haven't had my LAVH yet. One week left today. As far as the not eating though I can tell you I get that after I have surgeries. I've had 2 in the last 2 weeks and food just doesn't cross my mind now. This has happened to me before in the past. Now mind you I could stand to lose the weight so I try not to get upset too fast but yes I'm not hungry right now and when I do eat it is like a few bites and I'm done.

I hope you get to feeling like your old self again though.
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Unread 07-22-2004, 08:47 AM
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Oh, s!

You have been through SO much! Just having major surgery, let alone the kind we have had, can throw someone into a funk. And the complications on top of it all. and not having DH there to hold you when you're blue. I think it's just part of recovery. I've felt pretty apathetic about things and unmotivated.

However, if it persists or really, really bothers you, I'd talk to your doc about it. I don't think docs do enough to help us through the emotional part of preparation and recovery.

As for not eating - I've lost 10 plus# since surgery, and I'm sure not all of it was "parts." I've heard that the anesthesia can take a month or longer to leave your body. My appetite was terrible the first couple of weeks back, got better, and now it's not so good again, 6 weeks out.

As for "marital activities" - I was relieved when my doc extended my restrictions for 2 weeks at my Post-Op appt. I am scared to death!!!

Unread 07-22-2004, 10:51 AM
Home and staying home FINALLY!

glad they have a handle on the complications!!!! I am feeling pretty blah too... but I'm having crying jags with it so Friday when I go for my 4 week check I'm going to talk to the dr about it.
I drove for about 20 min to and 20 min home the other day and I was wiped out the rest of the day so it's good you have close access and older kids to help you out! take care!

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