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TAH - Don't worry - vicki

(1/29/00 9:40:02 am)

Don't worry

I wasn't expecting to have a hysterectomy. I had, had fibroids for years with very little side effects. Last June I had significant bleeding and a sonogram showed they had increased in size and number. The doctor said we'd just watch them and I should come back in December to make sure they weren't continuing to grow. December came and I was shocked to find out they had increased almost 5 times in size. The doctor gave me the option of waiting 3 months, after which, if they continued to grow then I would have to have them out. I researched everything on the Internet. Most of what I read talked about rapid growth of fibroids, possibly being caused by malignant tumors. Though it was rare (and my doctor told me this), I just didn't want to take the chance so I scheduled my surgery for January (after returning from a millennium cruise my husband and I had planned for about 3 years!).

I've never had any real surgery and I have no children so I didn't know what to expect. I was afraid of the pain and the complications. I read more and more and then I started to think that maybe it was better not to read all this and to know all the "bad" things that could happen. Though there were some articles where people did relatively well, they weren't the majority. I started to have second thoughts about the operation (TAH). As it got closer my thoughts went from fear of pain to fear of dying.

I went for my pre-op appointment at the hospital 5 days before the surgery and that wasn't too bad, meaning I didn't freak out too much. My husband was fighting a cold/flu and so he slept in a separate room from me for the 5 days, not wanting me to get sick. The day I went in for the surgery (with my husband, sister and niece for support) I had a temperature of 100 but my doctor (who is my gynecologist) felt we could proceed. Part of me was hoping he would delay it and part of me wanted to get it over with.

I've read awful stories about the nurses, doctors and treatment that people experienced going through this and I have to say that the people that I dealt with were great. They were there whenever you needed anything, always giving you encouragement and always there to help. I stayed in the hospital for 3 nights and was discharged the 4th day.

Today is almost 2 and a half weeks since the operation and every day I get better. I didn't have a bladder/urinary tract infection, I am tired and sleep but on the other hand each day is better.

I just want to say that had I known my fibroid tumor was benign before the operation, (wouldn't we all like to know these things beforehand) I wouldn't have had the operation. But the only way to find out is to go through with it. I feel better not having to worry what if any more. And though no one wants to go through the experience, it wasn't that bad, given everything. The pain wasn't as bad as I imagined and the people were really great.

So I just want to say, it's not always that bad.... good luck..
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