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  #21  
Unread 01-05-2005, 11:04 AM
6 weeks and holding

Hi-

I was 6 weeks post yesterday 1/4. I'm actually feeling pretty good. I'm finally driving, but I notice that any turn in the road seems to pull a little bit, but not enough to keep me from driving short distances. Tomorrow is my 6week appt with my doctor and that drive is on a winding road, 40min each way so we'll see how I feel after that.

Also my stomach still feels very bruised when touched, and I feel my muscles when I'm walking much. My incision gets a little sore but it looks very good. I've had 2 c-sections and my husband thinks it looks much better than it did before. Initially my doctor thought she would open up the old incision but she decided to "dig" (that sounds terrible) out the old scar tissue and apparently went on each side of the incision to "rebuild" that area. I'm definitely still numb and puffy in that area. Also my hot flashes seem more intense now, not more frequent just "stronger". I'm wondering if that's because I'm not as uncomfortable otherwise so I notice them more. I'll ask the doc. I am on bio-identical HRT.

My energy is so-so, but I'm still not sleeping great. I worry when I move in bed. When I was using an extra pillow I would wake up so hot. By the end of the day I would say I'm sore but its so much less than before -even a week ago. And my DH and I actually started to make love last night. We didn't end up having intercourse. He was worried I wasn't quite ready for that, but everything else was wonderful. I was worried I wouldn't have the desire. I do. YEAH! A big concern for me is vaginal dryness but I think its still a little early to tell.
And for those who don't have the desire yet or haven't for a while don't give up because there are alot of options out there to help increase libido.

So that's where I'm at right now, which is actually hard to believe, and I hope that everyone will soon start to see that light at the end of the tunnel if they haven't already.

Aloha
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  #22  
Unread 01-05-2005, 06:29 PM
6 weeks and holding

Simon,
Yeah, we're both in the metro area! I live in the far Northwest suburbs.
Hope tomorrow goes smoothly for you!

Sara
  #23  
Unread 01-06-2005, 09:41 AM
6 weeks and holding

Well just got back frm 6 week check up. I am doing great according to DR. He said the sleep problem is related to hormones and should get better in about 2-3 weeks of the patch. He is doing some test on thyroid and blood sugar because I told him my body heater is off. Just havent been able to get warm since surgery. Never a problem before. Did internal exam and said all looks great completly release for all activity said to just listen to my body. If I hurt take it easy .

This surgery was the best thing I have ever one. I didn't know how bad I have been feeling until now. What a difference.
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  #24  
Unread 01-06-2005, 11:06 AM
6 weeks and holding

I'm six weeks tomorrow( LAVH for 'broids and pelvic pain) Have been doing okay. I still suffer from the twitchy legs syndrome at night, poor sleep and sluggish BMs. Oh joy! I made the mistake of lifting a lightish wok from a high shelf yesterday and have been in much pain today. I went to my GP and he told me to let it settle over the next few days, if it doesn't go they'll refer me back to my specialist. I'm seeing him on 18th Jan anyway.

Most women at my hospital don't get a follow up appt.(keeping the waiting lists down!) I only had one cos he wasn't sure whether the op would stop my pelvic pain and I have CFIS ( I think!)! It did stop the pain, 'til yesterday, woe is me!! More painkillers, arghh!!

I am a teacher too and time off seems to vary from person to person. Some take off a whole term (3 months) others just six weeks but it is never a problem to extend time. If I was 'til teaching (I'm on incapacity benefit due to CFIS) I certainly wouldn't be ready to go back now. Too much hustle bustle and STRESS!

I haven't driven yet or had sex. Poor DH, I have no desire!! In my mum's day (1970s) they used to keep you in hospital for two weeks then put you in a convalescence home for two more weeks, all on the national health!!
  #25  
Unread 01-06-2005, 01:28 PM
6 weeks and holding

hello..
i havent had my hyster as of yet, i go in sunday.. but i was reading yalls post, yes i said yall im from texas.lol
and i have a bleeding disorder where my iron stays very low and i have to take iron 3 times a day. no i dont take that many, im like alot of you it makes me where i cant go to the bathroom and plus it makes me sick.
the one thing that i have found to help is i take the iron for a 2 of days, lay off for a day that seems to help my bathroom problem. they still make me sick somewhat tho. i guess thats just the iron being so harsh.. also for the lady who dont like alot of redmeat, there is alot of iron in fish as well and greens. i dont do the fish thing but if i go to feeling low i eat a can of greens, that also helps agine in the bathroom.
i know this seems sick but my iron gets down to low i go and eat a med rare stake, i love raw red meat.. i guess because my body needs the iron so bad. i have always been like that. after this monday the 10th maybe my problems will be over with. i will forever have the bleeding disorder, but i wont have the thing that makes me bleed every month. and that is what was killing me.ladies please be very careful with your iron i waited till mine got to a 5 and had to be giving blood and was told i was at deaths door. but also when your being told you have low iron all the time have them check you for a disorder called von williebland.its a disorder most folks dont even know they have but if you was to get hurt or like most of us bleed once a month it can kill you or make you very ill. i have been to so many dr's and noone took the time to find out why my iron was always so low, just kept feeding me iron pills and saying i have a bleeding ulcer, i have no ulcer come to find out. and i have been suffring from this really bad for the past 5 years. but its something i have had since i was born. i was told its a wonder with 2 c-sections and teeth being pulled worse things have not happen. so please please take care of your iron and make sure you take your meds, if your iron gets to low your heart pumps to fast trying to get blood you dont have to places and your heart will give out. thats why you stay so tired.plus the headachs are nothing nice. so take care, and try to eat high iron food untill your iron comes back up. i wish you all luck.
  #26  
Unread 01-06-2005, 02:38 PM
6 weeks and holding

Good luck on your surgery creamy. I am sure you will feel better. I sure do and it has only been 4 weeks for me. I hope youns do well. Yup....grew up in Pittsburgh and we say youns instead of y'all. Debbie
  #27  
Unread 01-06-2005, 03:13 PM
Very Lucky

Hi Ladies I am six weeks post op today 1/6/2005. Returned to half days this week, full next week. I have been so blessed with my recovery, no bleeding, no discharge whatsoever. I had prepared myself for the worse before I went in for the surgery so when it did not pan out as expected i was so grateful! Had surgery on Thursday was home Saturday, no problems. This website has been so much help, if I ever know anyone who wil be having the procedure I will highly recommend this site.
  #28  
Unread 01-06-2005, 04:15 PM
6 weeks and holding

I had surgery to remove my right ovary(dermoid tumor) 6 weeks ago and I thought by now I would feel back to myself but I am still very sore and numb. My incision is almost healed but the numbness is driving me crazy. I am numb around my inner thigh and groin area. I went back to work at 4 weeks post op and by the evening time, I am very sore and uncomfortable. I spoke with my doctor and he said that even though I didn't have a hysterectomy, I have the same incision and my uterus and other organs were poked and prodded and examined for other problems plus my age(45) makes healing a little slower than if I were in my 20's and 30's. I also have been having hot flashes now and then. Not the ones where you break out in a sweat. I just feel hot all of a sudden around my head for about an hour and then it goes away.
Since I went back to work though, I am sleeping much better because I come home so tired. My blood levels the day I was discharged were lower than my pre-op bloodwork levels. My RBC was like 11 and my hemoglobin and hematocrit were also low. I read the report but my doctor never said anything about it. I am eating more red meats and other foods to raise my levels. I really feel for all you women who had hysterectomies because if I am feeling the way I do and only had one ovary removed, I can only imagine the recovery you are going through. But there is light at the end of the tunnel from what I have been reading on this wonderful site.
Lisa
  #29  
Unread 01-06-2005, 07:12 PM
6 weeks and holding

Creamy:

thanks for the input one the iron. I think that there are many of us here that will gain from your input. Many of us have or have had anemic problems due to the heavy period flows. I was also told that dark green veggies and seafood is very good for your iron, but my dr said red meat is the highest in iron. I forced whatever I could of all of these.

I wish you the best with your surgery and hope you have a speedy and uneventful recovery. Take it easy!!!! I hope your iron problems disappear as mine have.

I did return to work today, I am tired at ready for bed (8:00) I know that I will sleep well tonight. I took it easy, worked on the computer for short periods then got up to walk and stretch my legs. Clothes got uncomfortable by this afternoon and couldnt wait to take off my work clothes as soon as I got home. It was nice donating all my "supplies" to my female co-workers , what joy!!!!


Saras:

I am from the southwest suburbs of the city. Miserable day to return to work!!!! Trains were packed- a foot of snow here. Hoped you stayed in all day. I had second thoughts when I looked out this a.m.
p.s. My name is also Sarah!!!!

I am glad for the most part we are all feeling better, we have come a long way in 6 weeks dont you all think? I agree, the older we get, the slower we are to heal and bounce back.
  #30  
Unread 01-06-2005, 07:12 PM
6 weeks and holding

Creamy:

thanks for the input one the iron. I think that there are many of us here that will gain from your input. Many of us have or have had anemic problems due to the heavy period flows. I was also told that dark green veggies and seafood is very good for your iron, but my dr said red meat is the highest in iron. I forced whatever I could of all of these.

I wish you the best with your surgery and hope you have a speedy and uneventful recovery. Take it easy!!!! I hope your iron problems disappear as mine have.

I did return to work today, I am tired at ready for bed (8:00) I know that I will sleep well tonight. I took it easy, worked on the computer for short periods then got up to walk and stretch my legs. Clothes got uncomfortable by this afternoon and couldnt wait to take off my work clothes as soon as I got home. It was nice donating all my "supplies" to my female co-workers , what joy!!!!


Saras:

I am from the southwest suburbs of the city. Miserable day to return to work!!!! Trains were packed- a foot of snow here. Hoped you stayed in all day. I had second thoughts when I looked out this a.m.
p.s. My name is also Sarah!!!!

I am glad for the most part we are all feeling better, we have come a long way in 6 weeks dont you all think? I agree, the older we get, the slower we are to heal and bounce back.
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