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Unread 01-12-2005, 07:49 AM

Hi all.

I'm 6 wks post op and still have pretty profound fatiugue most days . . . but it is getting better.

My dr. told me that in reality it'll be 6 mos. to 1 yr. to be completely healed from such a major surgery. Let's not forget how much our bodies have gone through and continue to go through. Internal healing takes a lot out of us and I try to remember to lister to my body. If I'm really tired, I rest, take a nap, ask my DH for more help around the house, etc.

Proper diet (lot's of foods that will help boost our immune systems and facilliate healing) is critical. For me, of course, I'm often too tired to even prepare anything "good for me" so I reach for the convenience stuff. This only does more harm than good in the long run though. We need to take extra good care of our precious bodies . . . they have been through so much!

Keep your chin up and remember (try!) that the best is yet to come!

Much love and respect,
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Unread 01-12-2005, 08:37 AM

I am 3 weeks post Op and I sleep off and on all day! Two to three naps at least! The Hot flashes and night sweats have been coming since day one after surgery! They are mild right now but I do notice them. Each week they seem to get alittle more noticeable! UGH! The GYN says give it a month or two and I will see how bad they can get. He told me to try something called New Phase (a soy based OTC HRT) twice a day. I have not gone to the store yet to get it yet. Not sure where to look (Walmart? Health Food Store?) and wonder if it will work? Has anyone tried it? He said if it did not work he could order something for me later.
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Unread 01-12-2005, 09:14 AM

Im 6 weeks to and was wondering the same thing. I have times when Im good and then I get really tired.
I will go to church on sunday, come home eat and go right to sleep.
During the week I spend most of it on the couch. Still tired alot.
wondering when I wont be so tired all the time. I go to my doc on thursday. I plan to ask him also.
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Unread 01-12-2005, 09:20 AM

Just last night I had a very interesting conversation about just this with DH.

The first two weeks, he said, my family never saw me unless they came to "visit" me in my "chamber" and then at about the 2.5 week mark, I started spending more time downstairs, hanging out with everyone. Then last week it snowed, so everyone was home, the kids had friends over, etc. This week, (I'm coming up on 4 weeks) I get up with them, send them off to school or work, eat breakfast, and go back to sleep!!! Just like my first week.

I have to say though, last week, before I re-instated my naps, I felt like s&(%.!

I also re-instated my late afternoon nap.

I can yell pretty loud, but recently, my body has been showing me up

Take good care!!!
Unread 01-12-2005, 09:38 AM

I think all of you are normal. I'm not. I haven't been tired. In 6 weeks I took one nap for an hour the fourth day home. I'm up at 7:30 and to bed by midnight. Early in recovery I went to bed at 10:30 and was up at 6:30. I was not on a heavy pain med just darvocet, so maybe that had something to do with it.

So many here talk about being tired (sleepy) and physically wore out. It's probably the norm. I'm 6 weeks today TAH.
Unread 01-12-2005, 09:47 AM

I think it goes with the territory. Here's a funny:

My dear sis-in-law, younger than me, had a single mastectomy and a port put in her arm for chemo. She commented that she couldn't believe how tired she was. My mom, trying to be helpful, stated, "Maybe you're not tired, you're just bored."

I still chuckle when I think of that. Needless to say, my mom isn't helping me out.
Unread 01-12-2005, 10:14 AM
16 days out & maybe better than I thought

My surgery TAH was 12/27 & I came home 12/30. The first 3 days home I to a nap after lunch for maybe 45 minutes. They did not send me home with any pain meds so I just took over the counter. The first 2 weeks I saw some improvements in myself & now I seem to be at a standstill, but after reading some of your messages maybe I am not so bad after all. I get up around 7, shower, dress & do my hair & have breakfast. After that I do some paper work,clean out dishwasher or do a light load of laundry. I eat a light lunch & have been spending afts sorting thru pictures & take a rest in recliner around 4 & do a crossword puzzle, I help with making dinner & watch TV in evening until around 10 & go off to bed. I fall asleep easily now, but then comes the night sweats & by around 4 am incision hurts so I toss & turn from then on. I am still sore & peeing & bms are not normal yet & I was in a bit of a slump this morn as I have not seen any notable inprovements in last 3 days but maybe I am expecting too much.
Unread 01-13-2005, 06:27 AM

Yesterday was my first full day out of my hermit hole bedroom. I decided to have a "normal" day. I SOOOO over did it.

My eyes didn't want to stay open by noon, but I made them. I went to get my hair cut (had to cancel the first appt. because I just couldn't stay awake).

I get there to find out they are shooting a commercial!! Ok.. so I look like I've been run over by a truck (why else would I be treating myself to a hair fair) and the girl who cuts my hair says "did you know we're shooting a commercial?".... I told her no way do I want to be in it! The last thing I want to see every day from now until who knows how long, is my post-op miserable face on TV!

Needless to say -- every time they pointed the camera in our direction she would (literally) whip my chair around so my face was not on film! In her words "great, now all they'll see on TV is my big fat butt".

Yes. I tipped her well.
Unread 01-13-2005, 07:11 AM

Just my ,
My doc told me that at any time, after surgery, if I had menopausal symptoms, then we should start with hormone "help".

Just because you keep 1 or both ovaries does not mean that they are "working", OR working to YOUR advantage.

I am seeing an independent doc to address this.
I got blood test results yesterday, and things are pretty messed up.
The main reason I sought out this doc was that I do not have my thyroid, and after much research, came to discover that the synthroid that I was taking only replaces one of the functions/chemicals needed to have everything else function properly!!!!!

He specializes in bio-identical, so has switched me to armour thyroid.

As I had said, there were other issues.
My testosterone was WAY low, and this alone can cause great fatigue. Even tough I have been on Lipitor for cholesterol control for quite a while, it has jumped way back up, even though pre-surgery I had been loosing weight, walking every day, and eating fairly low-fat.

Sooooo, yes, fatigue after surgery that lingers is very common, but other symptoms really should be addressed.

I am glad that I took initiative, because now I know that the way I feel is NOT all in my head, and that there are real issues that can be treated.

Good luck to all-take care-listen to the body-treat it well, and rest to recover.
I will be 5 weeks post-op tomorrow, and I am just NOW starting to feel "better".

Unread 01-13-2005, 07:34 AM

I feel pretty good most of the time, but I think it is because DH and my sister are doing everything for me. Yesterday I made my first trip to the supermarket, big mistake. Pushing a cart was very painful once it got half full and I hurt for the rest of the day. I am returning to work on February 1, I hope I will be able to do it. I sleep every night from 11 to 9, 10 hours.

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