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Unread 04-13-2005, 03:10 PM
home from the castle home from the hill

Hi all,
Hope all my April 6th Surgery mates are home and doing well!
I'm home from the castle where the majority of my experience was good.
I was sick from general anaesthetic for about 12 hours but they had nausea drugs to help. I had a TAH and was amazed to wake up with a bikini cut since my monster uterus (20 weeks) was honeydew sized. They had to rock it back and forth to get it out.

The night before surgery I made truffles and biscotti for the nursing staff (figured keeping the people who helped me happy was a good idea) which were a hit! Only had one bad nurse out of about 12- who demanded an explanation of why I had a hysterectomy without having any children. Bad nurse!!! Wish I'd told her to mind her own business now.

My Doc was thrilled to show me a picture, actually a whole "photo shoot" of my menstrual monster now affectionately known as Menstro. Sent me home with said photos where my poor DH got an eyeful whether he wanted to see it or not as he unpacked my bags. We both laughed- oww my incision. Now I'm trying to be good and do what I'm supposed to be doing- nothing- which is harder than I thought...

My DH is an excellent nurse!! I told him I couldn't believe he was drying my legs after a shower and putting on lotion for me- what a Prince!!!
I'm trying not to take my narcotic pain meds as much cause they're wreaking havoc with my digestion. Other than that doing well and hope you all are as well. I'm glad the castle trip is over and now I'm in the land of recovery. Thanks to all the hystersisters you have made this experience (almost) painless!
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Unread 04-13-2005, 03:53 PM
home from the castle home from the hill

Glad to hear your surgery went well and that you have good support from your DH. I hope that your recovery is also uneventful. Wish I would have baked cookies for my nurses, they were not compassionate at all. I was never so happy to go home!

Take good care of yourself and get a lot of REST.
Unread 04-13-2005, 04:53 PM
home from the castle home from the hill

Hi Gabi,

home! What a great report. I'm glad you are doing well too and what a sweetheart of a dh.
I took a basket of chocolates to the castle. They were a pretty big hit too and simple. Always good to keep those nurses smiling.
Please rest and take care of yourself. Keep us posted.

s, Rita
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Unread 04-13-2005, 06:31 PM
home from the castle home from the hill

Welcome back, and glad all is going well. Way to go DH!!! For your digestive issues, have your DH pick you up some Gas-X and pericolace from the drug store. Take one Gas-X after each meal and 1-2 pericolace per day. Run all of that by your doctor first - just to be safe - but most doctors have no problem with it and it's actually what they gave me in the hospital!
Unread 04-14-2005, 08:57 PM
another April Sixer

Hi Gabi,

Welcome home to both of us. I'm doing fairly well but sitting is the hardest........am having some pain/bleeding with BMs. I never knew that even my first fart at the castle would be cause for celebration and solid food.

Hope you recover well.

marianne from Canada
Unread 04-15-2005, 11:16 AM
home from the castle home from the hill

Hi Marianne!
Glad you're home- hope you're doing better.
I replied to your other post about the bleeding. Hope it gets under control. Never thought having a BM would be the worst of this. My incision feels tight like someone is grabbing my abdomen but I think maybe that's some feeling coming back and changes in fluid retention in my abdomen. The old swelly belly thing. Trying to take it easy- normally I don't get bored easily but this is different because I can't do much I want to do.
Take it easy and take care of yourself!
Unread 04-15-2005, 11:39 AM
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I went from LSH to a bikini -- they couldn't get the 19x11x11 monster fibroid out via lap (he just couldn't get the top and had to open me)... so I was the opposite (got more than I bargained for)...

I think it took me longer to accept that than anything - instead of 2 weeks that I was looking at 8, etc...

I had a 'novocaine pack' in the hospital - absolutely no tummy pain. No nausea (but then the doc specifically gave me anti nausea stuff), because of bowel prep they had to give 3 IV bolus - I wasn't making urine... but they sprung me on Friday the 8th at 11 AM.

Haven't had a percoset since Monday night and not even a tylenol since Tuesday... I can get in/out of bed without massive make you want to cry pain, I just can't do it very fast. I actually sat down today and crossed my legs without thinking - and no pain!

Other stuff is going wrong - but I realized I'm doing good (grrr - another 'twinge')....

I had DH cheering me on getting out of bed - but not helping.... which hade me so mad that I jujst determined that I was gonna do for myself -- think maybe the Marine had the right idea (motivate and push my buttons ) - LOL. Nurturing and caring is not his forte - but he can motivate. I still want to strangle him for ther reasons _ and would if I was sure I wouldn't hurt myself in the process.
Unread 04-15-2005, 05:14 PM
April 6 princesses

Hi Gabi and others who replied to my posts

Thanks for your helpful emails. My bleeding was much less today and I had two successful BMs without straining. Love those stewed prunes and bran muffins.

I have a great DH as well. I feel sorry for the princesses who don't.

I am doing some work for him folding brochures and stuffing envelopes.

I know how you feel. I'm a card maker and scrapbooker but haven't yet got the energy to start any projects.

Remember we need to rest. Do you like to read? What's the best thing you've read lately?

I just finished "The Sound of One Hand Clapping" which was good but sad. Have started :A Thousand Solitudes.

OK all the best to you GABI

Marianne from Canada
Unread 04-15-2005, 07:18 PM
Hi Marianne

I'm so glad things are starting to work with the prunes and such. It's really worrying when things are a struggle.

I can't believe we're nine days out from our surgeries and I'm a week home from the hospital. I keep telling myself patience-patience...be patient or be a patient .
I'm going for short walks and even got outside yesterday to enjoy the spring flowers and see the asparagus coming up in my garden. I restrained myself from bending over for close inspection though.
Sitting is a problem for me too so I try to move around as much as possible. I have a laptop and a wireless optical mouse which makes coming to this site much easier. I put it on a pillow on the bed so no strain.
I love to read too but for some reason (the pain meds or what) I'm not wanting to read much. I got some books on CDs from the library before I went in that I will tackle next week.
I belong to a book club and we just read "Holy Cow- an Indian adventure" and "The Life of Pi" we seem to be on an Indian kick this year-last year it was bees-
I took " The Enchanted April" by Elizabeth Von Arnim to the hospital since it's a book I find soothing. Plus -I'd like this to be my enchanted April -full of healing.
I like papercrafts too but haven't done any. I thought I'd try some knitting next week if I have the desire. I've watched some old movies like "Charade" with Audrey Hepburn and Carey Grant (the ultimate movie stars IMO) and I love the "Poirot" mysteries with David Suchet so I've been watching those. I do notice that my attention span is not good though. I feel restless- probably from too much enforced rest.
I am going to telecommute a little next week so people at my office can get paid. So we'll see.
I hope you're doing well- it's of such great comfort to know we're going through this together.

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