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I took a BATH! I took a BATH!

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Unread 11-22-2005, 08:54 PM
I took a BATH!

I think that I forgot how much I loved baths.

I am 4 months post op and just took my first real bath since the surgery. It was wonderful to just lay there, let my muscles relax and just feel really CLEAN. I mean, I was clean before, don't get me wrong, but it just felt great!

I am unable to take showers because I have a central line, and the doctors don't want it getting wet. I am allergic to the waterproof tape, so showers are out.

I took what I call "bed baths", and then as I got better "sink baths". Basically washing up with a washcloth and soap, and mom washing my hair in the sink.

I was so excited when my gyno finally told me I was healed enough to take a bath! He wanted me to wait one week because he had to take off the granulation and cauterize it, but after that he said go for it. FINALLY! I was healing so slow that I thought I would never get to this point. LOL

I think it was just yet another reminder to me to enjoy the simple, little wonderful things about life. Like lying in a bathtub for 20 minutes!

Don't know why I wanted to share this, but there are probably a lot of you who can understand how great it was!

And the best part - I AM HEALING! I couldn't be more excited. Gyno said I had them (him and his residents) worried there for abit that I wasn't going to heal for a long long time. He said I am not healing properly, and that is why I had the granulation, but I AM HEALING!

Here's to celebrating the small things in life.
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Unread 11-22-2005, 09:14 PM
I took a BATH!

Oh Woman.... I am VERY HAPPY for you! YEAH!!!!!
Unread 11-22-2005, 09:19 PM
I took a BATH!


Congratulations! You have reached a milestone in your recovery. Best wishes as you continue down the road to your recovery!

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Unread 11-23-2005, 09:41 AM
I took a BATH!

So glad to hear you are healing. That calls for some ! I understand about the baths, it is wonderful to just sit and soak and relax. It makes it easier to feel like a Keep up the good healing.
Unread 11-23-2005, 10:13 AM
I took a BATH!

First let me say how wonderful it is for you to be able to take a bath and I am so happy that you are finally healing properly. Long road to that for you.

Second call me dumb but what is central line and where was your granulation? I am just wondering cuz my uro says I am healing slowly or at the progress he would like to see. I want so bad to take a bath but am afraid I wont be able to when I see my gyno on fri. I have a feeling that I wont be healed enough. My uro already added another 3 weeks to the no sex which was last week when he did that.

Anyway good luck to you and knock on wood your body will keep on healing.
Unread 11-23-2005, 10:29 AM
I took a BATH!

Hi Nikki!

Thanks for sharing your inspiring words about your experience. It's a nudge to all of us to remember to "celebrate the small things in life" as you said so well.

Many s and Best Wishes Today & Always,
Unread 11-23-2005, 07:18 PM
I took a BATH!

Thanks everyone

Ladyfair, a central line is an IV line that is implanted in the chest or femoral veins (or other veins on occasions). Mine is located in my right internal jugular (the vein in the neck) and then the line is tunneled down and it exits on my right breast. I am on an IV all the time, so I needed a permanent IV line instead of just the ones in the arms/hands. It is actually called a Central Venous Line, aka CVL.

My granulation was at the vaginal cuff where my drain was. They took my drain out on day 4 but the hole where it was did not heal properly, and the granulation grew over it. He said it was a good amount and I would probably need another treatment in January. He did a biopsy of it, and it came back normal (Thank Heaven). We were checking for an infection of any type.

I am still healing rather slowly but just so happy I am finally healing. I am at week 16, and healing wise I am where I should have been at week 8. But I am getting there. It isn't typical to heal this slow though.

I hope your appt goes well on Fri and you get cleared to take a wonderful bath!!

s to all
Unread 11-23-2005, 07:38 PM
I took a BATH!

Sweetie, I am just so grateful that you are finally healing too!

We all have a LOT to be thankful for this Thanksgiving, and your healing is one of the things that I am thankful for.
Unread 11-27-2005, 07:48 AM
I took a BATH!

Oh my Nikki you have been through a lot well keep up the good healing and I am so glad your finally are.
Unread 11-27-2005, 06:12 PM
I took a BATH!

I am so happy for you!!! Baths are WONDERFUL things! Get yourself some good smelly stuff (or just blue food coloring for the water if you prefer), a couple of candles, something to drink and just ENJOY. You deserve it! I started my kids on the joys of "candle baths" as soon as they were old enough to not play with the candles. After a prolonged illness the little things--brushing your own teeth, walking to the sink to wash your hands, feeling clean, brushing your own hair... these are wonderful treasures. I'm happy you shared this!

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