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THX for all the great advice from 3 days away & terrified THX for all the great advice from 3 days away & terrified

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Unread 12-26-2005, 08:48 AM
THX for all the great advice from 3 days away & terrified

Hello ladies. Please know that all of your kind responses and words of wisdom made MY CHRISTMAS

I'm 12 years past a tubal lig. with progressively heavier periods, 10 days average, and 2 x a month! In the past 5 years have had 3 end. ablations, all with some level of success but no real fix. I, like others, am completely sick of this running my life and schedule, not to mention wearing me out. My hubby is very understanding but equally frustrated. He works at home and has taken 2 weeks off to help, but I sense he may grow weary of caretaking. If he tells me one more time that "you'll be just fine" or "so & so had it and she went back to work in 3 weeks.." I might scream! {I think that this is HIS way of reassuring himself becuase as a man, I don't think he'd admit if he was scared about all this.. and I am quite sure there are some ladies out there who've had similar experiences} My boys are 19 and 12 (some of you asked) and they will be able to do a lot - but I am not as worried about them helping me as them realizing I won't be able to help THEM as they're used to. (we create these monsters don't we??)

Thanks to your suggestions, after the holiday excitement yesterday, instead of watching a movie, I stayed up last night and made a MENU - chopped up the extra Christmas ham and made/froze a casserole and soup. I have turkey soup simmering on the stove now - and this is for ME when I come home from the hosp this weekend ( I will freeze it in easy to thaw/heat portions to make it simple for hubby). Also I plan to buy a couple of premade lasagnas and such from the supermarket. I know my guys will have no problem ordering out, but I despise fast food so if they're willing to eat Mickey D's then they can but I know I will need more healthy things to help me heal.

Probably the biggest thing I learned from my very limited experience on this site is that we are worth taking time off to HEAL and I will be mature enough to graciously accept any and all help. When my sister in law offered to cook something & bring it over I said YES. (Is she the best cook - um no, not so much but the offer was very nice and she was delighted that I accepted.)

I did print off the list of questions to ask my doctor and since I will now only see him the morning of my surgery, I have asked hubby to read through the questions so he understands which ones (answers) are important to me - just in case I am feeling woozy at the time (my low blood sugar means that the fasting time in the morning is the PITS for me and I know I will be a little foggy because of it).

So - a tip of my hat to all you ladies who responded and thanks so much for your kind and loving support. I really do appreciate every single post and cannot thank you enough.

-Marilyn
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Unread 12-26-2005, 08:51 AM
THX for all the great advice from 3 days away & terrified

Good luck, sounds like you are prepared! The first few days after are the worst, be sure to take your pain meds, and you will do okay.
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Unread 12-26-2005, 09:26 AM
THX for all the great advice from 3 days away & terrified

Good luck to you on the 28th. You were smart my DR gave me two days notice my hubby cooks ok but what he knows how to cook I still can't eat(gassy gassy) watch out for gassy food. Get hubby to get you stool softners and lots of Gas X for the first couple of weeks at home you will think he has brought you a real treasure believe me. I am 2weeks post op TAH today. My gasx and stool softeners are right next to the bed. There is light at the end of the tunnel sometimes it doesn't seem like it in the first couple of days but hang in there and let your hyster sisters help you thru it. Barb
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Unread 12-26-2005, 09:28 AM
THX for all the great advice from 3 days away & terrified

Good luck, Marilyn!

Sounds like you're all set for the big day.

Remember that all your HysterSisters will be thinking of you, and we'll be here to chat with you on the other side.

Remember to .

s and best wishes for an uneventful stay in the Castle! Keep us posted on your progress.

Judy
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Unread 12-26-2005, 09:32 AM
THX for all the great advice from 3 days away & terrified

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Good luck to you on the 28th. You were smart my DR gave me two days notice my hubby cooks ok but what he knows how to cook I still can't eat(gassy gassy) watch out for gassy food. Get hubby to get you stool softners and lots of Gas X for the first couple of weeks at home you will think he has brought you a real treasure believe me. I am 2weeks post op TAH today. My gasx and stool softeners are right next to the bed. There is light at the end of the tunnel sometimes it doesn't seem like it in the first couple of days but hang in there and let your hyster sisters help you thru it. Barb
Thank you! I have made a quick list of things I need to go out and buy and Gas X and stool softeners are certainly on the list!! Planning to take down the Xmas tree today, clean the house and cook like a maniac!
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Unread 12-26-2005, 09:36 AM
THX for all the great advice from 3 days away & terrified

Thanks Judy - this site has been a godsend, and so has your kind words. I really appreciate everyone and don't feel so alone now.
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Unread 12-26-2005, 11:09 AM
THX for all the great advice from 3 days away & terrified

Just wanted to add that I'm 6 weeks out from a tah and can tell you that none of it was as bad as I imagined it would be. Anxiety was the worst. My incision is completely healed and other than feeling tired here and there, I'm fine.

Now I'll have another procedure on the same day you'll be having your TAH, and I'm all freaked out again. So, I don't know if you can talk yourself down out of the fear, cause I can't. But I wish I could listen to my own advice. Really, it won't be too horrible. The nurses won't let it be.

You'll probably drift in and out of sleep the remainder of the day you have surgery and not remember much of that day. The next day, you'll get up and walk with help.

I walked slowly and cautiously for 2 1/2 weeks and then felt significant improvement.
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Unread 12-26-2005, 11:24 AM
THX for all the great advice from 3 days away & terrified

Hi Marilyn,

I'm so glad you're feeling more "mobilized" and less scared than before!

That was how it was for me, too, pre-op, once I found this site and all the helpful info on how to prepare myself. I printed out the list of Qs to ask my doc and took it with me; I printed out the things to pack for the hospital and took it with me; I printed out the things to do to prepare and did many of them... All of this helped me to feel "ready" and gave me the sense of having a little control. Very helpful for someone like me! (Controlling, moi??)

I was a little scared that my DH wasn't going to be enough help, given the things he was saying too -- and I think you're right, he was just reassuring himself that I'd be fine. He's come through like a champ (although the kitchen is a mess.... controlling? Moi?)

Take care of yourself and remember we're pulling for you.
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