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Unread 03-27-2006, 04:45 PM
Anyone else crazy enough to want pictures?

I have pics of my lap, and I don't think it is strange to want to bury your uterus.

I am thinking about smudging my room before surgery- since during my recovery I will not be strong, and the negative energy that has been prevalent in since I can remember will have a chance to reassert itself...I can't have that.

THAT sounds nuts....

Hugs. T
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Unread 03-27-2006, 04:55 PM
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Unread 03-27-2006, 05:18 PM
Anyone else crazy enough to want pictures?

I never thought of that ! I would have liked to have seen mine. I think if I hand asked my DR he would have thought me nuts.
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Unread 03-31-2006, 11:16 AM
Anyone else crazy enough to want pictures?

I definately asked for pics, and would have loved a video..I watched while I had an angiogram, so I am into all that just said to remind him, then I woke up in surgery room, and they showed me my uterus...very cool, then doctor brought me a contact sheet with color photos. I liked it, as I was able to confirm shape of uterus and reason for hysterectomy, as we were not positive it was absolutely necessary. Interesting to see all the other body parts, and to see ovaries looked fine and could stay in. Some people like looking at the pics, others are a little grossed out...good luck!! I had LAVH, cervix gone....
Unread 03-31-2006, 01:47 PM
Anyone else crazy enough to want pictures?

I'll be asking on Monday!

I have a video of my hysteroscopy from long ago and it was fascinating to see the pristine insides of my uterus - all pinkish white and beautiful!

Wouldn't look that way again today I am sure with the enormous fibroids and triple-thick lining... but I too am interested in that stuff and want to see what that hard ball inside my abdomen really is...

Kind of like asking the mechanic to show you the old part so you know they actually removed it from your car - ha ha.

Anyway, we'll see what he says on Monday. Hopefully he'll oblige.

Unread 03-31-2006, 01:57 PM
Anyone else crazy enough to want pictures?

I can just picture it...when I'm 80 years old and sat in my rocking chair by the fireside, with my hair in curlers and dentures in a glass next to my boys drop by to wish me a happy birthday and I get out their old childhood photos, and there amongst them is a picture of my uterus....

"Oh Tom, Nathan....LOOK! This was your first home when you were both tiny babies"

I am really losing it today...sense of humor has gone wayyyy off the scale
Unread 03-31-2006, 02:06 PM
Anyone else crazy enough to want pictures?

I asked my doctor if he would take pictures of my uterus and he said, "Absolutely!" His reaction made me think that this was not an uncommon request. In the recovery room he brought me photos that showed the uterus as a whole and sliced open (to reveal the fibroids inside). He kept copies of the pictures for my files and gave me copies to keep. I was so glad I requested this, as these pictures are each worth at least a thousand words. If I had had any doubts about whether hysterectomy was the right decision, these photos would have put an end to them immediately. Seeing what was going on inside me reinforced that I was in fact dealing with numerous, huge fibroids that were distorting my uterus and causing it to fill the entire pelvic area. It was shocking and disturbing to see what I had been putting up with for so long. I only wonder why I didn't have the surgery sooner. Good luck!!
Unread 03-31-2006, 02:26 PM
Anyone else crazy enough to want pictures?

Thanks minkycat! I suspect that's how I will feel too.

Lev, I loved your portrait of a fireside story, complete with scrapbook collectibles. As I made my post, I could imagine some attic trunk full of xrays and "biology" videos being found some day by a grandchild and wondering what that would say about me as an ancestor - wild.

Unread 03-31-2006, 02:28 PM
Anyone else crazy enough to want pictures?

I don't think there is anything crazy or sick about wanting to look at pictures at all....maybe that is partially because I worked in health care years ago, but I am also very curious and after my surgery I wanted to see what they got out of me as well because I wanted to see what was causing the problems. They didn't take any because I *did* ask....but I certainly was even *more* curious after reading my pathology report.
Unread 03-31-2006, 07:07 PM
Anyone else crazy enough to want pictures?

I have to add that when a family member had their tonsils out they asked the dr. previously in the office if they could see them after they were out. After surgery we were told that they had already been taken to pathology :-( However he double-checked and he brought them in a jar for the patient to see and they were happy to see what caused the troubles.

As for my TVH, I was so happy that I was awake with a spinal/epidural combo so that I could see the uterus before it went to pathology to get cut up. I've noticed that others on here have been awake and did great. I had a drape in front of my face during the surgery so I couldn't really see a thing except for the anesthesiologist behind me monitoring me. He would occasionally ask if I was ok and I said I was. I didn't really have much of a conversation because I read on here that someone was awake and she talked so much that they got sick and tired of listening to her so the anesthesiologist knocked her out with something but not general which requires intubation. I really didn't want to be intubated and deal with a sore throat after surgery. Anyway I don't think it's gross to want to see a picture of the uterus.

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