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Unread 02-14-2007, 04:42 PM
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Met with my dr today about my CT results; definitely have lots of fibroids! With my DH by my side, we agreed to go forward with a laparoscope to see what else may be causing my pelvic pain, then hysterectomy with cervix & right ovary (cysts) removed. Giving up the cervix to eliminate return of cervical cancer. I know there is a bit of disappointment of not having children; we've just waited to long (we're in our early 40s). The old adage "accidents happen" had always been there as a safety net. Won't know until I wake up whether I've had a vaginal or abdominal. Unfortunately, our appt ended at lunch, so surgery scheduler was out to lunch. We asked for an April date to give us time to save $ and my DH to arrange his schedule. Means now I will have to take the time to clean and organize, as it will drive me batty to look at & not be able to do!!

My biggest concern now is recovery. How will I feel? How long? etc. I found it inspirational to read earlier posts today, about working ourselves up over the unknown. My goal is to focus only on today & getting ready. I'm really looking forward to having no periods & pain! I figure we'll save a couple hundred dollars a year not having to buy the multiple products & pain killers! The thought of no "accidents" and spontaneous sex is liberating!

I give many thanks to all of you as I've been reading lots of postings & preparing myself for the appt today. My doc was surprised I was so well-versed in questions & knowledge. Told him it was this site! He was intrigued.

As my name says, Chryssalis...today I am preparing for a life change. Come April, I will emerge a new woman!

Until then, I intend to learn all I can & find great support here. Thank you!!!
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Unread 02-14-2007, 04:52 PM
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No accidents and spontaneous sex could not be any more wonderful !
It's been amazing, not to have to worry about bleeding through, available bathrooms, change of clothing, anemia, transfusions....
and it's AWESOME to ALWAYS be ready to be intimate.
You have a great attitude, Cryssalis. It will take you far.
Best wishes !!
Unread 02-14-2007, 05:29 PM
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Your great attitude will make such a wonderful difference in your preparation and recovery. I am in my fourth week post-op, and I am so very glad that I had the surgery, and can also look forward to many of the things that you have listed.

The weeks after your surgery will go so quickly, and you will be truly amazed at how quickly your body will recover.

There are some great posts out here related to preparing for your surgery around the house, what kind of underwear to purchase and how to basically take care of yourself.

Please don't let some of the posts where people are having issues after the surgery scare you, they are rare, and even if they do happen (I caught a bladder infection), as long as you pay close attention to your body and communicate with your doctor, all will work out.

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Unread 02-14-2007, 05:57 PM
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For me, it seemed to help to "futurize" the experience. In other words, instead of worrying about how much pain I might wake up in (which of course I wouldn't have any control over anyway), I'd think, "Gee -- in xx days I'll already be home from the hospital." Seems corny, but it worked.

The early days of recovery were no picnic for me -- I have to be honest. But when it happens, you just deal with what happens and move on. The complication I had (a hematoma) was one I never considered -- so I'm sure glad I didn't waste a bunch of time worrying about bowel issues or incision infections, since I didn't have either of them.

In other words, just find that balance of understanding what *might* happen, but not focusing on those things. You can't "will" yourself to feel better or prevent problems by having a positive attitude, but having a positive attitude going in certainly can't hurt any.

Good luck with the pre-surgery frenzy. It's a smart idea to do that now because you know it'll be a for weeks after the surgery.
Unread 02-14-2007, 07:42 PM
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Good luck with your surgery. You have a great attitude and that will help with pre-op and post-op. Most of us have no complications and recover nicely. I had surgery in December and I am back at work, enjoyed the time off, and feel sooooooo much better that I wish I had decided to have surgery 2 years ago. What was I thinking? My best advice is to think positive, walk as soon as they let you get out of bed, and once you are home relax and take it easy. Let DH take care of the house and what he doesn't/won't do can wait. I didn't have a clean shower/bathroom for 6 weeks! (He ignored all my hints and rolled his eyes) Don't worry about the small stuff.

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