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Unread 03-16-2007, 03:57 PM
Hysterectomy dates Feb 26-Mar 05,2007

The huge reason why no sex is that there are stiches up there! I had a TAH with tubes and ovaries taken as well and I know that where I once had a cervix, I now have stiches. The idea of sex at this point hurts, can't imagine the real thing!
Even after giving birth, they say to wait 6 weeks. Our bodies need the time to heal. I for sure would call your doctor and see what he/she has to say. I'm glad there is hope of having a sex drive again! My HRT includes a tad of Testostorone for that very reason...hee hee
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Unread 03-16-2007, 08:06 PM
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Definitely no sex yet!! Not only could it open up the stiches inside but it could cause a serious infection! Remember there is an open wound in there. I'm thinking you would regret it if you tried so just hold off a few more weeks - better safe than sorry. Plus if you got an infection it would be just that much longer of a wait!!
Unread 03-16-2007, 08:07 PM
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Hi sisters,
The tip on the washcloths in the freezer worked great for the hot flashes. Also didn't take any sleep naps today either so I'm hoping tonights sleep will be better. Had the best morning so far- made myself not stay in bed too late-got up and got showered etc. A bit more like my pre surgery routine. Still get some vag soreness/ pressure a couple times during the day and evening but it is relieved when I get off my feet and also Motrin helps.
As far as when to have sex, everything I have read and heard is strict with the 6 weeks-both to protect our internal stitches and prevent infection. This web site has great tips on the "post op checkpoints"pages-that was the only place I had seen that said you might experience increased libido at times during recuperation but not to let that get you off track with the 6 week restriction.
I am not tempted in the least personally at present but it did explain some "interesting"dreams I had a few days ago ( interspersed with my nightmares and hot flashes!)
Take care.
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Unread 03-17-2007, 12:31 AM
Hysterectomy dates Feb 26-Mar 05,2007

Now that I am approaching week 3 after a Total Laparoscopic Hyst, I'm wondering whether anyone has any tips on when you know it's right to go back to work. I'm due to go back to the specialist at the end of next week so I want to be prepared on what I should ask.

As much as pain has been virtually non-existent for me, I have had a couple of infections that have left me quite fatigued. I'm also surprised that I have not been able to concentrate for any length of time - a 30min TV show is about my limits at the moment!

I now understand everyones talk about trying to cope with the boredom and the feeling that you can do when you really can't. I went out for the first time yesterday, and 2 hours was plenty.

Any suggestions greatly received.

Hoping all of your recoveries are going smoothly.
Unread 03-17-2007, 10:53 AM
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Unfortunately, like the others ladies, no sex. My next appointment is in 4 weeks and he will do an internal exam. Hopefully I will be cleared then! DH is retired Air Force and we have had to go longer without but that doesn't make it any easier!! Especially since most of the kids have left home!!
bellatim...This isn't the first time that I have been off work for medical. I had Breast cancer 3 years ago. For me, the hardest thing about going back to work is the stamina to make it through the day. I ended up working half days for a week which helped. This time I will start back with a holiday in that week so I will work full days but only have to work four days that week. Already planning meals ahead so I won't have to cook.
Unread 03-17-2007, 12:12 PM
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That's a great idea to plan ahead for meals! Thanks for sharing that one. I'm bored too and would love to go back to work, but I know that right now I don't have the stamina to make it through a whole day and do any justice for my students. The others I work with have been really supportative (and have given me specific orders) not to rush comming back until I have given myself lots of time not just to get over pain and back to feeling ok, but to also build up some strength. I've decided to wait until the 2nd to go back (about 5 weeks for me), because that is also a holiday week for us too, so I can kinda ease back in. everyone else has said, and even my dr. warned me, the exhaustion will be killer. Best of luck whatever you decide!
Unread 03-17-2007, 12:36 PM
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Hello to all, this is the first time that I have been on the site to talk about my vaginal hysterectomy. I had my surgery on 2-28 at 8 am. The surgery lasted about 2 hrs and they had me to recovery for about 2 hrs. Everything after surgery is a little fuzzy and I can't remember much. The day of the surgery went well and I was to go home Thursday evening but we were hit by a huge blizzard. Thankfully, the hospital let me room in till it was over and I went home on Saturday morning when all was settled. I was home for three days when I had to go back in cause I could hardly walk from the couch to the bathroom. I had been into the doctor earlier that day and the put me on percacet instead of darvecet. At about 2 in the morning after taking meds only 2 hrs before I was in so much pain. I tried to go to the bathroom on my own without self cathing and no such luck. Started bleeding quite a bit and headed to the ER. Had 3 doses of dilaudin (which is about 21 doses of morpine). So admitted back to hospital put on morphine pump and tordal. Could hardly roll from side to side or sit on my bottom. They think my muscles were spasming but could not pinpoint exactly why I have the pain. Went home on Friday evening with a leg bag catheter in place. Took leg bag out on Thursday (3/15). Now I am having problems going to the bathroom by myself. I have to self cath again cause my bladder is not relaxing enough. Has anyone else had this problem? I am afraid I will end up in the hospital again.
Unread 03-17-2007, 05:59 PM
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Jetams-so sorry to hear what a rough time you have been having. Be sure to drink enough liquids-sometimes that helps with getting the urine to flow. I would suggest too, keep a daily journal -it will help you see even the small steps of recuperation you are making, It will also help keep track of the problems you are having so when you go to or call the doctor, you'll have all the data there. Be sure to keep taking your temperature too at least daily and write that down too. Don't hesitate to seek medical care if you feel you are having a problem. Trust your judgement-you know your body best.
Bellatim- I too can relate to the fuzzy brain thing. I think at times I'm thinking all clearly again and then...
I went to the drug store today and got inside and looked around and it took me a good minute to remember what I was there to buy. Take it as easy as you can when you head back to work. Everyone I speak to who has had a hyster comments on fatigue being the challenge.

I liked the idea about planning the meals etc. I did all sorts of preop planning, it's a great idea to do some pre-return-to-work planning too!
Take care sisters!
Unread 03-17-2007, 07:36 PM
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Everyone who has had this before has told me time and time again to take full advantage of the six weeks because if you don't rest now, "you'll pay for it later." I could go back to my students, but I wouldn't be the best teacher for them.

jetams, I am so very sorry to hear how rough it has been for you. Water, water, water...straight up, neat, and on the rocks. I would avoid any drinks other than water for a while. Also, avoid the straws to avoid the gas.

I so hope no one is offended by this, but on the sexual front, don't forget there are ways around the traditional methods. Penetration is not the only way to make sure everyone involved is able to survive the six weeks. Nevertheless, don't fool yourself into thinking you can get around waiting for the main event. Remember, even if you think you feel up to it, "you'll pay for it later."
Unread 03-17-2007, 08:05 PM
Fuzzy in the head


My DH took me out for a drive today for about an hour. It was nice to get out of the house but I was ready to get home towards the end of the drive. How long will I feel "fuzzy" in the head? I can't seem to concentrate for that long. It will be three weeks on 3-20-07 since I had my LSH. I have heard that with the LSH surgery that the recovery time was suppose to be less but I feel like I need a full six weeks. Does anyone else feel this way?

Hope everyone feels better soon!

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