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  #81  
Unread 02-25-2007, 09:13 AM
Hysterectomy dates Feb 12-Feb 19,2007

I am new to this board, and I am happy to have a place to go for support, and to be able to support others. It is nice to know others have been thru similar experiences.

I had my vag hysterectomy done on the
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  #82  
Unread 02-25-2007, 09:15 AM
Hysterectomy dates Feb 12-Feb 19,2007

Follow up... pushed reply to early.

I had my surgery on the 12th, and it has taken a long time to be home from the hospital and feeling okay. Is everyone else as tired as I am? It seems walking a flight of stairs is my big goal for the day.

Have a great day!
~April
  #83  
Unread 02-25-2007, 09:29 AM
better than I expected

Hi,
Had TAH on Feb 15. I feel much better than I expected. Waiting to go into surgery was the hardest part, and I had to wait extra long(1.5 hours after I was through initial assessment). Hospital is under renovation so I was waiting along with patients going for diagnotistic tests as well as the OR. I was not allowed to have my husband with me at that point, but those for diagnotic tests were allowed a companion. That was very upsetting to me. I expected he could wait with me until I went in. I actually broke down into tears while waiting--because I had to say goodbye to hubby so soon, and because I was anxious and scared of the surgery and how I'd feel afterwards. A very kind volunteer came and chatted with me and I calmed down.

I didn't need to worry about the spinal needle or the pain afterwards. Last thing I remember is them giving me the sedative before the spinal needle at 2 pm. The next thing I know I'm in my room, it's 7:30 pm and my husband is visiting. I have no recollection of recovery room or being moved to my bed, which would have been around 4 pm. My husband says I kept drifting in and out of sleep and kept asking the same questions over and over. I didn't have any pain.

Only other problem was with my catheter. It didn't drain properly. When nurse came to do vital's she noticed I didn't have any urine output--I said that's because my bladder is FULL. She wiggled the tube and I got immediate relief. I woke up 2 hours later feeling the same, so I wiggled the tube myself and fixed it.

I've gradually gotten better over last 10 days. Noticeable improvements every day. Finding a comfortable position to sleep in was a problem at first. Using a body pillow for support helped. Biggest problem post-op was constipation from tylenol #3's, despite taking collace and eating loads and loads of fibre. Eventually things got moving---a lot (LOL).

I actually feel like I have more energy than before surgery. Only take ibuprofen occasionally. Walking around the house a lot, and staying away from house work and kitchen duties.

Hope everyone else is making good progress.

Curling Canuck (no more this season!)
TAH, Endometriosis on outside, polyps on inside
waiting for histology report.
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  #84  
Unread 02-25-2007, 09:57 AM
Hysterectomy dates Feb 12-Feb 19,2007

This is my first post-op post. Had my surgery 2-13 and came home the following Friday. I still had a drain in my abdominal incision until Friday. I had my uterus, cervix and right tube/ovary removed due to them being adhesed to the abdominal wall. Edited to add: The pathology report showed 3 very small fibroids, endometriosis, adenomyosis and a cervix that was 3x it's "normal" length.

I'm having a few hot flashes, but dr. said these would beging to subside as my body adjusts to only one ovary.

My overall experience at the hospital was excellent. The staff were all wonderful. I saw my dr. 2x per day. I was able to walk a short distance in the hall the second day and was taking laps around the surgical floor by the third. I had to remember I wasn't breaking any speed records - only endurance.

My pain control was excellent and still is. I had a morphine pump the first two days, then switched to Darvocet and Ibuprofen. Still taking MOM once a day to keep things moving.

I had my staples taken out one week post-op. A small part of the incision wasn't healing properly so they packed it at the office and I went back the next day. The dr. was amazed at how good it looked. Still a small bit of "drainage" daily, but less and less as the week wears on.

I'm trying really hard to not overdo things. I'd rather go through this only once and not have to go back for any complications just because I can't seem to sit still for now! Apparently all of my adhesions were from my past C-sections where I'd recovered in "leaps and bounds", but was actually doing more harm than good in getting active too soon.

I hope everyone is doing well this week and all of us remember to stay "down" so we'll be better off in the long run.

Thanks for letting me ramble on in this post!
  #85  
Unread 02-25-2007, 10:09 AM
Hysterectomy dates Feb 12-Feb 19,2007

I can sleep on one side (Right) but not the other - funny because the Dr. said the worst damage was on the right - thought it would be more sore. Need to get walking now - other wise I might pick up something too heavy. DH said we could go to the mall for a walk since here in MN we got about a foot of snow yesterday. Still pretty constipated - I've never taken MOM - does it work fast? - I'm taking 2-3 colace a day as I am still taking a lot of Iron. Any one planning to watch the Oscars??
Reb
  #86  
Unread 02-25-2007, 11:13 AM
Recovery process for A-Type personality

TAH-BSO on Feb 13, went home on Thursday with adorable, ultra-thin 5" incision (no staples). Rested on Friday, Saturday I was off pain meds and restless so we went for a short stroll around Lowe's. Sunday I rested.

Monday I went to my real estate office (when you own the company you WANT to be back as soon as possible!) Just stayed for lunch.

Tuesday (1 week post op) went to the office and stayed just 4 hours.

Wednesday stayed at the office 5 hours. Went on a listing appointment that night at 7:00. In and out in 55 minutes (I think that was a record!!)

Thursday stayed at the office 7 hours. Had another listing appointment that night at 7:00. In and out in 90 minutes! I wore heals all day and that was a BIG mistake!!

I've got people doing most of my work, but I just HAD to get a few things done for an upcoming closing. My Seller's (I don't work with Buyers) didn't even know I was having surgery. We covered it well!

Friday (yep, you guessed it!!), I stayed home ALL day and rested!!

Saturday (yesterday) went to the mall and walked (nice and slow) a mile. It felt good to stretch my legs. I worried about someone bumping into me, so I kept my hands in my front pockets.

Not driving yet and my post-op is this Tuesday. I'm having a few night sweats and my husband's legs - all of a sudden - sure look sexy!?!? What did my Dr. put in that little pill??

Thank you HysterSisters for being there! Thank you EVERYone for sharing your stories, some intimate, some funny, some sad, but ALL informative! You've made this journey a pleasant one!
  #87  
Unread 02-25-2007, 01:43 PM
Hysterectomy dates Feb 12-Feb 19,2007

Up to this point, I have been feeling pretty good. Today, I am experiencing serious pain shooting through my abdomen. What is this? And...when is this bleeding going to end?! My steri-strips which were supposed to stay on until yesterday are still stuck. I got in the shower trying to unstick them, but no luck. What is this...Super glue?! In an attempt to relax, I have limited my activity to inside my house. I am afraid that if I go somewhere alone, I will cause harm. My doc has cleared me to drive on Wed and I am sooo ready! I want to go right now!

I do believe I am going mad...
  #88  
Unread 02-25-2007, 07:06 PM
Hysterectomy dates Feb 12-Feb 19,2007

So glad to hear everyone is doing well. KathyMc in OK, WOW, amazing recovery.

Last night my dear husband wondered if I might like to get out of the house and go out for dinner--yes!! Funny thing, the day before I had a daydream of going to this one particular place that I usually take my children to, and that's the place he suggested. I took it as a sign and off we went, including the children. I was a bit nervous about the car ride--the one home from the hospital on Boston's frost-heaved roads was delicate and uncomfortable. Last night though was fine, even the bumps. It sure felt great to see the world again. And I was pleasantly surprised to see very little bleeding/discharge when I got home, I think things really are healing in there, though I'm still taking Ibuprofen once a day.

Anyone else having coughing fits? I wonder if it's do to the intubation during surgery.

Children go back to school tomorrow and I'm looking forward to a quiet day at home.

Blessings,
Betsy
TAH due to large fibroid, Feb 14
  #89  
Unread 02-26-2007, 09:19 AM
Hysterectomy dates Feb 12-Feb 19,2007

I was in the operating room by 8:15 am and was back in my room by 10:45 .I remember being wheeled to the OR ,sliding on to the table.I remember the gas mask(oxygen).The next thing I remember was a blur in recovery.I was wheeled back to my room and slid on to my bed.Boy did that hurt.I clearly remember asking for the number of the Mack truck that hit me.I got something for the pain and then I was wide awake until 5:30 pm.Then I woke up at 6:30,and had my evening stroll.A late night snack of icechips and then dozing off and on for the rest of the night.
  #90  
Unread 02-26-2007, 06:32 PM
Hysterectomy dates Feb 12-Feb 19,2007

i guess i'm one of the lucky ones. i had a "valentines day" vag. hyst. with a intrathecal anesthetic, so the pain control lasted 20+ hours then the ibuprofen helped with most of the discomfort. i got everything out the next morning and went home that afternoon. i'm doing well, a few gas pains and low back aches and i'm trying not to over-do it. i am so ready to get my life back! thank you for your informative and encouraging web site.
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