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Unread 04-16-2007, 08:43 AM
Hysterectomy dates Mar 19-Mar 26,2007

Hi Girls,

Definitely seeing an improvement compared to last week but don't want to speak too soon. Removed the last 6 steri-strips this morning. I guess I've just been a bit squeamish about this but it looks like incision is healing quite well. Still having small discharge, usually brownish and occasionally pink. Sleeping fairly well and bladder & intestines working fine.

Hi Jazzy,
I will give the Vitamin E oil a try starting tomorrow. I can see also where the staples were but I suppose these will fade in time.

Hi Suzie-Q,
The heating pad is great, I use it whenever I get a chance although I'm up and about more now. Make sure to get plenty of rest

Hi Rabbit,
Glad to see you're resting up. It is too easy for our loved ones to think we are completely better if we keep overdoing it.So enjoy your role as princess.
I plan on resting today - no chance of sunburn here. It snowed again last night, is extremely windy and raining today.

Hi Miette,
Glad you're feeling better day by day. I guess we all need to focus on the moment and really take our recovery (like everything else in life) one day at a time.
I would probably call the doctor concerning your appt. They all have different procedures. In my case I had to call myself to make my post-op appt. Contrats on your 4 week anniversary!

See you all on other thread.
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Unread 04-16-2007, 09:09 AM
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I am finally at the three week mark and am sending well wishes to all my sisters who are ahead of me on the recovery scale!

btw~ has anyone heard from Superwife? I hope she is okay.
Unread 04-16-2007, 09:15 AM
Hysterectomy dates Mar 19-Mar 26,2007

Good morning everyone,
Posted on recovery thread that things are improving (but sadly not the weather) Will we ever see spring?

Hi Jen,
Don't underestimate the benefits of walking. It's great that you got out to do 20 minutes. I may just have to go shopping again today with DD just for an excuse to do some exercise since weather is so bad. Ha! Ha!

Hi Jane,
It is times like this I wish I had a treadmill. Did you know there is a smily created just for you?

Hi Distracted,
I know what you mean the cold and dampness goes right through you.

Hi Kim,
Glad your energy level has picked up.

Hi Suzie-Q,
All this talk about salsa reminds me when DH and I took ballroom dancing about 8 years ago. Apart from some bickering on the dance floor, (he is tone deaf but not bad at remembering the steps and I was good with the music and timing) this was great exercise and a wonderful social activity. We had also both lost some weight and were in great shape. Maybe I'll look into this again.
Regarding jeans, I have been able to wear mine but prefer to wear my track suits because nothing is pressing on my incision.

Hi Rabbit,
My DD is always going to the tanning salon (not the spray tans) but I've heard they are not recommended. Here they are popular, expecially in winter because a lot of Northerners fly to the Caribbean during the winter and want to get a head start on their tan. Apparently, April is one of the worse months for sunburns in Quebec (maybe not this year) due to us being right in line with the hole in the ozone layer. Anyway on this subject DD thinks that I am preaching like when I tell her the dangers of smoking. Both DD's smoke but don't want to hear about it ever though all 4 of their grandparents died of lung related illnesses.

Hope you all have a great day!
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Unread 04-16-2007, 09:24 AM
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Good morning ladies...I am also having discomfort in my right side....but its more of a burning sensation, feels like in the incision very odd....I can see how they say that a lot of injuries happen around the 3-5 week mark....sometimes I forget and just go full force with everything....and then all of the sudden it's like Woa...I have to take a step back....something pulls or starts to ache....I guess we need to remind ourselves constantly about taking care

Miette....Yipeeee on 4 weeks...I sure hope you get your 6 week post-op appointment soon...I am sure your dr will want to check you over...keep us posted

suzie...glad to hear that your tooth ache is subsiding now...nothing worse I tell ya....I hear you with the sleepy thing...I get sleepy a lot too!

Jazzy..I have to get me some of the vit E oil...my incision is doing well, but is still very redish in color...hope today is much better where the weather is concerned!

Superwife.....I am thinking of you...hope and pray that all is going well, and you are resting now

Hope everyone ha a marvelous day

Unread 04-16-2007, 09:57 AM
Hysterectomy dates Mar 19-Mar 26,2007

I have the same pain and have had since the surgery. Mr doctor says the genitofemoral nerve was damaged in surgery due to all the pulling/tugging. It SHOULD repair itself and if not, I can have physical therapy or see a pain specialist to have pain blockers put in.

The pain is a burning/stinging pain that runs from the outer edge of the incision down towards the leg, and even to the inside of the leg where there is numbness. Is this what you guys have?

Hope superwife is well. Have a suspicion that since we haven't heard from her that she may confined to a hospital bed. We'll have to wait and see.

Have a great day!
Unread 04-16-2007, 11:12 AM
Hysterectomy dates Mar 19-Mar 26,2007

Well my recovery just took a new turn this weekend. I found two small lumps at the base of my left breast! Of course, I called my gyn first thing this morning. The nurse practitioner called me back and said the doctor was in surgery until this afternoon. She said that he probably wouldn't be changing my HRT and that he would check the lumps at my 6 wk appointment in 2 weeks. Apparently, shifting hormones can bring on breast cysts and there is no cause for great concern just yet. My mammo was clear (as was my office checkup) just a few weeks before my surgery.

Still, this newest thing has gotten me down. Up until now I've been chipper about this whole thing. I've been looking for the positive and keeping my chin up. But geez! Now this to worry about too.

I'm pretty sure these lumps are cysts because they hurt when I press on them. And, the nurse practitioner didn't seem too concerned either. But there is still that "what if?"
Unread 04-16-2007, 12:41 PM
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Hello to all,

I haven't posted in a while, I feel bad for all of you that are have alot of problems. I very worried about superwife I hope she did go the ER and when she is able to let us all know how she is.

My recovery has been fairly easy with few problems. I still get an occassional sharp pain in my lower belly and I still move slow, But overall it's ok. I went out shoping for two hours yesterday and was totaly wiped out. Today I got the letter from my doctor to return to work on April 30th and that scares me. I'll just do what I can do and if its too much I'll go home.
Unread 04-16-2007, 12:58 PM
Post-op appt

I had my post-op appt today, two days shy of the 4 week mark - this is the only check-up my doctor specified after surgery. Anyway, he did do a pelvic to check the vaginal cuff but it was pretty quick and not too uncomfortable - not anymore so than my annual. He also checked the incision - the pushing on it was a bit uncomfortable since I still have some mild pain in my swelly belly! But thankfully all is well. I still have to have an annual each year, and he will continue to take a pap (I guess from the vag cuff???)

He said I could use vitamin E oil on my incision - I've been watching your posts and couldn't wait to ask him!

I asked him when the pain would stop - I feel like another nerve grows back in my belly every couple of days, since I chase new pains around (today it's lower right side). He said it could be 3 months post-op before I have a day where I don't think about my belly. He did 4 layers of stitches, and he said there's a lot of differential healing going on.

He said the hot flashes I had for a couple of weeks are normal when you "annoy" an ovary by removing a cyst, but that the hormones should return to normal soon. I forgot to ask him about the insomnia.

He suggested I wait another week before 'getting back to business' in the bedroom, primarily for my comfort. Then he made me blush by saying I should be on top, to control penetration. (Have your doctors been that blunt?)

He cleared me to return to work next Monday. My company would actually allow me to stay out an additional two weeks based on the abdominal surgery, and my DH thinks I'm nuts not to take advantage of that. But we are undergoing layoffs and my projects were being cancelled when I had the surgery, so I'm actually anxious to return and make sure I have new projects going forward. My boss is sympathetic and said I could leave early if I get tired. I've been thinking a lot about work the past several days so I must be getting better.

So, I will only have a few more days to enjoy sleeping in and checking hystersisters during the day! I'm going to miss that.

lightandclouds, I know you are worried but I'd hang on to what the nurse prac said. You've had your mammo very recently and done everything you should. It's probably nothing, like the nurse said. And on the small chance it is something, it would certainly be in the early early phases. My thoughts are with you.

And I like everyone am eagerly awaiting news on superwife... I hope she is OK!

Take care everyone!
Unread 04-16-2007, 01:31 PM
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Hello sisters.

I haven't been online for quite a while - I think 12 or thirteen pages worth of posts.

Freezia: I can relate - going to the ER with gas...been there, done that. But the next time I went to the ER with similar pains (I KNEW I was having a heart attack, even though I was in my early 20's,) they did an ultrasound and the pain was from a gall stone in my bile duct. They took it out the next day (not my bile duct, my gall bladder.)

Come to think about it, I have had two things taken out of my navel: gall bladder and appendix. And since my laporoscopy at the end of December and my hysterectomy (three weeks ago today,) I now have had four incisions in there. I'm glad it's still an innie!!!

But sisters, never be afraid of going to the ER. After working on an ambulance for two years, I have seen people go to the ER, even call 9-1-1 for just about everything. I'd rather go to the ER and get something for my gas than die (or something worse.) Morbid joke, sorry. Time working in EMS gives you a mobid sense of humor.

Superwife: I too am praying for you. That you did go to the ER, and that you are OK. I know we are all on pins and needles waiting to hear from you, but maybe, like our sister said, you are on bed rest.

Lightandclouds: From my experience, all of the women that I've known with lumps, and my reading in medical books in paramedic school, pain in a GOOD thing with any lumps. The first time I saw my current DR (GP and OB/GYN,) she brought me a fake breast and told me to find the five irregular lumps in it. Wow. You get used to what a "normal" lump feels like doing self checks, but there were so many lumps in there. I found al five - it was easier than I thought. They are quite obvious. She told me at that time that pain is a good sign if I do find a lump. She was also the first DR I had ever gone to who gave me a panty liner after any internal exam.

If any of you have looked at my journal (which I haven't gotten very far with,) you will know that I am bi-polar (diagnosed for the first time 23-years-ago, re-diagnosed each time I get "locked up" with an episode (I have a t-shirt with a kitty in a straight jack saying "you say asylum like it's a bad thing") and they do that entire line of fun tests ie: MMPI, Rorshach, etc.) Also have a panic disorder, OCD, PTSD (developed after suicide of 2nd DH,) a borderline personality disorder (NOT the same as multiple,) and psychotic tendencies (sometimes have auditory hallucinations.) I'm not John Nash or that scary guy from ER that stabbed Carter. Most people don't know if I don't tell them, they just know that sometimes they won't see me for a while, and sometimes when they see me I'm a total wild woman and talk 100-miles-per-minute! I'm very high functioning, all things considered, and am grateful for that. I remain that way by being compliant with my medications and seeing both of my psych Drs on a regular basis.

The reason that I bring this up is because you will notice my absence for many days at a time. This is usually due to a depressive episode. Until last Friday I had been doing very well. I know that the hormonal changes due to my slamming into menopause are also doing a number on me and my mental illness. Also, my father was diagnosed with esophageal cancer on March 6, and his esophagus closed completely last Thursday. Things aren't going well (more on the other thread when I get there.) The depression increases with frustration over being "limited" physically, even when my brain is behaving, the pain is really p----ing me off, the stress with my father, and also my DD (I'll post more about that on the other thread.)

I nod my head and understand all of the posts from my sisters regarding sex, bleeding and spotting, spasms, insomnia, etc.

I have only had four time in the past three weeks when I have any feelings of arousal with DH. That scares me, and I am terrified of having sex for the first time. I know a lot of it has to do with the pain that's been going on for a long time, but I'm scared that I'm going to start bleeding all over the place or something. Luckily I have three more weeks until then, and will work with DH and shrinks on that.

Until day 9, I had no spotting or anything. Then day 9 pm, all day 10, and day 11 am I was manic (one of the parts of the bi-polar), and that's dangerous for post op!!! I couldn't stop. Cleaning, laundry, cooking, shopping...out of bed 17 hours on day 10. Then day 11, DH took me out to dinner and I went to the bathroom and there was blood in the toilet. Oops. Couldn't eat. Went home and didn't get out of bed until Sunday morning (I found the blood Friday and Sunday was Easter.) Should have stayed in bed on Easter, but got up, made my pies and salad, and went to sister-in-laws. Since then, I have had constant dark brown spotting on my pads, and two or three times a day bright red on the toilet paper when I wipe.

Also, the pain has increased and I was having feeling that I couldn't really describe.

I live in Grand Rapids, which is over 160 miles from Coon Rapids (speaking of Rapids, where is Vikki?) where my surgeon is. So, I have talking to her and her nurse by phone with my symptoms.

The bright red is less frequent, and the terrible odor is almost gone, but I still have pain. I get a sharp twinge when I move, but it's never in the same place. I have general abdomonal achiness (I don't know if that's a word or not.) Tiresome!!!! I have used ibuprophin, acetomeniphin, nsaid's, and aspirin. No luck.

As far as my insomnia, if I want to sleep more than five hours in a night, I have to double my Trazodone (an anti-depressant with sedative properties,) then I sleep eleven to twelve hours. In a way, I'm lucky I have it, but I've never had problems staying asleep before...I've always had problems falling asleep.

I find when I wake up that if I have slept too long on one side, I have pain on that side for about an hour. I also think I'm having "phantom" pain, because I am feel like I'm having the same ovarian pains I got with cysts, and same abdominal pain from my uterus being the size of Africa. I've chatted with a few people and have been told that "phantom" pain is normal with any removal, be it a limb or an organ.

How are all of you ladies on the East Coast? I have you have all made it through the storm. My sister lives in Vermont and has been without power since Sunday AM and is getting dumped on, and my DS is in college in Brooklyn NY and said that it's been "really intense." Glad that expensive college education is increasing his vocabulary!

I certainly do go on and on, don't I?

I pray for all of you, and even if I don't reply, I'm still reading and deriving comfort from all of you. Thank you for that.

I am now entering my fourth week post-op, and I just have be patient and know that good things are ahead. Today is day 81 without a cigarette, and I have lost thirty-two pounds since my laporoscopy December 20.


Unread 04-16-2007, 01:44 PM
Dermoid cyst

Freezia: I am responding to your post from quite a while ago regarding your Dermoid cyst.

I was curious, so I did some research. I found informations on a couple of websites (but we can't post the names.) Here is what I found.

A Dermoid Cyst developes from a totipotential germ cell that is retained in the ovary. Being totipotential, it can give rise to all kinds of cells necessary to form mature tissues and often reognizable structures such as hair, bone and sebaceous (oily) material, neural tissue, and teeth. These cells could have been eggs (remember, this is still in the ovary before they could have been fertalized,) but it is a type of tumor that is turned inside out, so the skin accumulates debris and makes it grow. Dermoid cysts can be found on the head, face, neck, trunk of the body, floor of the mouth, penis (not for us.) They can also be intracranial or intraspinal.

I found a lot of information just from going to Dogpile (my preferred search engine,) and typing in Dermoid, ovary.

Hope that's not for anybody!

J9 (Janine)

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