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  #1121  
Unread 05-01-2007, 11:23 PM
Hysterectomy dates Mar 26-Apr 02,2007

Hi all,
I was suppossed to go back to my classroom on modified duty next Thursday, it will be 6 weeks. I have students who are potentially assaultive and runaways, so the doctor said I could go back, but no running, pushing, or restraining. I really wanted to go back to my class, but I have been thinking about my not really being ready, both physically and emotionally. I am frustrated because I thought I would recover a lot more quickly, but I tire out soooo easily, and am irritated and cry over everything. Also, my brain still feels foggy and it is difficult to think clearly. I emailed my administrator and asked if they could give me modified duty outside of the classroom for a few more weeks, and explained about my hormonal swings, along with knowing that if a student became dangerous to self or others, I know that I would not be able to stand by without intervening. Thankfully, they are being very supportive and have approved me being out of the classroom until June 1st. Hopefully, I will have some energy back and my brain fog will clear up
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  #1122  
Unread 05-02-2007, 08:10 AM
Hysterectomy dates Mar 26-Apr 02,2007

Good morning, Sisters! Busy day ahead of me... I kept the car home with me instead of DD driving it to school. I am taking the fifth member of our family to the vet and for a day of beauty. I have a list of places I want to go shopping, too. I did a little bit of running around yesterday with DS. Getting in and out of his car was harder on me than the walking and shopping! It sits so low to the ground I probably should have just rolled out of it and onto the ground!

Speaking of shopping, I was looking on this website and there is no "real" jewelry offered, such as a crown or princess charm. I would really like something like that! I'm thinking of finding something with a pink and/or lavender stone to reward myself for this period in my life. Anyone else done anything like that??

My office manager e-mailed me yesterday. She was told to advise me that they are happy to have me back for Monday 1/2 day and Tuesday 1/2 day but they want those days to be "productive" for everyone and not visit too much... What!? I've been gone for 6 weeks! I think my co-workers will be asking me questions and greeting me back to work. My role in the office is a mediator and everyone's friend in an office of 15 women ranging from 30-60 years old. There will be greeting and hugging. I told my office manager I would find a good general statement and rehearse it before I came back to work! Not only do I not want to repeat the story 15 times but I certainly think it's a "given" not to talk too much. We are professionals. I've been in my field for 20 years. I understand where they are coming from but it just hit me wrong. We're under new management since January 1st and still feeling the effects! I've been in touch via e-mail with most everyone anyway - there shouldn't be many questions.

Well, Sisters, our time together is few and far between now, unlike a few weeks ago when we depended on each other every minute of the day it seems. I've developed new friendships and will treasure my HysterSisters always and I hope to continue communicating with you through this thread. We've shared a very big event in our lives together and will always have this bond.
  #1123  
Unread 05-02-2007, 09:03 AM
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Originally Posted by jayhawk83
I'm thinking of finding something with a pink and/or lavender stone to reward myself for this period in my life. Anyone else done anything like that??

My office manager e-mailed me yesterday. She was told to advise me that they are happy to have me back for Monday 1/2 day and Tuesday 1/2 day but they want those days to be "productive" for everyone and not visit too much... What!? I've been gone for 6 weeks! I think my co-workers will be asking me questions and greeting me back to work.

Well, Sisters, our time together is few and far between now, unlike a few weeks ago when we depended on each other every minute of the day it seems. I've developed new friendships and will treasure my HysterSisters always and I hope to continue communicating with you through this thread. We've shared a very big event in our lives together and will always have this bond.
JayHawk (all my my HysterSisters) -

Love the jewelry idea! I think that is just what we all need, whether we can actually buy something or just find something pretty in a magazine, cut it out and put it on the fridge.

That's too bad about that email. I would also be tempted to read too much into it. They are probably reeling from your absence and just want to make up for lost time. A nice note in everyone's box, signed by you or in email form, is a great idea. Good idea to just do half-time. My return from work has not gone as planned, but thankfully my boss (my dad) is understanding (most of the time- ha ha) and I can do most of my work from home as needed.

I also fondly remember the days that we depended on each other's posts by the hour (and got in trouble for it, lol). The support of all of you was crucial in my recovery. Who else would I have talked to? I can't think of anyone who could have replaced those conversations of pain, fear and frustration. Let's all do our best to check in at least once a week (or whatever you can do) during the six months that we have been told to expect in our recoveries.

God's blessing and my love you all!
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  #1124  
Unread 05-02-2007, 09:12 AM
Hysterectomy dates Mar 26-Apr 02,2007

Hi everyone,
I have a 5 week check up today as I need to get clearance for a business trip to Germany next week...nothing like jumping back in full force! My concern is that I'm still bleeding, some days light or almost nothing other days bright red. I'm not soaking a pad or anything...is this normal? I also still ache and have the swelling that hangs over my incision. I swear I have not improved. What is going on?!
  #1125  
Unread 05-02-2007, 09:47 AM
Hysterectomy dates Mar 26-Apr 02,2007

I finally passed a wad of stitches last Monday and the spotting just quit!

Found a trace of pink on Friday but nothing more since then.

Every once in a while I get a twinge- but, I think it's near the gall-bladder incisions that I had that same day.

The most amazing thing is-- I think some of my lower back pain has gone away! Is that possible??

Sally
  #1126  
Unread 05-02-2007, 09:56 AM
Hysterectomy dates Mar 26-Apr 02,2007

I love the jewelry/something special idea, too!

My BF doesn't understand while I spend SO much time on the computer these days. He just doesn't understand the support that is here with my Sisters and how powerful it is to have that support from people that KNOW what I am talking about, feeling, and needing.

I will continue to check in as often as possible.

Hugs all around,
Kathy
  #1127  
Unread 05-02-2007, 01:50 PM
Hysterectomy dates Mar 26-Apr 02,2007

B&B Fans! How awkward was it when Bridget was talking to Nick and Taylor before the IVF??? Nothing like the ex-wife telling the new bride, "Taylor, there's one thing you should know - Nick snores really loud!" Like Taylor and Nick haven't slept together... And then Bridget handing Nick the speciman cup! I could think of more dramatic things happening... like Bridget replacing the real donor's eggs with Brooke's eggs! Now wouldn't that have been more exciting?!
You know, when Ridge was putting Shane's body in that bag, I thought to myself "Yeah - put him in a garment bag - no one will ever connect you Mr. Fashion King to the body! Also, I think Lt. Baker needs acting lessons from David Caruso (CSI Miami).

ATWT - get out the Kleenex! Casey is headed for prison!

Colls - you talked about the "double wedding/arrests" the other day. I think maybe Ridge from B&B and Gwen from ATWT need to get together for therapy and start a support group "I killed someone and it's killing me"!

I'm writing this long post to take my mind off of my third child . He is in surgery right now. I took him in this morning for grooming and I wanted the vet to look at his belly - he has a hernia. I didn't know they would operate asap! He's a ten year old Cairn Terrier. He's a Todo dog, but blondeish color. He's my dog - very territorial. I've talked about him in previous posts. He's in my signature, too. I don't know how I would have survived this last month at home alone without him. If he is sick or not feeling well, he is on me or right next to me. I can imagine when he's in recovery, he'll want to be with me. I get to pick him up tomorrow. Waiting for the vet to call now with news.
  #1128  
Unread 05-02-2007, 03:16 PM
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Originally Posted by jayhawk83
I'm writing this long post to take my mind off of my third child . He is in surgery right now. I took him in this morning for grooming and I wanted the vet to look at his belly - he has a hernia. I didn't know they would operate asap! He's a ten year old Cairn Terrier. He's a Todo dog, but blondeish color. He's my dog - very territorial. I've talked about him in previous posts. He's in my signature, too. I don't know how I would have survived this last month at home alone without him. If he is sick or not feeling well, he is on me or right next to me. I can imagine when he's in recovery, he'll want to be with me. I get to pick him up tomorrow. Waiting for the vet to call now with news.
He made it through surgery okay! His bladder is damaged as a result of the hernia but he'll be better with time. In the interim, he'll have to go outside to go to the bathroom frequently. I pick him and his meds up in the morning. Hmmmm... incision, bladder trouble, frequent urination, meds... sounds familiar!
  #1129  
Unread 05-02-2007, 03:20 PM
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  Quote:
Originally Posted by TKls2myhrt
I also fondly remember the days that we depended on each other's posts by the hour (and got in trouble for it, lol). The support of all of you was crucial in my recovery. Who else would I have talked to? I can't think of anyone who could have replaced those conversations of pain, fear and frustration. Let's all do our best to check in at least once a week (or whatever you can do) during the six months that we have been told to expect in our recoveries.
Here Here I second that motion!

I don't know what I would have done without my sisters! Even though all the and were concerned and sympathetic, you were the ones who helped me the most through this as you knew and understood what I was going through when I was going through it. Love you ladies!

Jayhawk - I'm keeping good thoughts for your dog. I know how much pets can become like our children. I know my cats were concerned with what was going on with me after I came home from the castle. They slept with me a lot. They would each be on opposite sides of me. Sometimes Daisy (my shadow) would hiss at Katie.

I am going to move my car out of the garage and go for a short drive around the neighborhood tonight. My DD left her glasses at home today so my mom and I drove them to her, which was not an easy thing for my mom to do. DD works in the next town over so luckily we could take mostly back roads. There were a few times when I really felt not in control when my mom was driving today. She was going too fast for me and she does not normally drive fast. I don't know if she was feeling put upon to have to drive there as she was upset with DD because DD did not get her butt out of bed and off to work on time. She was supposed to be to work at 1 p.m. and did not get out of bed till after Noon. She called me about 1:30 and asked if I could get them to her before she left work to come home. Mom wanted to rest before driving to bingo tonight. She had a big day at the casino yesterday and did a lot of walking.

I told my mom that I am going to myself to my workplace tomorrow to pick up my checks and go to the credit union. I told her she was welcome to come, but I AM DRIVING! She actually did not do that bad in driving today,but I don't want her to feel self concious if she drives me again. I've had enought of 5 weeks of being a passenger and at the mercy of other people's schedules.

DD will come home after work and drive me to the pharmacy to p/u my BP pills. I didn't want my mom to have to make an extra stop on the way home today. I just wanted to get home safe and sound.

I finally slept in my own bed last night. Yea!!! I did have a bit of a hard time going to sleep as I usually sleep on my belly. I tried to sleep on each of my sides, which was a little uncomfortable so finally at about 3 a.m. I fell asleep on my back.

Well, I guess this is a bit long for chit chat. Talk to you all later.

to all my sisters.
  #1130  
Unread 05-02-2007, 05:48 PM
Hysterectomy dates Mar 26-Apr 02,2007

Colls -- Do not feel guilty about enjoying this last week of your sick leave. You are still recovering and working from home a few hours a day and enjoying the sun is quite different from getting up early every morning and putting in an 8 hour day. I know because that's where I'm at right now.

I started a new job last Monday on my 4-week "hysterversary." I'm doing fine at work, but I'm exhausted in the evenings. I've been in bed by 8:30 every night and I'm sleeping 8 to 9 hours a night. I'm not hurting or anything, just super tired. Fortunately, DH is on evening shift for 4 weeks so my boys and I just pop something in the microwave for dinner.

I had my 5-week check up with my doctor yesterday (actually I was supposed to have a 6-week appointment but he's leaving town for two weeks). He said I'm doing great, but that it will take 2 to 3 months to be totally back to normal. The good news is that the "new normal" will be better than normal was pre-hysterectomy.

DH was very anxious for me to get back to work (financially) because I hadn't worked fulltime since Christmas. I told him that if I started at 4 week post-op that would be ALL I would do for several weeks. I'm watching the dust bunnies multiply like rabbits, but the dishes and laundry are getting done. I guess I couldn't ask for much more.

I miss being here! DH is at work and the boys are at church so I'm "home alone." We're taking the kids to see Michael W. Smith in concert tomorrow night so I'm off to get everything ready (lunches packed and clothes ironed) for the next two days. I'll be leaving from work for the concert and it will be a late night. That will test my post-op endurance for sure! I may sleep all weekend!
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