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Unread 05-22-2007, 08:28 PM
Hysterectomy dates Mar 26-Apr 02,2007

First let me apologize for missing my fellow 3/26ers' 8 week hysterversary yesterday... That just shows we're back hard at work both on the job and at home. It got away from me!

Second, Oh, Jay... sssssoooooo ditto!!!! (except Reba - I'd sub Ellen for that one)! It is good to feel normal. For all this surgery healed, I can live with the awakening ovaries and the flashes that go with it.

Heal on, sisters! And thanks for being here...
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Unread 05-22-2007, 09:35 PM
geting over sugery

i have been sick for so long i cant wait to feel good i went back to the doc last week because i had a siuns infection coughing is really hard after sug not good on the bladder ither my bp is going down some went back today to have it checked they wont to check it for a mo to see if i have high blood and i was still not feeling well so the doc checked me out again still have a sinus infetion so back on meds i go oh to feel good again i cant wait until that time comes
Unread 05-22-2007, 10:14 PM
Hysterectomy dates Mar 26-Apr 02,2007

So I thought I would update you all before they close out our recovery thread.

I go to the dr. tomorrow and plan on being released to go back to work. If all goes as planned, I will return to work on Thurs.

I loved being on vacation and not having to worry if Aunt Flo would tag along. They had all white towels at the hotel and I did not have to worry about leaving my mark behind! I would have used the pool, but I kept a gauze pad over my incision just in case. (My incision was closed and I did not have any drainage just prior to going on vacation, but I did not want to possibly get an infection from being in a heavily populated pool. The last thing I wanted was to have to make a trip to the ER while I was there.) At least I know I can go in the pool any day I want this summer!

I no longer have a gauze pad over the incision (thank God because I was getting sores from changing the tape) and I am applying Vitamin E a few times a day so as to minimize the scaring. I have not felt any twinges in my stomach for a while either.

One drawback I have is that I am still using a pad. (It must have looked strange to my niece staying in the hotel room with me that I had a package of pads in the bathroom, but she never said a word.) I believe my bladder may have a slow leak. Previously I thought it was a vaginal/uterus problem but now since I am still wet down there and my uterus is gone, I don't belive it's related to that. I will ask the dr. (specialist) about it tomorrow, but I happened to look in the yellow pages and found that my own gyn's office has "Incontinence Care" listed as one of the things they do. So I will probably get released from the specialist (gynecologist/oncologist) and follow up with my regular gyn.

I am also still taking a nap in the afternoon. I feel so tired but I don't know if it may be depression or just plain laziness. (I have looked up psychologists in the white pages online and have one in mind (her strengths are depression and self esteem, which I think I have issues with. I just need to make the call and set up an appt.) When I couldn't do housework (Week 1, 2, 3, 4), I wanted to do it so bad and it would bother me that things weren't getting done, and now that I can do most anything, I don't seem to have the energy nor do I care if it gets done! I think there is just soooo much to do that I am overwhelmed at the big picture and can't seem to break it down into small jobs and I don't even know where to start.

I don't want to leave this post on a downer so I will say that I am looking forward to returning to work like so many of my sisters have already done. (I can't believe some of you went back to work after 4 weeks!) You have all been an inspiration and a source of comfort to me. When no one in my immediate family could understand what I was going through, I could turn to my sisters and you would be there for me with with caring, concern and helpful information to get me through the difficult times.

Please let's keep in touch through our chit chat coffee house. I know the posts may be few and far between, but we have a good group and I would like to know how everyone is doing.
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Unread 05-23-2007, 03:03 AM
Hysterectomy dates Mar 26-Apr 02,2007

Well here it is my last post in the recovery thread. I returned back to work again this week. Things are going a lot better this time. On the 1st day just a little spotting and now all is good except that it is so so hot where I work. It does not have a/c just fans and no windows. I work in a factory. This is my 3rd day back and I'm exhausted but at least I don't have to worry about Aunt flo.

My stomach pain that I was having last week is easing up a lot but that is due to me going to a gastroenterologist and he put me on meds that is for bladder and bowel spasms and helps with cramping. The only draw back to that is it also slows down your sweating and can make you over heat way too fast and have a heat stroke. It recommends that you stay out of the heat but that is impossible for me because of work.

I have not started taking any HRT and I don't think I plan on it. I am not that emotional anymore and if I can stand myself so can everyone else. I have really enjoyed sharing all the ups and downs with everyone here, even when we were getting into trouble. You all have been a great help in my healing process and for this I would like to say THANKS TO ALL. I hope we keep in touch. Everyone have a summer to remember with the absence of Mother Nature!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Unread 05-23-2007, 06:43 PM
Hysterectomy dates Mar 26-Apr 02,2007

Anybody watching the AI finale? That first song with Blake and Jordin was really cute. Gwen was totally lip synching (IMO - and I love her stuff!). And so on... the music's great tonight. I'll try not to slip and post a spoiler!

I'm so glad all these reality shows that have had me glued to the couch since Feb/Mar (and were my entertainment throughout recovery) are finally coming to an end. So far, happy endings - Earl won Survivor (could have been worse); Andy loves Tessa (thank goodness); Apollo and Julianne takes the prize...

GO BLAKE! GO BLAKE!! GO BLAKE!!! (I can dream, can't I? Jordin has it, I think. I voted for Blake, but Jordin's the singer. We'll see...)

Someday update me on B&B and ATWT!!! I'm going through withdrawal!

Back to life... back to reality.

Miss you, ladies!
Unread 05-23-2007, 07:17 PM
Hysterectomy dates Mar 26-Apr 02,2007


It has been a pleasure to share this surgery week with you all. I count my blessings every day that I've had an "uneventful recovery" and pray for each of you as I do so - especially those of you that have seen some real trials and setbacks.

I've learned from your successes and mistakes and have listened to your advice to me and others. This has been a great site for support and information. I will send any future hystersisters I meet here and have sent one or 2 already. I'll check in now and again, especially in the chit chat thread we started. Hope to hear from you all intermittently (or often would be ok too!).

There's still so much ahead as far as recovery goes. And so many questions, like: It's been 8 weeks, I kept my ovaries, I went through the "ovary shock" period at week 2-3. Why am I still having hot flashes and cold sweats??? (I think I'll go start that thread now!)

Take care, sisters. See you out and around the "post 8 week recovery world!"

Unread 05-23-2007, 07:57 PM
Hysterectomy dates Mar 26-Apr 02,2007

Well, I haven't posted in awhile, but I am still having bladder pain and the swelly belly is still hanging around.

I have been extremely unmotivated to start my "job" as the stay at home mom that I am. The laundry has been backed up and the house is a wreck and try as I might I couldn't get motivated. However, today, I just did it.. and over did it at the same time... The house is spotless and the laundry is almost caught up!

Good luck to everyone!
Unread 05-23-2007, 08:05 PM
Hysterectomy dates Mar 26-Apr 02,2007

Colls~ did you see the Bachelor? Yeah! He picked Tessa! I was so excited...
Unread 05-23-2007, 09:15 PM
It's back to work for me!

Hi Ladies - I had my checkup/release to work appt. today. I did not see the dr., I had the PA again! I am slightly offended (but not totally offended) by that because I did ask at the front desk if I would be seeing the dr. today. The receptionist asked me if I WANTED to see him, and I told her yes because it was my release to return to work appt and she seemed to make a note of it so why did I not see him? I don't know because I did not say anything to the PA because she is so nice and I had some female things to ask about and would have felt embarassed to ask the dr about them. (I know I should not be embarassed as I have shown my privates to sooooo many people already!) She said my incision looked good and I told her that I was putting the Vitamin E on it. She did do an internal exam and thankfully skipped the rectal exam! I don't think he would have skipped that.

She assured me that my leaking problem was not vaginal and suggested that I follow up with either the urologist/gyns that share their office or my own gyn. She told me it may be resolved with either exercises, medicine or surgery. I don't want another surgery. I just want to be normal and not have my underwear wet all the time so that I have to wear a pad. I want a pad pitching party!!!! I want to be able to be intimate and not have to be embarassed that I have a pad on when I've had a hyst.

I do return to work tomorrow. I'm hoping I will be able to get to sleep at a decent time tonight. I know that it's 11 p.m. now, but I am usually up this late anyway. I plan to go to bed by 11:30 and wake up at 6:30 a.m. I'm also hoping I don't have any weird dreams that I seem to have been having since surgery. I'm looking forward to going back to work and having a feeling of accomplishment from getting something done. Maybe that will inspire me to get things done around the house!

Best of luck to all my sisters as we continue to recover and hopefully have a normal and pain free life.
Unread 05-23-2007, 11:21 PM
Hysterectomy dates Mar 26-Apr 02,2007

Hi all,
Thank you all for the sharing and updates for the last several weeks, it helped immensely with my recovery. I will miss this post, where do I find the chit chat thread? I have already returned to work and this weekend I went to Reno. I was able to drink and dance for two nights with NO PAIN!!!! It felt great Although I was sick and exhausted on Monday. I definately overdid it!! This was the first time I went somewhere and did not have to worry, I almost looked under the sink to get my pads, and then remembered I didnt need them! As for my hormones, that is a different story, at work today, in a meeting I am in charge of, my friend was a little rude and then one of my ideas was turned down, and I did not even try to argue my point, instead, I sat there and got very upset, started crying and had to go in the bathroom where I proceeded to cry for at least 10 minutes, then, I went back to the meeting (I didn't know whether to go back or stay away) and look down and doodle for the rest of the meeting, not talking or looking at anyone, in fear that I would burst out crying or yelling and cursing at someone!!! This has never happened to me before and I am extremely embarrassed. After the meeting, I had several people ask if I was okay, and all I could say was hormones. My friend did apologize, but I had to apologize as well because I really over-reacted!!! Then I came home, ate a little and then took a 1 and 1/2 hr. nap! As as for all of you, thank you and hope to talk to you on the chit chat line if I can find it.

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