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  #451  
Unread 05-24-2007, 07:30 AM
Hysterectomy dates Apr 23-Apr 30,2007

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  #452  
Unread 05-24-2007, 08:49 AM
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Where to start. WhensaMi, I am a teacher as well, and after a TAH-BSO with complications and lots of blood loss (transfusion in the hosp) I am petrified to go back to work. It is the end of the year and kids are tough to deal with anyhow. Theya are always scrambling to do something to pass and want you to be there exra time and they wouldn't care if I were still recovering, they would be their same old selves. I would be on my feet all day and then some. I told my doctor this and he thought I should take the rest of the year off, school ends June 8 which is 2 days after 6 weeks for me. We comprimised and I am going back for the last two days which are 1/2 days with the kids. My sub is going to be there too so he can help me put things away. I did this because I am a coach and I am taking my team to a national competition in Orlando on the 8th. The trip is all paid for and I am the only adult going and I was afraid that if I didn't show my face at work before the trip they would make us cancel. I am not sure about flying but Dr says I should be o.k. by then.

Luvs2Quilt, I also explored the options of ablation and I actually cried in the Dr office when I found out what the chances of success with it were, so that is why we decided hysto. Plus I was aready going to have to have surg to remove cysts that were suspicious. They turned out to be chocolate cysts and not the big C, thank goodness but everythig was so bad inside that instead of a vaginal hyst They had to do the whole shebang and take it all. I have had menopausal symptoms for quite some time now and when I asked Dr about that and he said I was probably getting SOME hormones from my diseased ovaries but probably not enough, it wasn't even 3 days out of surgery and I was sweating through everything in sight. I am on Premarin, my second dose try and it is getting close to 2 weeks on it and I don't feel too much better than the first dose but it is sure better than no dose. I plan to see my GP about it when I am better physically because I have heard they know more about HRT than ob/gyn's. I am also 44.
As far as calcium is concerned, I have been taking Caltrate for some time now as I am diabetic and don't drink much milk (it counts as carbs in the diet and I wanted my bread or potatoes with supper) and I find it to be fine. If you take calcium, it is better to take one with D in it as it helps absorption.
For those of you back to work, wow take it easy. I was planning to be back to work by now as well but with the altered surgical plan I am not and now am I glad. We all need rest and recuperation time.
I am hitting that stage where I feel just a bit better so want to do something but everytime I do do something I regret it. My abdomen is so swollen and maybe I am getting paranoid but I am going to Dr tomorrow to have it looked at. I don't want anything to make me have more surgery or anything, I want to get it right the first time. I am sleeping like crap too, I am tired but can't sleep. Yuk, I hope that ends. I don't have a tummy wrap and when I asked the nurse she said they only do that for abdominal hysts, not vaginal like I had. I had to tell her I had abdominal, the plan changed. Why don't they update their charts? So now I haven't had one and don't really want one now, but if they say I should I will. I don't like anything on my abdomen, it is so sensitive to the touch.
Well ladies, thanks for letting me ramble so long, Keep recovery going,
Jane
  #453  
Unread 05-24-2007, 09:15 AM
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Originally Posted by flwrpwr1130
Thanks Luvs2Quilt for the info on wraps. I am cruious as to why they didn't out one on me or tell me about them. Does a tummy control panty work the same way? I have a couple of those. I definitely have swelly belly, and I am not happy about it. I spent the last two years dropping a bunch of weight because I am diabetic, type II diagnosed 2 years ago. It was all good but now I feel a little vain about my slim figure and really want it back. Now I find out I might have the swelly belly for a long time, not too happy about that. Would a wrap have avoided that?

I have a nother question for any of you out there. I am still spotting and thsu wearing pads. It turned out I was realy glad I didn't dump all my supplies before the surgery and in fact I have had to buy more pads again! I swear from teh periods I had before surgery I should have stock in Kotex by now, haha. But seriously, are any of you still spotting? I was told it could continue for a couple three weeks but it is 4 weeks today. Does this mean something else is wrong? I had a very difficult surgery, I guess they had to scrape everything out and I beld a lot and the Dr had to have another surgeon come in and helphim get all the bleeding stopped. So I am thinking extra stitches from that but still.....4 weeks...anyone?
Jane
Jane,

A tummy control panty should work the same way, but if you want to see what an abdominal binder looks like, you can probably find one on a medical website or go to a store that carries them. I'd be lost without mine. When my sister had her hysterectomy years ago, they didn't use these binders. I find them a great help.

As for the spotting, no. When I was back in my room in the hospital they had put a pad on me and when it came time to take it off, there was only a tiny bit of blood. And so far, 4 weeks out, no bleeding or spotting. I still keep my pads. Well, at least for a while. But it doesn't look like I'll need them.

I lost a lot of blood during the operation, but so far, thank goodness, haven't bled since the surgery. I do always look at the T.P. just in case. Someone told me that they were spotting and it turned out to be the stitches dissolving inside. I have to go back for another post op visit soon and I'll ask my dr. what causes bleeding afterward.

My stomach is more sore today. I don't know why. I think I did too much yesterday.

Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

Robin
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  #454  
Unread 05-24-2007, 09:47 AM
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Originally Posted by WhansaMi
Melish and Soccerchic, I understand it is perfectly normal to be exhausted after working at four weeks. I think those of us with vaginal hysterectomies forget, because we have no external scars, but we have many, many, many cuts and stitches inside of you. My surgery itself was a little more complicated than most, because of my anatomy, but my nurse told me that I had over 100 stitches inside of me. I have to think you guys have lots and lots too.

Was it your choice to go back to work so soon? My doc said he'd release me for part-time, but I am supposed to ease back into my routine, not jump in with both feet. Is there a chance to cut back?

Also, nausea is a common result of a body being stressed (think of what it is like to run a long ways if you aren't used to it).

Sheila
My doctor told me I could go back at 3 weeks since I have a sit down job. But I decided to take another week. And yes I'm sure I had a lot of stitches too since my doctor said he had to do a lot more unexpected repairs. Plus okay I was going crazy at home alone all day and I needed some money.
  #455  
Unread 05-24-2007, 09:54 AM
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  Quote:
Originally Posted by flwrpwr1130
Where to start. WhensaMi, I am a teacher as well, and after a TAH-BSO with complications and lots of blood loss (transfusion in the hosp) I am petrified to go back to work. It is the end of the year and kids are tough to deal with anyhow. Theya are always scrambling to do something to pass and want you to be there exra time and they wouldn't care if I were still recovering, they would be their same old selves. I would be on my feet all day and then some. I told my doctor this and he thought I should take the rest of the year off, school ends June 8 which is 2 days after 6 weeks for me. We comprimised and I am going back for the last two days which are 1/2 days with the kids. My sub is going to be there too so he can help me put things away. I did this because I am a coach and I am taking my team to a national competition in Orlando on the 8th. The trip is all paid for and I am the only adult going and I was afraid that if I didn't show my face at work before the trip they would make us cancel. I am not sure about flying but Dr says I should be o.k. by then.

Luvs2Quilt, I also explored the options of ablation and I actually cried in the Dr office when I found out what the chances of success with it were, so that is why we decided hysto. Plus I was aready going to have to have surg to remove cysts that were suspicious. They turned out to be chocolate cysts and not the big C, thank goodness but everythig was so bad inside that instead of a vaginal hyst They had to do the whole shebang and take it all. I have had menopausal symptoms for quite some time now and when I asked Dr about that and he said I was probably getting SOME hormones from my diseased ovaries but probably not enough, it wasn't even 3 days out of surgery and I was sweating through everything in sight. I am on Premarin, my second dose try and it is getting close to 2 weeks on it and I don't feel too much better than the first dose but it is sure better than no dose. I plan to see my GP about it when I am better physically because I have heard they know more about HRT than ob/gyn's. I am also 44.
As far as calcium is concerned, I have been taking Caltrate for some time now as I am diabetic and don't drink much milk (it counts as carbs in the diet and I wanted my bread or potatoes with supper) and I find it to be fine. If you take calcium, it is better to take one with D in it as it helps absorption.
For those of you back to work, wow take it easy. I was planning to be back to work by now as well but with the altered surgical plan I am not and now am I glad. We all need rest and recuperation time.
I am hitting that stage where I feel just a bit better so want to do something but everytime I do do something I regret it. My abdomen is so swollen and maybe I am getting paranoid but I am going to Dr tomorrow to have it looked at. I don't want anything to make me have more surgery or anything, I want to get it right the first time. I am sleeping like crap too, I am tired but can't sleep. Yuk, I hope that ends. I don't have a tummy wrap and when I asked the nurse she said they only do that for abdominal hysts, not vaginal like I had. I had to tell her I had abdominal, the plan changed. Why don't they update their charts? So now I haven't had one and don't really want one now, but if they say I should I will. I don't like anything on my abdomen, it is so sensitive to the touch.
Well ladies, thanks for letting me ramble so long, Keep recovery going,
Jane
Jane,

That is how it was for me. I had 2 ultrasounds and the only thing it showed was a submucosal fibroid and other small fibroids that was causing my bleeding. In order to stop the bleeding, the drs. were just going to take my uterus, the fibroids and cervix. I'm the one that told them to take out my ovaries. Even if they were healthy, I didn't want to chance Ovarian or Cervical cancer.

Well, once they opened me up and got in there, they found endometriosis all over the place. The drs. weren't prepared for that. So, even if I wanted to keep my ovaries, it wasn't possible. What I didn't want to keep but had to keep anyway was my cervix. The drs. said it had too many adhesions on it and they couldn't pry it off my other organs. They also had to get a cancer dr. to look at my kidneys. They thought that some of the endo had backed up into the tubes that go to my kidneys. They cut me abdominally from one side to the other. I had a TAH BSO. But because my cervix is always going to be there, I have to have yearly pap smears. I was hoping to get out of that one. It doesn't look llike I am going to. My dr. told me everything inside was a mess and that my rectum was tipped and that had to be fixed. So I got a few surprises myself. They took out my gallbladder during the same surgery. It was infected and I had kept telling the drs. in the ER that I had pains in my chest and they always brushed it off to something else. So I had two surgeries in one. The 2nd week was the hardest and most painful for me. I'm on a soft diet and while my incision is healing well, I still am careful. I'm just glad the whole thing is over with. I really wanted them to take my cervix out and for that I feel like I went through all that surgery for nothing, but there is nothing the drs. could do. I'm not on HRT yet, even though my ovaries are gone. I imagine I'll be on it at some point. But I hope not. Once in a while I get a little warm, but so far that is all. I'm 44.

I was also upset when I was told about the ablation and embolization, and that the chances of either working weren't in my favor. Then my dr. asked me if I wanted to go on Birth Control pills and see if the fibroid would shrink, but I said no because she told me it would take a very long time. I didn't want to go for the Lupron shots. I heard that they don't work very well. So there really wasn't any other choice. My only choice was to keep or remove my ovaries and cervix and even that became a mute point when they saw all the endometriosis.

When school is over, take it as easy as you can. Where I live, school doesn't stop until the middle of June. It all depends on how many snow days were used.

Best wishes. Feel better.
Robin
  #456  
Unread 05-24-2007, 09:56 AM
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Robin
I tried my tummy control panty last night and while I was a bit more comfortable laying I found that once I got up I didn't like it. My abdomen is really sensitive to the touch.

Thanks for the advice and well wishes, hope your tummy feels better. It seems like we don't know how much is too much until it is too late.

Speedy recovery
Jane
  #457  
Unread 05-24-2007, 10:01 AM
Hysterectomy dates Apr 23-Apr 30,2007

Robin
I swear that other than the gallbladder thing, you and I are the same person! Hyster-twins as it were!
Jane
  #458  
Unread 05-24-2007, 10:45 AM
Hysterectomy dates Apr 23-Apr 30,2007

My doctor also thought I only had fibroids, but when he got in there I has severe endometriosis as well. As per my prior posts, they also discovered I have some kidney/ureter damage, but they aren't able to determine if it was from the endometriosis or if it is completely separate, but I'm dealing with that as well. Seems we are all in the same boat....dealing with multiple problems....
  #459  
Unread 05-24-2007, 01:19 PM
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Originally Posted by amb1968missouri
My doctor also thought I only had fibroids, but when he got in there I has severe endometriosis as well. As per my prior posts, they also discovered I have some kidney/ureter damage, but they aren't able to determine if it was from the endometriosis or if it is completely separate, but I'm dealing with that as well. Seems we are all in the same boat....dealing with multiple problems....
I know how you feel because we go into surgery thinking we had one problem, then find out there were other, more severe problems. The drs. also thought that I had kidney and ureter damage. She told me she called in a specialist to check it, and everything seemed okay. When she told me that I had the endometriosis I just kind of stared at her. I would have never guessed. I never thought I had that.

Please let me know how things turn out when they look at your kidneys. I'll be wondering what is going on. Hopefully there will have been no damage. While I was still under the anesthesia, a dr. came in and used some instrument to actually look through the ureters to my kidneys to see if there was anything in there. I'm hoping they got all the endo. Far as I know they got all of my uterus and the fibroids. I still have the cervix. The drs. couldn't get it out due to the adhesions.

I'll be thinking of you. Best wishes.

Robin
  #460  
Unread 05-24-2007, 01:32 PM
Hysterectomy dates Apr 23-Apr 30,2007

LuvstoQuilt:

Well...I had a renal scan done and it showed that my left kidney is only functioning at 10%. The right one seems to be ok. I had a cysto yesterday and they put a stent in my left ureter to see if it will increase my kidney function, or if too much damage has already been done. If it helps, then they will do some sort of ureter repair..if not..I dont know what they are going to do. I think they said as long as I dont get infections they wont really do much of anything, but I may have misunderstood. I have alot of question when I go back next week. Its really scary to think about...

They removed my uterus, cervix and both ovaries...and started me on HRT immediately. Several years ago I asked a doctor if I could have endometriosis because of the pain I was having...and they basically blew me off...I never brought it up again. I wonder if at that time I had pursued it, if things would be different now....Guess I will never know. I will post what i continue to find out. Thank you for your thoughts...
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