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Unread 07-12-2007, 04:50 PM
Hysterectomy dates Jun 18-Jun 25,2007

hEY all: Feeling more normal-maybe too much till i got out today & may have overdone it--fatigue hit me again but here's why: have out of town favorite cousin visiting a few days--she helped me take my Llhasa to vet (my dog had major surgery 3 days ago for kidney stones-hurts my tummy just looking at her) and sutures weeping so have to take her in every day--then ran few errands near home (i insisted on driving & did fine)--then ate lunch & went shopping with sis & cousin to nearby boutique (really made me feel normal again) had a blast, laughed a lot (that still hurts), turned down offer to go on short boat ride across lake to eat dinner tonite---thank goodness---told DH can't cook dinner tonite--too wiped out--haven't done much cooking anyway, just simple thrown togethers & leftovers--but did have fun ----scared me when i read about one post & feeling something pop !
So even at 3 wks out -- need to SLOW DOWN --bm's were normal & now not---so back on the prune juice or MoM's----- this whole process is so long !! and i thought i had patience !!
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Unread 07-12-2007, 04:55 PM
Hysterectomy dates Jun 18-Jun 25,2007

it is easy to over do it when you are feeling well but our bodies say otherwise. I know I have done that too
Unread 07-12-2007, 06:54 PM
made a big oops!

Was out putting a letter in the mailbox when I spotted my neighbor's 2 yo outside w/o supervision. She waved at me and ran into the street to come to me. I met her halfway and she held her little arms up to me for a pick-up and not even thinking, I did. Her mother was in the bathroom and had no idea her DD was running around in the road. Thank God we live close together on a quiet street. I didn't feel any pulling or pain at the time BUT now I'm paying dearly. My tummy is so swollen, tender and heavy feeling. It's so easy to accidently "forget" not to bend or lift. I'm taking my pain meds tonight 4 shur.
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Unread 07-12-2007, 07:25 PM
I guess I'm still...

...not ready to drive. I thought I was but yesterday I drove just a little to test it out and just lifting my right leg to the gas and brake pedals hurt. It is the weirdest feeling, kind of like I can feel the stiches deep inside me. I didn't "pop" anything, just irritated it and made it a bit sore. Driving seems like such a little thing and maybe I'm just a chicken but I don't think I'm ready. That is very frustrating because I HATE asking people to help me, especially with little things that it seems I should be able to do myself.

Tuesday and Wednesday I felt great and had lots of energy. I didn't over-do anything but last night I fell asleep watching TV with the family and I never do that. I just couldn't stay awake and I'm pretty tired today. I was hoping to go to my DD's soccer game but I guess I'll have to skip another one.

Why is it that when you have a group of girlfriends (we do lots of things together) who you think care, it is always and only the same 3 that come through with support when you need it? The other ones haven't called or emailed or even sent a card to see how I'm doing or if I need anything. I would and have done anything for those girls but I guess they just don't have the same loyalty. I know I need to not let them affect me, I can't control what others do or think, but I also don't understand why they don't seem to care. One even made the stupid remark of "If she didn't lose her ovaries then there shouldn't be any problems with hormones". Grrrr.

Ok, I'm done now. Thanks for letting me vent. I feel better.
Unread 07-12-2007, 08:25 PM
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You are right. It is very easy to forget, especially once we start feeling better. My 6 year old was climbing on the cupboards to get something (shouldn't have been) and got twisted up somehow and started calling for me. Instinictively, I picked him up off the counter and set him down on the floor. (48 lbs) !!!!!! Lucky for me, I was ok, but could have been worse!!!! It's hard to keep a mom down !!!

Unread 07-12-2007, 08:38 PM
Hysterectomy dates Jun 18-Jun 25,2007

north49, I don't like to drive, either. I can do it but I prefer not to.
I am still dizzy soemtimes. It is not extreme, buT just enough that I feel "off-kilter".

I am sorry you are feeling abandoned by your friends. I think people just under-estimate how difficult this surgery & recovery is. And they are absorbed in their own lives & lose track.
Hang in there!!
Unread 07-12-2007, 09:40 PM
Hysterectomy dates Jun 18-Jun 25,2007

Hello!!! I'm new to this website, and already love it there is so much helpful info. and knowing that you are not alone is reassuring. I had my surgery on June 20th, so I am 3 weeks post-op and going crazy. I feel like I spend half of my day in the BR just trying to pee. Not to mention the episodes of crying over nothing. Not being able to sleep at night. What a way to spend your summer. Thank God I have a very understanding(most of the time) 8 yr. daughter and husband. I just want to feel better I guess my patience is running thin.
Unread 07-13-2007, 04:23 AM
Hysterectomy dates Jun 18-Jun 25,2007

Just finished up week #3 of recovery, and while I'm glad to be halfway thru, I'm also sad that I'm halfway thru because I've been enjoying my time off with my kids. lol. I feel like a kid who knows it's getting close to the start of the school year and is already beginning to dread it. :laugh:

Anyway, my incision is finally beginning to itch, and I'm combatting that with a cold pack. Itched enough that it woke me out of a sound sleep, so I'm appreciating the relief. I've read about 4:00 a.m. being the "witching hour" when many HS's wake up and thought I was done with that...guess not!

This weekend is going to be exceptionally taxing on me as it's my 20-year high school reunion involving pre- and post-reunion activities. Saved a Vicodin or two just for the occasion! I know it may appear to most like this borders on "over-doing it" but this was planned in advance and it's kind of important to me, not to mention I'm suffering from cabin fever! The ice-breaker get-together will involve me finding a nice chair or stool and planting my keister for the duration. I'm limiting myself to 2-3 hours and then heading home. The actual reunion itself will involve eating a nice dinner, maybe a slow dance here and there, and complete avoidance of the open bar. The next day is the reunion's family picnic at a park complete with playgrounds and a petting zoo. I figure the kids need a break, too, and can have fun wearing themselves out while I keep it real on a blanket or picnic table. :laugh:

Not over-doing it is still my mantra, of course, but I figure if I take these activities easy, don't push myself, and recognize the signs of when I've had enough, I'll be okay. I'm aware of the fact that while I'm feeling significantly better, I've still got three weeks of healing left to do. Surprisingly, I haven't experienced many of the setbacks others have experienced and am thankful for that. My digestive system appears to be back to normal (implying it was ever normal to begin with...which it wasn't), I've stopped taking Enablex because like many others my bladder control seems to have improved since the surgery, I've had no problems with my steri-strips or my incision oozing or anything like that, and I'm moving around quite well.

I was reading someone else's post that I believe was submitted by HS Pepperoni - "I think people just under-estimate how difficult this surgery & recovery is. And they are absorbed in their own lives & lose track." I wanted to add that I think the reason people underestimate the difficulty and recovery required for this surgery is because the surgery has become so commonplace that others have become immune. I began demonstrating symptoms of my problem while at work back in March, and by late May, my surgery was getting scheduled for June. There aren't many employees where I work, maybe a handful, and I thought for a second I had a unique health situation...until I learned that one of my handful of co-workers had already been thru this same thing. Kind of made me feel a bit "assembly-line". :laugh: Mind you, I do NOT underestimate the difficulty of this surgery (it IS organ amputation after all) nor its recovery, but I can only imagine that others who haven't had it feel oversaturated by surgeries of its kind attributing to people's lack of empathy. It's like expecting a woman to really know and understand what it's like to be kicked in the family jewels...or a man really knowing and understanding what it's like to give birth. Unless you've HAD that experience, you're merely taking a best guess at things, and people's best guesses are usually severely underestimated.

Anyway, I personally don't care if family and friends "get it" or not. I AM the one personally experiencing MY hysterectomy situation, and I AM the one personally responsible for my own recovery...and so far, things are coming along quite nicely! Thankfully, we have this site where we women DO "get it" and empathy is abundant! Thank you all and best wishes to you in your recoveries!
Unread 07-13-2007, 05:03 AM
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Kudos to you Cheryl! You hit the nail right on the head. Some of my friends can't understand why I'm not doing more. They say when they had their c-sections they were up and around right away. I keep trying to tell them that the only thing I have in common with their c-section is where the incision line is. I never thought of it as organ amputation before. Have fun at your reunion, just don't overdo it!

Yesterday was my first day without taking any pain meds at all! I have been off the vicodin for a while and have been relying on motrin. Things are definately on the upswing for me also.

I started hormones last Saturday (.5mg of estrace) so far, so good!
Unread 07-13-2007, 05:22 AM
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Finally feeling normal - took my last dose of mega antibiotic last night - driving and doing most everything I was doing before the surgery - just not lifting a lot, but more than the 5lbs they said I'm suppose to, but I don't have a choice in that - Anyway - see the Dr. again next Thursday, and hopefully back to work the following Monday.

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