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Unread 07-13-2007, 10:49 PM
Hysterectomy dates Jun 18-Jun 25,2007

dh and my best friend made up. She agreed it was horrible and so now she is allowed to watch the kids but only at our house. That worked great as today my babysitter ditched us with no notice for CA. I have a feeling they will no longer be available to us which means no sitter for 4 days a week. Best friend will take them on here if need be.

however ... I am left alone with them again tomorrow. UGH! Best friend will be out of town, dh is required to do OT, and everyone I know is still gone. UGH!
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Unread 07-14-2007, 07:09 AM
Hysterectomy dates Jun 18-Jun 25,2007

Yes Scrubsfan you really did hit the nail on the head! Even i didn't flinch at first hearing i needed a hyst.--more worried about the bladder repair--just the idea of moving & lifting it sounded painful --but like others, the word "hysterectomy" is so common now and people make it to be something akin to having a mole removed--it's sliced off and biopsied and you're good as new afterwards in most cases---until those "others" go thru it themselves like we have.
A little over my 1/2 way mark of 3 wks and i thought i could start resuming some of my favorite things (certainly not heavy housework) like dinner out, shopping, movies, etc. Felt more normal--ditzy anesthesia head has gone--less wiped out feeling & much stronger--no pain from external sutures (had lapriscopic) and nothing for pain for a while now--BUT yesterday (day after my fun filled day with sis and cousin) i felt like i was reverting backward in this healing process!! Just walking down the block with DH while he walks the dogs all of a sudden was a chore--like now & then a tiny shock of pain darts inside the swelly belly--don't want to take any pain meds (even Tylenol) so i will be able to tell if i do overdo things--am trying to listen to my body so it can tell me to SLOW DOWN--"you're healing's not done yet"---also i will be more careful getting in & out of cars--and NO driving till those "pain darts" have departed for good---i realized the little bit of driving I did (and one of my docs said driving was ok after the 2nd wk) that while sitting, facing forward, you have to twist your middle to look behind & to the sides ---and also getting in & out of the seat you twist some too------so now i will have someone else drive and will swing legs with body while getting in & out of car, chair, bed, etc. Also noticed that just riding in a car is just enough vibration to jiggle the insides-so i won't ride very far either.

I also have a high school reunion coming up in Sept.--it's my 40th !!! Went to the 10th, missed the 20th since i was 8mo pg with 2nd DS, missed the 30th, and don't plan to miss this one -- but should be 100% by then i hope--also hope i will recognize those classmates-what a surprise just the 10th one was--the gals looked great but the men were bald or getting there and potbellies to match ! anyway, have a great time & TAKE IT EASY !!
Unread 07-14-2007, 07:54 AM
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Roxanne...I'm glad to hear your going to the dr. soon. I had my surgery on the same day as you and i'm doing pretty well. I've been driving and i walk between 5-6 miles on trails every morning plus another 2-3 in the late afternoon. I also stopped taking generic pain medicine about a week after i came home. Have only had to take it twice since then. Your pain and still taking medicine definitely doesn't sound normal. I even go back to work this Friday (i got the dr.'s okay) and i waitress. So i wish you luck and let us know what the dr. says. Don't hesitate to get help before then if it gets too bad...just listen to your body. Better safe then sorry.
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Unread 07-14-2007, 01:06 PM
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Lydia, your post sounds just like how I am doing. Pain darts! That is an excellent description. I have lots of them today. Yesterday I had cabin fever (DH was out of town for 3 days) so I went for a short visit with a friend. It was an hour drive each way (on the maniac Wash DC beltway).

Today I am wiped out. Totally wiped out. I'll get out for a walk before the day is over, but that's about it.
It's the vibrations on the road that get me.

I am a little nervous about going back to work in a couple weeks. I have a one-hour commute each way. (That is normal in these parts....)
Right now, that is the part that seems the hardest of anything.

Well, I am also avoiding any pain meds (even Tylenol) because all it does is trick me into doing more than my body really wants me to do.

Roxanne, I am also glad to hear you are going to the doctor soon. It sounds worse than it should be at this point. Please call the doctor's office and tell them exactly what's going on- I'd call before waiting til next Wednesday.

I hope your shifts aren't too long, alibies1 - when you say "this Friday", do you mean July 20? That doesn't sound too outlandish (but I hope your shifts aren't too long and your trays aren't too heavy!!!) Glad you are doing so well!!

Swelly Belly seems to be my BBF. Ack!
Unread 07-14-2007, 02:22 PM
just going along

hi all, well it has been about 26 days since surgery, still feel pretty good, i am walking ALOT, like probably about 3 miles a day, but yesterday i walked for over an hour without sitting down, and my insides start to feel "stiff", so i know at that point i just need to sit for about 15 min to even 30 min, and i can continue walking for about another 45 or so. i do not drive yet, our car is a standard trans, and i think that changing gears would be hard. i do feel the bumps on the road. my husband is so scared to evan think about having sex ( in 2 weeks), he wants to wait longer. we were thinking that my insides are JUST re- attaching now, and the next 2-3 weeks will cement everything in place, so it makes sense that it takes 6- 8 weeks, think about a broken bone healing. well that's my thought for the day, be well all.
Unread 07-14-2007, 04:01 PM
coming along OK

Three and 1/2 weeks into this and I can't believe I still have this darn swelly belly. When will it go away? Some days it's worse than others but today my biggest sweats are tight. I don't get it. If my uterus is gone, how can everything still be so swollen? Isn't there much more room in there now? How am I supposed to get out and walk if my pants don't fit? Grrrr!

It still hurts for me to ride in a car too which is a bummer. I feel like an excited dog every time my husbands asks if I would like to go on a short errand but I feel like a beaten dog when we get back. It doesn't help that they just tore up our cul-de-sac a few days ago and it is bumpy!

Yesterday for the first time in days I had to take some pain pills because I had some "deep" pains. I hate those. I'm not feeling too good today either but I'm trying to ignore it. I don't want to fall back into the pattern of pain meds all day.

It sounds like some of you are doing real well. I am happy for you but I must say I'm also envious. I can't even imagine carrying a tray full of food - it makes me hurt just thinking about it! If you are feeling that good then you go girl! Make sure you don't push it though.
Unread 07-14-2007, 04:42 PM
Hysterectomy dates Jun 18-Jun 25,2007

Has anyone had continuous vaginal leakage? I am 3 1/2 wks post surgery--doing pretty well from the hysterectomy, but have been back to Dr 3 times and was admitted to hospital last week for a check for fistula due to heavy leakage. Procedure came back that everything was OK--they don't know what is wrong. Still leaking, back to Dr Thursday with more checks for the bladder, this also turned out OK but even with a catheter in, still leaking down my legs. So now going back in for another procedure Monday for 2 ureter stents even though this may not be the problem. Don't know what to do next. Has anybody had this problem. I can wet through 2 pads on top of Depends underwear and sometimes have to change every 2 hrs.
Take care all.
Unread 07-14-2007, 05:28 PM
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hEY there North49--I feel EXACTLY the same ! It's almost 3 1/2 weeks and one of my earlier posts i sounded like this won't be such a bad ride---spoke too soon---dart like pains, some dull pulling that gets my attention---they come and go--but make me want to say what the heck was THAT ! Is healing supposed to be felt like this? Never had surgery before, so clueless (forgot-- breast implants years ago--a piece of cake and nothing like this). Then someone said the little darts are phantom pains from things not there now---ever heard of that anyone ?? I have a twin sister (she had cancer in leg & had it amputated at 9 yrs old & still has phantom pains at age 58), so i know they are real --so if uterus,cervix,tubes,ovaries have been "amputated" then is the phantom thing normal for some of us ???

And the car thing -- first ride home from castle wasn't a joy ride -- but it got better in week 1 & 2 --or maybe i imagined it or i was so excited to get out of the house that i ignored any pains---now in almost wk 4 i brace myself when anyone drives me anywhere--car jiggles those insides---i don't dare drive again till ALL the darts are gone!

I feel like i am moving backwards--but hi hopes for week 4 & 5. Not really hormonally depressed (few yrs ago went thru natural menopause thank goodness) but patience is what's going to be my goal-----love to read all the sisters moans, groans, so i don't feel like i'm the only one ----hard to believe soooooo many are in this time of life---power in numbers is a Godsend-----also this great computer age/internet/communication !!!

Another quick word: my 2 DS's hopefully are learning a lesson watching me go thru this--so if their wives ever have to experience it, they will be ever so patient, helpful, & understanding---as they have been for me, dear old mom
Unread 07-14-2007, 05:40 PM
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hEY North 49 ----forgot to say about the belly thing---mine changes too , from flatter (if you could call it that) in am and much poochier in pm ---also thought i would have a much flatter tummy with all that taken out--know the swelling takes time tho---tried jip up bermudas and can actually close them (stretch fabric tho) but can't wear them long and resort to elastic comfy jog pants. Have lost a little weight or just feel too full to eat what i normally do --saw some posts saying the same -- worried i will really "put it on" since the recliner is my favorite chair & only get exercise walking with DH & dogs -- used to work out all the time and afraid it will be a year before i can come near to that again ---patience !!
Unread 07-14-2007, 06:30 PM
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To all of my hyster sisters who had TVH:

I hope you are all doing as well as I am. I can appreciate and sympathize with you sisters who had abdominal surgery. I myself had vaginal and my Dr. said it would be much faster healing. I didn't think so at first, but now at 3-1/2 weeks, I feel great and am getting around really well.

I hope those of you who had abdominal surgery will soon, too

I think the thing that I continually see in our posts, whether it be from vaginal or abdominal, is pay attention to your body's signs. When you feel exhausted, rest. I still have to from time to time. I am just looking forward to when I really "appreciate" having this surgery! From what I hear, around 6 months, you will feel great and never look back.

I do have to say, I will miss you all, as we will all be removed from our daily posts at week 8 from what I understand. This website has been so comforting to me to hear that I have symptoms and problems like everyone else.

I hope all of you are feeling better.

Keep this in mind: Each day gets easier.


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