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Unread 08-28-2007, 09:46 PM
Hysterectomy dates Jun 25-Jul 02,2007

I'm a teacher, also, and today was the second day of school. I've had to take a nap both days, but I usually do that the first week/month of school. I used to take Tylenol on my way to work every day and I haven't yet this year!!! (Maybe 'cause school's just starting) I don't think about the hysterectomy anymore, except when I have to lift something. I was packing up old curriculum to get sent back, but didn't move the boxes after packing them. Last week I did push a bunch of the new curriculum on a cart - uphill - and knew I had overdone it. I didn't feel any strain, but it just wore me out.

I have another cart that needs to be moved, but absolutely refuse to do it. I learned my lesson. I asked the custodians and reminded the Assistant Principal that it needed to be moved, last Wednesday, and it's still not moved. I guess I can just grab a few of the books every now and then, and eventually they'll all make it back to my room, maybe even before Christmas! Or maybe I'll just get some of those big 5th grade boys to push it for me.

Well, my biggest complaint about the after-effects of the hyster is the big "O". It sure does take a lot more work... I told my DH they need to make a Viagra type med for hyster/menopausal women. He replied that they make it for the men so that they can last longer - for our benefit. It's taking a lot of work on his part to get me the "O". I'm hoping that with time, it will get easier.

I had A & P repairs and my bladder issues are completely gone. No more surprises when sneezing or coughing. But I've recently developed a few embarassing posterior/anal issues that I didn't have before. I'm hoping it's temporary and will also go away. Dr. told me to give everything 6 months to heal, and any problems that are still present after thtat will need to be dealt with. 4 more months to go...

I'm glad to hear most of the teachers are back to work and surviving. I had a vaginal surgery and I know the recovery is a whole lot easier.
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Unread 08-29-2007, 02:09 AM
Hysterectomy dates Jun 25-Jul 02,2007

hi, I had my op on 29th. had to suffer thru infectious stitches;pus,dressings 2 times a day with lo grade fever for 7 weeks.past my 8th week, feeling better now. i dont get tired that easily now,am walking around the house, ccoking and ordering the staff &family around!!still difficult to sit for too long .hope the recovery is smoother love and best of health 2 u all
Unread 08-30-2007, 05:34 AM
Hysterectomy dates Jun 25-Jul 02,2007

I surprisingly went back to work yesterday. I'm a teacher wanna-be aka a substitute teacher. It was only the third day of school here so I really didn't expect to work so early in the year (usually assignments start coming in after the second week). The day went really well. Yes, I was tired by the end but I think that would have been the case anyway after lounging around since June. The principal and assistant principal were wonderful and checked in to make sure I was feeling ok. It was great to be back in the classroom with the kids again. I'm looking forward to a (hopefully) busy year!

Best wishes.


45-tah/bso-endo and strong family history of ovarian cancer
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Unread 08-30-2007, 08:31 AM
Hysterectomy dates Jun 25-Jul 02,2007

Monday was the first day of school for me, but the second week of my working full-time. On Monday and Tuesday I was able to rest at lunch and made it through the day. Yesterday, I didn't get to rest, and I was exhausted by 3:30. I find that as long as I can lie down and rest, even for 30 minutes, I can make it to the end of the day. The trick for me seems to be to rest before I'm exhausted.

Good luck to everyone in getting back to your normal routines!
Unread 09-03-2007, 06:28 PM
Giving it time

I had a TAH on June 29, 2007. It's a long slow process which I have a hard time dealing with. I am the type that is always on the run and to complete stop has not been easy. Although I am learning to "smell the roses a little longer" than I use too. Now that I am back to work for the past three weeks; am coming home and resting in the evenings.

I have the ol' belly swelling in the evenings more often than not. I am trying the Grannies panties to keep things together while I am at work and the clothes that have can adjust to the swelling as well. Is there any other advise someone can offer for the swelling to keep it down during the working hours?

I must agree with most of you who say that many people do not understand that you are not complete at your best by now or at 100%. They really don't get it... I wonder if it was a friend of mine instead of me ~ would I understand either... hmmm... I hope I would...

for all and thank you for all the information and help along the road to recovery!!
Unread 09-05-2007, 06:31 AM
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Ladies, now that you are more than 8 weeks post op, this progress thread has served its purpose and is no longer needed.

But don't stop here! Keep it going. Pass it on!

HysterSisters thrives because of the woman-to-woman support we offer to each other! Please venture out of your date group to help other women while you continue to receive support through new threads you start for your concerns.

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Unread 06-30-2008, 09:49 AM
Hysterectomy dates Jun 25-Jul 02,2007

Wow not one person has been back to update, lol. So guess I will be it!!

A year later and glad to not be dealing with Aunt Flo, thats been the best part of this whole journey. Still have numbness across the scar but thats easy enough to deal with. Though I do still get "cramps" every so often, arrgg but they are liveable so I won't complain too much about them. Though I figured by now I wouldn't be feeling those anymore.

I must be one of the really lucky ones as far as meno symptoms goes. I was on the patch from July thru the end of Dec when I stopped using it. To my surprise I've had very little to no drawbacks from stopping. I was so ready for the HOT flashes, lol, but they were a no-show!! I'm grateful and feel blessed. My mom said she was pretty much the same way so maybe its my genes?? Sure hope I'm not speaking too soon, lol.

One complaint I do have is the weight gain, arrgg but in all honesty I should have been more careful. Mom did try to tell me its harder to lose after the hyster but..... And the belly that I can't get rid of it yuck!! Something to work on for sure. If I can quit the ciggs (right before the surgery mind you) then I can do this too!!! And still smoke free!!

Glad I had this site to get info from cause the Dr's office doesn't give you as much as they should ahead of time. Here I was able to learn quite a bit and having the ladies share what they were going thru was invaluable to me. I hope all the ladies from this date group are doing well and back to their young selves!!!

Hopefully some of you will come along and post how you are doing.
Unread 06-30-2008, 09:57 AM
1 year post op

I had my TAH one year ago today. I tried to update this thread yesterday, but couldnt find it!

The last year has been horrible for me. Just when I felt a bit better, nearly recovered, from the hyst, I found a nodule on my thyroid. Two surgeries later, I have thyroid cancer, and parathyroid damage to boot which means calcium issues.

God, I've been through the wringer! When will I be given a break???

Anyway, in regards to the TAH, I felt okay about 3 - 4 months later. I did develop some urinary incontinence issues which are still being investigated. A lot to handle at 41 years of age!

I cant really say I've noticed much else. Im' still ovulating (my sore boobs remind me of that every month).

I hope you are all doing well. Thank God for this forum - it saved my sanity a year ago!

Unread 06-30-2008, 10:04 AM
Hysterectomy dates Jun 25-Jul 02,2007

Hi everyone! I am doing great too! This has to be one of the best things I ever did!!

I don't have any meno symptoms but I still have my ovaries and I think they are working fine, I do get moody once in a while but nowhere near what it was like before!

I have had awful hemerrhoids since surgery though and dealing with a lot of bacterial vaginosis??? I think if I had the roids dealt with the other would go away too but I am scared to deal with it.

In the meantime my original GYN left the state just a few months after my surgery! I was so sad, I loved her. The practice where she was gave me an idiot Dr. to replace her so I left them and went back to one I'd seen in the past so all is well now.

I'll deal with the back end some day, I think it is from pelvic floor weakening?? I already had a little trouble after childbirth but it's way worse since my hyster. It is bearable but what isn't are the infections and I haven't found a good way to keep them under control.

I still no matter what do not regret my surgery, such FREEDOM not bleeding 20 days out of 30 and the mess and the aches and feeling like I am bleeding to death, I do not miss a thing!

Happy hysterversary!
Unread 06-30-2008, 11:41 AM
One year later - ovaries intact & no menopause yet

I turn 45 in a few weeks and still no sign of surgical menopause, thank God!

One thing I think is really weird - I expect extra hair growth, like above the lips, etc. I used to have one stray hair on my chin that I had to pluck every 3 - 4 months. But, in the last six months, it's almost like the reverse. It seems the slight shadow above my lip is lighter, my eyebrows don't grow as bushy, I don't have to shave pits and legs as often. Isn't that weird? Anyone else have this happen since surgery? I kept my ovaries and haven't taken any hormones.

I had prolapse/pelvic floor repairs and have had two instances in the last 2 months that I felt I was prolapsed slightly. It sure will be a bummer if I've undone all the work. I still get a twinge in my belly if I've lifted something too heavy. And if I jump, I also feel it. Anyone else still be super careful about lifting?

Love never having a period again! Such freedom!!!! I have 2 teenage daughters, and I have to keep my mouth shut and not gloat during their monthlies. I try to be very sympathetic to them and not go on about how blessed I am....!!!! But I know I can rejoice with ya'll - doin' the HAPPY DANCE!!!!

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