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Unread 08-06-2007, 12:00 AM
Hysterectomy dates Aug 06-Aug 13,2007

If your hysterectomy was between Aug 06-Aug 13,2007 this is the place to post your progress during your hysterectomy recovery.

If you have a question about your recovery, please start a new thread to receive answers and support for your concerns!

We hope you are recovering with plenty of rest and a bit of walking.

Post how you are doing here when you are home and well enough to sit a few minutes at your computer.

Don't forget to pamper the princess, drink plenty of water and walk a bit!

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Unread 08-09-2007, 08:11 AM
Hysterectomy dates Aug 06-Aug 13,2007

Hello ladies. I don't post around her emuch but I think I may start. I had my TAH two days ago and I'm actually still in the hospital but will be heading home this afternoon. So far it's not so bad, I have been a walking fool and the nurses are amazed at how well I'm getting around. I generally have a high pain tolerance so I'm not real surprised by this. Besides, it's the only thing that seems to hep at all with the gas pains...I can feel it shifting around in there but it doesn't seem to want to come out...at least not as much as I'd like....I'm feeling a bit like a balloon.

I apparently have 17 staples that I have to do to the doc's office tomorrow to have removed and frankly I'm a bit scared of that as I've never had staples before.

That's about it for now...off to do some more laps.
Unread 08-09-2007, 01:26 PM
I'm Back!

Home from the hospital early yesterday evening, glad to be home, and the whole time I was in the hospital just so thankful, as I continue to be, for this wonderful site! There were so many things the doctor did not prepare me for--e.g. having the granny panties and the pads to place inside the panty to protect the incision line, the tummy pillow, the comfortable clothes to wear home post-op, the not drinking with straws idea in order to avoiid gas, bringing your own own gown and pillows (what they give you are truly a disgrace--and I was in a "good" hospital!)........I can go on and on forever! All I can say is that what would have otherwise been an extremely challenging situation for me in so many ways became an almost pleasant one due to hystersisters!

Procedure (TAH/BSO) on morning of August 6 was uneventful, doctor doesn't think there's cancer but I'll wait for pathology report before I celebrate! Adhesions were "filmy" and therefore not a problem for the surgeon (that had been a big worry of mine). Uterus was the size of a volleyball according to doctor, and even now with post-op swelling my belly's probably smaller than it was pre-op! As suggested on this site I asked him to take pictures of the removed uterus and ovaries and he did--I'm so glad to have gotten that monstrosity out of me!!!! I also got rid of the ovaries because I've had to worry too long about cancer. I may have a new set of concerns now (primarily hormone-related) but gyno cancer won't ever again be a constant fear of mine!

Got off the morphine Tuesday morning, foley catheter also removed then, and that same day started solid foods....have had three full meals daily since then and holding it all down just fine. Was placed on some form of percoset once off the morphine, and continued taking that until today; just a while ago I started 400 mg. ibuprofen. Urinating a lot--and fully--which I had stopped doing as well once my fibroids and uterus got too big. Almost as though my bladder is making up for lost time now! Only complaint is the constipation which prune juice, stool softeners, lots of fluids, and lots of food still haven't relieved, but hoping that once the percoset and morphine are totally out of my system there will be some relief. Just worried about that first bowel movement, fearful I'll bust a stitch or something! Also, have had some shortness of breath but I also think it's related to the percoset, felt like that in the hospital and all was well then. Probably just fatigued: one of the doctors described the surgery as a "controlled form of trauma" to the body. That's why although I have just about as much energy as usual I'm trying to stay as quiet as possible, although I make sure I walk around the house enough.

Can't say enough about how much this wonderful website has helped me the whole way through, thank you each of you so veryveryvery much! My husband has been perfect throughout too...I am truly blessed having both him and all of you!

A Newly-Punctured Princess!
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Unread 08-09-2007, 06:26 PM
Home and doing well

I got home yesterday from the castle. I can't say enough great things about the hospital. It was really like a castle. It was built with all private rooms!!! The nurses were great and the food was good too.

I am doing very well. I am off the percocet and I am just taking ES Tylenol. It seems to work fine. I don't like how I feel on the percocet. I am up walking around. I do rest a lot though. I can best describe the pain as...It feels as though I did about 1000 sit-ups and crunches and it is the day after.

I think the gas is the worst part. I really was afraid of this whole thing, but I am so glad that I had it done and it is behind me now.

On the morning of the surgery I had another hemorrhage. It had been three months since my first/last one. It was really bad. I was originally scheduled for 2pm but I called the doctor in the AM and he wanted me to come in right away. I was taken immediately in the OR. As much as I could have gone without the last hemorrhage, it kind of helped me know that I was making the right decision.

Anyway, I am home, I am healing and I am happy!

I hope the same for all my hystersisters out there.

Unread 08-09-2007, 06:35 PM
Pain, urinary issues, constipation

My BSO was on 8/7 and I came home from the hospital yesterday. The surgery was laparascopic so hopefully the recovery is quicker. My hospital experience was terrible. The woman in the bed next to me was suffering from dementia and her son had to stay with us in the room (no other rooms were available). I am taking Percocet for pain and am trying to drink plenty of liquids. Sometimes it is hard for me to urinate. I take Miralax on a regular basis and hope it helps me with the current constipation. Any suggestions will be appreciated.

God bless,

Noreen age 52
Unread 08-09-2007, 06:36 PM
I'm catheterizing myself!

LAVH was yesterday at 1:30 pm. DH left as I was going into surgery...surgery I'm told was 2 hours...Dr. also did TotalOperature Taping for the bladder...was in and out until midnight from anesthesia and morphine...DH came back and spent the night with me.

A couple of times through the night I tried to pee and couldn't (after they removed the cath) so I was straight cathed around 6am. At around 9am I was in excrutiating pain, my bladder had refilled and I could not empty. The nurse that I had at this point was not too nice. She said that I would either have to be re-catheterized and leave it in and wear the leg bag home or I would have to learn to straight-cath myself (while I was in such excrutiating pain). She and I went head to head on this that there was no way that I would be able to cath myself when my abdomen was so locked up that I couldn't even bend enough to see what was going on down there. She relented, straight cathed me to relieve my pain (I had about 1000cc of pee that came out!!!) Anyway, I had to learn to self-cath, which really isn't that bad...I can do it and it doesn't hurt near as bad as when they do it because when I start to feel it hurt I slow down, they just push it in).

So, surprisingly DH has been taking good care of me. He even called in to work because he wanted to be the one to bring me home.

I brought my own jammies from home but never used them, only used my lip balm, toothbrush and toothpaste. Wish I had remembered my cell phone charger.

Pain is moderate right now, taking percoset. Walking has helped, but I had to make sure that DH was with me b/c the percosets make me a little dizzy. My vagina is really sore, like I just gave birth.

I'm so happy to be home.
Unread 08-09-2007, 08:14 PM
Hysterectomy dates Aug 06-Aug 13,2007

I had my tvh yesterday and really did well. The dr was able to do everything without any incisions on my stomache. The surgery center is so small that they only had 3 rooms for overnight stays, so it was a private room with a private nurse. The stay was great.

They did have a problem with getting my pain medications.
Unread 08-10-2007, 08:37 AM
Already getting bored at home!

I returned home yesterday after my LAVH on the 7th. All went pretty well except when I was coming out of the anaesthetic and they removed the breathing tube - I had great difficulty breathing and wasn't quite conscious and it felt like I was drowning and just couldn't get any oxygen. Very scarey experience but luckily all the staff on hand managed to whack the oxygen mask on me and calm me down enough so I could breathe. Other than that the operation went smoothly, 1 1/2 hours and the giant fibroid I had was captured on camera and was quite an eye opener for me to see! Glad it's out along with everything else!

The staff at the hospital were great and the catheter was removed the next morning without any pain. Didn't need painkillers yesterday or today but the gas is rather a nuisance. I'm glad I found this website and read about 'swellybelly' otherwise I would have been most concerned as my doctor didn't warn me about this!

My husband is doing a lot of running up and down the stairs for me which is terrific but I am starting to feel guilty! Just the thought of being off work and not having to do anything is difficult for me to adjust to. Have been a little weepy but not sure why as I really do feel ok. It's good to read everyone else's experiences too.

Roll on recovery!
Unread 08-10-2007, 09:16 AM
Hysterectomy dates Aug 06-Aug 13,2007

I had a TVH on Tuesday, August 7. Came home yesterday, the 9th. I'm amazed at how well I'm doing. I've previously had a c-section and a vaginal birth, and this surgery has been much easier. I was in a small hospital with all private rooms and the entire staff was great! I took percocet last night to sleep, but haven't taken anything so far today. The pain is like menstrual cramps but is not bad right now.

One interesting thing to note. I had a headache the day after surgery. My nurse thought it might be from the morphine. They tried everything to help me but it wouldn't go away. Then the night nurse asked me if I usually drink coffee. When I told her I normally drink 2-3 cups in the morning but hadn't had any since before surgery, she said it was probably a caffeine headache. She got me a Coke and a cup of coffee and the headache went away!

Blessing to all the hystersisters out there. This site has been wonderful!
Unread 08-10-2007, 10:41 AM
Home and Healing

Hi Ladies, I am home and healing well. This website is such a blessing, I spent hours reading and researching which really helped to calm my nerves. I had my LAVH on the 7th of August and returned home on the 8th of August in the afternoon. Everything went very well with the surgery, I woke up very groggy and didn't really come out of the fog until the next day. I did not sleep well, as doped up as I was I was, I thought for sure I would sleep well, but I was up all night, I can not really explain why, just didn't sleep. The preparing for the big event at the castle is 100 times worse then the actual event. The nurses were fabulous, they brought me lots of ice and even let me have crackers because the pain medications can cause nausea. Best thing I brought with me to the hospital was the lip balm and the breathe spray (peppermint), the gas is by far worse then the actual pain from the surgery. I am very tired, seems to be my biggest issue all together from the surgery, not a lot of pain, just very tired. I walk a little, I shower, and you think I ran a marathon. Have a wonderful afternoon and I'll check in later or tomorrow. Happy healing everyone.

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