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Unread 10-02-2007, 07:49 PM
Hysterectomy dates Aug 06-Aug 13,2007

Jane~~~have a wonderful time! The colors here in Northern Nevada are beautiful! Very bright and vibrant! Have fun! We will be waiting to hear how it went.
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Unread 10-02-2007, 08:02 PM
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It's been a few days since I posted and after reading the problems some of you have I feel incredibly lucky with my surgery.But(there's always a but) I have spent the last 4 days painting the house we have to move into in a week and have felt some nasty twinges in my lower abdomen in the evening. I tried ice but have felt strange when I straighten up. I realise painting is not too sensible a thing to do but my DH is working so hard and doesn't have the time and we have to move really quickly. I'm sleeping okay but wake up a lot, with sweat pouring off me. Still not on hormones, going to try to last as long as possible without them, unless I start getting really grumpy and hot.
Unread 10-02-2007, 09:17 PM
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Bonzo has reminded me not to be too smug about what I consider a good recovery so far because I do have these intense night sweats. Ovaries removed and I cannot take HRT so I just have to tough them out I guess. Anyone tried that Chillow pillow this site offers for sale? I'm tempted to order one. I'm finding that sleeping on a thick terry bath towel helps -it absorbs the moisture. A cotton sheet just stays wet and cold. I'm also better if I take something to help me sleep -I think I sleep through a few of the sweats this way and thus, my sleep is a little better. I find it all pretty gross because I've never been much of a perspirer. They are happening throughout the day but not as intense. However, I have to be mindful of what I wear on top -nothing too warm, no tight necklines or button up sleeves etc. At least I do not turn beet red like a friend of mine who has them. But I can't believe it when the stuff I read says they could go on for years. And to think that I used to be one of those younger women who said she'd never be one of those older women always complaining about hot flashes and fanning themselves!! Life is a ride isn't it?
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Unread 10-02-2007, 10:22 PM
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I've been back to work for almost 2 weeks now, and things are still going pretty well. I'm always just exhausted by the end of the day.

When I went back for my 6 week checkup, I was given the green light for all activities, including sex. She said I was healing very well, and that everything appeared to be doing great. We did change my HRT because the pills didn't seem to be working well. That's most likely due to my complete inability to remember to take them at the same time each day after I stopped taking pain meds. So, she gave me the option of getting an injection of estradiol every 21 days. It seems to be working so far, none of the crying spells or hot flashes that plagued me the first week after surgery.

I was still having some trouble sleeping, but since I've been back at work (and working overtime for the past few days) I dont' have any trouble going to sleep and staying asleep. I guess we'll see if that continues next week when my schedule gets back to normal.

Unread 10-02-2007, 10:49 PM
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Good evening sisters,
I was just reading about some returning work, and doing all sorts of activities, painting! I wouldn't even lift a gallon of paint. Let alone the brush.

I'm glad my dr gave me til Nov 5 to be off of work. I called my boss today and told her. She says she'll have to hire another tech to "help" out til then. I've been off since July 3rd! lol. Now she's gonna hire help. I think she's trying to make me feel guilty. Not possible. I have way too much support here to have that overcome me.

I did good today, DH and I went on some errands around town. Came home and fell asleep in my chair.

I think I better get my rear in gear. All this recovery time is starting to go to my head.

Jane enjoy your visit!
Dinky10 driving 1 week after surgery OMG! I still had 15 staples and an infection.

Take care
Unread 10-03-2007, 12:32 AM
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I started back on the 20th September, full time and so far coping without many issues. I do have a mainly sedentary job though so I'm not exactly wearing myself out. I had both ovaries removed and am just starting to feel the effects...the hot flashes are starting....YUK...but so far manageable, I'll wait and see what happens before dosing myself up! In some ways it is strange rejoining the world, so much has happened to us over the last few weeks but now we are dressed, made up and not in our PJ's, people assume we are completely "mended". Nearly...getting there...almost...on the road...but not quite!!
Thanks for being there on my journey...
Unread 10-03-2007, 04:13 PM
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That's funny Lynn how you say.... almost there, not quite.
I thought I was doing great before returning to work, I even felt a little guilty for still being off of work during my 5th and 6th week. But now that I am back to work and "relations", I know that my insides are not quite there yet. I'm okay, but I know I have some healing left to do. I think I am just expecting too much too soon. ( In some ways).
I will give it some more time and see how it goes and hopefully everything goes the right way. One things for certain..... I don't have the exact pain and low back (constant) pain that I did prior to surgery! That's a HUGE start.

Take care all!!!!
Unread 10-03-2007, 11:44 PM
saw the uro

Hey everybody!
Lis, I hope you're feeling better. Its understandable that you are feeling pressure, but i pray for you to have resolution and peace in all areas of your life. Sorry I haven't posted sooner... i've been sick with a head cold and at the end of it I was trying to memorize a new routine i'm doing at the gym.

Well, i went to visit the uro since i'm still having to cath with retention problems (mostly at night). He was referred by my gyn so i'm a little skeptical about how his answers fit right in with the other drs. He told me to wait it out since i've been making progress, even if its little by little. He said that sometimes this happens to people and it just takes them longer to recover. He also did a cystoscopy and reported that everything looked in the correct position and like i didn't even have surgery. I'm pretty sure he told me that he could tell from that test if the sling was too tight or not and said it was fine. He said my urethra was a normal size since it was a pretty smooth entry into the bladder with the camera catheter and that there were no obstructions. He advised against surgery because it could actually make me leak and then still have retention. I've been considering accupuncture, but i'm such a chicken. I always fear something else going wrong or becoming dependent on something. For example my dermatologist suggested getting the cortisone shot for my psoriatic arthritis in my elbow and even though it hurts to even brush my hair, i don't want to get it because i've read the shot makes some people have worser flare ups once it wears off...plus its not something you can get too often because it can cause serious problems like osteoporiasis. Okay, enough of my rambling.
Great to see everyones up and about and for the most part healthy!! I feel for those going through hormonal adjustments(hrt) and will be praying for you all and those with injuries. As I transition into my activities I had prior to surgery, I am constantly having to remind myself to take it down a notch. It so easy to get carried away because I'm stronger now and more able. But someone wise once said "just because you can doesn't mean you should"... must've been a mom!!! LOL.
take care all, marcie
Unread 10-04-2007, 05:00 AM
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Good morning everyone...
Hi Marcie. I was very interested to read your post. Did you ever get to read my post from when I went to the uro? I think I posted it up farther on this board...9/28. The uro that I went and saw is giving me 3 more weeks, but he also said that if I'm not better by then he could do a surgery to fix the TOT sling. He, too, said that everything looked good and it didn't look like I'd had anything done or had kids. He did comment that my bladder support was probably too good. I was told to only cath about 4x a day and stop measuring until the week before I go back. I'm just wondering, now, after reading your post...is there any consistency about how to treat/fix retention problems?

Please keep me posted...keep me on your buddy list and pm me if we lose track on the boards...I really want to know how things go for you, and if they improve, etc, and what your dr. says.

I never thought I'd be so obsessed with peeing...mine or anyone elses.
Unread 10-04-2007, 05:27 AM
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Hey Everyone:

Thought I would pop on before the day gets busy. Just wanted to say that I worked on Monday & Tuesday at the office and boy was I exhausted. I stayed home yesterday and SLEPT!!!! boy did I need that. My tummy is aching as well. Must be using all the muscles again. I am off to the office today for a little while. I'll see how long I can stay for.

Dinky10 - I know what you mean about thinking your doing great until you do too much. That's how I feel this week.

thinktink - I went into the pharmacy last weekend for training and one of the pharmacists wanted me to come in and work this week. I just can't do it. I'm too wiped out after the office to go stand for 4-5 hours behind a counter. I know it will be a few more weeks till I'm back there. I feel bad. But same as you. They haven't hired help until this past week and she is only a cashier and can not help in the pharmacy. Even though I love working there I will not rush back and get myself sick again.

Lis/l2tk = keep us posted on your progress we do worry about everyone.

One of my daughters teachers called me yesterday to say she was having hernia surgery today and would be out for a week. I told her I hoped it was only a week but not to push it. I'm still recovering 5 weeks later, but she also did not have a hysterectomy to recover from either. So it may be quicker but not to push herself.

Well, we all need to follow that advice when life starts kicking in and we feel great. We forgot what we really just went through and it catchs up at the end of the day. Pamper yourselfs this weekend. I know Im doing nothing but resting this weekend after this week.

Take care ladies

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