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  #331  
Unread 09-04-2007, 01:31 PM
Hysterectomy dates Aug 13-Aug 20,2007

I wanted to take a sec to thank all of you for your posts. It's so helpful to read everyone's progress and even setbacks, keeps everything in perspective.

It's been 18 days since my hyster and I'm noticing a heavier brown discharge this week. Wouldn't you know it...just as I was running out of pads I had to go buy some more today.... Have to admit I did smile as I walked down that aisle thinking these days are about over.

Are the rest of you noticing huge differences in your energy levels every day? I was so wiped this weekend, but feel pretty good today. My hemoglobin dropped after surgery so I'm on iron supplements to try and restore my hemoglobin to normal levels. Guessing that isn't helping my stamina any.

Got my pathology report last week, everything is good, but found out I had 10 fibroids and a uterus weighing 530 grams. Glad to have that all out. Starting HRT last week and feel more "teary" than normal. We'll see how that all pans out.

Thanks again for sharing. This site has really helped me. You're all awesome!
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  #332  
Unread 09-04-2007, 01:52 PM
Hysterectomy dates Aug 13-Aug 20,2007

Hello Sisters!
I hope that everyone is having a successful recovery! I had a TAH (extensive endomitriosis) with BSO and two hernias from 2 old surgeries repaired on 8-14-07. I have a vertical incision above and below my belly button. After surgery I noticed a huge increase in energy. Now, my energy dips (like many of you) late afternoon into the evening. I also am experiencing swelly belly every evening. I am walking every day...drinking lots of water. Bowels are working normally. Still have bladder twinges while peeing.

My big question is should everything still be painful enough to warrant a pain pill once or twice in the evening. I had two great surgeons. My GYN is fabulous and careful but very conservative with pain meds. I had to take them prior to surgery (prescribed by my GP) after 10 years of huge lower belly discomfort. I also am very aware of the potential to abuse them...do you bite the bullet and just take Advil? Aleve gives me a gut ache. I don't want to take them much longer, but am a wimp with pain as well. I appreciate your thoughts and experience.

Also, my partner used to be a PT. As recommended...laying on your right side definitely can relieve those wicked gas pains. Thanks! Go well everyone!
  #333  
Unread 09-04-2007, 02:21 PM
Hysterectomy dates Aug 13-Aug 20,2007

Well went into work for 4 hours today. I was tired and sore when I came home and took a 3 1/2 hour nap. My job entails a lot of walking, I am thinking I may also be on 4 hours again next week if I feel this tired and achy. Although it was nice to be back for more than an hour and see people I haven't seen for awhile. Hoping each day will get better......
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  #334  
Unread 09-04-2007, 02:31 PM
Hysterectomy dates Aug 13-Aug 20,2007

  Quote:
Originally Posted by dazocne
Hello Sisters!
I hope that everyone is having a successful recovery! I had a TAH (extensive endomitriosis) with BSO and two hernias from 2 old surgeries repaired on 8-14-07. I have a vertical incision above and below my belly button. After surgery I noticed a huge increase in energy. Now, my energy dips (like many of you) late afternoon into the evening. I also am experiencing swelly belly every evening. I am walking every day...drinking lots of water. Bowels are working normally. Still have bladder twinges while peeing.

My big question is should everything still be painful enough to warrant a pain pill once or twice in the evening. I had two great surgeons. My GYN is fabulous and careful but very conservative with pain meds. I had to take them prior to surgery (prescribed by my GP) after 10 years of huge lower belly discomfort. I also am very aware of the potential to abuse them...do you bite the bullet and just take Advil? Aleve gives me a gut ache. I don't want to take them much longer, but am a wimp with pain as well. I appreciate your thoughts and experience.

Also, my partner used to be a PT. As recommended...laying on your right side definitely can relieve those wicked gas pains. Thanks! Go well everyone!
hi. i was wondering that same thing. last night i had to take a pain pill after not needing one for about two weeks.
  #335  
Unread 09-04-2007, 03:20 PM
Hysterectomy dates Aug 13-Aug 20,2007

I haven't done this and seriously doubt I will. Despite what the web site says I'll bet most hospitals are very hesitant to hand over medical records.

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Originally Posted by morahlyn
Hello Hyster Sisters,

I read on the site that it is a good idea to obtain your surgical records from the hospital or your doctor...Has anyone done this yet?
  #336  
Unread 09-04-2007, 04:09 PM
Medical Records

I've already gotten copies of all reports pertaining to this procedure. I always get copies of medical records when it's outside the scope of my normal doctors office.

I worked in the admin side of medical field for a long time and there are so many things from your primary care dr that can effect your treatment at specialists. I have made it a habit to get copies of records for each calendar year the following January. Sometimes it takes a little bit longer to get these at this time because people are scurrying with trying to get account read outs for tax purposes, etc but it is worth it. Never leave your only copy with a new doctor or specialist. Ask them to make a copy for their own records!!! Some places may charge you a small fee for copying your records or may charge you if you request these more than 1x per year. Just ask their policy. It should not be difficult. You will have to prove you are you and sign a release in most cases.
  #337  
Unread 09-04-2007, 04:10 PM
Back to Work & Belly Rubbin'

Hello there Sisters!

I went back to work today and at 1 I announced I was fading fast. At 2 I had everything I needed and floated out the door on leaden feet. Yep...probably 7 hours was too long to go the first day. But I did it. Of course I'm soooo wanting to nap, but I know this time of day, it'll have me awake in the middle of the night and that simply can't happen.

Seeing everyone talking about gas pains, here's a bit of something I was taught in my massage therapy classes to soothe gassy baby tummies.

With your right hand on your right side, just about a hand's width from your hipbone, glide up to your ribs, then across to your other ribs and down to your other side of your pelvis. It covers your ascending, transcending and descending bowel. Don't press too hard, think about the weight that say 4 nickels would feel like on your fingertips.
Of course I'm not a doctor, but this sure does work on fussy babies with nice "airy" results. And always, always start on YOUR right - if it helps with the wee babies it's "I" on the up, "LOVE" on across and "YOU" on the down.

Good luck!

Sunni
  #338  
Unread 09-04-2007, 04:18 PM
1st day back to work

Well, well, seems I might have overdone it. As you can tell by my 'nickname', I am a nurse and work night shift. I work at the pediatric hospital in Louisville, KY. I normally work 12 hour shifts, doc wanted me to start out doing 8 hrs. the first week. I had a relatively easy night. I think the heaviest thing I lifted was my 'work bag' which has a big clipboard, steth, pens and hiliters,etc., and now also a small fan. But boy oh boy, I am having so much more pain than I thought I would. And in different places than before and feel more achy/flu'ish. Because my surgery was done completly laparoscopically I mislead myself into thinking I would do better quicker. I am now considering taking the remainder of my 3 weeks and using the Short term dis. benefit I have paid for over many years.
To quote what I think was Hill Street Blues in the captains daily briefing "Be careful out there".
  #339  
Unread 09-04-2007, 04:25 PM
Hysterectomy dates Aug 13-Aug 20,2007

For those who are walking a lot, have you asked your doctor about how far is ok? My doc says I cannot even walk around the block until 6 weeks! I double checked with my niece who is a nurse practitioner for an OB/GYN and she said 4 to 6 weeks...I worry about those of you who might be hampering recovery by walking too much.
  #340  
Unread 09-04-2007, 04:27 PM
Hysterectomy dates Aug 13-Aug 20,2007

  Quote:
Originally Posted by ushmush
hi. i was wondering that same thing. last night i had to take a pain pill after not needing one for about two weeks.
I started taking Ambien to sleep after 2 wks. My Dr. gave me the prescription at my 2 wk visit. My thought is, if you need it during your recovery phase, take it. Staying on top of you pain or insomnia is crucial for your recovery.
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