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  #1  
Unread 10-18-2007, 02:07 PM
6- week mark!

Hi all!
I guess maybe I've 'graduated' from the Recovery Reports section as I am unable to find the thread including the Sept. 5 Princesses.

I've been reading a lot about pain difficulties, stress, boredom and sexual issues in recent threads. I hope to give you an encouraging word from my healing perspective. Keeping in mind everyone heals so differently, I will share my 6 weeks with you.

I had a TLH (I don't see many of those listed, so it's likely the same as a LAVH since they did make button holes and take it out from below) on Sept. 5. I was home on the 6th and taking the pain meds as instructed. Slept through the majority of the first five days. Since I was not in a lot of discomfort, I tried to go without the meds. Bad decision. On day 6, I was miserable...not with surgery-related pain so much as I had a horrible migraine most likely due to the trauma and no pain meds. (The migraines were one reason to have the Hyster in the first place...but that's another long story.)

I decided to follow the doctor's orders to continue the meds and did so for a full two weeks. I slept, maybe watched a football game or two, and did NOTHING. It was the most positive thing I could have done! I was off meds at 4 weeks, but continued to REALLY take it very EASY! Naps, short walks, and sitting until it wasn't any longer comfortable.

Had a post-op doctor's appt. at 4 weeks and was given the green light to ease back in to 'normal' everyday life, including sex. I started exercising, had intimacy with my DH, went on a business trip (resting a lot when allowed time off), walked the mall, did grocery shopping, cleaned the bathrooms, and I just finished sitting on a two-week jury for a criminal trial!

I had some type of light discharge until week 5. It didn't alarm me because I had already been prepared for it thanks to this wonderful HysterSisters site! It was a blessing to have so much information available before the trip to the castle.

Armed with much information regarding the topics, I had everything removed and I've chosen to not have any HRT. So far, so great!

I did do a lot of resting along with all of the activity, but I had made a decision that I would be able to do everything I did before and more after I had taken the time to heal completely. That's the key...complete healing.

Give yourself permission to rest, rest, and rest some more! It's the body's best offense to a great, speedy recovery.

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Unread 10-18-2007, 02:12 PM
6- week mark!

Thanks for the encouraging words, so glad you've had a great recovery
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Unread 10-18-2007, 02:28 PM
6- week mark!

Ladybug

Thak you for your story and most importantly for the phrase "give yourself permission to rest" I've been feeling guilty about lying around doing nothing fighting with insomnia and a whole heap of other things. Well last night I decided that I would just forget and give myself the chance to rest.

Something my DH and sons have been begging me to do. Well today I've decided to do that. After 5weeks I still don't feel like I think I should one day I'm up and the next I'm crying in pain so for the remaining apprx 3 weeks I'm going to rest. Thanks again
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Unread 10-18-2007, 03:23 PM
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Thank you. I do find myself feeling guilty because I am just sitting around and 'letting' my husband do all the work. I am slowly easing back into 'life'. This week as I am not taking anything stronger than Tylenol I have been taking my boys to and from school but have found if I try and do more I am exhausted.
Thank you for the reminder to rest, and the body will heal.
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Unread 10-18-2007, 06:29 PM
6- week mark!

Oh, this is just what I needed to hear today! Yesterday was 4 weeks post-op for me, and it's still painful to sit up in a chair. ( SAH/BSO, A & P repair, bladder sling) It feels like there's so much "bulk" in my lower ab that is still painful. I have been pampered the whole 4 weeks by my DH, and still am not doing anything but resting and short walks. I've been feeling guilty and like I should be driving and doing more, but I can't imagine driving until I can sit with no pain.
I have insomnia and am back on Lunesta, which I was taking pre-op. I figured it was more important to get sleep and heal, rather than feel guilty about using a sleep aid.
My biggest battle is to keep from getting constipated, and I still take Milk of Magnesia and a stool softener each night since the surgery. I had an impacted bowel at 1 week post-op, and at 3 weeks was a bit constipated and had excruciating gas pain for 3 hours. Does anyone else have this? I'm trying to eat lots of fruits & veggies and fiber, and drinking prune juice daily (ugh) but I'm afraid my body will become dependent on the laxatives. The pharmacist said not to worry for now, but to try to wean off of them gradually in the next month. Any suggestions?
Thanks for being here!

Joanne

PS. I haven't taken anything for pain after 2 weeks - I'm afraid even Ibprofen might add to the constipation. Forget about wanting sex - I need to dooper!!
  #6  
Unread 10-18-2007, 06:40 PM
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Replying to the constipation issue. I failed to mention in the original post that I was drinking at least 64 ounces of water every day and ate oatmeal each morning. I believe that's what helped my system stay regular. I was having uncomfortable bowel movements at about 3-4 days. Once I stopped the Vicodin, they returned to pre-op regularity and softness.

You will get there! Keep focusing on the positives around you and surrounding your health.

It will get better....
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Unread 10-18-2007, 08:07 PM
6- week mark!

I am at 5 weeks post op today! Yeah! I got the go ahead at my 4 week post op to go back to work on October 22. My doc said everything looked good. I can resume normal activities next week. My hubby is ready for me to be back to normal. The only thing I dread is I work at a local grocery store and they have me working all the time. It is also a very physical job and am half scared that it may set me back. Unfortuantely as well that the guy who was my boss when I left for medical leave will no longer be my boss when I go back. I am afraid the new guy wont be as understanding. I had a very good relationship with my old boss and have met the other guy and do not really care for him. But otherwise I am feeling lots better than I have in like 6 or 7 years. Sorry I am rambling. Just keep me in your thoughts that everything goes well next week. Lisa
  #8  
Unread 10-19-2007, 11:15 AM
9-7-2007 6 week anniversary...how are y'all doing?

Hey all you 9-7-2007 princesses....today is the 6 week anniversary....how are y'all doing?

I feel back to normal. I see the doctor later today to add some hormones. Hope that resolves some of my other issues which I've had since before the H.

Take care.
  #9  
Unread 10-19-2007, 12:20 PM
6- week mark!

Thanks Ladybug,
Yes, I'm drinking lots of water and have oatmeal daily too. Thanks for the reminder to focus on the positives - I do tend to worry!
Goodluck going back to work, MaisyDaisy - remember to take care of you first and foremost! )

Joanne
  #10  
Unread 10-19-2007, 12:49 PM
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had my followup on Tues. I am doing great. Only occasional pain where ovaries used to be. No HRT. My plan is to not go that route. My Dr. doesnt give HRT unless you need it. If I begin to have symtoms I cannot handle, I will call him and discuss, but he says plenty of women make it without anything.
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