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Unread 12-09-2007, 11:29 AM
Hysterectomy dates Oct 29-Nov 05,2007

I will be 6 weeks PO (TAH) on Wednesday. At week 2 I had developed four incision abcesses, and I still have a home health nurse come daily to pack my wounds. I do feel better, walking and very easy stomach crunches, but no lifting. I just want to get better. I won't be cleared for any activity (sex) for until the end of December. That I am nervous about....what if it hurts, if it isn't the same, etc.
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Unread 12-09-2007, 01:15 PM
Hysterectomy dates Oct 29-Nov 05,2007

Boy am I depressed, just the thought of returning to work full-time starting tomorrow.

I think I need to have another surgery LOL

Unread 12-09-2007, 03:16 PM
Hysterectomy dates Oct 29-Nov 05,2007

amoureux, Watch out for us Halloween hystersisters ... you never know what we might do. ha ha! Gee, 2 major surgeries so close together must be hard. Lack of support must be tough, also.

I go in for my 6 week check on Tues. I think I'll have some sort of pap, even without my cervix.

Someone mentioned flax seed. I eat flax seed meal about 4-5 days per week. Does that have anything to do with estrogen? Maybe I shouldn't be eating it. I started eating it because it's a good source of good fats without lots of calories. I typcially eat it with my yogurt. I may ask my doc about this on Tues.

I have several things to discuss with my doc.

Last night, my hubby got a little frisky, but he didn't touch me below my waist. Gee, my bod went nutso and I didn't really hurt inside, but it was just funny hurt.
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Unread 12-09-2007, 05:15 PM
Hysterectomy dates Oct 29-Nov 05,2007

Yeah, that flax seed thing was me... The instructions on it said not to take within 2 hours of meds because "fiber products can affect the absorption of many medications." I was sprinkling it on my cereal and then taking my meds, because I need to have something on my stomach first... but apparently, I need to find a different order. And I am wondering about the phytoestrogens in the flax seed interacting with the estrogen in the meds.

Of course, I could be over thinking this and just be nuts!

(And Amoreaux, I can relate. I have been with DF for a year... moved in with him and the boys at the beginning of this year, sold my house, bought a new house for us, got settled in at the end of summer... But at Thanksgiving, 2 wks post op, I just wanted to throw everyone out! DF is being very patient, and a little scared, at this point - we both have bad track records in the relationship aspect. And here I am not knowing if that is how I really feel, or if it is hormones, or clinical depression, or both, or nothing.... I am trying to get a handle on all of the above, so I can objectively look at this relationship. It is just so hard to know where the feelings are coming from. Especially when they change so much, so fast.... hang in there, sister!)
Unread 12-09-2007, 09:30 PM
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I decided to go ahead and get a christmas tree after all, I had been having double thought on whether I should put one up or not this year but I do have a 12 yo son who I thought would like to have one.
Anyway we got it and decorated and I felt so into the decorating mood until...........I stood on a chair and when I got off of it I got off real fast and I started hurting and I was afraid my incision re-opened, thank God I'm ok. I know I got a bit carried away but I was feeling full of energy. Well you know that slowed me down and now I shall finish it tomorrow.
Unread 12-09-2007, 09:48 PM
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I went to a holiday party tonite. (party was from 4pm to 8pm) It was an hour away, and dd and I got ready in the early afternoon, and I drove the LA freeways.

I did great the first hour there, and finally after about the 10th person commented that I looked tired, decided that I was, and hunted dd down, and we got ready to leave. It was only 7pm !!!! Drove home, had a hot cocoa, and it's not 9pm, and I'm exhausted.

This cold I caught, complied with the (still) open wound thing is getting old....

Good news.....the new wound care regimen lets me take a shower !!!! I can actually wash all of me at once !!!! I havent had a shower in a month.
I think the excitement of a shower, and the party wore me out.

Will I be ready to go back to work on Dec 20th ? I don't know. Work is part desk job, part going in and out of homes, driving distances. I"m not sure.
Unread 12-09-2007, 09:49 PM
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Have my 6 week checkup on Wednesday and am feeling great. I had a really hard sneeze today - AND IT DIDN'T HURT! Now thats progress! I have been very careful not to overdo and have had a pretty good recovery. I am still having some pain (cramp-like) when emptying my bladder or when I have a firm BM. I'll be asking about this on Wed.

After reading how others are doing - I feel really lucky. Hang in there ladies - remember not to overdo things and DON'T climb on chairs! Ouch!

Good luck at your checkups.
Unread 12-10-2007, 05:44 AM
Over done? Yeah.

I'm at at 5 1/2 weeks, and feel very good. Have been taking it REALLY easy since surgery and recover has gone pretty good. Went for my post-op check on Thursday and DR released me to go back to regular activity... just take it slow to start (exercise is ok, but I can't even imagine doing any ab work).

With the OK to do things, I decided we needed to get the kids ice-rink set up in the yard on Sunday, before it gets too cold. Well, after being on my knees and bending over for nearly 4 hours putting the (darn***) think together, my stomach and incision were very sore. What was I thinking. I had to lay down for the rest of the evening, and it felt sore again this morning. I think my stomach muscles are just used to having the past 5 weeks off, and now I'm paying for it. Of course, my legs and butt hurt too, so I guess my whole body is out of shape these days.

Didn't finish the ice-rink, but it is going to have to wait a few days before I try to work on it again... Unfortunately, hubby is working on a renovation project all weekend, so he's not able to do help with this. He keeps telling me to take it easy and not over do it. I guess I'm just a bit stubburn and thought I was ready for "regular work".

Nice to be able to come online and read everyones' comments, so I know I'm not alone on the road to recovery.
Unread 12-10-2007, 08:30 AM
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rockgal - It seems like I might be experiencing similar symptoms when going to pee. It is like a cramp. I had wondered about a bladder infection, then I figured that this fell under normal. So many pangs are normal.

So, release to full activity seems like do what you can and still don't overdo. Yes, I'd suppose that we will feel like we've been working out, just due to "normal" activity.

My walking yesterday seemed to be a real workout, but it really wasn't. I think my walking (pre and post op) has really aided in my recovery.

When do most folks go back to really working out, using weights and fast walking? I had been on restrictions 2 weeks prior to surgery due to D&C, so I feel really out of my work out routines.

Even with restrictions, etc, I'm so grateful to be without my cancerous uterus.
Unread 12-10-2007, 11:54 AM
Hysterectomy dates Oct 29-Nov 05,2007

I was so worried that after my surgery, I would be broken sexually somehow. At my four week checkup (one week ago today), my doctor cleared me for sexual activity but no penetration. She said that oral and manual stimulation would be fine. I was scared stupid to try anything, but DH had other ideas! This past Saturday, I discovered that I still have the ability to have an orgasm! Because I was so nervous it seemed to take forever and I don't know that it was exactly the same, but at least I am not broken. I don't know if I'm the only one who was worried about this, but I just thought I would share some good news. As far as penetration, I am still scared stupid. I will be cleared in one week, but not sure I will be ready yet. Although I know my DH is more than ready!

Yesterday, I actually made it through the whole day at church - Sunday school (even taught my class of 1st & 2nd graders), the morning and evening services. I was really tired at the end of the day, but it felt so great to get some aspect of my normal routine back.

I am still having pains in my abdomen that literally take my breath away. Especially when I stand, the stabbing prickly sensations are terrible. There were on my lower right side, now it's my upper left side. The doctor said that it is the body healing itself. Why does it have to hurt so much?

Just a thought - because I am not on HRT, doctor told me that I need a calcium supplement. Extra strength Tums was the recommendation (I bought the generic version) because it gives all the calcium I need and is much cheaper than all the other alternatives.

Wishing everyone a better day today than yesterday!

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