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  #21  
Unread 11-10-2007, 09:25 AM
catheter and pain meds

I had my LAVH with a bladder sling on November 5th and came home the following evening. I was to have my uterus, cervix and ovaries removed but the surgeon said he could not find my right ovary. He said some ovaries move around and tissue grows around it. After a 3 1/2 surgery he said it would have taken another 1 1/2 hours to find and remove it and he didn't want to keep me in dreamland any longer.

I came home with loads of medicine and the catheter coming out of my bladder. The pain meds made me sick so they changed them and the nausea medicine. That seems to be working finally. My biggest problem has been the incision where the catheter is has been leaking a lot. Even with packing it with gauze I would wake up with my nightgown and sheets soaking wet with urine. I had to go back to the surgeon's office yesterday and they said the hole in my bladder was too large and leaking. Now I have the full-blown bag and I'm not supposed to even to try and pee yet. My husband has been absolutely wonderful and had to change the gauzes on the incisions and helping me just walk.

Ugh, need to throw up.
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  #22  
Unread 11-10-2007, 10:02 AM
Hysterectomy dates Nov 05-Nov 12,2007

Sissel, will be thinking about you, and you hang in there, my dear!

My prayers out to you, and let us know how you're doing, OK?
  #23  
Unread 11-10-2007, 12:48 PM
Hysterectomy dates Nov 05-Nov 12,2007

Had my TAH Thursday, 11-8, home today, Saturday 11-10. Sore, but not in severe pain, walking feels better than laying or sitting. Is there a comfortable position to lay in? Thanks for the email!
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  #24  
Unread 11-10-2007, 01:15 PM
Hysterectomy dates Nov 05-Nov 12,2007

Froudone, I agree that walking feels better than sitting or laying. Had my TAH on Monday morning. When i wake up in the morning is the worst part of my day. Only time I took pain meds the past two days.

For me the most comfortable position to lay is to put a small pillow behind my back and another in front of me AND a larger one down between my knees. Problem is it makes me hot. But, I can lay on either side that way comfortably.

I still have the catheter until Monday. I also have 20 staples and NO FEELINg above the incision. Some internal pain if I move wrong but I am a firm believer the worst thing I could do right now is lay still and get sorer.

I haven't slept at all during the day the past three days. Go to bed for about 4 or 5 hours, get up for an hour or so and back down another 2 or three. Not a huge appetite either.

All in all I can not complain about how my body has responded to this massive trauma.

Good luck all.

CS
  #25  
Unread 11-10-2007, 01:15 PM
Hysterectomy dates Nov 05-Nov 12,2007

I had my TVH on thursday 11-8,and i am so glad its over, there is so much relief that i feel that has been lifted, the bowel prep was no fun at all but
the surgery went well, pain is now manageable and i came home at noon on 11-9 going to rest some more, will post more later. all the info from you ladies helped me tremedously and i felt prepared and not unsure of some of the things they were talking about, my doc was so surprised how much i could pee overnight! .........thanks ladies
  #26  
Unread 11-10-2007, 01:40 PM
Hysterectomy dates Nov 05-Nov 12,2007

Wow, thanks so much for this, will try the additional pillow configuration. I'm not sure how I am closed up. Can you believe that? I know he said I could take a shower and that I didn't have any staples, but how am I stuck together then? There's darn sure one big long incision down there!

I think I will probably take your approach to sleep. If I lay in one place too long, I get stiff and sore. I think it will be better for me to sleep/nap for 3 or 4 hours, get up move around, then sleep/nap again. I don't think I can lay for any longer than that right now.

Thanks again for your helpful suggestions and the support here!
  #27  
Unread 11-10-2007, 02:00 PM
Hysterectomy dates Nov 05-Nov 12,2007

Froudone, I don't have staples either. The Dr told me it was Permabond that sealed the incision.

My most comfortable position is laying on my left side (why?) or laying back in a recliner. In the recliner, my incision feels better. Sitting in a straight back chair doesn't feel too hot. But walking is the best, I agree.

My prayers out to everyone posting here and we'll all get through this!!
  #28  
Unread 11-10-2007, 02:01 PM
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Gosh I feel so lucky. I have 3 small incisions. One at my navel and 2 down at the pubic line. They are covered with band-aids. I have not had any problems with going to the bathroom or sleeping. I do agree that walking is more comfortable than sitting or laying down, but it is also very draining.
I am only eating because I am diabetic and need to keep a handle on my blood sugar, but food doesn't taste good and my appetite has not returned yet. Hope the rest of you from this week heal fast!
  #29  
Unread 11-10-2007, 02:26 PM
Home and doing great

It's finally over!!! YAY!!!!!!!

I had my TVH on Wed 7th at 12:30. Waking up was painful, but no more than I had expected. The nurses were quick to get my morphine pump hooked up. This was my first experience with morphine, and it was absolutely great. No itching or nausea, just pain relief! Apparently I did take a while to stay awake. I kept waking up and then fading back out again. In retrospect, I think it was because I would wake up hurting and hit the morphine pump which would put me out again. I have to say, I wouldn't do it any differently if I had to do it all over again. Better passed out than hurting!

As soon as I was in my room I was able to force myself to stay awake. My five year old was desperate to see that I was O.K., and I wanted to be as alert as possible for her. I managed a good half hour, and then had to go back to sleep. I hear that she was dissapointed when I didn't wake back up, but reassured that I was alright.

They left the catheter, I.V. (with morphine pump), and leg massager thingies on until early Thursday morning. I slept pretty solidly until then, so they didn't get me up and walking until Thursday morning either. I was a little unsteady when I started to walk, but it did feel good to be moving under my own power.

I was on a clear diet until 9 a.m. when my doc came in and said I could try a solid diet. I guess everything looked good because she wrote up my discharge papers immediately after she left. The wonderful nurse taking care of me brought me some cereal and fruit before I left to make sure I could hold down solid food without a problem. I was gratefully in the car and going home by 10:30 a.m.

I took one percoset every 6 hrs. at home Thursday, and took two at night so I could sleep comfortably. Yesterday and today I am relying mostly on the alleve during the day, and still taking the percoset at night.

Gas has been a minor problem. It is passing, but hurts when it puts presssure on those internal stitches. I have been pushing the fluids (especially the peppermint tea) and walking often. I have also been taking the stool softener and eating a lot of high fiber foods to keep the bowels moving. Two cups of double strength coffee (half milk/half coffee) and some chocolate seemed to do the trick last night and this morning. I am happy to report that everything is moving as it should! I did have to push a little to get things moving last night (I know, not recommended!), but it was bedtime and well worth it to take the internal pressure off. I must admit I was grateful to have a good painkiller on hand afterward though.

Today, I just seem a little tired. I caught myself bending to pick stuff up and had to remind myself that that is on the no-no list.

The best part was that I was able to sleep on my side almost as soon as I was brought to my room. It was actually more comfortable than laying on my back!!

I've been sitting at the computer too long (sorry, I didn't know I was planning to write a novel!) and am headed to bed now for a nap. I hope all of my other sisters continue to heal well and can conquer the boredom!
  #30  
Unread 11-10-2007, 04:14 PM
Hysterectomy dates Nov 05-Nov 12,2007

Hi-
I had my TAH/BSO on Tuesday morning. The surgery went longer due to scarring from endometriosis and my uterus was stuck to everything. Doesn't sound too pretty. I lost blood so I am really week and taking extra iron. I am sore, but overall doing well considering what has been done to me.
The crazy part is, the pressure from my fibroids and pain from my endometriosis is gone! I can't believe I already feel that relief, even with all the other pain I am dealing with.
Right now I am on the V-dot patch, seems to be going ok. I asked my doc about bio-identical hormones, his theory was this has not been studying enough to pursue and feel comfortable about. Has anyone's doctor said the same thing?


Susan
TAH/BSO-severe endometriosis and fibroids
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