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Unread 12-17-2007, 08:47 AM
Hysterectomy dates Dec 10-Dec 17,2007

Hey Siri,

Here's another 12/11 sister. I ran into a pile of muck with mine! I have another medical condition, so they altered my anesthesia and medication protocol from normal. I woke up with a huge amount of bruising, so much so all the nurses were looking at it. The doc said maybe one of the vessels wasn't cauterized completely or that it may have been due to one of the medications. I didn't tolerate the narcotics well, so the pain control is a real problem. I feel like total crap. Headaches, pain, nausea, chills, the works. I had a TAH and am swollen up like a pumpkin. They tell me to keep putting ice on it.

The incision looks clean though (I had a TAH). Overall, I feel like crap, and I am wondering why did this surgery in the first place! My mom (who had one 20 years ago) says to give it time. I guess I was full of fibroids and my uterus was 2X normal, so the doc said it was good I had it out. But I have to say, I never bargined for all of this. I am one discouraged pup right now!
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Unread 12-17-2007, 09:16 AM
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Hi sisters. I had my LAVH on Friday (Dec 14) and came home Saturday around 1pm. Everything went well with the surgery, only problem I had in the hospital was vomiting whenever I tried to eat due to the anesthesia and morphine. I think I was maybe a little too active with my morphine button...had read that I should stay ahead of the pain so I was hitting the button at the first "twinge". LOL. Anyway, I quit using the morphine early Saturday morning and by lunch was able to keep food down. Today I am 3 days post-op and doing pretty well. Down to one Tylenol 3 every 4 hours instead of two every 4 hours and the pain is very manageable. My appetite is good and I'm trying to get up and walk around the house every couple of hours to keep the blood circulating. My shoulders have been the most pain of all so far (from the carbon dioxide used for the lap) and also the gas pains. Deep Cold is helping for my shoulders and walking/GasX and flat gingerale have really helped with the gas pains. All in all, much less pain than I was coping with before the castle and it's so good to be on the other side! Good luck to everyone on a full and enjoyable recovery.
Unread 12-17-2007, 09:58 AM
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Thanks for the reply. I had my ovaries and cervix out too. I'm 54 and already in menopause. I am waiting to see what my symptoms are like now--hotflashes, sweats, hair loss, etc. Then I will decide. I have been on Femhrt before. I go on it for a month or two then off till symptoms return. I'm off now . I'm going to try the herbs and soy. Let me know how it goes.
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Unread 12-17-2007, 10:03 AM
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I had lots of bruising too. My doc said it was probably from blood leaking out from the stiches. The bruise is barely there now. My neck hurt from holding it up so long and walking bent over. I am trying to walk straight up now and it is much better.
Unread 12-17-2007, 12:38 PM
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Went in for a LSH on 12/12 and ended up with a SAH. I was not surprised. Dr. said too much scar tissue from previous c-sections and uterus was completely attached to my bladder.

Had many problems with all pain meds. Started with morphine drip and kept vomiting, which didn't help my abdominal pain. Went most of the surgery day without any pain meds until I suggested shots. But I really can't complain about the nursing staff, they were compassionate and wonderful and that was the only time I had a problem.

I am taking vicoden/ibuprofen and I still need it about twice a day. A lot of pain because of course I am not resting enough. Partly my fault, partly my body's fault because I have to go pee every half hour because I have kidney issues.

I am going today to remove the staples and hopefully get a clean pathology report, although nothing bad is expected.

I have learned a tremendous amount of invaluable information on this board and would be totally lost and confused and probably feel desolate if it wasn't for this wonderful, wonderful sight. I am truly grateful that it is here.
Unread 12-17-2007, 01:17 PM
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made it home the day after surgery.. was walking just fine the morning after surgery to the nurses station to swipe coffee from them at 4:30 in the morning, and I was discharged around 10 am. Got home, hubby was expecting me to be out of commission and pretty much bedridden for a week so he took off a week, but I am up and about pretty well. 4 stitches and 2 glue spots. Mostly taking 4 motrin (800 mg) but an occasional vicodin for when the pain gets a bit much. Am having to keep reminding myself to STOP DOING STUFF.
Unread 12-17-2007, 04:39 PM
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I was in for a TAH on [email protected] 1pm. My Dr. insisted on 2day bowel prep... so my last meal was Monday night. I was an hour late going into surgery and they assured me that they would tell my DH. They didn't. When he inquired at the desk, they couldn't locate my whereabouts!

The surgery went well (Thursday) and they left my ovaries intact However, I got a full blown hot flash which woke me from my nap today. Didn't know I could sweat that much! Is that normal?

They wouldn't give me anything except ice chips the first night. They took pity on me in the middle of the night and gave me water too! The next day I was given clear liquids cause the catheter was and I hadn't passed gas. I asked (actually begged) for just some crackers but they refused (sigh).

The closing of the incision wasn't done well. I had bleeding on day 1 post surgery that require pressure dressing to stop. Then they took away even my icewater cause they thought they might need to do emergency surgery.
In the morning (Saturday) they decided that all was well with me and I could eat (lightly). From that point on life was better for awhile.

I was discharged Sunday afternoon (16th) and climbed a total of 15 stairs to my bedroom. I noticed that I had begun to 'leak at the seam' again so I called the unit I stayed in at the hospital and was told to come back. After 4hrs in the hospital being checked by an intern, a resident, a nurse and finally a staff doctor, they decided to open my incision up 4inches. (no they didn't used any freezing) They proceeded to 'cauterize' the bleeds using silver nitrate. It hurt like a son of a gun! Then I was packed with 2yards of narrow ribbon gauze soaked in saline solution. (No joking!) Thankfully the packing part was painless.

When they asked me if I wanted to stay overnight or go home I burst into tears. (that is so not me) My husband told them that I was going home where I could get a good sleep.

I now have Homecare coming in twice a day to repack me. It's going to set my recupe time back a bit. The wound will take 6-8wks to close. For any of you that pray, ask that God protect me from infection, which is the big hazard now.

Apart from the incision thing, I'm feeling well. I use Voltaren twice a day, and regular Tylenol for in between. My homecare nurse recommended lots of protein and fruit and vegies to speed the healing process.

I had counted on a boring, uneventful recovery, so I'm trying to mentally shift gears to this unplanned set-back. My family has been great with my husband and kids all pitching in. Christmas will be great!

Patient One
Unread 12-17-2007, 04:51 PM
I am learning to give in!

Well as you can see I haven't been doing my daily journey because I OVERDID IT! The next day after getting home I spent trying to pee for about 4 hours. Thought I was dying. So had to get a cath put back in. Felt so good that I decided to hang out of bed for a while. Not such a good idea. I have spent 2 days in bed for my one day of fun! But I am finally eating more than a spoon at a time. They will try to take the cath out in the morning. I sure hope it works. I think the bladder repair is way worse than the hysto. Glad to see everyone doing well. Thanks for all the support.
Unread 12-17-2007, 05:06 PM
To PatientOne..

PatientOne, I am SO sorry to hear about your post-op experience and incisonal packing! WOW! I do hope and pray that you will be on the mend soon, and have no infection with this!

Love, Brooke
Unread 12-17-2007, 05:27 PM
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PatientOne hang in there. God will take care of you. Take it easy and try not worry! I will be praying for you


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