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  #11  
Unread 12-18-2007, 10:20 PM
Concerns that you had @ your 2 week post-op (update)

Thanks for sharing! I definitely need to figure out something for my insomnia. I'm not sure how I'll function when I'm back to work, with these sleep patterns.
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  #12  
Unread 12-18-2007, 11:03 PM
Concerns that you had @ your 2 week post-op (update)

At my 2wk post-op, my dr. said "was I gonna do a pelvic exam on you?" and my reply was "well, you told me nothing in the vagina for 6 wks and I'm sure that means your hands and your tools too". HA! I said it kiddingly, she LOL and told me to come back in 2 more weeks. I asked her about passing my stitches and she said I shouldn't even see them. But if I did, they were tiny blue strings. Eww, I'll probably freak if I see one!
  #13  
Unread 12-18-2007, 11:08 PM
Concerns that you had @ your 2 week post-op (update)

LOL! LOL! LOL! Mine checked and I wish I would have said that!!
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  #14  
Unread 12-19-2007, 01:34 AM
Concerns that you had @ your 2 week post-op (update)

Thank you, everyone, for your suggestions. My 2 week is on 12/24 and I am very curious about things like taking a real bath (how I miss it!), insomnia, driving, and pain meds. Still on pain meds and I'm not sure how long is normal. Also, my incisins look a little red so I want her to look at them. I called the clinic's health line and they said as long as I don't have other symptoms (fever, increased pain, discharge from incisions) with the redness that I should just keep an eye on it. Plus, the itching! Ugh!
  #15  
Unread 12-19-2007, 09:01 AM
Concerns that you had @ your 2 week post-op (update)

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Originally Posted by QueenCynthia
Thank you, everyone, for your suggestions. My 2 week is on 12/24 and I am very curious about things like taking a real bath (how I miss it!), insomnia, driving, and pain meds. Still on pain meds and I'm not sure how long is normal. Also, my incisins look a little red so I want her to look at them. I called the clinic's health line and they said as long as I don't have other symptoms (fever, increased pain, discharge from incisions) with the redness that I should just keep an eye on it. Plus, the itching! Ugh!
I'm definitely curious about how long it's going to be until my incision is completely closed. The steri-strips are off now and the center is still red and a bit irritated-looking. Also have a lovely sutures knot sticking up on one end - wondering how long til it's gone, or if she'll have to snip it.

I want to ask, too, about the pain and tenderness that I have on the right side of my lower abdomen, since that ovary stayed.

Ok, I'm going to get my list all compiled, then I'll post it.
  #16  
Unread 12-19-2007, 10:06 AM
Concerns that you had @ your 2 week post-op (update)

Have my first post op appt today. Thank you all for posting as I have added to my own list stuff I am sure I would have forgotten to ask
  #17  
Unread 12-19-2007, 10:57 AM
Concerns that you had @ your 2 week post-op (update)

jskell911,
Let us know how it goes. We'd love to hear answers to questions.
  #18  
Unread 12-19-2007, 02:11 PM
Results of my 2 week post-op

First of all, I got lucky - no pelvic yet! She says she won't check yet because she says she doesn't want anything in the vagina, including her gloved hands or tools, for 6 weeks.

The first thing she did was to check out the breast pain that I'd been reporting. For those that haven't read, my first day at home, I rolled over onto my side to get out of bed and felt a stinging pain in my left breast that proceeded to feel like the side of my breast was on fire. I've had it ever since. It doesn't burn so much now, but it's very sore and tender and I started feeling a lump. She palpated and located the lump... kept pressing on it, "is this it? this is the spot?" then she compared to the right side. She's sending me for a breast ultrasound for diagnosis, but she's fairly confident that it's a hormonally-induced cyst.

Next, she checked my incision... says it looks very good. She showed me how she wants me to clean it for the next 2 weeks, and told me that after a week of cleaning it (with gauze & peroxide twice a day), I can start putting Vitamin E on it and "it'll disappear!"

After that she palpated my abdomen and said that everything feels fine.

Then we discussed my questions:

When can I take a bath? She's not allowing me to do so til 6 weeks because of the amount/frequency that I'm spotting.

What were my pathology reports? (I'm going to request a copy because she didn't show it to me, just read through the important points.) Nothing came back as malignant or even pre-cancerous. It showed chronic cervicitis, endometriosis AND adenoymosis, and an endometrioma on my left ovary. She said that any remaining endometriosis that was found after removing the organs was cauterized.

What is all this discharge I'm having, because it's fairly constant, and what about the menstrual-like cramps that I sometimes feel along with? She confirmed that, yes, the discharge is normal (I knew it was)... and the amount that I'm having means I'm doing too much. (Which kind of unnerves me, because I'm by no means up and as active as many other Sisters here on the board. I haven't even been walking a great deal.) She says the cramping is my vaginal cuff reacting to too much activity.

What about pain in my bladder during/after voiding? She said that she doesn't suspect bladder or UTI - that the whole internal region there is in shock, and that the swollen vaginal cuff is pressing against the bladder.

What is the pain in my lower right abdomen? Most likely it's just my right ovary adjusting - and she noted that she wrapped it in protective mesh to try prevent adhesions and endometriosis attacks.

What about these menopausal symptoms: hot flashes, night sweats, headaches, insomnia? Keep taking vitamin E, I can drink soy milk and take soy supplements, try using natural tryptophans for insomnia (warm milk, etc.). If tryptophans don't work, try Tylenol PM. If it's not enough, she'll prescribe something, but she wants me to try to stick with natural remedies. She also recommended Femarin or Black Cohosh. Hopefully my ovary will kick back in soon.

Could I return to work part-time at 4 weeks? It's too soon to tell. She wants me to call her at 4 weeks to let her know how I am doing. If I am still spotting, she will not release me. (I have news about work, but I'm going to post that separately.)

When can I drive? I'm cleared to drive now, but not to do it too much or too far.

Can I walk on a treadmill? She doesn't want me doing any form of exercise, other than natural walking. If I want to go walk around at the mall, that's fine, but only for brief durations.

Here's what she released me to do:

1. Walk - as said, only natural walking, and not too long.
2. Stairs - don't go crazy, but I'm allowed up and down stairs now.
3. At 4 weeks, if I feel like doing very light vacuuming (and only if my vacuuming isn't heavy), I may try - but if I feel pulling or increased spotting, I have to stop. But for now, still not cleared for light housework or cooking.

Still no lifting of more than 10 pounds.
  #19  
Unread 12-19-2007, 02:52 PM
Concerns that you had @ your 2 week post-op (update)

Ok, here goes

1. that moving feeling I get when trying to sleep on my side is actually organs settling---yuck!

2. I can drive

3. I can go up stairs

4. Cleared for "outercourse"!

5. Pathology found Fibroids and endometriosis we didn't know about, but no
malignancies

6. Out of work until at least 1/14


Otherwise I am doing great for week 3!
  #20  
Unread 12-19-2007, 05:05 PM
Concerns that you had @ your 2 week post-op (update)

  Quote:
Originally Posted by jskell911
Ok, here goes

1. that moving feeling I get when trying to sleep on my side is actually organs settling---yuck!

2. I can drive

3. I can go up stairs

4. Cleared for "outercourse"!

5. Pathology found Fibroids and endometriosis we didn't know about, but no
malignancies

6. Out of work until at least 1/14


Otherwise I am doing great for week 3!
Glad to hear that your appointment went so well!
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