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Unread 01-27-2008, 05:02 PM
Jan 14 TAH

I went in for a TVH, but after 2 hours they switched to a TAH as the uterus was too large. Then they found the uterus had adhesions to the bowels and ovaries. I lost alot of blood..1400cc and on the 15 they gave me 2 units.
I have terrible insomnia, and I've always been able to sleep anywhere, anytime. I started taking short walks on the 23rd...I felt better, but it still did not bring on sleep.
My energy level seemed pretty good until the 27th. I have none, and have had headaches for two days, and am white as a sheet.
Think it's from lack of sleep? Any ideas would be great.
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Unread 01-27-2008, 05:12 PM
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To the women that comment "I was back to normal and doing everything at one week" ("Bonme's post) .....GRRRR we all know one of these and personally what I say and tell people is this:

I am 44 years old. I have raised two wonderful children, worked 3-4 days per week out of the house and 24/7 in the house....taking care of everyone and everything and now....after this surgery....I am going to take as much time to heal as I need.

We only get once chance to heal properly......please do not let any comments such as this make you feel guilty for taking the time that you soooo deserve.

Don't put your bell away yet you still need to ring it
Unread 01-27-2008, 05:13 PM
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Thank you for the info on the potassium. I will have my husband get me some tomorrow. I tryed to nap today and the same thing happened. I will try sitting with the heating pad tonight while I read and see if that helps at all:-)
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Unread 01-27-2008, 05:25 PM
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Hello everyone,

Yep I am there with you on the feeling week, and also somewhat foggy in the brain. I slept late (7:30) and then went to church for an hour. I was done, had to take a nap. I then put away some clean cothes and the top rack of the dishwasher as needed to sit for a bit.

I am on an exe board for a mothers group, I missed our January meeting, I just could not do the car ride and all day meeting. One of the other ladies was telling everyone that she was back after 3 weeks to work. When I head this I was like, great now I feel like the wimp of the world. But there no way I could have done that meeting.

I am also finding that my brain is slightly foggy and if I do not write things down I forget them. Heck I started to write the first round of thank you notes for food, flowers ect, and now I can not remember if I have done one family. I think they may get two.
Unread 01-27-2008, 07:54 PM
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Originally Posted by Bon ME
I had someone say to my daughter, "Oh, I do not remember taking so much time to myself. I was back to work after one week." I personally feel terrible to be such a baby. Her comment to my daughter crushed me.
My HR specialist had the same procedure a while back and was back to work full-time in a week and a half. I am praying for her sake and the sake of my job, that she does not throw this in my face. I am starting half-days indefinitely (until I am up for full days) tomorrow. Wish me luck.
Unread 01-27-2008, 07:59 PM
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Originally Posted by kj113
Yep I am there with you on the feeling week, and also somewhat foggy in the brain.
I get weak and tired very easily. At about 3-5 pm daily, I get the overwhelming sleepy feelings. I domy best to stay awake though so I can sleep at night. I posted a thread about the fogginess the other day because it is sure getting the better of me.

I am off to work for the first time tomorrow. I am going to go in letting them know of the tiredness, fogginess, pain, discomfort and overall moodiness...Fair warning! They may request I stay home for a little while longer. ha ha
Unread 01-27-2008, 07:59 PM
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Right on, Melakat 400...No one should ever be made to feel guilty for taking the time to rest and heal. I was at my son's school to pick him up for a doctor's AND dentist's appt. one week after surgery, and the women in the school office were aghast that I was out so soon running kids around. One even threw her hands in the air and belted out, "I am Woman!" LOL. But I said, "Life goes on...there are doctor's appointments and dentists' appointments, and you have to do what you have to do."

Then I got to thinking that this is not the way to take care of myself. And if I run myself into the ground while I'm supposed to be resting, I'm no good to anyone. Most of the time I feel really good and have energy. But there are days (like this one, for instance) when I tire out really quickly and I know the most productive thing I can do is get horizontal. I feel guilty for letting my husband take care of dinner, the kids, etc. Isn't it crazy what we do to ourselves???

Listen to your bodies, sisters. If it's telling you to rest, REST!
Unread 01-27-2008, 08:28 PM
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As for rest and listening to our bodies, I think many of us have been deprogrammed from taking care of ourselves due to the responsibilities that we women take on. Motherhood, work, house, marriage: most of these rewarding but real responsibilities require that we put the needs of others before our own and do the opposite of listen to our bodies.

I'm not complaining, I promise. I love my family, my husband, my work. However, if I'd listened to my body all these years I'd have gone back to bed when a kid threw up in the night, I'd have laid down in the middle of the day more, not gone out late when my husband wanted to, not done that extra load of laundry that was needed for a kid's team for the next day. I'm not saying that we're martyrs, just that the job description of today's working Mom doesn't exactly prepare us for knowing how to slow down and make ourselves the center of attention and care. I think that's why many of us are having such a hard time adjusting to it. Feeling guilty, lazy, not-strong enough yet, weepy, whatever. It isn't all hormones, ladies. Some of it is not allowing ourselves this time because we're so out of practice! How many of us (me included) thought the house, the office, the family, etc., would fall apart without us? I am trying so hard to restrain myself from jumping back into the Mommy-Professional-do-everything role. I'd like to come out of this not only with medical improvements to my life, but also with more balance in general. Not easy to retrain myself! But I was clearly doing too much.

Sorry to get all philosophical on all of you! Maybe all this time lolling around has given me time to think. (It's not all philosphy, either. I am finding now that if I sit or stand for too long, I simply must go get horizontal. And I can't stay up past 9PM. )

Love to all of you,
TAH and retrocele repair, 1/13/08
Unread 01-27-2008, 09:02 PM
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Bonme's post reminded me of when I was pregnant with my kids and everyone felt compelled to tell me how it was for them. It has been the same, here, too! As I grumbled about this to my dh he gently reminded me that I have a doctor who won't sign a release until he says it is time-------not me! He has also been sweet to remind me that surgery and recovery is an individual experience, much like pregnancy was. He's right and that made me feel better!
On the recovery front, I'm feeling much better from my repairs down under, but experienced a lot of pain in the area where my uterus was. I think I'm ovulating, too as some of it is similar to the pain I'd feel when it is ovulation time. The ovaries are still there, so it makes sense. But the bummer is I decided to take a Tylenol3 tonight as I couldn't get comfortable. I haven't had one in almost two weeks. Felt a little defeated about that, but will carry on! Happy healing everybody!
Unread 01-28-2008, 07:20 AM
Good Morning Sisters!

Hello Sisters!

First of all, I want to say welcome to our thread, Shalimar! I bet it was a little shock for you to have your TVH turn into a TAH! Were you able to keep your ovaries and do you have a vertical or horizontal incision? I think the way the incision direction has great bearing on recovery progress. I never had a c-section, but have a vertical incision myself and I think that this makes a big difference. I got out a medical book to see how the muscles run and between the belly button and the pubic area, the muscles run vertical, so I think that our "horizontal" TAH sisters have more cut.

So Shalimar, take it easy, break up your day in many putter/rest cycles. Don't feel like a sissy when you have to take meds. Get your fix of hystersisters every day to relax. (checking the site is a "rest" cycle for me!) Please let us know how specifically we can support you and no question is too weird - we are all going through similar things! You might need iron if you lost so much blood, see what your doc says, but do it gradually as iron is constipating in my experience.

Sgreenarch (Sarah) - Yes I think you are right on. We women are trying to do so much, we have 2 speeds only, off and full bore. I am learning what it means to learn another speed somewhere in the middle. Those of you with children, if age appropriate, start teaching them things now, like how to turn on the dishwasher, use the washer/dryer. If they can use a computer, then by gosh they can use these appliances! I say to my DD all the time, I am raising you to be a good functioning adult, not just an obedient dependent child. (it doesn't mean she does all her chores, but at least she knows what they are!) My mom was a stay at home mom, and I still treasure that, but my younger bro and sis which she had late, didn't know how to do basic ordinary things at age 15 and 23 when she died, so don't do too much for them! I stopped doing my DD's laundry when she started HS and forbid my MIL to do it either. I do offer assistance with it when I sense stress in her schedule timing, but she takes me up on it only rarely. She needs to feel the consequences of having to wear jeans she threw on the floor!

Sorry for the long diatribe, but this is the time to make these adjustments in your family dynamics, it will take longer than 6 weeks to heal fully to where you can heft that box of seasonal items to the attic (or basement) or the other myriad of things I know you do. We will need at least a full year to return full bore! I don't know where everyone's faith levels are at, I apologize if I offend anyone. God gave us only 1 body to be a good steward (caretaker) of, so take good care of yourselves. What good are you to others if you let yourself go physically? My mom and dad were really bad examples of health, so I am determined to not set that same example for my DD. Even if you think your teens are not paying any attn to you, they are patterning how their future family life will be by watching you now.

Today is my first day of driving and its off to the grocery store. We usually do it after church, but I wanted to try it on my own today. I will spend the time making a list and dinner planning for the week, so I don't spend too much time wandering around. Felt good to drive home from DD driving to school. I think that the restriction is to keep you home and not doing too much rather than the physical part.

TTFN! (ta-ta-for-now)

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