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Unread 02-07-2008, 07:49 AM
Hysterectomy dates Jan 07-Jan 14,2008

Oh, Sherrie (Dee37), I'm so sorry you're still having a tough time. If I lived closer, I'd come help you around the house.

I'm praying for you to feel better, physically and emotionally. Getting a note from your doctor for your husband was genius! Hopefully it will help him see that you need more time to recover (not to mention your father-in-law! This is none of his business anyway.) Keep standing up for yourself, girl. You will know when you're ready to take on more. (I had to have a little talk with DH and explain to him how helpless I feel because I can't do everything I want to, and still need help with some things. It really seemed to make a difference. )

Rest as much as you can. Here's hoping the medicines help. (You might consider the zoloft. It has helped a lot of people I know.)
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Unread 02-07-2008, 11:55 AM
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I know what you mean. To get someone to help around here is like pulling teeth, no one wants to do it.
I have done stuff I probably should not do, but if I wait for my husband, who is usually a very helpful person to help out, I would be waiting forever! I hear I work hard, I am too tired. Well, what does he think when I do it everyother day of the year!! I work full-time also. When he had surgery I took off work to take care of him. I got nothing. He didn't take off even one day to spend with me. I am very lonely! My DD is working full-time and going to Grad. School full-time. Good Luck and I hope that your Hubby picks up the slack. Have a great day!
Unread 02-07-2008, 01:09 PM
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Hi everyone,
I just got back from my 4 week check-up, everything looks good and is healing up fine. I was a teensy bit nervous, especially when he said "sorry if this is uncomfortable" right before the internal exam but it was fine, very quick and gentle, no pain. I'm OK to return to work in 2 weeks but am supposed to keep taking it easy for another month, so I got a "light duty for 2 weeks" scrip since my job can be quite physical. Saw the picture of my beastie that I had asked for, just looked like this huge lumpy blob, so strange to see what had been in my body. Whole uterus was size of a grapefruit, which is pretty big for my petite 5' frame I guess. I don't remember if it was this thread where someone was wondering about how the ovaries were attached now, anyway I asked about that cause I was also curious, and he explained that they are still firmly attached to the broad ligament, plus their blood vessels.

I wish everyone a continued healthy recovery! (and to those being given a hard time, always remember who's NUMBER 1!)
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Unread 02-07-2008, 01:26 PM
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I was the one who was curious how our ovaries are still attached. Thanks for the info. (by the way, we had our surgeries same day) I seem to be having good days and bad days. tired, tired, tired. I have never slept so much in my life as I have been since the surg. From what i have read it seems to be normal to be tired. I hope it is normal. Are you other ladies feeling the same??? Hope our GOOD days outnumber the BAD days real soon and we start to feel like ourselves again day by day. Take care everybody....Hope to hear from you soon.....
Unread 02-07-2008, 02:26 PM
fog is lifting

I had my TVH on the 11th also. It seems like this week has been a better one for me. I don't know about good days and bad, but at least I have had more good moments than bad. It feels like the brain fog is lifting somewhat. That makes a big difference in how I feel otherwise, I think. I just told my hubby that I feel pretty good today but too tired to do anything about it.
I spent most of the day in the recliner with a good book. When my dad passed away a few years ago I got his collection of Louis Lamour westerns. I've been reading those. Although I've never been a big western fan these are really good. It has made me stop and think how good we have it these days. What did women do back in the prairie days with the medical problems we have today??
Anyway, I am thankful for the support that my hubby gives me even though he works two jobs. I also have been blessed with a friend who comes and vacuums or does whatever I ask of her. She's taking me grocery shopping tomorrow.
I will be praying for those of you who don't have that support system. I know it has got to make things even more difficult for you.
Unread 02-07-2008, 03:57 PM
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I just looked up broad ligament, and seeing a picture of it (like the one in Wikipedia from Gray's Anatomy) it makes me feel very secure in the security of my ovaries - it's a very wide sheet of peritoneum (as wide as the whole uterus itself) that is attached to the uterus along the length of both sides, and the ovaries are also attached to it, so they're not going anywhere. I guess they then sew the 2 sides of the ligament together once the uterus has been cut away.
Unread 02-07-2008, 04:39 PM
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Donna -

I am so tired all the time too. Dr. says that my body is exerting all its energy to recover and it should progressively get better after 6 weeks post-op.

I notice that we shared the same surgery date as well as adenomyosis. It is nice to not have to face that pain anymore!
Unread 02-07-2008, 05:57 PM
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Purplefreak--your comment about the old west and how women had to face medical problems was an interesting point, and made me think of something my women's studies professor in college said during a lecture: women just didn't have periods back in the "old days." Before birth control, they were either pregnant or nursing, year-round. Menstruation was very rare, so there was no PMS, etc. And because the diet back then was largely free of chemicals that our food today is laden with, they didn't have a lot of bloating, swelling and misery that all the salt we eat today causes. Still, I'm sure when they did have problems, there was little they could do about it. Not sure which is better!
Unread 02-07-2008, 06:01 PM
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sgreenarch - I am in the same boat. Same procedures including rectocle repair. Believe me if my doc would have actually told me the TRUTH about the healing and recovery from this repair I don't think I would have done it!! The very end of my incision right before the rectum has come open (the first layer - or very top layer). I called on Monday regarding it and was told as long as I wasn't bleeding consistant red blood from this area, having ***** drainage, runny a fever or having pain associated with the area it will "probably" heal up on its own. To me it looks horrible and I don't need and extra hole down there if you know what I mean. I have been looking at it daily (in a mirror) and my DH has so nicely voluntered to also look at it daily it seems to be the same. I only get a bit of pink/redish spotting from it during BM's. However I am having the same brownish/peachy smelly discharge as you. It is driving me crazy between the itching and smell. I feel like no matter how much flushing (with the handy water bottle they gave me at the castle) and showering I do that is all I smell. I don't know if others can smell it but it has made me very self conscious. I don't go to see my doc until 2/21 for my 6 week post op so I am nervous about leaving this go until then only to be told - well we will need to go in and reclose that opening because its not healing. However she is a very busy doc and unless any of those issues I noted are occuring the chance of getting in to see her before then is slim anyway.

I am also finding that my bottom feels like it did the first week home by dinner time. The feeling of swelling and like you have an orange between your legs. Are you getting that too? I know I am doing more than I should at this stage post op - however I have no choice being an in home daycare. I try to keep all my standing or being up for first thing in the morning when I feel the best. During late morning play time I hit the recliner and try my best to interact with the kids from there. Then I am up again for lunches and I hit the recliner again when they all go down for naps. Luckily I have them all on the same nap schedule and I have been able to get 1 1/2 to 2 hrs of rest when they do. Then DH is home with our children and helps out a ton but by then I am exhausted. I have been in bed reading usually by 7 and then lights out by 8. It is the best I can do - I just hope that I haven't done any damage.

Also since I have already said too much - I am struggling with a weight gain of about 7-8 lbs since surgery and I am so sad at the fact that none of my reg clothes fit or feel comfortable and all I wear is sweats. I had intended on walking on the tred mill everyday once I hit 2 weeks out. Needless to say that has not happened - partly because I am depressed at the whole situation and partly because I have so much pressure when I am standing not to mention walking. My biggest fear going into this surgery was weight gain since I have worked so hard in the past 3 years to get off over 130lbs.

I know its the surgery (hormones or lack there of) that got me down right now but it is HARD:-(
Unread 02-07-2008, 06:27 PM
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I had a TAH the same day as your surgery. My incision came open 1 wk post op. My dr has been great. I go see him 6 days a week and he cleans it out and rebandages it for me. They do not reclose the incision once it has popped open but let it heal on its own. Mine is not infected but after the birth of my son my c-section incision popped open and it was infected. I do not have a smell this time but I did then. I would definitely talk to your dr know so they can at least give you antibiotics. To clean the incision yourself (if your husband can handle it because he will need to do it for you) you need long handled q-tips and peroxide. I cannot stress enough to talk to your dr again. At least ask about antibiotics in case it is infected. I wish you luck in dealing with this. For the record it usually takes 3-4 weeks to heal closed on its own. Mine is just about completely healed and I am at 4 wks today which means it has been 3 wks since it popped open. Please do not hesitate to ask if you have questions. I know it stinks but you will get through it.

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