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Unread 02-13-2008, 08:43 PM
Hysterectomy dates Feb 04-Feb 11,2008

Hi everyone,

Today was a good day. As most of you know, or maybe don't know, I went to the ER yesterday because my doctor feared I had a blood clot. (I posted about this on the forum below). But, great news is that there is no blood clot and no infection. My shortness of breath is related to pain.

So, today was a good day, because I will say i've been concerned about the shortness of breath, but now that I know there is nothing serious, it's like a weight off my shoulders.

I felt really good today.... i still am taking pain meds, but I was able to get up and walk around more than i have today... this is just walking around my house. I still am needing to rest a lot. my doctor thinks i should be off the pain meds by this weekend... I HOPE!

But, today I did take a shower while at home by myself. up to now, I've only been taking showers while my husband is home. This is because our shower is upstairs, so up to today, i was nervous climbing stairs and showering, etc. etc., without my husband around to help if I needed help. But, i did just fine today all on my own. YAY!!

I'm a very independent person, so it's nice to be able to do more things on my own. :-)

My good friend came by to visit today, and she brought me some yummy food from Whole Foods (all natural/organic grocery store). So, we sat, and talked and ate together. it was really fun.

All in all, it was a good day, although, I DO think I was on my feet too much today. I'm laying down right now and I feel SO worn out.... tomorrow I'll be taking it easy for sure.

I'm glad to hear everyone is doing well!!

Take care!
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Unread 02-13-2008, 08:48 PM
One week post op check up

I went to my one week post op check up today (it has actually been a week and a day). The doctor says I am doing great and my incision looks awesome. He thinks it is great that I am off all pain meds and that I am getting around ok (although walking like I am 95 does not qualify as ok to me lol). Also all biopsy reports came in negative.

He showed and gave me pictures of my uterus. OMG is all I can say! I guess I really did not grasp the extent of damage and size I had going on in there! There were multiple fibroids, some very large and also some of my uterus was enlarged due to something that sounded like endometriosis but is not that (I really need to learn to listen better). What ever it was had to do with the glands in the uterus. I guess mine were growing backwards or something. My uterus was so large I can not believe I did not have more pain or that I could actually fit into my clothes! I think had it even been a tiny bit bigger I would not have been able to have a bikini cut.

Did anyone else get pictures? I cant stop looking at them. It is hideous and disgusting but facinating at the same time. I may need therapy now!

Question.... anyone else have stinging (mild but very annoying) at incision site? It looks as if it is very slightly seperated at the spot it is stinging.. Is this bad?

Anyway.. feeling good all but stinging and even went out to lunch.

Hope everyone is doing great!
Unread 02-13-2008, 08:50 PM
Hysterectomy dates Feb 04-Feb 11,2008

Mmmmmm, chocolate chip cheesecake. *drool*

On the opposite end of the scale, I can feel my incision pulling a bit when I get up sometimes (even though I'm being super-careful), and I can see areas where the two sides are not right up against each other (gross, sorry). There isn't any fresh blood or anything else oozing out, so that's good, but...blech. The steri-strips don't really do much to keep it together. I just hope it doesn't decide to open up, cause that would freak me right out.
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Unread 02-13-2008, 08:59 PM
Hysterectomy dates Feb 04-Feb 11,2008

Hi all,

9 days post-op and everything seems to be going well. I am doing some things around the house. Today I washed my curtins in the bedroom and ironed them. I also washed my car, poor thing. Also clean out a closet. I seem to be able to do these type of things, however I can't hardly take a walk outside. I get about 10 minutes away and start having pain down low . I then start to now feel very well. Was wondering if anyone else has had this happen. Also not sleeping well a night. Hope that everyone is doing their best at behaving. It's hard isn't it.

Unread 02-13-2008, 10:57 PM
Hysterectomy dates Feb 04-Feb 11,2008

Hi all -

Let's see - one week since surgery and it was a pretty good day today. I took off my pity-party hat and had a better outlook on life in general and actually got most of my taxes done, which is a relief. I also was able to get out of the house (in the rain) to go with my realtor to look at a couple of foreclosure properties in my neighborhood that I am thinking of picking up for investments/rentals. They were within a few blocks so we walked and it felt good to get outside.

My little laproscopy incisions are starting to itch. I don't know if that is good or bad. The steri-strips are still on, and I am supposed to wait till they fall off, so I guess if it does not start hurting I am OK.

I've also started to get twinges of pain where my cervix used to be, and a little spotting is still going on, but nothing too concerning. I don't have a post-op appt until 4 weeks out, so unless I start to feel a lot of pain or have real bleeding I'll consider it normal based on what everyone else seems to be going through.

Not sleeping enough though. I am a night owl and always promise myself a nap, but then get too busy in the afternoon and don't do it. I'll try harder tomorrow.

Big Valentines event for me tomorrow - long awaited hair appt with my colorist, Craig, to do color balancing and new highlights. I can't wait! Nothing like spending a fun evening with my fabulous gay stylist and coming home looking great!!! I might even bring a bottle of wine along for the hair party :-) My only worry is that this will be my first big adventure out of the house and will include driving and sitting in the chair at the salon for 2 or 3 hours. They do have a little sofa in the waiting area so hopefully Craig will let me lounge there if I get tired.

Well, my bed awaits and I"ll be back tomorrow!!
Unread 02-13-2008, 11:40 PM
Hysterectomy dates Feb 04-Feb 11,2008


To ease your mind about the slight opening of your incision. I had it happen today after my Dr. Appt. because I did to much activity. It really started to sting and bother me and I started freaking out. I was all ready to go to the ER over a little seperation not even really an opening. I decided to call the triage nurse at my docs office first and I am glad I did. It is perfectly normal and you/or I will not open up at all due to layers and layers of stitches inside of us. My doc took off my steri strips and I think it may have been a little to early for that. My husband just ran out to get more to basically close up the little bit of seperation. If you are having stinging like I am she suggested bactine. I hope this helps you feel less nervous I know it sure helped me. I think tomorrow I will just really take it easy. They do tell us to do that and I can think of worse things that laying around watching soaps and eating junk food lol.

Karen- I know the whole lack of sleep sucks and I went through it as well in the hospital. My doc gave me a perscriotion for a few xanex after I left the hospital and that helps so much in the sleep department for me. It is the only pill I am taking at all and I just take one at bedtime and wait for it to make me feel relaxed and I drift off for about 7 hours or so. I like it because it does not make you all groggy and icky like the narcotics. He gave me Darvocet <sp> for pain and I have not even touched that as I just dont like the narcotic high (for lack of a better word).

My roots and I willbe envying you tomorrow! I know I am not reay to sit for that long yet so my hair will have to wait :-( Have a great time and you will feel wonderful and pretty pretty when you get home :-)

Unread 02-13-2008, 11:58 PM
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You sound like you are doing so well! I'm so impressed. I'm happy you were able to get out of the house. sometimes I go to my front door and just open the door and stand there to smell the fresh air. I MISS being outside. But, we live on a big hill, so if I went on a walk, i'd be going both downhill and uphill, and from what I understand, downhill and uphill are a no-no at this stage in the game. SOON I hope I can get out... I supposedly can start driving next week... that is if I feel comfortable and if I'm off Percocit. so, we'll see.

You have such a fun day planned tomorrow... I LOVE getting my hair done and colored. My natural color is dark chocolate brown, but I get it colored all throughout the year. I love to change my hair. Right now, my hair style is called, the "POB". I just learned this "term" from the gal who cuts my hair. I got my hair cut a couple days before surgery. So, the "POB" is the hair style that "Posh" has (it's like a "bob", but it's the style Posh wears.... (Victoria Beckam). So, that is the style of my hair, but I get it colored every few months. I have been blonde before, but it doesn't look good on me. So, what I usually do is just get caramel and blonde highlights in my hair.. But, the last time I colored my hair.... a month ago, I went back to my original hair color, so right now, i'm totally dark... a dark rich chocolate brown. I like it. but, come spring, the blonde highlights will come back. :-)

Anyway, have FUN tomorrow getting your hair done! Drink some wine, too!! I love wine, but I'm supposed to not drink wine while on Percosit, so I have to wait to have my sip of wine when I get off the pain meds.... Oh, I hope that is soon.

It sounds like today is a better day! You're doing great, and well on the road to recovery! You're way ahead of me. :-)

Take care!!!
Unread 02-14-2008, 07:19 AM

Hi Fia,

That is great you are doing so well, this is day seven for me and the first day that I actually put on clothes instead of PJ's. I have been feeling better each day but my DH will not let me leave the house until Monday when I go in for my first Dr.s appt.

I am going stir crazy but actually doing pretty well also, my stomach is still pretty swollen but the incision seems to be healing. I do hope everyone else is having a very Special Valentine's Day.

Carla (SAH) 2-07-08
Unread 02-14-2008, 07:39 AM
Hysterectomy dates Feb 04-Feb 11,2008

Hi Everyone
Loves to run, I'm really glad that your breathing problem was just pain--that's great.
I got pictures from my doctor too. Actually, when I was still in the OR and waking up from the anesthesia she showed me the actual uterus and said "Say goodbye to your uterus"! I know it sounds gross, but actually I'm glad she did (and she knows from my prior fibroid surgery that I am ok with this kind of thing, I'm sure she doesn't do that with most patients!). Because when my bleeding problems returned after she took out the fibroid in July, I was stunned that the next step was hysterectomy, and very upset. But now that I have seen what my uterus looked like--all twisted and bulgy from multiple fibroids, and about the size of afootball I guess, --any time I start thinking this wasn't necessary I just need to remember what it looked like. (Actually, that's not why I had to hae the hysterectomy--its because my fibroid went beyond heavy bleeding to dangerous hemorrhaging, and I almost had emergency surgery. But this is a pretty good visual reminder of why I had it.)
I'm feeling ok--just in the last day or two the pain from getting up and down has gotten much better. I still walk with a pillow, and sitting for much time is not good--much harder than walking, actually (I had a bikini incision.) Still taking regular painkillers because my doc said to use them consistently at first, that it would make recovery much easier. But mostly motrin--percoset only if I have to get up and do stuff when the motrin is wearing off. My biggest problem is still constipation--despite tons of fresh fruit and dates and water and prune juice. I think it must be the lack of exercise and the percosets.
I'm still going nuts stuck in the house, and finally yesterday I counted how many steps it takes to walk through the upstairs bedrooms soI could figure out how many laps to do to walk a half mile--I walked a half mile twice yesterday and am going to try to do it 3 times today. I was walking more int he hospital! But until the weather gets better its hard to walk too much in such a small space.
I've been wearing yoga pants, not real clothes. I can't imagine fitting into jeans yet. But my belly has shrunk enough that at least I can see the incision, so that's progress!
For those of you with incision problems...one thing my doc said was to make sure when I showered to let the water and soap run oer the incision, and even kind of push the belly swelling up and away so the water gets to the incision. And then to pat it really well ==she even suggested tucking a towel into the fold and keeping it there, so that the incision gets really dry and doesn't stay damp. So maybe that is helpful for some of you.
Deb (SAH, 2-5-08)
Unread 02-14-2008, 10:02 AM
Thank You

I just signed up today, i am so happy there is a site for us. I have been following the posts for a week. My surgery was on the 4th. I am also a very busy person so it is so hard not to be up doing things. My mom in law is here with us for a month so what a help she is. Just wanted to say thanks for all your thoughts and info that has helped me. I'll be back. I must go do a puzzle with my daughter. Oh and HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!!!!!

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