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  #1181  
Unread 03-22-2008, 06:27 PM
Hysterectomy dates Feb 04-Feb 11,2008

Hi Everyone,

Lisa (Ishwari) -- I loved reading your post! your cruise sounds wonderful! gosh, cruising to and from the Hawaiian Islands is something I'd love to do, and what a great way to recover from surgery! Too bad you got a little bit of a bug, but it sounds like you got over that.

I'm glad you were able to use this cruise to not only heal from surgery, but recuperate and relax after your father and his battle with cancer. And, my mother-in-law is a breast cancer survivor, so I know all about wanting to drop the stats!! You sound like a strong woman, and I'm glad you've been given another chance at life!

Kjjjranch: How did it go at the YMCA? Let us know!

Well, here's an update on me:

Today, I woke up feeling really good... I have felt better and better each day this week.... pretty much normal, except my abdomen is still tender.

Anyway, all my sweats that I’ve been living in were in the wash, and we had to go somewhere, so I put on my jeans! And, I was able to wear them…. It wasn’t too comfortable to sit down, though, because my abdomen is still so tender. Anyway, but it felt so good to actually wear jeans finally. That was first for me.

I wore them for about 3 hours while we were out, and I came home and ripped them off of me and put on my bathrobe…. I couldn’t handle how they felt on me any longer. My abdomen just started to get really sore after having my jeans on. Well, the rest of today, my abdomen, especially my right side has been achy and that burning sensation kind of came back…. Not terribly bad, but it has come back. So, I think wearing the jeans aggravated something. Hopefully this will be gone by tomorrow. I hope I didn't hurt something inside.

Anyway, I’m also really tired today, but I don’t know if I’m really tired because I was SO plagued with allergies this past week, and I had that massive eye issue, and that alone just wore me out, or if this is just a loss of energy day just from recovery from surgery. I heard that for a few months after surgery, your energy levels can go up and down.

I don't know what it is, but I just feel so drained today.... like I just want to sleep... so I took a really good nap today, and that felt good!

Hopefully tomorrow I'll feel better. At least it's the weekend, so my DH is around to help with the kids so I can rest.

Anyway, but overall, I have been feeling really good!!!

Take care,
Kathy
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  #1182  
Unread 03-22-2008, 10:22 PM
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Oh, how I love reading posts. It's so incredibly awesome to hear everyone is coming along no matter what rate - just the positive movement forward is so very encouraging.

I had a wonderful day today! My youngest daughter and I took a drive to the coast. We met her boyfriend at and watching the riders run The Dunes on the Oregon Coast, went geocaching, and played for 2 hours at the nearby casino (she's 21, she wanted to see what it was all about). We had a great time watching the ATVs, climbing in the sand, searching for treasure, and winning the enourmous amount of $7.44! What a day!

I've plotted another 7 locations for tomorro's - I have a goal instead of wondering just how long it will take him to do his business.

All that having been said, I feel really good. The only uncomfortable moments I have are when I wear a pair of jeans that are just a little too snug and the zipper rides my "zipper". After awhile I just want to get home and get out of them. Thankfully, it hasn't been too bad; just sort of an awareness that it's there.

I suppose these treasure hunting walks are such a great distraction for me that I don't even notice the exercise I and my pup are getting! If I had had time to plan such a wonderful cruise, I'm sure I would have taken the opportunity - I'll drool in the meantime and turn green with envy - but getting the pupping in the middle of the 21 days between "asking a simple question" and ending up in surgery didn't really let me do that. So, ladies, I will live vicariously through your new experiences and adventures!

*huggles*
Julia
  #1183  
Unread 03-23-2008, 10:19 AM
Hysterectomy dates Feb 04-Feb 11,2008

YaHoo. I slept all night long. Woke up at 8am. I only took half the dose of the sleeping pills. Boy do I feel good so far. Did a lot of stuff yesterday so I am a little sore.

All signed up for the gym at the YMCA and have my instructor. I am starting again with the 12 week program. I started after my spine surgery in Sept. but had to discontinue it in Nov. due to the anemia. Almost passing out and feeling like my heart was going to leave mybody everytime I excerised was not a good thing. So I am starting over in the 12 week program. I start on Monday with 4 weeks of cardo and then 4 weeks of cardo and big muscle groups and thn 4 weeks of cardo, big muscle groups, and small muscle groups. I am also going to start doing some swimming also.

Of course they remember me there. Not too many people with an artifical disc in their spine. So because they now know about this surgery I have to get a wavier from my dr. That works ok because I have my last appt. this coming Wed. This appt. is just to go over the hormone thing which is working great by the way. Will have her check the incision that was infected just because. And I will ask her about the stabbing pains.

Hope everyone is having a great Easter no matter what you do. My girls are going with my Mom to watch a movie and have dinner. DH and I are staying home, Yea, going to lock the doors, build a fire and enjoy each other.

Bye for now, have to go change over the laundry.
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  #1184  
Unread 03-23-2008, 01:07 PM
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Hi All
Well, tomorrow I'm back to work. We'll see how it goes. I have taken the last 4-5 days very easy, figured I should enjoy myself before I went back to the grind. But this could be a tough week.
Just saw DH and DD off on their spring break college tour road trip. Very tough to think about her going off to college (and very mixed emotions about how eager and ready she is!)
I went for my annual eye check, and the optometrist said its normal to have eye changes not only after hysterectomy but also during pregnancy and after menopause. Who knew? I did have some eye changes early on, but now my eyes are right back to their original prescription. (They are however really suffernng from seasonal allergies. Oh well.)
I am still on prescription motrin. My doc said she didn't put 100 refills on--the she put something else (I forget the order but something like rpn or pnr) and the pharmacy must have interpreted it as refill as needed. She didn't seem worried that I was still taking it, and said by three months if I was using it it would be for sore muscles from exercise. So we'll see.
My son and a friend are tearing up the house, which already took a bit of a beating from allt he dirt the kids tracked in after hunting for eggs (we hold the annual "pagan egg hunt" for the neighborhood because my neighbors are jewish and while they agree there is nothing Christian about eggs, and don't mind having their kids hunt for eggs, they are squeamish about holding an egg hunt themselves. So this was our 11th annual...)

I've been resting a lot, so it will be interesting to see how work goes!
Deb
  #1185  
Unread 03-23-2008, 02:46 PM
I must be feeling better.......

Because everyone and everything is starting to annoy me! Haha... My husband is on his last day of a weeks vacation. We were suppose to be in Arizona this past week for Cubs spring training, my surgery post poned that till next year, but he couldnt change his weeks off so hes been home all week. I love him, but we live pretty separate lives most of the time and there has been way too much together time! Snow hasnt helped as he is an avid golfer and not a happy camper since we got 5 inches 2 days ago. I was going to put the ham for dinner today on the grill, he didnt get around to checking to see if there was enough gas... and of course we are out.... now hes only had all week! oh well, plan B.

Logan, my Golden, is totally got cabin fever, I have not been able to get him to the woods or park in 7 weeks, and hes paceing and whining and in an out and following me everywhe
re i go! Having the kids here this afternoon will help.

Then thats the other thing.... 2 healthy 20year olds women in my family and IM cooking dinner! First it was just my daughter and son in law, now my son, his wife and grandaughter are , coming too. I love seeing them., but it wasnt in the plan and i just was expecting a quiet dinner, just 4 people. I sound ungrateful i know, most people would love if their grown kids make the effort mine do to see us, just wasnt wanting all of them today. OH well.. plan b again!

On the good side.. I walked 2 miles this morning, the Ambien is working for sleep and Ive been sleeping well, it leaves me irritable though i think ( ya think! ) haha

Lisa.. your cruise sounds great, Im sorry you got sick along the way.

Kathy.. Feeling less tired today? It could be the allergy meds?


Okay everyone else, hope your are having a great Easter Sunday! Kids are due any minute and Logan is sitting at the door patiently waiting, at least hes not at my heels.
  #1186  
Unread 03-23-2008, 04:27 PM
Hysterectomy dates Feb 04-Feb 11,2008

Hi ladies,

Well, I think wearing my jeans yesterday was a mistake! Last night, my abdomen ached really bad, and I had the burning sensation return, mostly on my right side (which is the side that always hurt the worst during the first 6 weeks of recovery). Then, this morning, I woke up only to a HUGE swelly belly to greet me! Oh my goodness... I felt like I had regressed back to week 3 in terms of the size of my belly. haha. And, today... get this.... I weighed 1 1/2 lbs MORE than yesterday. I know that is not a lot, but unless I slept walked and raided the entire fridge and bindged in my sleep, that 1 1/2 lbs. was from my swollen belly.

Obviously, my body did NOT like the fact I wore my jeans... I wear low rise jeans and I wore them for about 4 hours yesterday and I was both sitting and standing, and when i sat, they'd kind of dig into my abdomen...

so, I think I'll need to put the jeans away for a while longer. bummer! My doctor told me at my 6-week check that I had no restrictions now as to what i can do, but, he did say that if something hurts then stop doing it and wait a couple weeks and try it again. So, I put my jeans in that category, and it'll be a couple weeks till I'll try them again, i think.

So, today, we went to church, and I had planned to wear some slacks to look a little nicer since it was Easter sevices, but I wore my Juicy velour bottoms instead... no big deal at all. i would not have been able to squeeze into the slacks i wanted to wear with this big swelly belly! Hopefully it'll go down by tomorrow.

Here's the other weird thing... and Deb, your post reminded me of this. So, as you all know I've had some eye issues the past few weeks, and it turns out my corneas are inflammed, so I'm on this antibiotic eye drop.

Well, I can finally wear my contacts fine now, and when I do, they are fine in terms of my vision. But, NOW when I wear my glasses (which I've been able to see fine out of) just in the past few days, my vision is BETTER w/out my glasses on. Seriously.... I can take my glasses off and not have my contacts in, and my vision is clearer w/out my glasses on. Go figure! My vision is not perfect at all by any means, BUT, my vision seems to be worse with my glasses on now. Wild?!!! Deb, your doctor said that a hysterectomy can sometimes improve your vision???? Well, I wonder if that is happening to me?

Well, who knows.... since I'm still on an antibiotic eye drop, and my coreas are inflammed, I'm sure those are the reasons for the whacky vision now. But I go to my eye doc on Wed. for a follow-up, and I know I'll be saying to him, "HEY, what is UP with the vision??!!" haha. What is odd is that I see great with my contacts in, but my vision is worse with my glasses on. I have no idea what is happening to me.

Paula: I totally hear you... even though my DH is at work during the week, on the weekends, I kind of feel like my space is invaded. haha! Hopefully your DH can find things to do, or at least the snow can melt so he can go golfing.

I don't have grown kids yet, but my mom and I are close, and she tells me everything. Well, when we go to my parent's house, I try to help out in the kitchen as much as I can (but we also have the kids to watch out for, too). But, my brother's wife (so my mom's daughter-in-law) is totally differetn. When she comes over to my parent's house, she just sits on the couch and kind of waits to be waited on. My mom really loves my brother and his wife, but I know it kind of gets at my mom that my SIL who is in her 30's and perfectly able doesn't even offer to help a little. But, my SIL kind of has the attitude that "if I'm at your house, I'm a guest, and guests should not have to do anything."

Anyway, so I hear my mom's grumbling from time to time about this. haha.

So, since you didn't have any gas for the grill, did you just end up baking the ham?

You are very lucky that your daughters do want to come and hang out.... I can understand not wanting them all at the same time, though. I hope when my boys are older and off on their own that they will want to come and hang out with me!! :-) Hopefully they do. My 5 year old told me not too long ago that he wants to marry me so he will never have to leave. HAHA!! (hopefully that is not a foreshadow saying he'll be one of those adult children who still live with their parents when they are 40!) HAHA!!

Oh, and to answer your question.... I was still really tired today. But, I have 2 theoriies now why. 1) as you mentioned, i wonder if it's the allergy meds... I'm on an allergy pill, a nasal spray and now this antibiotic/steroid eye drop. the other theory is 2) IF I were to still have a period, this week would be my PMS week, and since I kept my ovaries, I still have PMS symptoms (lucky me), and one thing that always happened the week before my period is I always was SO tired! So, maybe that is it??

Anyway, hopefully I'll have more energy tomorrow. I took another nap today. :-) I love taking naps, though, so I'm not complaining about that.

I hope everyone is doing well!!

Kathy
  #1187  
Unread 03-23-2008, 05:58 PM
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hi

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  #1188  
Unread 03-24-2008, 02:10 AM
Emotions

I have been having the weirdest emotions. Maybe it is just that I am not in pain all the time so I now have time to think a bit more but it has really hit me that I wont have any more babies. I know this might sound really silly from a woman of 46, I know I knew I wouldnt have any more children but this is different. Before I guess I had the chance of a child but now i have no chance. I am so blessed to have 2 fantastic children but knowing that is it is making me cry. I dont feel able to share these thoughts with my DH as he is my second hubby and he is unable to have children of his own so to tell him how I feel seems a little insensitive, at least I have 2 children of my own, but that doesnt seem to lessen the pain. I am telling myself to get a grip and its just hormones but even though I know this is good advice I am still feeling very sad. Am I alone in this?

I suppose it could also be connected to being tired from not sleeping too great, the power surges are more intense during the night. In fact I dont really get any surges during the day but they start at around 9 pm at night and then grow in intensity during the night and then go again once I get up. Bizarre!!

Today is a Bank Holiday, which means that people have a day off work as all businesses are closed so my DH is going to play golf and my BF is coming over for lunch, so that will be fun.

Hope everyone had a wonderful Easter Sunday and that this is the start of our best week yet in our recovery

Big hugs

Ally xx
  #1189  
Unread 03-24-2008, 03:15 AM
Hysterectomy dates Feb 04-Feb 11,2008

Hi everyone,

I feel so out of the loop!!! It has been awhile since I have had a second to myself since I went back to work and when I have a second it seems I am sleeping, getting ready for sleep, dreaming of sleep or getting up from sleeping. I miss my naps really bad.

Everything is good though. I still get aches by the end of the day but it is better than the stabbing pain of a couple weeks ago. My swelly belly seems to have disappeared all together, one day last week in the afternoon when it should have been making its normal appearance it just didn't. So I thought great!!! But assumed it would reappear the next day but so far it has not. I can now fit back into my normal size 0 clothes but I have still been wearing my larger size clothing that I had to buy before surgery because of the water retention I was experiencing to the extreme. So maybe not wearing restrictive clothing has helped with the swelly belly going away and staying away. I have also gotten used to the really loose fit comfort wise, so I think I will stick with it for a couple more weeks.

It is good to hear how far everyone has come along and all the things you are doing, we have all come along way. I don't have anyone here who has been thru this experience to share the situation with so this site has been like my secret weapon to healing without falling about, which is probably what would have happened if I had to go it completely alone. So thank you all for the piece of mind that I was not alone and my sanity. Well I have to start getting ready for the day already!!! Be careful what you wish for as far as getting back to normal because you just might get it LOL!!!!

Have a great day,

Michelle
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  #1190  
Unread 03-24-2008, 05:59 AM
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Morning all. Got thru Easter! Thats sort of how i felt yesterday, just getting thru it. Love my kids and the baby but I was tired yesterday and really could have spent the day alone if it had been up to me. I crave alone time now, even more than I used too. Am I the only one who feels that way?
This morning is great! My husband left for work by 6, i have a meeting at 9 but still have a few hours with the house to myself, no blaring TV, no phone ringing, just peace and quiet and the birds chirping outside. LOve it!

So Ive got a busy day, 9am breakfast meeting, then a frame rep at 11, then patients in the office from 12-8 with both Drs. fully booked. Dont know how long i will stay, but im hoping till at least 6. We shall see.

Michelle, you sound like you are really back to normal. I still get that swelly belly every night, cant wait for that to stop! My work clothes fit fine, i usually wear dress slacks and a jacket, but no way can i wear jeans. I did once 2 weeks ago and ouch! not fun! Thank goodness for yoga pants.

Well.. off to get my day started, enjoy you day everyone.
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