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Unread 02-19-2008, 11:10 AM
Hysterectomy dates Feb 04-Feb 11,2008

Hi everyone,

Ok, so today is a big day for me, too. I'm also making my FIRST outing!!!!!!!!!! Yay.... getting out of the house. I feel pretty good today. I do not know what yesterday was all about. But, every since the weekend, I really do think I turned a corner. I am still taking Percocit, but ONLY every 12 hours... one at night before I got to bed, and one in the morning, and that is it. So, I feel pretty good.

(warning: new baby mentioned in this paragraph!!!!)

So, my good friend (who is a guy... actually, he's my personal trainer I've been working out with for 4 years now), his wife just had a baby (first baby), early this morning. I was up a couple times in the night (like normal), so my trainer and I were exchanging a few short emails in the middle of the night to give me updates on the progress.... it was kind of fun.

so, I'm venturing out (not driving myself, though... my mom is picking me up), and I am going to go to the hospital to visit them. So, that whole trip including the visiting time should take about an hour....

I am expecting to come home and collapse on the couch.

But, here's the other great news (for me) at least. Up to now, I've just been wearing pajama bottoms.... that is what has been most comfy on my swelly belly and my incision site. So, I tried on some of my velour sweat pants (Juicy...), and they fit, and they are not uncomfortable around my waist. I was worried they'd be too low of a cut in the waist that it'd bother my belly, but they fit.... they fit a little snug, but aren't uncomfortable.

So, I am actually going to wear regular clothes for the first time since surgery today, too. I am feeling the most normal today than I have since surgery... although, I'm still FAR from really feeling normal.

So, I'll let you guys know how this all goes!!

Paula, I'm glad you had a succesful outing!! I'm sure it is so empowering to get OUT! Yay!! We are all slowly moving toward NORMALCY now!

That is great you're a grandma!! And, we have the tables turned... your kids are helping you, but my mom is helping me. I feel lucky mom parents are near by.

Ok, I'm going to rest for a bit before I go out!

Take care everyone.
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Unread 02-19-2008, 11:15 AM
Hysterectomy dates Feb 04-Feb 11,2008

Hi everyone.
Stepped on a scale for the first time today, and I think I lost about 12 pounds (Yay!) I will know for sure when I head back to Weightwatchers next week.
BUT, my yoga pants are actually tighter than before surgery, particularly in the evening. Sigh. So, here's my question:
How many of you can get back in your jeans? Your work clothes? I am wondering if I need to buy bigger work pants until the swelly belly passes. And I'm scared to try on the jeans I have.
Also, just wondering, those of you who are walking for exercise--how quickly have you been able to add distance, or pick up the pace? I'm trying to figure out what a reasonable walking plan is.
Unread 02-19-2008, 11:20 AM
Recovery Progress Reports for Hysterectomy dates Feb 04-Feb 11,2008

Feeling better today, hope everyone else is starting to feel good. I am doing my taxes today. Not to bad, will get money back. I to was very active , so this recovery is at times very trying. Cleaned a couple of cubards this morning. Like a lot of you I am young for my age (48). I will be getting back to training in the middle of March. I do endurance riding with my horse. For those of you that don't know what this is it is riding your horse for 50-100 miles within a certain time. Boy is this the way to see the country side that you would never see by car. I also hunt and fish in some of the most remote areas in Oregon. Can't wait to get back to it. For now I would say that recovery has been my most difficult adventure to date. Yea, that is now the way that I am going to think about this. I never even thought of recovery as an adventure before the words came out of my fingers. Wow, all of the sudden I feel so much better mentally. Try it you might like it. Bye for now, back to the taxes.
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Unread 02-19-2008, 11:24 AM
Hysterectomy dates Feb 04-Feb 11,2008

I'm so sorry you are having cry days. I have not suffered that. But I think everyone responds to this differently.

I know when I first learned I probably needed a hysterectomy (which was a major suprise as my symptoms were not that bad) I was teary all the time. Then my fibroid hemorraghed dangerously, and I almost ended up in the hospital with emergency hysterectomy. After that it was a lot easier for me emotionally, because I saw how terrified my DH and kids were, and I couldn't imaging risking that kind of hemorrhage if I was on a trip, or hiking, or somewhere where I couldn't get immediate care. (MY DH had to come get me from my office, because I wasn't safe to drive, and my doc prescribed birthcontrol pills at 5 times normal level at first--if that hadn't stopped the bleeding in a few hours I would have been in the hospital. I can imagine lots of situations where that wouldn't have been possible. ) So while I still wish I didn't need this surgery, it was just so clear that it stopped being very emotional for me. But its different for everyone, because we eachhave our own stories of why we needed the surgery and what it means to us. And I think we each grieve differently.

You might want to check also in the forum about emotional consequences here-- I forget what its called. And if it goes on for a while, and you feel depressed all the time, I would definitely encourage you to see a counselor.

In the meantime, please keep typing!
Unread 02-19-2008, 12:01 PM
Hysterectomy dates Feb 04-Feb 11,2008

Wow You ladies are adventurists (Is that a word?) I am not athletic at all unless rock band and shooting pool and bowling are sports! If I am being honest I would have to say I am on the lazy side. I do like shooting (we live in AZ and it is a very armed state). Shooting skeet can be physical I guess. I am 41 and completely immature! ok maybe not immature but definately on the slow track to adulthood! Our friends range from late 20's to late 50's. The 20's keep us young and the 50's keep us balanced. Although our 50 something friends are sometimes wilder than our younger friends!

For those of you feeling the blues and having a lot of crying (with or without hormones). I think it is normal to a certain extent. If it gets to the point of hopelessness or thoughts of suicide then call your doctor immediately!

It is so great watching all of our progress! If you look back you can see when we were all in pain and feeling down and now for the most part we are making strides to recovery. Keep up the good work ladies!

The Jeans issues.... Well honestly I can fit into some of my jeans now but after about an hour they are very uncomfortable. I dont know if it is all physical or maybe a bit mental as well since I keep thinking it probably is not good to mush things up right now. I am all about the sweats and yoga pants (I like the yoga the best as they kinda hold you in nicely but gently). My Juicy are all a bit snug right now and although comfortable I see little bits of skin hanging over waist line and hate that so I have passed on the Juicy for now! I know that sounds vain but the jackets dont cover it and that just bums me out. I am hoping my new shipment of YP's arrive today as I requested rush delivery. I am going out tonight and would like to look/feel nice. I bowl on a league and want to go cheer my team on. I usually partake in several glasses of wine on Tuesday and the occational tequila shot so tonight will be weird with no drinking. I don't want to drink in case I have to take any meds.

The one emotional issue I am having (beside the whole shelf and swelly belly thing) is the whole and I still a real woman question. I know it is silly because I did not and could not (after seeing my uterus) want to have anymore children but now that the option is well not an option, it seems to bother me a bit. I guess it is the whole what you cant have you think about wanting thing. I worry that my husband may see me differently but it is silly to think that and he says I am a dork for thinking it. Has anyone else felt this way?

Anyway that is all for now... I have blabbed long enough.. Have a great day everyone!
Unread 02-19-2008, 12:06 PM
Hysterectomy dates Feb 04-Feb 11,2008

Wow - that endurance horseback riding sounds amazing (but not something that I can imagine doing any time soon, lol)

Deb - I tried walking a lot over the weekend - almost 4 miles on Sat, but then felt really crummy on Sunday. Now I am afraid to try again. I think today I'll do 2 and keep it there for the rest of the week. Next week add another 1/2 mile. By 6 weeks I can imagine being unlimited in mileage.

I put on some jeans on Sat as well, and they fit OK. Pretty much the same as pre-surgery, but they weren't tight then. It is hard for me to tell since I was about 20 lbs higher than i'd like to have been prior to surgery. I have not tried any work clothes - guess I'll find out tomorrow!!
Unread 02-19-2008, 01:17 PM
Hysterectomy dates Feb 04-Feb 11,2008

Hello all
I am so glad to see so many post.
I went to the doctor this morning and had a mri/ ct scan.
My Dr. wanted to be sure I am not having problems with my bladder.
She thinks I was doing to much to soon and bruised myself.
I hear you all loud and clear with the 1 step forward and 2 steps back.
I have 4 children 17, 15,13, and 11 and feel like my house is a mess.
But I am learning to try to take it easy.

**** today make 2 weeks to the day**********

I love reading all of the post

Today I feel pretty good ( still on the pain meds)
my husband or DH has told me to stay in the bed or on the couch for the rest of this week.

I can not wait to feel normal again .

please be careful going back to work so soon.
I am using my full six weeks to get healed .
I have a stressful ( sit down job) and want to be able to give it my all without the pain.

keep on sharing
oh yea I ate a whole box of thin mint girl scout cookies last night and was told today that I am losing weight.
Unread 02-19-2008, 01:56 PM
Hysterectomy dates Feb 04-Feb 11,2008

I hear you on the can't wait to feel normal again feeling! I just want to be able to get out of bed and do the things I do and not have to think about surgery or incisions or BM's or anything.

You know... your screen name is my maiden name. Maybe we are related? I don't think that there are a lot of Penroses in the world but I could be wrong.

Karen.. you amaze me! I can't imagine walking 4 miles even pre surgery! You must be very physically fit! Don't do to much though we want ya feeling better all the way soon!

I thought I read somewhere that too much activity after surgery causes adhesions. I may be wrong. Does anyone know about this? I would like to do more but don't want to push it just in case.

Well off to watch last nights recorded shows that I missed while doing my class work.

Unread 02-19-2008, 02:23 PM
Hysterectomy dates Feb 04-Feb 11,2008

There is some good stuff in the post-op section (or maybe the fitness section?) that explains how doing too much too soon creates little microtears inside, adn those create scarring (adhesions.) That's why the limits on what we can lift, and exercise, and stuff. Its pretty persuasive.
For what its worth, my mom had a hysterectomy 14 years ago. She doesn't recall being told to really take it easy and not do too much, and she's the kind of person that would carry in groceries, etc. (I wasn't in the country at the time, not sure exactly what she did.) Anyway, a couple of years later she developed really bad pain, which (after a misdiagnosis--took years to get the right diagnosis) turned out to be a bowel problem caused by the adhesions that required emergency surgery.

Not to scare you ladies, but just so you know why....

On a brighter note...the last couple of days I finally walked without a pillow for my long outdoors walks (must have looked really strange, but, hey, better to get well, right?) and so today I was able to get my pedometer to walk. I have to walk a route I'm not used to, in order to stay on flat ground. Turns out I did 3 miles yesterday and today each. I'm really pleased--that's much better than I thought!

I had bad swelly belly last night, but no other consequences. I'm lying down now with a cold pack, to try to avoid the swelly belly or at least minimize it.
Unread 02-19-2008, 02:30 PM

Bless you all for your comments and stories. I suppose the reason I was so sad is that I thought I was lazy for not going back to my usual life after 2 weeks. I kept thinking I should be doing so much more. Your stories inspire me and have lifted my spirits. Thanks sisters. . .

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