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Unread 03-07-2008, 08:40 PM
Hysterectomy dates Feb 04-Feb 11,2008

Hi Ladies!

I'm so happy - today I was able to put my biggest pair of jeans on and go to Wal-Mart!

I bought myself two bras that were on clearance and ALMOST bought some shoes. I'm a shoe-a-holic, for sure. THAT was close!

Tonight, I will sleep like a rock. Good night!
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Unread 03-07-2008, 11:18 PM
Hysterectomy dates Feb 04-Feb 11,2008

Glad to hear everyone is doing good. This is great more and more good progress!

I was supposed to be really busy today but ended up not being busy and putting it all off until tomorrow. No good reason for the shift other than "I didnt feel like it" I wanted to veg today. But tomorrow will be super busy now. I still have a week of school stuff todo which I have not even had motivation to do this week. I dont know why I get motivated in spurts (this is not a new thing).

I took a nap today and now I am wide awake not close to sleepy at 11:30 at night. But that nap was great... My little schnauzer spooned up with me and we napped together. It was the first time I have let him nap with me since surgery. Both of my pups love to snuggle up and nap with me. I think the older one still senses I am not quite back to normal yet so he is waiting.

Ok I just yawned... a good sign maybe? I am off to read more of my book.

SFK......... ALWAYS buy the shoes!!!!! lol I am a shoe junkie I have like 80+ pairs at last count. That does not include flip flops which I have about 20 pairs of (we are warm 9 months out of the year).

Good night sisters, sleep well
Unread 03-08-2008, 12:39 AM
Hysterectomy dates Feb 04-Feb 11,2008

Hi everyone,

Well, I'm ready for bed, but I'm wide awake. ugh. Luckily, it's not the middle of the night. It's 11:30 PM here, too (but Cindy, you're an hour ahead of me, so we weren't writing this at the same time). :-)

Anyway, last night I hardly had any pain... it was amazing. I was able to sleep all night w/out a Percocit... not even Tylenol. tonight, my whole abdomen is on fire! I have the burning all over... from my rib cage down to my pelvis, and all over my right side. It is so annoying. So, I took a Percocit a little bit ago. I was in bed trying to sleep, but couldn't sleep, so I just got up came downstairs and plopped on the couch with my lap top and the TV on.... waiting for this Percocit to kick in. :-)

Hopefully I'll feel good in the morning. So far I've been feeling pretty good in the mornings. I really think I over-did it today, and that is why I'm achy/burning. I didn't even leave my house (well, except to drive my son to and from his friend's house). It is amazing how you can over-do it in your own home!! I had my 2-hour conference call sitting up in a chair for the whole 2 hours, I was up and around my house quite a bit today, prepared and cooked lunch for myself, loaded the dishwasher and cleaned up the kitchen, and I probably got up and down off the couch many times, and went up and down the stairs probably 5 or 6 times.

Now to me, just that list of things seems like NOTHING.... if that is all I had to do all day long every day, I'd have such an easy and relaxing life! haha. But, isn't it crazy that just that much can be "over-doing it" for right now while I'm recovering?

Well.... I hope everyone is sleeping well. :-) Hopefully i will once this percocit kicks in and this awful burn goes away (or goes away enough so I can sleep!!).

Take care!
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Unread 03-08-2008, 12:47 AM
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I had vaginal hysterectomy with cystocel and rectocel and vaginal repairs on Feb 5th, I am still bleeding, although lightly into almost the 5th week.....everytime I have a BM it starts red and fresh....I was told I could bleed for 6 weeks.looks like I am going to.....I would like to know if I should worry about fresh blood after BM though...I am using stool softeners too.
I have been on my feet alot last few day and today I am wiped out...
Unread 03-08-2008, 01:03 AM
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Happy Saturday Morning All!!! lol (it's 2:47am for me right now!)
I have been so busy, I would come on here to catch up on the posts, then get so tired I would put off replying to go to bed. NOT THIS TIME

KJ: Yeah, I have the involuntary muscle spasms alot, I got my first one the day after my surgery in the hospital it was scary, but felt good even that soon.

Muse: I had back pain so bad Friday morning I couldn't drag myself out of bed until noon.. I had organized and created a bunch of files I had been putting off for the longest time, even pre op because I was always so fatigued and in pain I was barely able to handle work/kids/husband..I am trying to do my best possibly part in getting things ready for our move next week. Hardly anything is packed and I can't lift a thing to help! It's frustrating. DH insists to behave though, so that's comforting to know he understands.

LTR: I see how you are back seeing your personal trainer, grats! I have a question. I was unable to really use my gym membership pre op with all the constant pain I was in etc... DH and I were actually talking about it just last night about seeing a personal trainer. What exactly do they help you with? I ask because I'm not as healthy as I want to be and wonder if I need to see a dietician as well or does a personal trainer help you in that area too? Also, when you mentioned how often you use your stool softener, I've only used mine two times and wondering if maybe I should rely on it more. I'm worried about the alleged side effect of making your insides "lazy" to where you almost need to use the softener all the time. Any truth to that??

Rain: You cracked me up when you posted looking for sex LOL Good luck

Giz: What kind of dressing would you like with your salad?

Madge: Does your doctor know you're still bleeding??

Specs: I got my hair colored (and cut) for the first time in my life a week before my surgery. It felt so good to get rid of the gray!! I never knew how much better I would feel about myself with something as simple as that. I am lucky though I have a good friend who is a colorist/stylist for Aveda, she came to my house, spoiled her with scallops and steak fajitas (homemade) and she did my hair

I was pretty busy today after I finally dragged my butt out of bed. I was planning on surprising my friend with lunch (discussed it with DH night before) ..no sooner am I going to the bathroom then my phone rings.. it's my friend. She's calling to ask for a favor, if I could stop and get her some lunch and bring it to her at work and visit for a bit. I told her my plans and she thought it was hilarious haha! I go get our lunch, get to her work and start to talk.. she gets busy, so I start to make calls to the various companies I have to talk to about getting services tranferred to our new house... Grr more deposits.. what a bunch of bull. They already have a deposit and instead of just transferring, they're going to use the deposit towards final bill then mail me remainder?!?! <sighs> Anyways...then with the gas company they tell me they can be out Monday between 8-4. (luckily I'm only moving around the block I can walk over when they call me.) I run home after spending time with my friend and eating to get my lease to take to water company to get order for turn on for monday too..

I have my Dr appointment on Tuesday the 11th, I have no idea if I'll be sent back to work right away or not. What do you guys find is the norm? Should I prepare myself to go back on the 12th or do you think he'll send me in at a later date?

Okay, it's 3:07am. I'm ready to crash..
Glad to be posting again
~Sass /Linda
Unread 03-08-2008, 01:49 AM
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Originally Posted by Sassibella

LTR: I see how you are back seeing your personal trainer, grats! I have a question. I was unable to really use my gym membership pre op with all the constant pain I was in etc... DH and I were actually talking about it just last night about seeing a personal trainer. What exactly do they help you with? I ask because I'm not as healthy as I want to be and wonder if I need to see a dietician as well or does a personal trainer help you in that area too? Also, when you mentioned how often you use your stool softener, I've only used mine two times and wondering if maybe I should rely on it more. I'm worried about the alleged side effect of making your insides "lazy" to where you almost need to use the softener all the time. Any truth to that??

~Sass /Linda

HI Sass --

I'm still wide awake.... darn Percocit isn't making me sleepy yet, BUT the burning is MUCH better, so the Percocit IS working. Phew!

So, since I'm awake and have nothing else to do, I'll answer your question.

First, about the personal trainer. You can have a trainer do anything you want (well... within the fitness and exercise world, that is.... haha!!!). What you need to do is decide what your goals are. It sounds to me like your #1 goal is to get healthier, and I'm sure to get fit on top of that. If you hire a personal trainer, make sure they are certified first of all. Secondly, get a trainer that has a BA in Exercise Science, or some other type of degree that deals with the body. Unfortunately, there are many gyms out there now that cut corners and hire personal trainers who only have a 10-week certification under their belt, and that is it.... I would stay away from these trainers because they are not educated enough in how the body works, etc. Anyone can go and get certified to be a personal trainer, as long as they take the certification course and pass it. A lot of people think if they played sports or have been working out their whole life that they are qualified to be a personal trainer. I do not think this is totally true because just since someone might be an amazing athlete doesn't mean that they know how to train another person.

So, I first just wanted to say that because a lot of people get trainers and then they feel like the trainer is not helping, but what is really happening is the trainer is not fully educated in how to do his/her job. Gyms hire trainers in this catergory so they can get away with paying less $$.

At the gym I am a member of, they will not hire a trainer unless they have a college degree in exercise science, or a related field, on top of being certified and they are required to take continuing education classes all throughout the year...

NOW..... what does a trainer do? Well, you tell them what you want them to do. You hire them, so you tell them what you want, and once you tell them what you want, they will (or should) come up with a fitness plan for you and then you start working out with them. Generally, if your goal is just to get healthy and fit, you'll probably strength train and do some cardio with your trainer. If you only meet the trainer once a week, you will be on your own the rest of the week and you'll have to be faithful and workout 3 - 4 times on your own. My trainer likes to see ALL that I do all week when I don't train with him, so that way he can really keep tabs on what muscles I'm working, how much I'm doing, etc.... this way he can really give me a balanced workout. So, I write down all that I do all week, and every time I see him, I print out my workouts so he can see what I've done. This is great for me because on the days I wake up and don't feel like going to the gym, or going outside for a run, I think, "oh, if I don't, then XXXX (my trainer's name) will know I skipped a workout this week..." And, then I make myself do the workout and within 5 minutes of my workout, I'm feelign great and happy I did it. So, trainers keep you accountable!!!

If you are trying to loose weight and eat healthier, I woudl recommend a dietician along with the personal trainer. Does your gym have dieticians that work at the gym? If so, I'd recommend getting a dietician at your gym and have that person communicate with your personal trainer so everyone is on the same page.

If your gym does not have dietician services, then I recommend hiring one and just make sure you communicate very well with your trainer what your dietician is having you do and visa-versa.

Now, the other thing is if you hire a trainer, ask or request a trainer who has been working at that gym or who has been a personal trainer for quite a while. You might have to pay a little more for a more experienced trainer, but it's WELL worth it because this is your body you are talking about!! I would not hire someone fresh out of college, or even someone who is 1 or 2 years out of college (or someone who is just new to being a trainer). When it comes to your body and physcial fitness, I like to make sure it's someoen who is experienced because if they don't reallly know what they are doing, or they don't have enough expereince, they may not be doing the right thing with you, and you may not get your money's worth, and worst case, you could get injured. If you do something wrong (wrong form when strength training, or goign too hard with your cardio, etc.) or just doing something that is not right for your body, you could get injured.

I love my personal trainer.... he's been training for 12 years and I go to him twice a week (not right NOW, but did before surgery, and will start up again twice a week once I get the OK from my doctor). I have speciific goals.

My specific goals are: I want to improve my running technique and my pace. I also want to really work on muscle tone and strength. I want to work on balance as well, because i do a lot of running outside, and the better balance you have the less likely you are going to twist your ankle because if you step on uneven ground, your core (abs) will be strong enough to keep your body stable, so you won't twist your ankle.

So, these are my current goals (which are all down the toilet right now... haha... but I'll get back into it hopefully by the summer).

So, one day a week, we do running...but we do different type of running. Sometimes, we'll just go on a long run together --7 or 8 miles. Some days, we'll do short but really fast runs together (so work on speed). Some days, we'll just run up hills... running up hills makes you faster and stronger. And, some days, we'll be inside the gym on the treadmill and I do speed work and other types of technique work on the treadmill. So, we change it up all the time, and this is how I work toward my running goals.

The other day I meet him, we go to the weight room, and I do strength training, balance work, and functional training.

Then, we communicate via email a lot during the week. My trainer also runs races with me. He's REALLLLLY fast (WAY faster than me), and so he runs races with me to push me. It's really cool.

So, that is what my trainer does for me... but I have told him this is what I want. I have hired him, so he does what I want. If I just wanted to stay fit and that is it, and stay healthy, we would be doing totally different things.

I could go on and on and on... physical fitness is something I LOVE to talk about, and I know a lot about it... ask any questions if you have more, or want more details on anything I said.

As for the stool softeners.... I don't really know if by taking them for a long time will make your insides "lazy". I would guess that by taking them for 6 weeks, that will not make your insides "lazy". I think it's kind of like pain killers... as long as your body needs them, your body will not get "used" to them to the point where you'll feel the need to stay on them indefinitely. I know after my first baby was born, I had a TON of damage (vaginal birth and tore my VaJJ to shreds... sorry.... gross... but luckily I healed back perfectly!!).... anyway, I had to be on stool softeners for 6 full weeks and I never had any problems with my intestines/digesting after I went off of the stool softeners.

Maybe if you were taking them for several months (like 4 - 6 months, then that might not be too good... but maybe not).

All I know is I tried to go off of mine 2 days ago, and my body started to get stopped up, so I went back on. I think until my body can poop all on it's own w/out getting constipated, I need to be on the softeners.

Ok this is LONG enough.... sorry I got carried away with the personal trainer answer. I love talking about fitness and training and all of that.... ask me any questions about it. If you find a trainer and you aren't sure about him/her, you can ask me. I could even ask my own trainer his/her opinion about the trainer you are thinking about choosing (in terms of their credentials and experience).

You just really want to make sure you hire someone who knows what they are doing because you can injure yourself if you do not exercise correctly. (meaning, you don't have the right form, etc.).

I will end by saying for me, getting a personal trainer is one of the best things I spend my money on.... it has been so great for me, and I've been the most fit and healthy I've ever been in my whole life since I've been working out with hiim.

Take care!!!! I hope you slept well tonight. :-)

ps. I'm just adding this to my post. I just got on the website for my gym, and in addition to having a college degree in exercise science, or related field, the trainers have to have at least one of these certifications. If you hire a trainer, and they don't have any of these certifications, I'd be a little weary....


(American College of Sports Medicine)

American College of Sports Medicine is considered the fitness industry "gold standard." It is the oldest and largest sports medicine and exercise science association in the world.


(American Council on Exercise)

American Council on Exercise is a non-profit consumer protection organization that helps people enjoy safe and effective exercise. ACE sets the standard for certifying fitness professionals.


(National Strength and Conditioning Association)

The NSCA’s Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®) and NSCA-Certified Personal Trainer® (NSCA-CPT®) certifications are nationally accredited certification programs in the fitness industry, widely respected and internationally recognized. Having received the full approval of the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), the credentials are regarded as the Credentials of Distinction among fitness professionals.
Unread 03-08-2008, 03:18 AM
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Good morning everyone,

I slept like a champ last night of course I fell asleep at 7pm and now it's early like 5am but this is when I normally get up anyway. But I slept for over 8 hours!!!!! it felt so good and I feel like some of the fog has been lifted from my brain. Never under estimate the power of sleep, LOL.

I read all that you accomplished at the gym and I am so jealous! I am really itching to get back to working out, but I really have to wait for my blood test results before I try to push thru the pain. You go girl!!!

I agree with all that LTR has advised to you but I will also add that after you have found a trainer and start working with him/her don't be afraid to admit it if you don't click with that person and need to try someone else. This happened to me and I was afraid to hurt her feelings so I worked with her for a extra couple months than I should have. The end result was that I started to not want to go to the gym and exercise because of her, and exercise and being healthy has ALWAYS been part of who I am so it kinda messed me up for awhile and I didn't even realize it until my DH pointed out the obvious for me. So I ended up talking to her, letting her go and I found someone else who I this time really interviewed, I hadn't done that the first time. Besides being qualified to help you I think it is also important that you can relate to whoever you train with on a mental field otherwise there is no teamwork and it becomes not so fun if you get what I am trying to say. But anyway, definately go for it!!!

As for me today I have a meeting for about 3 hours which I don't think will be a problem even though I still am in some weird sharp pain. Yesterday I was out the longest yet, seeing the Dr., going to give blood, haircut, bank, post office and got takeout for home. No wonder I fell asleep at 7, it was my first day since surgery without a nap. I am paying for it a little right now pain wise but I think that is just part of the recovery process, you have to give a little to get a little kinda thing, or two steps forward and one back I guess it is.

I have to go now there is a really bad line of thunderstorms coming and we are under a tornado threat, I just heard by tv beeping, I have the weather channel on. I have already lost one computer by not turning it off in this situation and still hear about it from my DH!!!! LOL

everyone have a great Saturday and I almost forgot one year anniversary in Florida or a cruise or something sounds like something to look forward to!!!!!!!


TAH, Oophectomy left Ovary
Unread 03-08-2008, 06:02 AM
Hysterectomy dates Feb 04-Feb 11,2008

Hi all

Tired this morning - the conference is wearing me out - and have two more days to go. I was so tired last night that I thought it was Saturday so set my clocks forward for Daylight Savings - and ended up getting up an hour too early this morning!! I am soo tired....

As far as a cruise goes - yes - I can help with this - I am a Master Cruise Counselor - Luxury Cruise Specialist - and I sell cruises all over the world, on most cruise lines (large and small) on short and long cruises, on rivers, canals, seas and oceans. The only air and hotel that I do though is through the cruse lines or the tour packages or tour operators that the client has purchased the package through.

That being said we could look into a short cruise out of florida next year - but remember - cabins are sold based on double occupancy - and so you either have to have a roomie or pay for two people if you want a cabin to yourself. We would need to pick a time of year, a length of cruise and people would have to factor in flying in a day before and hotel (to insure they were here in time for the cruise) to play it safe. If ther is enough interest in this then we could move forward.

Off to the conference soon - today I am touring Royal Caribbean's Jewel of the Sea.....and attending a trade show.

ANd my DH comes back from Germany tonight!!!!!

Have a good day everyone
Jax ...actually Joan <grin>
Unread 03-08-2008, 08:00 AM
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cindyjo: Haha!! I hear ya, and it was tough to put them down, but I really didn't have the spare cash to spend right now. Things have been a bit tight around here since my DH unexpectedly lost his job last summer when the business suddenly shut down. I'll go shoe shopping again as soon as I can, though! Have you been to zappos.com??? *DROOOOL* LOL

This morning the leg/belly stretches in bed were almost violent and uncontrollable, but still felt pretty good. They can be somewhat startling, though. I've also been having all kinds of strange dreams.

Today I have to finish loading the dishwasher, run it, and vacuum the non-carpeted flooring with our little Shark canister vac. LLLLLLOVE that thing! The hose is as light as a feather and the canister follows you around like a little puppy dog with zero effort.

Hope everyone has a good day!
Unread 03-08-2008, 08:03 AM
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Morning all... i had another decent nights sleep. Not quite as good as the night before, but at least i wasnt tossing and turning. Its 8am now, and i just got up... finding my favorite thing to do in the morning is to make a pot of coffee and fire up the laptop, sit in the sunroom and read all the posts on this website. My husband thinks im crazy.. I used to read the Tribune every morning...lol.. and i still do, but this comes first now.
We are going to my son and daugther in laws home this afternoon/evening for dinner. Chris is a wonderful cook, she is a great mother and wife too, and dinner at their house is always treat. I usually bring something, but this time nothing, my daughter is taking a salad and dessert. Im looking forward to seeing our grandaughter again, its been 4 weeks, they have all had colds and flu and i just didnt want to take the chance of getting sick so soon after the surgery. But now I think even if i did catch a cold, it wouldnt be as bad as a few weeks ago. Going back to the office more this week away, dealing with the public its easy to get sick.

Sass..... The personal trainer was one of the best things i did for me! I would highly recommend it. For me, it held me accoutable, and helped me establish exercise as a priority in my life. Because i work a lot, i like to work out early in the morning, have it done.. i am a morning person, and though ive tried ,i do not like or work out well in the evening. But its so easy in Chicago in the dead of winter, when its still dark at 7am, to crawl under the covers and not get out to the gym..so easy! So I initially worked with a trainer 2 days a week, then on my own with the program we set up 2 days a week. He wanted a journal of my other workouts also, like Kathys trainer, and again that held me accountable. My gym only employes trainers with college degrees also. They are very knowledgeable and informed. I started out with a female trainer, but we didnt click, so i switched ( personal trainers at my gym are expensive and I wanted to get the most i could out of that money. ) So i switched to a male, and he and i got along better. He pushed me more, required more, made it clear he knew i could do more than i was. The female trainer... was nice and sweet, but young and i think she felt like i was old and not able to get to a maximum fitness level. Or maybe that was just my feelings. Anyway, getting a personal trainer was a great investment for me. My trainer has since moved, I have gotten lax again about going, and i need to get someone new. AT least here in the Chicago area , its expensive but worth the money to me.
Okay, im off to take a shower and go walk.... all your talk of excerise has made me determined to get back into shape!

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