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Unread 03-11-2008, 09:02 PM
Hysterectomy dates Feb 04-Feb 11,2008

Originally Posted by Sassibella
LOL I'm glad you got a giggle out of my post, mission accomplished
It's not a bad thing to have so many posts lol. I wish I was as lucky as most here seemed to be with having this site pre op. My problem was I didn't know I was having a hyster until it was done. Woke up and found out "they took it all"
Bye for now,

Sass: I forgot your hyster story now... sorry... must be the brain fog! haha. So, you did not have a hysterectomy scheduled for your surgery, but you ended up having one? were you just going to get your ovaries removed or something like that??? Tell your story again... sorry about the brain fog!

Yah, I did feel lucky that I found this site before my surgery. My doctor first suggested a hysterectomy to me last September, but at that point, I wasn't ready for it. Not because I didn't want to lose my uterus, but because I did not know when on earth I'd find time for a 6-week recovery (which now seems more like an 8 - 10 week recovery at the rate things are going!)

So, I started doing a ton of research on the internet last fall and early winter on hysterectomies. But, I'd always get search results to this "hystersisters" site. And, to be completely honest, for a while i just thought, "what on earth is this "hyster sister thing", and I just thought it was some random website some person who had a hysterectomy set up. But, then one search I did brought up a result from hyster-sisters that seemed very interesting for me to read, so I opened up the site and read it. That was the first time I really paid attention to this site.

Then, I noticed there was a forum, and so I just was a "lurker" for quite a while on the forum...

Anyway, around December or so, I knew I had to make a decision about if I should go through with the surgery because my periods were getting worse, and it was driving me crazy that I didn't know what to do! So, I became a member in Dec 2007, I think, and I made my first post.... I wasn't sure what kind of reactions I'd get to my post. My first post here was asking if there were any other athletes who had had hysterectomies and if they were able to ever run again and do their sport again. I got an overwhelming amount of responses and a ton of suppport... I was amazed. I decided from that point this was a good place to be!

So, I finally decided to schedule my surgery in January (thanks to a lot of information i got from this site and other women who helped me decide it was the best thing for me), and I posted a TON before my surgery. I think I asked about every single question you could think to ask... haha... I just was a ball of nerves before my surgery.

And, since my surgery, I've posted a ton.... with all the help I got from women who already had their surgery, I made it a point that after my suergery I'd be one of those women to help the pre-op women calm their minds!! So, I have posted a ton on this site since my surgery just helping people answer questions and just giving my own experience to help other women. And, of course, I post a ton here on this thread....

So, it's no wonder I have so many posts under my belt!! I've been on this site almost every day since December, probably!!
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Unread 03-12-2008, 01:06 AM
Feeling Guilty, But Blessed

...all I did was ask what I thought was an innocent question. It started a series of tests and 20 days later, I was on a table undergoing a TAH/BSO. Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining; I'm not sure how I really feel, but it sure isn't negative.

Since this all started on Jan 16, I have experienced nothing but positives (be it through friends, co-workers, my GP Dr, surgical team and hosp care providers). I was able to do some online research before the big event; however, have learned so much more since the procedure. In fact, having found this site over the weekend and joining today, I've learned more from the "personal" sides of the "experienced".

So what I said above how I feel, well, I think it's a sensation of "awe", "relief", and "thankfulness" because my experience prior to, during, and since have been completely uneventful. You see, I had ZERO symptoms prior to and have had an exceptionally quick and uneventful recovery.

My 2-week post-op appt left my Dr leaving it up to me if I wanted a final 6-week post-op because even at that point I was doing better than expected. I did, however, have my "final" today (5 weeks post-op) and my Dr said I am her most impressive patient (I even offered to be her "poster child" ).

Bottom line is now...after reading posts here for the past 3-hours (yes, I still rest periodically-why not take full advantage of the "forced vacation"), I feel guilty for feeling so blessed. Surely, I can't be the only one out here to make it through so "easily"? On that same note, although I'd like to be supportive to someone else, I'm not sure how.

Thanks for reading and my thoughts/prayers are with all of my newly found HysterSisters!

Julia (Oregon)

02/05/08: TAH/BSO

PS: Did I mention the 12-week old puppy I got the day before I learned I was going to have surgery and it would be 6 days later? What a whirlwind!
Unread 03-12-2008, 03:13 AM
Good Morning All

HI Everyone, I just love ths site. I wake up, get my cup of tea and come on here to see how everyone is. And it is so great to hear how others are going through the same thing as me - even down to the TV not working, I think you call it TIVO in the US, over here it is Sky+ but basically if the box goes on stike then there is no TV. I called the SKY folks who then started telling me to turn this off, turn that off, and then the biggie UNPLUG the box. Well there was the problem - I couldnt get to the plug cos I cant move the TV, started to tell the guy on the phone that I couldnt lift, move annything heavy and that was the end of that conversation. And having no TV to watch when stuck to the couch is no fun. I know in the general scheme of life it is a very small issue but not at that particular moment.

Gizmax - how exiting tracing your family tree all the way back to the 1700s WOW. You will have lots to see and do when you do come over to the UK again. And I know what you mean about the roads in Manchester, even for someon living here all the time they can be scary lol

Joy - I would love to see some of your poetry/writings. I aso write poetry and short stories. I would love to write a novel and whilst I have been forced t sit around I have been putting together characters and a plot but there is a lot more to do before I attempt the novel. I love writing so much I am even part way through a degree for Creative Writing. I have completed my first year but had to delay the second year due to increased work commitments but I cant wait to carry on with my studies. I learnt such a lot from the lecturers, all of whom are published authors or playwrights.

TanGie - HEELS! I hadnt even thought about that particular beast unitl I read your post. I cant imagine having to wear heels all day again.

Kathy - The Alpha Course, how fantastic that you teach and ESL version of the course. Not only have I heard of the course I did it way back in 1996. It is very prevalent in the UK and all sorts of denominations use it, which is probably why it is so popular. It made a massive difference to my life and I would totally recommend it to anyone.

Julia - I read all about your experience and cannot imagine how firghtening it must have been. And then I got to the end and saw you had a puppy and suddenly I forgot all about the horror of your history and I just needed to know what kind of puppy, and how is it going with the puppy, what is he/she called?

And I really do "need to know" things, it is not really nosiness lol When my daughter was 2 or 3 ish she never wanted a biscuit or a sweetie she always neeeeeeeded one and I guess I am the same with chatting to folks.

I am planning on staying in today as we have more severe weather warnings, winds of 70 mph and torrential rain, it is horrid when I look outside the window and the last thing I want is to be blown over and end up back in the castle.

Hope you are having better weather where you are,

big hugs

Ally x
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Unread 03-12-2008, 07:29 AM
Hysterectomy dates Feb 04-Feb 11,2008

LTR, I will be praying for you and your mom. Please let us know what the doctors say about her and about you. My sister is having a colpscopy. They think she has cervical cancer so I guess a hysterectomy is in her future along with other things.
I am proud to "know" someone who has created a curriculum. As a home school mom, I can appreciate that!
Unread 03-12-2008, 07:52 AM
Hysterectomy dates Feb 04-Feb 11,2008

Hi Sarita
How exciting to home school! I have never met anyone who does that, I have read about folks doing it but never met anyone. I am full of admiration for you. How many children do you have? Was there a particular reason that motivated you to home school? Are there lots of red tape that you have to adhere to, I know there is here in the UK

would love to hear more from you,


Ally x
Unread 03-12-2008, 07:55 AM
Hysterectomy dates Feb 04-Feb 11,2008

Julia= where in Oregon are you ? I am in Hillsboro, southwest of Portlan. Basically that is what my story is. I went in for a routine visit hoping to get something to slow the flow down. 6 weeks later the operation. I did the same thing with my spine surgery. Went in thinking that it was old age getting the best of me and 2 1/2 years later an operation. I don't know if I want to go in for anymore routine appointments, HA

I really enjoy this site also. Since the sleeping thing is an issue still, not as bad but that is because of the sleeping drugs, I check the computer. Today I will check out infections in incision sites.

I knew that I still had a stitch in one of the incisions. Thought that it had disolved. Incision really started to hurt and turn a little red around edges. Was in recliner upstaris in the sun had the twezzers. Started to pick a little and then squeeze. Out came the infection, more than I thought was there. Gave it a little time and then put hot compress on it to draw any more infection out. Looked at it again under a differet light standing and saw some yellow color. Dig around again and finnaly found the knot of the stitches, hard as a rock. There was instant releif in the site. Now it can heal up proper. Good thing for my high pain tolerence, came in handy this time.

You ladies are all troopers. Yesterday I spent a lot of the day doing research on the computer for DH. He had a bit of a scare with a dr. about his slightly elevated PSA. We have never come across such a rude dr...that was lacking in people skills and dr. skills. So I gave DH info dr. should have so now his mind is at ease I also called the dr. office to change dr. and tell his assisant what happened. Anyway all is better now. Then at 10pm when the family got home from gaming practice (horses) they inform me that our buckskin my be sick. Wow what an emotional ride today.

Is it just me or does anyone else have these bursts of energy for an hour or so a few times a day. It's like you could just dance with the music in your kitchen and who cares who is there. Kind of nice.

Got to go and check the laundry.

Unread 03-12-2008, 07:56 AM
Hysterectomy dates Feb 04-Feb 11,2008

Ally, you are one "busy little beaver"! (a good thing if you're not familiar with the phrase). I just read your post and, again, am in awe of those with whom I have interests in common:

Family History (Gizmax) ~ I've also done my family's genealogy (German side back to 1540; Italian side back to 1600). What a Treasure Hunt!

Writing (Joy) ~ I write poetry very spradically but find myself reading it a bit more now that I'm a business manager of a Creative Writing MFA program.

Heels (TanGie) ~ I wouldn't have thought of that, yet I'm thankful I don't have to worry about heels anymore...it would overkill on a campus where students wear pajamas and flipflops to class because they were too lazy to get up on time (ah, to be that young again).

Lanugage (Kathy) ~ Your new adventure sounds interesting. Keep up the good work (my 2nd language is SEE [Signed Exact English] for the Deaf); I look forward to reading more about your progress.

As for my newest addition: He is a miniature beagle (expected to be 10-12" tall at shoulder) who I've named Koda (Sioux for "friend"); he's most welcome company even when he has his "moments".

Keep moving forward ladies...it can only get better from here!

47yo moving forward
02/05/08 TAH BSO
Unread 03-12-2008, 08:13 AM
Hysterectomy dates Feb 04-Feb 11,2008


Eug/Spr here ~ just down the road! Wow, you do have some extra strength there! I don't know that I could have gone that far (I stuck with removing the steri-strips).

To be honest, the innocent question I asked was secondary to the original purpose of the visit (medication follow up for mild depression associated with emotional family discord). You see, while I was there I simply said, "Doc, you know some of us women are vain and when laying on our backs want to see how flat (if at all) our tummies can get...well, when I do that, there's this "bump". Having lost about 50 pounds [due to discord], is it my bladder and if so, don't push too hard, I don't want to leave your floor wet." He replied, "Let's see. Hop up on the table and lets take a quick look." I did, he palpated, even had my DD "move" the bump before he said that it seemed out of sorts and he wanted me to follow up with a CT scan. I did so 2 days later...

...too much detail?

47yo moving forward
02/05/08 TAH BSO
Unread 03-12-2008, 08:22 AM
Hysterectomy dates Feb 04-Feb 11,2008


What happened at the CT scan? You must have been really scared to have to go for a scan when you had only "mentioned" something and then next thing a scan! I went to see my doctor because i had been bleeding non stop for over 2 months, hadnt been to see my family doctor cos I was too busy at work and then I got what I thought was a chest infection, I just coudnt breathe properly so I went to the doc. I didnt even mention that I had been bleeding for so long, I guess it had become normal. Anyway the DR did a blood test and said I needed a blood transfusion because I was so anaemic. Apparently one of the symptoms is not being able to get your breath. And I had been thinking i was so tired due to work. So then I mentioned the bleeding, went to see a Gynae and 3 days later having a hyster. Things sure went fast lol

But back to you, what happened at the CT scan?

A xx
Unread 03-12-2008, 08:49 AM
Hysterectomy dates Feb 04-Feb 11,2008

...the CT scan was done on Friday afternoon (gotta love those Barium cocktails - Yuck!). Results returned on Monday (MLK day) followed by a request for another blood test (CA125) due to a second mass found (on the right ovary). It came back "elevated" and an appointment was scheduled for Thursday with an OB/GYN specialist. I got my dog on Wednesday evening and, at my Thurs appt, was scheduled for surgery the following Tuesday. Did I mention work was on mass overdrive due to 5 major projects I was working on at the time? What a way to go out...

47yo moving forward
02/05/08: TAH BSO

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