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Unread 03-12-2008, 07:20 PM
It's Just Plain Nice

Hi Sisters,

It is just plain nice to read about everyone's progress. I pray that you all continue to recover well. I have been staying close to home the past few days. But today my wonderful husband took me out to lunch. We had an amazing time. It reminded me of earlier years when we were dating.

I have been feeling good lately, only minor pain, not enough to take anything for it. I do have a question for anoyone that can answer. I had a funny feeling in my lower abdominal area (LAVH). It felt like something moved. I spoke with a friend that had a hysterectomy last october, about it and she thinks that I just got up to fast. The problem is I had been standing for about three to five minutes already. Has anyone had this feeling before? Not sure it's something I should worry about?

Other than that funny feeling everything else is wonderful. I am scheduled to return to work early April, but like you all I will go back when I feel up to it. I want to take better care of myself. Does anyone have any suggestions about keeping the weight off? My husband is great but some of the foods I get are not as healthy as I would like them to be.

Sisters have a great night,
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Unread 03-12-2008, 07:21 PM
Hysterectomy dates Feb 18-Feb 25,2008

Hi sisters,
It is amazing how you can just hit a wall. I went for 2 week check up on Monday and was wiped out. Stayed in bed on Tuesday also. Felt better today, went outside for a walk and walked for 40 minutes. Came in, had lunch and took a nap. I'd heard stories about how the exhaustion could just hit you, but now I believe it.

As far as emotions go, the only person I think I've been treating sort of unfairly is my fiancee. He can be a bit needy at times and he's been great but he got the flu last week and I just could not take his whining. I feel bad about that, but I was tired and achy and dealing with no bm and just did not want to hear about his sore throat. Wow, I hope I mellow out before the wedding

Happy Birthday Mew, I'm 51 and I KNOW 50 is the new 30 so 40 must be the new 20! Imagine how wonderful its going to be without our monthly "friend"!

Well sisters, let's take our own advice and listen to our bodies. We are the Princesses around here and if we need pampering, lets go for it. Who knows when we'll get this chance again!

Love yall, the best is yet to come!
Unread 03-12-2008, 08:39 PM
Hysterectomy dates Feb 18-Feb 25,2008

I feel a little guilty posting this message knowing that my fellow sisters are having a bad week as far as emotions go. Hang in there!

My week has really been good. I have heard so much about the third week being the worst but for me it has really been good. This week I hit two milestones. First on monday I walked 1/4 mile! Was up to 3miles back in early November before the real pain started so It's nice to get at least a small walk in. I also was able to get back to my Church schedule tonight. I help with several programs at our church and returned tonight to some of them! I was also asked by a friend of mine to present a Vacation Bible School curriculum/publisher this weekend at his local Christian Book store on Saturday and I hope to sing in our band at Sunday service as well. I even wore JEANS tonight!!!! I have a vertical incision and didn't expect to wear jeans for a long time but I wore them tonight for over five hours! It was starting to get uncomfortable toward the end of the night but not too bad.

Again, I feel really bad for those of you who are struggling this week. I am sure my bad days will come as well. I have been struggling with the hot flashes and night sweats but so far not so much on the mood swings. I will pray for you all tonight that this weekend brings you relief. Try to get out as much as possible without overdoing it. I feel that being around others has helped keep my moral up. Even if you are just sitting in on things not actually participating. If I am stuck in the house too long I go stir crazy!

Praying for everyone's continued recovery,
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Unread 03-12-2008, 08:54 PM
Hysterectomy dates Feb 18-Feb 25,2008

hi all
well, i went to church tonight. it was great. i took a pain pill before i left because i was a bit uncomfortable before we went but i felt good at church. i probably did a no-no but didn't hurt myself. we were looking for a box that had our easter eggs and resurrection eggs in it. my son went into the attic and said it wasn't there. i (against my son fussing at me) went in the attic(climbed the steps) and then just directed him to the box that i thought it was in. i did not lift anything or move anything. i just pointed. we found the box and i carefully decended the steps. no harm, no foul. except that i had a couple of people fussing at me about it. i told them that the doctor told me not to lift or bend, didn't say anything about climbing steps. anyway, speaking of bending? where is everyone with this? anyone bending yet to pick up stuff from the floor or anything. today, i accidently bent down (not thinking) and i picked up a toy from the floor. i felt a little pull on my right side. i figure i am not ready for bending but for the life of me i can't remembe what they told me in the hospital about it. anyone told not to bend? for how long?
anyway, i plan on attending our easter egg hunt on saturday. hopefully i will continue to feel good. i really want to go to church on sunday! but i also don't want to over do it!!!
hope everyone has a great night!
Unread 03-12-2008, 09:23 PM
Hysterectomy dates Feb 18-Feb 25,2008

Mew I was never told not to bend, I was just told not to lift. I went with what was comfortable though an bent my knees more for picking things up from the floor, as we are meant to do anyway.

But then I have no external stitches to worry about. I also take things very smoothly and slowly. I look like I'm in constant slow motion so DS tells me.

I think your body will tell you what you are capable of and when. Take care.
PS hope you have a great b/day.
Unread 03-12-2008, 10:52 PM
Hysterectomy dates Feb 18-Feb 25,2008

Amy - you're my hero! It really is good to hear the success stories, it gives me hope.

Mew - I've been cautiously bending at times. My belly usually feels really heavy when I get back upright but it doesn't last long. Definitely bend your legs as much as possible and be careful.

I am a little worried that I am not doing as well as I should at this point. I'm having sharp pains from time to time (especially after being out and about). The first couple of weeks I just felt heaviness and achy. I've only made short trips out of the house (two hours at the most) and each time I end up in major pain. On Monday the nurse told me that they still expect me to be in quite a bit of pain at three weeks post op so I guess I shouldn't worry. I go for my post op appt next Tuesday.

On a positive note, the weather was beautiful today and I went for a walk around our cul-de-sac. Even though I ended up talking to a neighbor too long it felt great to be outside.
Unread 03-13-2008, 07:12 AM
Hysterectomy dates Feb 18-Feb 25,2008

hi all
i do bend at my knees but then i do lean into a bend. i too feelt hat same fullness and ache when i got up. tht is what caused me concern of whether i was ready for that or not. i haven't done it again, at church last night i just bent at the knees and kept my upper body erect as i scooted down to pick a small bag up. my kids watch me like a hawk and don't let me do much of anything, except dishes!! they don't complain if they see me doing that. actually they sometimes do say, i will get it but if its just a few plates or utensils i've been doing it. but they do unload and load the dishwasher. i read under the week 3-4 weeks that we can load and unload. i still find that even lifting my magnalite pot is a little heavy still. i am doing better at listening to my body. i thought i was going to be hurting this morning after church last night but i feel pretty good. i had trouble getting to sleep last night, i just couldn't get comfortable and i woke up several times during the night. i am hoping that i keep feeling well today. my only complaint i've been having is those sharp pains that come every now and then (its on my right side). oh, does anyone's swelly belly look bigger on one side than the other. my right side (where i have more pain) looks larger than the other side and its still tender to the touch on the outside. anyone dealing with that?
i hope you all have a wonderful day today. let me pray for you: Lord, I pray for all my sister's today. I pray that you will bless them with wonderful peace today. I pray especially for those awaiting biopsy reports and cancer concerns that you will give them your peace that surpasses all understanding. Lord, I pray for those in pain that you will bring comfort. For those that are feeling good, I pray that you will bless them with caution to not over do it. I know that I have the ability to forget that i am recovering and over do it. Lord, I pray that you will allow us to know your will for our lives. Lord, I pray that you will reveal yourself in mighty ways that they may know you. As we prepare for Easter and the wonderful gift you gave us of your son's sacrifice, I pray that you will allow us to remember that you gave us salvation through his blood and allow us to make sure that we show others that love that we have been given. this site has given us the ability to love our neighbors. Lord it is so wonderful to know that we have friends all over the world that we can share our encouragment and concerns with. Lord, you brought each of us here for a reason and i thank you for that. Lord, bless my sisters today with every single thing that they need. i love you Lord Jesus and pray that you will be the center of my life. amen

blessings ladies for a wonderful day!!!
Unread 03-13-2008, 08:27 AM
Replies to various sisters

Fortlauderdale: I too haven’t nor will I see my surgeon until 6 weeks post-op. The more I think of it kind of upsets me because what are we to do with questions? I wouldn’t call his office unless it was an emergency. Would be more likely to call my family gp who knows me.

Molly: Oh, I could tell you stories of hot summers, and freezing winters..the very best bits are about all the snow and tunnels and making mud cakes etc..my brother and I used to have a lot of fun in the winter with hitting cars with snowballs because the hills of snow were SO high the cars could not find us. I have seen so little of my Canada that its almost a ****ed shame. Hopefully when our children are finished school it will afford us some time and finances to be able to do so before we are totally frail!

Tonks40: I think you are most right..what we must do is do something! I think that after I’m done with the computer I’ll get my shower and take myself out for a while. Perhaps to the book store or something..my mom gave me $100 instead of buying me flowers so that I could go out and treat myself..isn’t that nice? I think I’ll do just that and let you all know how I made out later tonight when I’ve parked my butt in the recliner again!

Daphne: In regard to weight, what I am doing is ensuring I am having salad through the week. I find I am hungry when my dh comes home from work at 7:30 PM so I have a bit of trouble then but because I don’t eat much through the day it works itself out. Far as I can figure were half way through and I am down 6 lbs, so I’m not going to worry too awful much. Add a bit more walking where you can I guess and I am going to find my step counter today and see how many of the recommended 10,000 steps I am getting in on my walks. Lord knows I don’t get ANY when I’m in the house..

Amy: I haven’t had a complaint at all about my recovery until this week so I think over-all I’ve been extremely fortunate. I am sure this too will pass and I’ll have good days again. So happy to hear your getting out and getting your life back. I think that is my problem, there is only me around myself..LOL..we should all meet up ! HA

Mew68: I have no stair restrictions at all. In regard to bending I am not bending from the waist and actually may never again. I find the crouching down much easier on my body as far as mechanics go and its better for the back. I’ve been crouching in order to get my boots on etc..so not a lot, but some.

I'll write later with my progress report
Unread 03-13-2008, 08:39 AM
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I won't see my doctor until week 7! that is what i was upset about the other day, i am waiting 7 weeks instead of 6 because my surgeon told me she wanted me to wait until she was back on rotation and now i have to see another doctor! anyway, i am trying to get past that. anyway, i too have a question but don't want to call them if its not an emergency. my swelly belly is more swollen on my right side and it hurts more. i don't know if i've done anything to hurt it or if its normal but i don't want to call about it. but if it continues to swell, i guess i will have to call them. i guess i am not walking enough because i haven't lost any weight at all. i know that my appetite is pretty normal again. yesterday i had only eaten a bowl and a half of dry cereal all day but at 10:30pm my daughter brought me french fries and a hamburger from mcdonalds!! that isn't going to help me lose weight. some days i eat all day and others i just don't feel like eating at all. my dh keeps telling me not to think about it right now, that in a few weeks i can start exercising and getting around and then i will lose weight.
a friend of mine just called and told me that he made lunch reservations at my favorite restaurant to take me to lunch for my birthday. i was trying to tell him i couldn't go he told me that it was the only day he was going to be in town and wanted to take me to lunch for my birthday. my dh said he would go into work late to stay and help my girls with the baby we sit for. so, i guess i am going to have my first trip to a restaurant!
i will let you all know how i do this afternoon
Unread 03-13-2008, 09:55 AM
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Ok Everyone, blame it on me but CALL your doctors!
As a daughter of a nurse I know that women put up with way too much pain before they complain. It's the reason I had a heart attack at age 46 because I had been brushing off the building symptoms for years! "Oh it doesn't really hurt, there's no reason to upset anyone with a call..."
Your doctors NEED to have information on your recovery to make an educated decision on how to treat you!
If your doctor does sound annoyed, TOUGH! They get paid for this--it's not out of the goodness of their heart.
Having that heart attack has really awakened me to how much women put themselves behind others, well ladies, it just might kill you and then where would your family be without you?
Take care of yourself! If the call means you overreacted, SO WHAT! big deal, like no one has ever called you about a worry that turned out to be nothing, but you were there for them right?
PLEASE take your turn at asking for advice, help, info, etc. PLEASE.

Do it for me, a total stranger, blame it on me, I don't care, but don't let embarrassment or fear of "bothering" someone stop you from calming your fears or getting information you just might need.

Ok, off my soapbox for now
I'm lucky my OB GYN, Dr. Mukherjee, is my surgeon and I saw her at discharge, 1-1/2 weeks and again tomorrow at 3-1/2 and maybe again before heading back to my mostly desk job 4/1. She is awesome, I wish everyone was having the same experience with their docs as I am having.

Mew I have more pain on the right and feel like it's a little more swollen than the left side, BUT I felt something pull last Saturday when I overdid it and think I set my recovery back on that side. It's not severe, just annoying. If it bothers you too much, call your doct or post the question on the question part of the forum - I got good info from those who been there on some of my weirdnesses.

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