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Unread 03-09-2008, 11:26 AM
1 hour surgery turned into 4 1/2 hours

Hi ladies,

I went in Tues. for Laparoscopic hysterectomy. They found I had stage 4 endometreosis (SP?). They called in a general surgeon to help remove and separate the endometreosis from my organs. My doctor said it was the worst case he had ever seen. So, it went from a Laparoscopic to remove my uterus and cervix, to a pelvic incision, removing everything. What was to be 1 hour surgery and a 1 day stay,turned into 4 1/2 hour surgery and 4 days in the hospital. With that said, I must say I am doing well. I have little pain and feel as if I am going to feel better than I have in years!! I had no idea all that was going on inside me. I thought it was just the fibroid tumor giving me trouble during my period. I have no trouble urinating,but have not had a bowel movement yet....that worries me a bit. I have followed all instructions,yet no movement. Any suggestions? My husband has been wonderful,but the kids don't seem to care a whole lot,which has hurt my feelings. They are 20,18 and 12. If anything,it's like they are avoiding me. Anyone else experience this? Am I just feeling sorry for myself? So many emotions!!!

Thanks for listening
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Unread 03-09-2008, 11:36 AM
1 hour surgery turned into 4 1/2 hours

My 16 yo (girl, which may make a difference) was kinda like that. Turned out she was very upset but didn't want to dump that on me so was talking to her friends, some (probably not enough) and was very stressed.
My 10 yo was really panicky also and that became clearer as I got better; once the surgery was over and I was a bit better he started asking me if I was going to die. Kids process things differently...Of course, also my daughter, once she knew I was going to be ok, really focused back on her own teen life...
Unread 03-09-2008, 11:43 AM
1 hour surgery turned into 4 1/2 hours

My 24 year old son, who lives away from here hasn't even called. My 20 year old daughter focuses on the fact that I am not able to do things for her. My 16 year old daughter wants to do everything for me and barely lets me go to the bathroom alone. My 2 1/2 year old grandson just wants to look at my boo-boo (the incision). I am doing well, and I understand everyone processes things differently. I know they love me and things will work out in there own time. Still I can understand you being emotional. My prayers are with you.
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Unread 03-09-2008, 12:45 PM
1 hour surgery turned into 4 1/2 hours

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Man, what an ordeal you've been through. Once you recover, you are going to feel SO MUCH BETTER, YEAH! You must have had a mess inside, and for you to say you had a little trouble with your period! Apparently you have a high tolerance for pain!
Your kids probably do not know what to say to you or how to act around you. Is this their first experience with a family member being ill or recovering from surgery? If you feel hurt, maybe sit down with them, one on one and talk. You first, and them let them speak without interrupting. This may be a great learning experience for them. Perhaps they were/are scared of all of this - or just inexperienced.
Hats off to you and happy recovery. I'm praying for you.
Unread 03-09-2008, 01:24 PM
1 hour surgery turned into 4 1/2 hours

Thanks for all the encouragement and prayers. Yes,this is the first experience for all of us. We have been very blessed with good health. My surgeon said the same thing to me, "You must have a high tolerance for pain,considering what we found." I will have a one on one with my children,when I am not so emotional....it really bothers my 2 sons to see me upset, so I want to be calm as I discuss my feelings. The unexpected complications are what probably has made things unsettling with us all. But we will deal with it and move on. It is so wonderful to have this forum and caring people to talk to about our experiences.

My Prayers are with you,
Unread 03-09-2008, 01:41 PM
1 hour surgery turned into 4 1/2 hours

Melanie - I had the same exact complications as you ! I thought I was having a TVH due to fibroids and it turned into a TAH because of additional fibroids (which were hiding behind other organs) and extensive endo. My surgery also ended up at 4+ hours. I'm 2+ weeks post op and other than the incision and swelly belly I feel danged good (and definitely am NOT missing the period I'd be having right now !!).
Be patient with the BM - it'll come. My doctor has me on a daily stool softener along with Miralax laxative daily. If your not on either of those you might want to give your doc a call and ask about using something like that. Prunes and fruit juice also help.

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