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Unread 03-20-2008, 11:25 AM
Hysterectomy dates Mar 17-Mar 24,2008

Hey Ladies -

Got home about an hour ago. I had the laproscopic hyst on Monday but we had a complication so I had another lap Tuesday night for a stent from my kidney to my bladder. I'm walking, resting, and just so glad to be home I keep tearing up. Things didn't go as smoothly as I would have liked, but it's done and I know in a few weeks I won't be regretting it. Just have one more day surgery to remove the stent in about 6 weeks. Final diagnosis was endometriosis and scar tissue. Kept my left ovary, took out cervix, right ovary, and uterus.

Hope all of you others are doing well. I'm off to rest now.

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Unread 03-21-2008, 02:57 AM
Hysterectomy dates Mar 17-Mar 24,2008

First night at home was okay. I slept in the recliner as the bed was just too much for me. I slept for about 2 1/2 hours at a time I suppose my mind knows to wake me up so I can take my meds (toradol every 6 and darvocet every 6 so I'm taking something every 3).

I was up all day yesterday, no naps. I walked around the house every 30 min or so just to keep moving so my gas pains wouldn't get too rough. Eating soup and crackers but very little - doesn't take much to get "full". Drinking lots of fluids - 7up and water. Trying to stay on the clear fluids to keep watch on the blood in my urine from the stent.

Hubby's up and getting ready for work. I'll try the bed again when he leaves and see if I can get some more sleep.
Unread 03-21-2008, 03:08 AM
Things I wish I had known!!

I'm about 3 1/2 days post op, and I am doing better than expected. I begged my Dr. to be as gentle as he could with me. I was scared out of my mind. Ok here are some things I wasn't aware of...When I was getting preped for surgery, I got the gown, the leg cuffs, IV, and then...the nurse said she needed to give me a shot to help make sure I didn't get any blood clots after the surgery. So, I started to turn over so she could stab my bootie when she said, "uh...no...this goes in your belly " I said "WHAT????" then she said I couldn't rub it or touch it afterwards. So she stuck the needle in my tummy (which I hardly even felt) and I said oh, ok that wasn't so bad. Then she said again, "don't rub it" I said OK, then all of the sudden it started to burn like someone had put a hot piece of coal under my skin!!! It wasn't pleasant! Then I went back to surgery and then woke up in recovery. They then took me to my room, put me in my bed and another nurse came in with another one of those same shots. So they did it again. It wasn't so bad the 2nd time, since I knew what to expect. But it still burned.
I stayed at hospital a total of 34 hours. (word of advice...make sure they give you pain meds right before you leave the hospital, so the ride home won't be an issue with pain) I came home at about 5 PM and went to bed at around 7 PM. I woke up from my nap at around 9 PM, I was shaking violently, uncontrollably, my teeth were chattering so hard I thought I was going to chip them. I wasn't hot or cold...I just felt like a vibrator. It was very odd. My DH called the Dr. assistant, she had him take my temp and said said it was probably from the anesthesia. It lasted about 5 min. Then I was just fine. Then this exact same thing happened the 2nd night at 9 PM, but this time I was in really bad pain. DH called Dr. again and he had me take 2 percocets & 2 Motrin, and go back to bed. I am really glad it didn't happen tonight. The last thing is, my throat!!!! OMG it started hurting the second day home. It started just feeling dry (like I needed a drink) then by today (day 3), I can barley swallow. It hurts to swallow even water. I think it has to be from being intabated. SP? Anyway...I will probably just have warm liquids tomorrow, and maybe popsicles. It really hurts.
Well those were the 3 things I wanted to pass along to help prepare you better. I am getting sore and tired and it's time to take my meds, so I will talk to you more later.
I hope everyone is doing well.
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Unread 03-21-2008, 08:14 AM
Hysterectomy dates Mar 17-Mar 24,2008

I POOPED TODAY!!!!! Oh what a relief, OMG, I totally feel like I'm on top of the world now. It's day 4 post-op for me and I'm beginning to notice that this recovery is not linear...I was initially thinking that I'd continue to feel a little better each day, but I don't think it's that way. I think it's a 'two steps forward, one step back' kind of healing. Oh well, I'm feeling a little less puffy today and my external incision feels a little better, but now i'm starting to feel something kind of painful on the inside (could it be the innard sutures?).

I've been wearing a large panty girdle over my granny panties, is anyone else doing that? It's not too tight, but provides some good support for my incision site...I cleared it with the nurses before I left the hospital.
Unread 03-21-2008, 08:19 AM
Hysterectomy dates Mar 17-Mar 24,2008

Congrats on the poop! The nurses as the hospital gave me a tip about the gas and pooping - they gave me gum and said it was a surgeon's trick. The more gum you chew, the more air gets moved around.... viola it worked. I don't remember the actual day I finally pooped but it was at the hospital.

I never thought I would miss my own commode until I got home yesterday and got to sit down on it... I cried.
Unread 03-21-2008, 08:52 AM
Hysterectomy dates Mar 17-Mar 24,2008

Redlocks, I wish I had known about the gum, that might be good advice for new sisters going in soon...I would have loved to have gotten that first poop taken care of in the hospital. I swear it looks like my stomach has gone down about 12 inches since I've gone...and I feel much more comfortable too.

Ok, you caught me off guard with your comment about crying when you sat on your own commode...GIRLLLLLL, you know we can't be laughing with these abdominal cuts :-) (hee hee)

DH is looking reeeeally good, I mean HOT HOT HOT. I know I have to wait six weeks (and I fully intend to) but I didn't 'spect to be having these feelings deep within my loins so soon after surgery
Unread 03-21-2008, 03:25 PM
Recouping from 3/17

Hi ladies,

Had my TVH, BSO, anterior, posterior repair with added bonus--drs. discovered that my vaginal lining was very thin so they had to put 2 more mesh grafts in--which means another 45 minutes of surgery and a significant blood loss--BUT, it's all over

I'm so happy for this site--my DH was so impressed that I had everything I could possibly need already taken care of.

I woke up in the recovery room in terrible, terrible pain. I was told by the nurse that my blood pressure was too low that they
can't give me pain meds yet! YIKES--that was the worst part
of my visit. Finally got on the morphine drip, which made me
so nauseous that I had to stop using it.

I was able to come home Wed. nite at 7 p.m. with a foley
catheter. I'm finding that the cath is my worst enemy right
now. I can't seem to find a comfortable place to sit so that the
catheter is at the right angle to drain. I go Monday to get it

I have so much gas I could run a car! No BM yet. I'm doing
laps around livingroom and kitchen.

I had terrible headaches the past few nights and I think I
finally figured out that it was caffine withdrawal so I had
2 cups of coffee this morning and no headaches today.

I'm happy to be home and back online. I hope everyone is
recovering and in good health.

Wow, my DH has been an absolute dream.

Hope everyone enjoys the holiday weekend. Hugs, Barb
Unread 03-21-2008, 03:39 PM
Hysterectomy dates Mar 17-Mar 24,2008

Hi ladies, had my SAH/BSO on wed morning, I left the hospital yesterday midday. overall, it went fine, the pre-op ok, I was a bit nervous, when they put the iv, felt faint, and they put the oxygen on (plastic little tubes), from there, it was ok. didnt feel anything as to the epidural, didnt even notice when being done!! I woke up in recovery not feeling my legs, its a funny sensation, but I knew what to expect from the nurses...little by little my feeling came back, I could move my feet but not my toes, until all feeling came back and I was sent to my room. I will tell you, they put morphine thru the epidural and BOY WAS IT GOOD!! no pain what so ever!! slept great and felt great the first day, the 2nd day post op the pain and discomfort started...the nurses took out the catherer (weird feeling) and the IV, and we walkded the halls a few times, got dressed and left.
I feel discomfort and a burning sensation inside on the right side like where my ovary was....dr said it was normal.
what are you doing for pain control? what are you taking?
I passed gas the first night, no pain, but have not pooped yet and afraid to eat alot. I am taking colace for stool softener, wondering if it works. any ideas.
Unread 03-21-2008, 04:35 PM
Hysterectomy dates Mar 17-Mar 24,2008

I was tenderly escorted home yesterday by my DH and DD. My TAH was Tuesday 18th and I must say I am pleased as punch on how I am doing! The surgergy itself and my surgeon were both great. My experience in the hospital however was one that may have me writing a letter to the Hospital Board when I'm feeling more strong and clear.
On night two the nurse came to find me(I was walking the halls like a good girl) to say 'I have some news we need to move you to a different room'.
Well, I'll tell you that this fiasco discombobulated me alot, but the place they moved me to shattered my stronghold. They not only moved me to the maternity ward, they put my in a birthing suite.
I haven't had a great deal of saddness over loosing my uterus, but this was very hard. I listend to birthing sounds and monitors untill I left the next afternoon.
I think it was tough enough re-arranging my carefully located personal stuff in the room, nightstand and vainity. Up until then, I knew just where my toiletries, lip conditioner and cleanex were. I could comforably reach everything I needed and knew where to find it. When I was moved my hold on this little world was gone. There wasn't even a closet for my bag, it was a newborn heated bed, the drawer's were diaper's and such.
In addition, I was experiencing the worst and most painful part of gas and the anticipation of my first movement. Add all the emotions and yuck, what a mess I must have been! Even my nurse was pregnant.
I am home now. I feel very stong but am sensitive to my need to heal. I am loved and pampered. Everything will be fine I am sure!
I am greatful to this wonderful website and all the news,advice and support I feel I have had.
Today my sweet daugter too me in to have my staples removed. This was great experience as she is MA student(medical assistant), and the nurse was wonderful at explaining and showing her how to do this, what to look for etc. She even let my girl remove a couple of staples with the special tool. This was particularly exciting for me because I felt like I was right there in class with her.
Anyway, my dear husband is out there running a coax cable so I can watch TV in the room. I think I'll go watch him run around wearing his tool belt just for me!
Unread 03-21-2008, 05:20 PM
Hysterectomy dates Mar 17-Mar 24,2008

I had the robotic LSH yesterday morning and I came home right after lunch today. Things are going good. I'm sore but doing good. Came home with no pain meds...just taking some aleve. I came home and took a nap and have been up since. I'm keeping the fluids up and making trips to the potty, but that is all.
I immediately noticed that my uterus was gone in the recovery room. It was so big...I can tell the pressure is all gone. Will post more later.

Take care everyone!!!

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