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Unread 06-07-2009, 03:29 PM
How am I going to make it?


I cry very easily these days and can't imagine how I'm going to make it until June 17th. I have my pre-op meeting on June 12th w/ my ob-gyn. I hope to keep my cervix but am not sure that can been done with a vaginal hysterectomy. Does anyone know?
I'm not allowing anyone to accompany me to the hospital (arranged for a taxi) and told my family (including boyfriend) to stay away from the hospital. I don't want them to see me looking blah and feeling like crap.
Am I nuts? Ok...don't answer that but can anyone tell me why this is proving to be such an emotional trauma? Also, I run 4-6 miles a day and the idea of not being able to exercise and enjoy the summer months is depressing.
This is my first post and I am hoping someone out there can help.
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Unread 06-07-2009, 06:35 PM
Re: How am I going to make it?

You are going to lean on us!!!!! That is how you are going to make it!!!!! Trust me I never thought I would make it and I am 3 days away form being a DH keeps asking me if I am okay and I keep telling him I am fine becuase I am!!!!! And it is with the help of these wonderful ladies. You will find that too!!!!!

So jump in and make yourself at home and post away!!! If you feel you need to cry then go ahead and cry! This is a very emotional time in our lives right now.

to you as you find the strength to make it through this!!!!
Unread 06-07-2009, 06:54 PM
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I am so sorry, I wish that I could give you a hug in person. You sound like a very brave woman and very self-sufficient I felt very similar before my surgery but thankfully my DH and some friends that didn't back down despite my confident front, came through for me anyways. I really thought that I would be okay all by myself but looking back I am very thankful to have had them beside me. I did much more than I ever should have after my surgery and I can only thank the support of dear friends and loved ones that I didn't hurt myself. And I was worried about getting back to running too I started walking right away, just a couple of days post-op, at the gym. I started running about 5 weeks post-op but took it very slow because I got dizzy easily. I don't want to discourage you but at the same time I want you to know that I had some very unrealistic expectations about my recovery that only made things tougher for me. I am nearly 3 months post-op and I am finally 100%, back to where my running was before surgery. Just be sure to love yourself and to let others love you too
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Unread 06-07-2009, 09:06 PM
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I've had my moments of tears as well. It's to be expected I'm sure. Tears don't compromise my strengths. I feel like calling it a hystericalectomy cause maybe any hysteria will go bye bye when girlie guts are out???
Unread 06-07-2009, 09:15 PM
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Runner38 -
Hugs to you and the crying is very, very normal. I haven't ever heard of cervix being kept with a vaginal hysterectomy.
Although you don't want anyone to see you like crap at the hospital please reconsider. First, you need an advocate there. I had a catheter block and my DH went hunting for a nurse when they didn't respond fast enough to the ringer. He watched it and noticed it airlocked again and helped me with it. Also, god forbid anything happen, but you want someone there that the dr can talk to and tell them what happened during surgery.
You aren't nuts and it is an emotional trauma because it sounds like it was unexpected and even if it wasn't you are losing intimate parts. Please feel free to rant, rave and cry especially here we understand.

hugs and prayers.
Unread 06-07-2009, 09:28 PM
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I second the advocate. I was so glad both my Mom & hubby were with me. You will be ok! Best wishes.
Unread 06-07-2009, 09:48 PM
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This is a very emotional surgery....and I totally agree with the others...You need to have someone with you!!! You are going to be fine!!! Take care and I will be keeping you close in my thoughts and prayers.
Unread 06-07-2009, 10:01 PM
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I third having someone with you at the hospital. After anestishia you just aren't in any shape to really understand what is being said. It helps to have someone who isn't taking narcotics listen to what the doctor says and be able to interperate it for you. Who cares what you look like in the hospital. You just had major surgery, so they will understand why you don't look your best.

Also you can not keep your cervix during a vaginal hyst.

And of course you are crying. This is a truly emotional time.
You will get through it, and you will run again. Really you will be ok.
Lean on us here.
Unread 06-08-2009, 03:21 AM
Re: How am I going to make it?

Runer38............i so know where you are coming from................cant stand the fussing and the " are you sure you are ok's". It has been a godsend that my hubby is working away and wont be back untill the night before my surgery............. i have been able to focus on whats ahead and plan for a quick recovery on my own.
I agree that you need someone at the hospital you can trust to make decisions for you when you are unable to................but maybe tell everyone that you just need to rest and recover while in the castle and the minute you are starting to feel better you will be heading home anyway.
Hugs to you and excersize will be essential to a quick recovery...........just learn to walk before you run again ;-)
Unread 06-08-2009, 08:41 AM
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Hey Runner38! We become princesses on the same day!

Chiming in here about an advocate--it is really important to have someone there for you if you can. I think you will feel better knowing you've physically got someone there. Even if it is just one person, do it!

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