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TAH-kept ovaries/just wanted to share(detailed) TAH-kept ovaries/just wanted to share(detailed)

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So my Total Abdominal Hysterectomy was a very easy decision to make once it was decided that I was a candidate. I've had problems w/ my periods since I've started them about 18 yrs ago. Once they finally discovered that my uterus was malformed, peppered in fibroids and inverted back they figured, she's endured long enough, oh yeah that hospital stay I had just passed 6 kidney stones. Due to insurance had to schedule a D&C before they would accept my hysterectomy.

Got that taken care of in June, had my hysterectomy scheduled for July 8th. Days leading up to that date were tedious, anxious, exciting, yet there's always a fear. How am I gonna feel when I get in recovery. What if's start setting in and then you find hystersisters.com---changed my life, mental state and made me positive through the whole process. I'm happy to say 48hrs later I was home...and glad to be.

Wednesday went like any day would when you have surgery, your adjusting to pain meds, getting used to strangers and making sure your family is taking care of themselves and not strictly stuck on you. DH had no sleep at the hospital Wednesday night so I thought, we'd both probably feel better if you went home for a night.

Glad he did, but I'm glad I felt as well as I did up walking and so on. This is the part that seems a little scary, but I'm glad I am the type of person that speaks LOUD and CLEAR when I think something is up.
Thursday night the night nurse came in introduced herself--something was weird the minute she came in. What I noticed at first was her dialogue, she sounded like I did when I came out of surgery. I thought it was me on pain meds, then she got closer and did her 'assessment'. That's when I got worried. Her pupils were dialated and when she listened to my breathing and my heart, she about passed out in my bed. I asked her twice if she was ok, and she was like yes I'm fine. I certainly didn't think so, so I 'took another little walk'. I talked to the nurse that had me as a patient the night before. I informed her of my concern. She is licensed to pass medicine and she looks to be intoxicated, NOT a good combo.
She asked if I would be willing to sign a document stating my complaint, and I said, just bring a pen.
I was later informed she had been removed from the floor, relieved of her patients and sent to another area of the hospital to be monitored until day light so she could safely drive home. I was also visited by nursing admin. Basically wanting a statement of what happened and to make sure I was going to be ok for the rest of my stay. That's when I said. I'm actually doing well enough to go home today. She said, your not over doing this to get home are you. I informed her no I wasn't, but I was also glad that I was of sound mind to bring that to anyone's attention. I know some of the patients in the same area were elderly, that bothered me in a big way so I'm glad it was managed in a timely fashion.
My heart goes out to that nurse, she's younger then I, my prayers go out to her and her future.
I'm sure to see a letter, survey or what have you in the mail soon. It will Not be omitted what I experienced, however, I will not dwell on this. My prayer went up and that's all I can do.

Now I'm home and hanging in there. Moral of the story, if you think something is up SPEAK UP! Don't hesitate. There are people in place who WILL take care of any situation you may have.

Well I'm off to take another nap ladies. I'll be blogging SOON...

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