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Unread 09-16-2009, 12:36 AM
One Month Post-Op- General Questions to My Sisters

Hi all. I read and read and everyone is so awesome sharing all their experiences, feelings and advice. Had a TAH/BSO and umbilical hernia repair on 8/14.

I would like some specific feedback from anyone so inclined to answer:

1. Anyone still in pain? I am finding that I have more pain the last couple of days than I had before. Some of the pains are pretty severe and actually make me stop and take a breath.

2. I plan to go back to work next week. Any suggestions on how to get through those times of exhaustion? Generally, I am feeling them less and less but still need a daily nap to survive.

3. Anyone feel the need to "reinvent" themselves? I find myself wanting to change careers, change my hair color and find new friends. It doesn't feel like hormonal insanity (at first it did but now I feel more emotionally stable.) It just seems that these few weeks at home have given me time to evaluate my life, mainly my job/career. Being in the hospital made me want to do something with more "meaning." I am in the Commercial Insurance field, not much saving the world in this business.

I could go on and on but long posts are not favorable so I'll stop here. Thanks in advance for your replies and hope you all are doing beautifully!
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Unread 09-16-2009, 02:47 AM
Re: One Month Post-Op- General Questions to My Sisters

Peppermintpeggy, I am 2 weeks later than you are for this ride but it would be impossible to compare the pain thing as there's soo many variables that come into play but I suspect pain will be forgotten fairly quickly and the rest of it all ie hormones, tiredness etc will pervail! However, we will survive, and it is some comfort being able to relate to one another and vent. Any way what I started out meaning to say is I hope your hormone issues get settled (and the pain) asap. Sending you lots of HUGS.:
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Unread 09-16-2009, 08:36 AM
Re: One Month Post-Op- General Questions to My Sisters

I don't know if my experience can compare, as I am three months post op (TAH/BSO), but I will try to answer your questions.


1. No, I am not in pain, and honestly was really never in pain. My doctor made sure that while in the hospital, I received all the meds I needed to manage any discomfort and I found that once I was home, I did not need to take any prescription meds. On a scale on 1-10, I can truly said that my pain level never exceeded more than a 2.


2. I felt fantastic two weeks after surgery and felt as though I could have returned to work. My doctor, however, refused to sign off on my return for seven weeks and insisted that I spend the time resting and healing. I did just that, and feel as though I am reaping the benefits of his advice. I have a ton of energy and returning to work has not been a problem for me at all.


3. Yes - I definitely reinvented myself. While in the hospital, I realized just how fragile and precious life is. You only get one time around this earth, and I came to understand how much I was losing by not embracing life. So...while I have not changed careers, I did change the way I approach my duties. I also changed my lifestyle in terms of weight management (I've lost 34 pounds, so far) and in how I dress (a lot better and sassier...!). I've had more compliments in the past 6 weeks than I've had in the past six years and people now come up to me and comment that they've noticed a change in me. My response is to tell them that I now have a new attitude.

So bottom line, PeppermintPeggy, I feel great, I look great and my outlook on life is a 1000 times better than what it was three months ago. I attribute all of those changes to first, the grace of the good Lord and second, His help in leading me to a fantastic doctor, who has stood by my side every step of the way.

I am truly a fortunate gal...
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Unread 09-16-2009, 09:26 AM
Re: One Month Post-Op- General Questions to My Sisters

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Originally Posted by mscleo View Post
I don't know if my experience can compare, as I am three months post op (TAH/BSO), but I will try to answer your questions.


1. No, I am not in pain, and honestly was really never in pain. My doctor made sure that while in the hospital, I received all the meds I needed to manage any discomfort and I found that once I was home, I did not need to take any prescription meds. On a scale on 1-10, I can truly said that my pain level never exceeded more than a 2.


2. I felt fantastic two weeks after surgery and felt as though I could have returned to work. My doctor, however, refused to sign off on my return for seven weeks and insisted that I spend the time resting and healing. I did just that, and feel as though I am reaping the benefits of his advice. I have a ton of energy and returning to work has not been a problem for me at all.


3. Yes - I definitely reinvented myself. While in the hospital, I realized just how fragile and precious life is. You only get one time around this earth, and I came to understand how much I was losing by not embracing life. So...while I have not changed careers, I did change the way I approach my duties. I also changed my lifestyle in terms of weight management (I've lost 34 pounds, so far) and in how I dress (a lot better and sassier...!). I've had more compliments in the past 6 weeks than I've had in the past six years and people now come up to me and comment that they've noticed a change in me. My response is to tell them that I now have a new attitude.

So bottom line, PeppermintPeggy, I feel great, I look great and my outlook on life is a 1000 times better than what it was three months ago. I attribute all of those changes to first, the grace of the good Lord and second, His help in leading me to a fantastic doctor, who has stood by my side every step of the way.

I am truly a fortunate gal...
...Wow MSCLEO-

That was a truly inspiring post. I guess I have a lot to look forward to at three months out.

Right now I'm only three weeks from my surgery (TAH/BSO with a 22 week fibroid uterus) and still am experiencing quite a bit of pain. I've always had a really high tolerance for pain so this has been a surprise for me and a bit of a bummer!

At three weeks I'm definately feeling more energy, but there is no way that I'm ready to go back to working (I substitute teach and it entails a really hectic day of being on my feet all day!) I also teach a daily after school art program to elementary school kids which fortunately doesn't start again until mid Oct... so I'll have plenty of time to heal before that!

My other full time occupation is helping to run a home business with my husband, and since I usually do so much of the work I've been already back at work from my home computer. I'm trying to do a little bit more each day and ease back into it with lots of breaks though.

I'm excited to hear how you've reinvented yourself. Wow... 34 pounds of weight loss is really to be commended!

Thank you for your inspiring post. It really gives me hope for coming through this difficult time and enjoying meeting a brand new me!

And to all of the other hystersisters out there... My warm thoughts and prayers are with you for a speedy recovery!

Hugs-
Patti
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Unread 09-16-2009, 09:29 AM
Re: One Month Post-Op- General Questions to My Sisters

[quote=peppermintpeggy;2997760]Hi all. I read and read and everyone is so awesome sharing all their experiences, feelings and advice. Had a TAH/BSO and umbilical hernia repair on 8/14.


3. Anyone feel the need to "reinvent" themselves? I find myself wanting to change careers, change my hair color and find new friends. It doesn't feel like hormonal insanity (at first it did but now I feel more emotionally stable.) It just seems that these few weeks at home have given me time to evaluate my life, mainly my job/career. Being in the hospital made me want to do something with more "meaning." I am in the Commercial Insurance field, not much saving the world in this business.
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Unread 09-16-2009, 09:29 AM
Re: One Month Post-Op- General Questions to My Sisters

Hey Peppermint!

My favorite flavor in the world!!!

You are 10 days behind me, I had my TVH on Aug 4th. I haven't had much pain at all except when I went to Walmart with my mom about 10 days post-op! I would naturally assume there would be more pain if you have an incision in your abdomen than if you don't but are you maybe overdoing it? That's the only times I have had pain so then I'd have to stop and rest.

I don't know about working yet. Do you have to? I was still having trouble sitting up for long periods of time at 4 weeks. Can you take breaks at work to walk around or lay down for a few minutes?

The reinventing yourself is a fabulous question! I thought it was just me! HA HA Actually, I have decided I want to travel the world endlessly starting with Greece. I think I have been watching Mamma Mia and the discovery channel waaaaayy too much. I also have decided I am going to do more things around the house and be more creative! I will paint the house and get new carpet...I am going to re-do all the landscaping in the yard...I will start new stained glass projects and take classes in other artsy areas... It's endless. Do you think it's real or are we just daydreaming? I hope it's real.

Good luck at work next week and remember to take a break if you need it!

quirky1
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Unread 09-16-2009, 09:37 AM
Re: One Month Post-Op- General Questions to My Sisters

Peggy-

You go girl... Reinvent to your heart's delight!

I got my long hair all cut off two days before going in for surgery... and when I'm back to wearing normal clothes I'm looking forward to getting some fun new figure hugging outfits after wearing loose clothing for many many months -since I used to look like I was about 4 months pregnant with my huge fibroid uterus on a 125 pound frame!

I'm also looking forward to making many changes in the way I live my life... Frankly I lived in fear that I was terminally ill for a really really long time, and now following this surgery I look forward to becoming a whole new me!

Best of luck to you getting back to work... take it slow at first and celebrate each new accomplishment as it arrives. Surround yourself with uplifting people who support you and find your new zest for life!

Best of luck to you-
(Peppermint)Patti
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Unread 09-16-2009, 09:37 AM
Re: One Month Post-Op- General Questions to My Sisters

Wow, what inspiring posts. I, too, feel the need to change my life somewhat. I realized that life is precious and each day should be lived to the fullest. When I found out that my pathology report came back normal, I felt that God had given me a second chance at life and that I had better embrace it. Then, at my 2 week checkup, I found out again that my pathology report was fine. I just feel the need to be a better person, more compassionate and understanding. I won't change my job as it's only 3 minutes from home and very casual. Jeans, t-shirts, tennis shoes, etc. I also want to strengthen my relationship with my DH and not let little things get in the way. He always tells me "don't sweat the small stuff." I'm beginning to really understand what that phrase means. Well, good luck to all of us in our new life! God bless all the hystersisters.
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Unread 09-16-2009, 09:39 AM
Re: One Month Post-Op- General Questions to My Sisters

Oops...The note that I wrote was supposed to go with this quote...

user error!
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Unread 09-16-2009, 11:19 AM
Re: One Month Post-Op- General Questions to My Sisters

Week 5 was much worse for me pain wise than week 4 was for some reason. After that the pain got much better.

I think a lot of us take inventory of our lives after a major surgery. Sounds like a good time to reinvent yourself.
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