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My road to recovery since my total Lapro/vag hysterectomy My road to recovery since my total Lapro/vag hysterectomy

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Unread 09-28-2010, 12:50 PM
My road to recovery since my total Lapro/vag hysterectomy

First, I would like to apologize from being MIA during my recovery and not posting updates weekly. To tell you the truth, I do not like to post anything publicly when I am on any pain killers. God can only guess what would have come out of my mouth if I did, LMAO!!! Anyways, this is why I am now here posting about my recovery. I hope others will be able to find comfort in some of the things that I have endured.

I have to say that getting this done was the best thing ever. I feel like a new woman and I am in less pain than I was before. I have suffered from severe pain for the last two years via my lower back and my "womanly insides" causing me to be on disability. I do have one more surgery to endure but that is to get my lower lumbar region fused. Anyways, on to my post op experiences....

Day one of the surgery My surgery was at 9am, a few hours later, I woke up in the recovery room feeling slight discomfort but not much. I pretty much just wanted to sleep. The doctor had me on two different pain killers. One was Dilaudid and the other I cannot remember. Needless to say, I was in shock that I was just uncomfortable and not in severe pain like I was two years ago when I had my extensive Laproscopic to see what was going on.

Throughout that day, I did not eat much, drank a ton of fluids and slept off and on throughout the day and into the evening. I think I slept 3-4 hours at a time to be followed by being awake for 30 minutes to an hour. When I would feel my pain meds wear off, I would start feeling the ever so slight pain but the discomfort was always there. I used my belly band from the moment I entered my room at the hospital, which I think helped a lot. There was spotting but there is a pad there when you awake in recovery. I was nauseous from the anesthesia and did throw up a few times from it. They did put anti-nausea meds in my IV and I think they had that there for most of the day and into the night. I did bring gas-x, those maternity anti-nausea candies and fiber but the nurses would not allow me to take them.

My husband stayed with me for my entire hospital stay. He slept in a chair next to me. This was a great asset as he was able to make sure the nurses responded when I did hit the button. As the first time, they would take their time, until he chased them down from their small talk behind the nurses’ station. So please make sure that you have either your husband, SO, boy friend or family member there throughout your hospital stay.

Day two, I felt pretty good. There was still a slight discomfort but otherwise feeling great. I was able to sit up just a tad (you do not want to sit straight up, not good. Just a slight recline, ok.) They did put me on a regular diet, and I was still having pain meds pumped into me via IV. I was able to use the bathroom and there was some blood but it was not that bad to keep me there another night. I was able to walk with limited guidance but could not yet stand straight up. I was released home at 3pm, despite not having a bowel movement.

On the way home and my first night at home It was not a great ride home or even a great ride on the way to the car via wheel chair. PLEASE make sure that you take one of the hospital pillows with you. This way you can add extra support on top of the belly band during your wheel chair ride and car ride. I felt every bump in the wheel chair and it was worst off when I was in the car despite my husband’s attempts to make the car ride easy on me. Granted the male who pushed my wheel chair, I think could not really care if the ride was easy on me or not. He took every ramp hard, causing the wheel chair to jump despite how much I or my husband scolded him about it. Needless to say, a complaint was filed when we got home. Anyways, I was off to bed and hubbie picked up my Dilaudid and I was instructed to take this with Advil during the allotted times that the doctor gave me. I slept into the night and the following day, once more…..

Week one I did have an issue with the glue coming undone where the incision was on my belly button. When I went to the doctor to get this looked at, it was open about a centimeter, he said it was too open for him to close it up again as it would trap bacteria in there causing an internal infection. I was instructed to clean it out with one part hydrogen peroxide (1 Tablespoon is what I used) and one part distilled water (1 tablespoon), three times a day and kept it covered with gauze and surgical tape. It healed up in no time and did not cause an ugly scar or make my belly button look horrible. I believe it took 4 days to completely heal.
In addition to this, I still yet to have a bowel movement for five days, and was very concerned about this. No matter how much fiber I was eating, nothing would happen. I called the doctor and he instructed me to take Milk of Magnesium aka MOM, as it was easier on my abdominal than a lot of the laxatives out there. WARNING when you take this, ALWAYS make sure that you have a bathroom nearby at all times. Due to the pain meds, I was not able to get a long warning before hand. Instead, I received a VERY short warning. Thankfully a bathroom was literally a few feet away from my bed and I made it in time, as embarrassing as that may sound, lol!!

By the end of the week I was able to walk around in short bursts and felt great! BUT you cannot push yourself into thinking you can walk a mile. Very important that you take BABY STEPS and LISTEN TO YOUR DOCTOR AND THE OTHER LADIES HERE REGARDING WHAT YOU CAN AND CAN NOT DO DURING YOUR RECOVERY!

The following weeks were easy as well but I have to say that it was easy for me because I had a wonderful support system at home. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT! My mother flew here to help my husband care for me. She was here for 6 weeks. Between the both of them, I never needed to reach, bend over, carry anything and always had my meds taken at times needed. I firmly believe that because of this, my discomfort and pain was minimal.

IT IS ALSO VERY IMPORTANT that you separate yourself from dramatic people and stressful situations. I did encounter a stressful situation when a VERY dramatic friend tried to involve me in a situation a few days after surgery. I started to feel belly pain and due to my tummy tightening a LOT during that morning, I did spot a bit and started to feel severe pain. IF, your friends are very understanding and are a true friend, they would protect you from anything dramatic, stressful and NOT VENT TO YOU REGARDING THEIR OWN PROBLEMS!

I was on the prescribed pain meds for two weeks to help with the pain before going back to the ones I needed for my back. I followed the Doctors orders to the letter, had wonderful support and help at home and separated myself from drama and stress. Despite the two little hiccups I had (opening of a stitch and not having a BM for a while) I had a very smooth recovery. I pray that you as well have a smooth surgery and recovery…….
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Unread 09-28-2010, 01:10 PM
Re: My road to recovery since my total Lapro/vag hysterectomy

Note to all: When I say that I did not feel any pain. I am speaking about pain associated with the hysterectomy. I did still do continue to feel the pain from my lower back/spinal issues.
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Unread 09-28-2010, 09:05 PM
Re: My road to recovery since my total Lapro/vag hysterectomy

Rose - your recap was great !

I am so glad you filed a complaint with the hospital on wheelchair hospital exit - I hope no one will have a repeat!

Elaine
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Unread 09-28-2010, 10:19 PM
Re: My road to recovery since my total Lapro/vag hysterectomy

I am glad that you did well. I hope you continue to get better each day. Thank you for sharing your story. Best wishes to you!
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