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Unread 11-28-2001, 08:52 PM
had surgery on 11-08-01

I am having alot of trouble believing that I had a LAVH done. I don't feel bad at all. I get a little tired in the evenings and I have three small incisions that I really have to watch. THey are just sore look to be healed. The elastic to my pants catch the one in the belly button once in a while.
I am bored to tears. I don't read and I hate watching TV. Been doing alot of chatting on the computer. Have some cross stitch projects I am working on and puzzles. Thanks to all of those who have supported me and kept in touch.
I really am ready to go back to work. Go back to the doctor in three weeks. He says he will release me then. The only problem I have had: a little constipation because of iron pills and a bladder infection. THe same time I had the baldder infection I had a cold. Medicine treated both as a bacterial infection.

Jeana
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Unread 11-29-2001, 12:35 AM
had surgery on 11-08-01

Jeana...
I had a TAH BSO, June 18. Although there are many differences there are also some things in common...
At about 3 - 4 weeks, I hit the boredom wall, BAD. I took this oppurtunity to write (hand write and type) some LONG letters to family and friends. It was rewarding to both me and them. I also spent time outside sitting on my deck (although it is not possible to do that now. Where I live we are experiencing ice and snow). Just remember, this too shall pass. Perhaps you could use this time to write Christmas cardsor update your address book. All too soon the hectic lifestyle will return. Until then I wish you happy, fun filled days.
Sincerely... Coleen
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Unread 11-29-2001, 04:43 AM
had surgery on 11-08-01

Hi Jeana, I think Coleen offered some great suggestions! Hopefully, you'll be able to use some of them to help with that boredom.

As far as the constipation, keep eating fruits and juices, or bran, things that are known to help move things along in that department. Also, you may want to ask your Dr. if it's ok to take stool softeners. My Dr. had me take them twice a day for the first few weeks post-op and they really helped, especially in the beginning when I was taking Percocet.

Best wishes and 's
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Unread 11-29-2001, 05:13 AM
had surgery on 11-08-01

Hi Jeana, I had my LAVH/BSO on July 2 and can totally relate to your feelings. I also felt so good and thought to myself....did this doctor really remove all this??? Could'nt believe that I felt so good. Anyway, my doc gave me the ok to travel carefully at 2 weeks post. Since I could'nt go back to work anyway, I went to spend my recuperation time with my family in Michigan. Is there any family that you could maybe spend some time with? Catching up on things around the house etc. is also a good feeling. So anyway, good luck to you, and believe me work will be there for you soon. Try to enjoy your time off.
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Unread 11-29-2001, 07:11 AM
hi to my twin!

Jeana,

I had a TAH same day as you. I'm also feeling pretty good, although I think the wall is hitting me a little! I've got a bit of pinkish discharge and some different sensations in my belly. My doc's office says it's pretty normal but I should take it more easy. MORE EASY?? How can I do much less???? I know what you mean, there's not much to do that doesn't require sitting up which is a no-no for any length of time. Oh well, it should get better.

And thanks for the reminder about cross stitch, I started one about 8 years ago and never finished it. Maybe now is the time to pull it out. It was supposed to be for my son's room when he was born (it's the 'Now I lay me down to sleep' verse), maybe I'll finish it in time for a grandchild!!

I also have to take iron, been taking it for almost 5 years now. What kind of iron do you take? I take Slow-Fe, it's actually a pre-natal iron supplement but I take 2 a day with no constipation at all. It's a slow release pill and quite gentle on stomachs. Maybe ask your doc about it.

Hang in there and keep in touch
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Unread 11-29-2001, 07:27 AM
had surgery on 11-08-01

I also had a TVH on 11/8. The only difference is, I started bleeding internally and had to have a second surgery on the 10th.

They re did the original stitches inside and had to do 3 incisions on my stomach. I had to get 2 units of blood to replace what I lost. By the time they did the second surgery the bleeding had stopped. The doctor said he cauderized every suspicous blood vessel he saw.

I too got an infection and a bad cold, but antibiotics has taken care of that.

Because of my slight set back, I'm a little behind you recovery wise.

I'm seeing my doctor tommorrow. I don't know when he'll release me to go back to work. He originally said 4 weeks.

Have you seen your doctor since the 8th? When did he or she say you could go back to work?

Too bad you don't read. I normally don't get a chance, but since I've been home, I've read 5 novels.

I have also bought Christmas presents over the net.

Take Care and write back,

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