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Are you taking it easy enough post-op? Are you taking it easy enough post-op?

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Unread 01-06-2012, 03:26 PM
Are you taking it easy enough post-op?

looks like it posted twice.. deleted one. sorry.
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Unread 01-06-2012, 03:35 PM
Are you taking it easy enough post-op?

Originally Posted by jewel61 View Post
Hi Kim,

You and your husband do have a ton on your plates right now! Little ones all over the place, and I sympathize with your husband's drive. Mine was in the same situation with a job out of town for two years, and stayed in an apartment during the week.

Did I read earlier that your family is all out of town? Is there anyone who could come and stay with you for a few days, or someone from a church, or your kids' school, or neighbors or your husband's co-workers' families who might be helpful with some of the more physical chores or errands that need doing when your husband is away? And someone who lives close by as an emergency responder if you have a problem at night?

Maybe you and your husband could put your heads together and see if you can come up with a list of possible helpers. There are a lot of good people out there who want to help, but they aren't aware unless you ask.

Good luck and let us know how it's going! We care.

Good evening ladies. Jewl thank you so much for your reply. I was reading the post before your reply to my post and it actually brought me to tears. And then I saw your reply to me and I have to say thank you.

My help situstion flat out stinks. I have been back in Ct for a little over a year and honestly have not made a ton of friends yet. If I were im Seattle still I would be all set. The 1 friend that tried to help me is 9 months pregnant and and having some false labor and uti issues and is exhausted and unable to help. My brother and sister in law are in the area but both of them work full time. I am sad to say I don't belong to a church. Unfortunately most of my friends are in seattle or new york and I'm in connecticut.

My husband did decide to make the drive, it's best that way. I did end up at the doctors office this afternoon. I have been having just horrible cramps, and back pain, insomnia and some light bleeding and I'm just uncomfortable. I had an internal exam today and I was bleeding but she couldn't see where the bleeding was coming from she did not think it was oosing fresh blood. She said she saw some clots and blood and when she took her gloves out and the large q tips she was using there was blood all over them she did say that there was more blood than most but she have seen worse. she said it looked like my vaginal cuff was healing but there is a lot more tenderness then she would expect. I was sent for more bloodwork and urinalysis and given antibiotics in case of a low grade infection. I did keep my right ovary and they were unable to find it today ?? She said possibly it is hiding amongst some scar tissue. I had a huge liver surgery, quite an ordeal back in 2002 and I have a ton of scar tissue. not only am I having the cramps and pains in my lower back but I'm having some concentrated pains on my right side where my ovary would/should be.

so here's where the real frustration comes and I'm sorry ladies I need to vent a little. I was sent to a specialist by my ob take care of my hysterectomy as he is the best in town.

the hospital he works in is a teaching hospital so from the start I basically saw pretty much other doctors and not much of him. I did see him I believe 3 times total once after I met with other residents \doctors to take my history and to talk about my internal exam and then saw him to discuss my history of what we wanted too do. I saw him once on a saturday when I was bleeding before my hysterectomy and he change the birth control I was on. then I saw him once before my surgery at my pre op... but the majority of the pre op was done by the doctor that with assisting with a hysterectomy. the 2 timed I have been back in the office for problems post op not during my scheduled visits have been by the doctor who assisted in the operating room. today I was under the impression I would be seeing the actual specialist, nope. I saw the assistant from my surgery she did go in and talk to him and ask what he wanted to do. they sent me home with antibiotics a blood test and urinalysis. he did not even come in and take a look inside to see if there might be something that he might see being the specialist. I travel 50 minutes both ways to see a specialist... not all the teaching doctors in the hospital. I'm sure she does just fine but I really think that it would of been nice to see the actual doctor doing the surgery look me over at least once post op. just seems a little strange to me. I know they do many many of these every year but for me this is my 1 and only surgery. I just want to feel as if I am important, I am listened to and I am taking care of.

The cramping and back ache have been so bad at times I have had to take additional pain medication on and off as needed. I do not want them to think that this is what its about...

anyways thanks for letting me vent I'm just frustrated, I'm upset I'm tired.

oh yes and she did say she never heard of insomnia being hey possible side effect of a hysterectomy.

Unread 01-06-2012, 04:15 PM
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Dear Kim i feel your frustration.i too,didnt have strong support system and i had to manage quite a bit on my DH works 12-13 hours a day and my 16 yr old son helped 1st week and then he conveniently disappeared.
my problen wasnt dr. but his staff. they cleared me for regular duty on dec.22nd with no restrictions. i tried running vacummn cleaner last monday,DH took it away from me.he was afraid i would hurt myself.within 2 hours my whole belly literally felt like it was on fire and then i started having real bad stomach cramps like an extremely bad period then NOW since tuesday the right side of vagina is killing me.i called dr's office and was told my dr. was on vacation.i told them what had happened and i wanted an exam.they told me at 7 weeks post-op there's no way i could've did any real damage and once again i said i would like exam.i have dr's appointment for NEXT friday.i am going to call monday once again to tell them about strange orangish discharge thats started today.its like they are brushing me off.but i think i need to be have to have both good support system at home and from your doctor. i will be so happy to finally wake up and it be like my dr said.that this just a memory. i hope you are getting adequate amount of family lives in another state so no help from them.this whole ordeal has been most frustrating but i'm almost there. good luck to you PS. INSOMNIA IS A SIDE EFFECT YOU SHOULD TELL ASSISTING DR. TO LOOK AT THIS SITE AND SEE HOW MANY WOMEN HAVE INSOMNIA
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Unread 01-06-2012, 05:06 PM
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I will agree totally about the insomnia... I know it is a hormonal and surgical issue... I have NEVER battled with insomnia in my life short of being ultimate stressed periods in my life (ie: divorce) since the day of my surgery my sleeping schedule has been average of 2-4 hours a day if I'm lucky. I know my new friend and hyster sister that had her surg the same day also struggles with the same. Be persistent christnata! You are the only advocate for your body and the one who knows it the best! Hugs!
Unread 01-06-2012, 05:10 PM
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oh i plan on it but i have already decided if ovaries dont work or if endo has spread to them it doesnt matter cause i' m not doing anymore surgery period
Unread 01-06-2012, 05:12 PM
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Oh wow!!! I feel for you all. Not to make light of what you all are going through, but I'm so blessed by having the doctor I do. He has been very attentive and available to me. I have seen him this hole time. I wish I could send him to you all.
I definitely do understand about being on your own. I don't have the support system I thought I was going to have. So I have been pretty much on my own. I have made a choice that housework and other things will have to wait. The most I do is go to bathroom and get me something to eat. Just those two things take lot out of me. I am experiencing some insomnia but my doctor its probably related to my medicine.

My tummy is a little numb today down towards the incision,so I will let the doctor know that tomorrow.
So to all you ladies I do understand and so sorry its such a tough ordeal. We can do it. Just be patience and we all can do this.
Unread 01-06-2012, 05:23 PM
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just wait til you start itching on incision site.its like you got poison ivy
Unread 01-06-2012, 09:38 PM
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Today was my first "big" day, and I don't think I over did it, but BOY , was it hard!
Got up, then showered, and friend picked me up for lunch. (I only has soup-small appetite still) But just waiting for her I was completely EXHAUSTED and doubted I could go, but I forced myself.

After lunch, I drove-to local Kohls, as I needed a pair of pants that actually fit (everything is too big-yeah!). Wandered around only around ladies and Jr.'s but way more than I promised myself I could. (who can just walk in and out of Kohls anyway?)

then went to thrift store I love-kept that to 15 minutes.

Hit grocery store for like 5 items.


Felt like a vacume sucked ALL my energy out-but that normally happens lately-I get a burst of energy once or twice daily, and feel pretty "normal" but then I sit down to rest, but always suddenly, BAM! I'm wiped out and need to lay down and nap. Ugh. I'm sure this is normal, I'm 3 weeks today.

Tomorrow I"m going to a baby shower (ironic)

I'm going to one, maybe two interviews next week, hoping for a new job that is part time actually, as I'm so afraid I'm going to be running on half speed for many, many months and no way I could go back to my full-time, kick my butt job as it exhausted be before surgery.
Unread 01-07-2012, 01:55 PM
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Blue Eyes 3 - I can relate. Even though I had my last ovary out (and a large cyst) and a bladder lift on December 19th- I felt like I needed to impress my (live-in) boyfriend and (grown) son by cooking dinner on Christmas. I was so totally exhausted, I slept most of the next day. It seems like the only way I get a break is if I physically lay down. I went to work at two weeks plus a day post op. I worked 2 days but they were 10-hr days and have been hurting ever since. More than earlier in my process. I'm tempted to start taking the rx pain medicine again, which I'd been off since week one, but then I have to take the nausea pill, plus they still want me to take the ibuprofen for anti-inflammatory relief. So Jan 9th will be three weeks and I have to return to work. Not taking hormones. Dealing with a lot of night sweats and hot flashes, but pretty irritated. I was already on an anti-depressant so I think its helping with that. Its nice to know that its normal to not be completely healed by 2.5 weeks.
Unread 01-07-2012, 03:42 PM
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i feel like i'm pushing self but feeling alot better today.i am getting energy back without pain

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