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Unread 02-08-2012, 01:43 PM
Re: Feeling judged! Recovery: hyst. v csection

Not to mention the high endorphins after having a child, especially if you are breastfeeding. I had my first child and was literally falling apart, extremely anemic and had pneumonia but none.of.it.mattered. All's I could see was my LO and the pain didn't even factor in. Sure I was sore in recovery (vaginal but lots and lots of sutures) but I felt great because it was a happy occassion.

Having a hysterectomy, there is none of that but recovery to think about. It's a totally different experience and it is much more involved. The emotional journey is completely different which makes the physical feelings different.
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Unread 02-08-2012, 02:20 PM
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I have actually done this to myself recently. I had a c-section 7 months ago (as well as one in 2004) and bounced right back. I really thought this would be comparable, but it's different in every way. C-sections are a lot less complicated; incisions are made to get to the baby and get the baby out. That's about it. Our organs have been cut and removed. Much more traumatic on our bodies than opening things up and closing them right back up. On another note, I am a firm believer that a c-section isn't as bad because you're left with a cute little bundle to love on and take your mind off the pain. With a hysterectomy, you're left with an incision and a sore body - not too much to be excited about.
Unread 02-08-2012, 04:02 PM
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Someone said to me today, "So it's kind of like a C-section?"
I said, "I really wouldn't know. I've never had a C-section. Why don't you go online and look at some hysterectomy videos and see if you think it's like a C-section."

That shut 'em up.

But unless they have a hysterectomy, they aren't going to understand. I sure didn't.
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Unread 02-08-2012, 04:37 PM
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before surgery,i was comparing this to the 2 c-sections i had.i figured i would heal about the same way very fast...(stupid me)
when i was laying in hospital bed,dr. came to see me and i said well i guess this will be like my c-section pain,etc...my dr. told me forget that thought.he said you had babies by c-sections a living baby, you had major surgery.you need to think of getting organs removed this will be like no kind of c-section recovery at all.i said really?i figure the same cut and all that it would be similiar,he told me to erase that thought from my head.
i ,too, am getting same response from family,friends and co-workers.that there's no reason i should have any pain.i told my DH to just leave me alone when i mentioned how bad my legs hurt.i said why should i tell you about the pain in my legs when you never believed my pain in my belly?i know the leg pain has nothing to do with this surgery but why care about legs not about extended surgical pain i am still experiencing.its like no one cares about me.i am very caring person towards all that knows me but this surgery has really showed me what my family and friends think of me.i know i am venting but i feel they dont care at all.maybe when someone close to me gets sick,i might not take care of them like i have always did in the past.
but yes,i too,dont get it when there's another part of body has surgery and recovery is always brought up but a hysterectomy is supposed to be "NO BIG DEAL"
then people wonder why people dont care anymore or they dont have big hearts anymore like they used to...its how ppl. do one another after stuff like this.
the only ppl. that asks me how i am doing now is my customers(i'm a waitress)this is completely pitiful where i have such a big family.
but at least i have all you guys!!!!
Unread 02-08-2012, 04:58 PM
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christinatas, hugs to you. I think so many of us feel the same way; we are so thankful to have someone who understands--it's just too darn bad they aren't the people that SHOULD understand--our friends, our family--but complete strangers bound together by a common experience. You really do see what people are like.
Unread 02-08-2012, 05:42 PM
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Amen sister-preach it- the choir is listening
hugs to all sisters that have listened to all my ranting and raving!
Unread 02-09-2012, 01:30 AM
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I'm trying to work on a gratefulness journal every day. I'm grateful every day for all of my Hystersisters and for this website. I'm spreading the word about it! I know that even though our individual circumstances are different, and our experiences are different, there's a community of women that understand.

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