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Visiting the "Post -op" thread was not my best idea! Visiting the "Post -op" thread was not my best idea!

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Unread 02-03-2012, 07:16 AM
Re: Visiting the "Post -op" thread was not my best idea!

I am a POST-OPer and didn't come home with anything but hospital items I wanted to keep. You have to remind yourself that we are all different and what 30 women have to endure 100 wont.

Its just that simple. We all have medical histories and some of our histories alone will make recuperation less or more painful. Do not compare your situation to others or you can go insane.

I am 13 weeks post surgery and other than a minor infection found at my 2 week check up I have been doing GREAT!
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Unread 02-03-2012, 07:27 AM
Re: Visiting the "Post -op" thread was not my best idea!

i would try to stay away from stairs if thats at all possible right [email protected] weeks i just pushed vacummn cleaner to living room and tore a vaginal muscle.just be careful and you'll do fine.
also if you kinda move butt around on toilet you'll have more success with peeing,kinda move yourself around and you'll have greater success emptying friend that had surgery taught me this almost 12 weeks i am no longer having to do this and i am peeing you do get back to normal but it does take time.
those 1st weeks of doing BM'S will make you think you'll never be back to normal but you will get back to normal.its just gonna take time,make sure you keep stool softners handy.i quit using them and i couldnt do BM'S without for a little while so keep these handy.good luck w/ your recovery
Unread 02-03-2012, 12:48 PM
Re: Visiting the "Post -op" thread was not my best idea!

Yeah, catheters really freak me out, and this might be the one thing that scares me most about the surgery. Weird, I know. I can't imagine it NOT hurting. TMI here: but if there's any oral touching of that specific area, it is painful to me. When I had a cystoscopy, it hurt to pee for a good 24 hours. I'm planning on taking AZO with me to the hospital, in case I have any pain down there.
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Unread 02-03-2012, 01:05 PM
Visiting the "Post -op" thread was not my best idea!

Phoenix! You are a god send! That catheter has been my biggest fear! Thank you for writing that. I have never had one, and have been freaking out inside. Feeling to silly to ask anyone! Thank you!
Originally Posted by Phoenix 2012 View Post
I remember feeling that way, too. These boards are incredibly supportive, but of course it's human nature to start a new thread when we have a concern, question, problem, etc., perhaps more readily than when we have something cheerful to report. Luckily, there are plenty of cheerful threads too, and reassurances in the responses to most of the questions and concerns.

I never had a catheter (Foley) before this surgery. It was not at all uncomfortable and was removed easily before I tried walking. In my case the bladder was a little lazy so they reinserted the cath (PAINLESSLY, EASILY) for a few hours and the next time they removed it everything was fine.

Everyone's experience at the castle is a little different, but things work out. A good relationship with your surgeon is so helpful, and communicating clearly with the hospital staff, including asking questions as they come up, will do a lot to ease your anxieties.

Good luck and let us know how everything goes!
Unread 02-04-2012, 08:50 PM
Re: Visiting the "Post -op" thread was not my best idea!

I had mine when I was 59, and I was overweight and had just had another surgery to repair a severed rotator cuff less than 2 months before my procedure. Still, I was released the next morning and after about 3 months, I was doing great. I was walking very slowly for about a week, though. I didn't need pain meds but a couple of days afterwards.

I think being in shape and/or younger would have been nice in hindsight! I consider my surgeon an angel. The really great part--all that diseased tissue is out of me and my body feels unbelievably healthy now! I have so much more energy today, and I haven't even lost the weight yet.
Unread 02-04-2012, 09:24 PM
Re: Visiting the "Post -op" thread was not my best idea!

Coming home with catheter or not depends on how well your bladder does, I wish I had of read post ops prior so i could of been more prepared for what to expect as scary as it is, the sisters all experience different rates of recovery please don't be scared or worried, you can't do anything more than prepare yourself, good luck xx
Unread 02-04-2012, 10:56 PM
Re: Visiting the "Post -op" thread was not my best idea!

i am just glad to feel so much better.its kinda really weird feeling.i'm liking it.
Unread 02-14-2012, 01:50 PM
Re: Visiting the "Post -op" thread was not my best idea!

Originally Posted by bananahater View Post
Ok, so it's 4 am and I am awake because I keep worrying. Then I jump over to the "post-op" side to see what to expect afterward. Not my brightest idea! Now I have even more to worry about.

I had no idea that people are coming home with their cath's in place! Is this common? I really want to be peeing on my own when I leave the hospital. I was just thinking it would be like the cath experiences I have had in the past.

ARGH! Why did I look over there? Like I didn't already have enough on my mind!!!!
I did the same dang thing! I also looked at hysterectomy videos on YouTube. I really, really discourage such an action. I'm an idiot. *sigh*
Unread 02-14-2012, 02:19 PM
Re: Visiting the "Post -op" thread was not my best idea!

its human nature to want to know what is going to happen afterwards, i also had that fear about a catheter as i was told by surgeon it was a possibility but that was 16 years ago and now when i had the surgery i did not come home with one.

phonenix 2012 is correct all the ladies are different, if you read the post op posts keep in mind that most of the good experiences are withing the recovery threads for your surgery, but when a sister has issues or complications she starts a new thread to try and find info from all the sisters, so there are just as many good posts they just dont have dedicated threads to them

and as for you coming home well that will depend on your body if it is ready to go on its own or not. you have enough to worry about i would just try and relax (lol i know , i know hard to do)

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