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Unread 02-22-2002, 10:21 PM
TAH on 3/12/02

Hello, I'm scheduled to have a hysterectomy on March 12. Let's see... hmm... for starters I'm terrified. I'm 24 years old and the reason for the TAH is heavy bleeding and recurrent cervical dysplasia. I'm planning on having them give me a spinal instead of knocking me out... I don't know if this is the right choice or not. So anyway... here are my questions...

Is six weeks for recovery standard or are there likely fluctuations?

What do I do if my DH isn't very helpful in supporting me through my recovery?

How long before I will be able to care for DS... he lives with my mom and dad anyway... but when will I be able to babysit him again? He's four... a very active four.

I have fibromyalgia... does anyone here have that too?... Could you tell me of your experiences in healing and recovery so that I know what special considerations I will have?

Anyway, that's quite a ramble for my first post.

Thanks for your support,
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Unread 02-23-2002, 08:09 PM
TAH on 3/12/02


I am so sorry that you have been suffering so long. It is quite frustrating when we don't know what the doctor's reasoning could be. The best solution, ask him. You have to be your own best advocate, you have to stick up for yourself so ask your doctor specific questions that will help you feel comfortable.

Six weeks in the standard healing time. You do need to adhere to that time limit for your own good. Now, as each week of your recovery passes you should feel better and better but you certainly need to give yourself that time.
As for the spinal, some gals swear that a spinal is the only way to go while others insist that being knocked out is the way to get through it. This is something you should research, weigh the pros and cons of each procedure and then discuss it with your doctor.
If your not going to receive a lot of support from your Hubby then I suggest that you arrange for someone to come in and stay with you for the first week at least. You are going to need some there with you. You will be surprised at what you can't do directly after the surgery. You will need someone in whom you can depend upon.
As for your son, you can't pick him up for any reason. If you do, you will tear the many inside stiches the doctors have carefully placed. Give it at least five to six weeks before trying to babysit him.
This surgery is a major life change and I know you are anxious for the pain and mess to go away forever but you must take one step at a time. If you do something in haste you will have a lifetime to regret it.
If this doctor isn't helping, find another and another until you feel that you are getting the best care possible. Please don't look for a doc that will just do the surgery because you are anxious about it. Look for a doc who wants to see you well even if that includes no surgery at all. Trust yourself and the Lord and you will be fine. Wait on Him for He is taking care of the situation.

Hugs and Prayers,

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