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New – going from “60 mph” to ZERO – help! New – going from “60 mph” to ZERO – help!

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Unread 04-23-2002, 06:41 AM
New – going from “60 mph” to ZERO – help!

A little background: work 50+ hours per week, then come home to DH and DD and give all I have to them until bedtime. The only thing I do for myself is run. Started about 3 ½ years ago…first to alleviate stress and lose some weight. After that, needed a new goal in order to keep running…so I thought I would run a marathon! Did my first in November 1999, then two in 2000 and two in 2001.

Then, wouldn’t you know, in late March, I started feeling the oddest stretching/pulling sensation in my lower abdominal region. This progressed rather quickly to discomfort, then it became painful. Got into to see my OB/GYN, and it was kind of funny at first. I told him what I had been feeling, and he looked me in the eye and said: “I bet the ONLY reason you’re here is you’re running another marathon in a couple of weeks and you want to make sure you can go!” Well, I had to laugh and told him he was right.

Shortly thereafter, he advised that I had at least one large fibroid, and scheduled me for ultrasound the next day. He assured me running wasn’t a problem as long as I was comfortable or could control any pain with ibuprofen. So I ran my last marathon last week and had a marvelous time.

Now reality is setting in. Surgery is scheduled for May 3rd. Ultrasound showed a 4-inch fibroid plus an egg-sized cystic structure attached to one ovary. The technician couldn’t find the other ovary. Fibroid is sitting on top of my bladder (no wonder it was getting difficult to hold my “p”). Already know I have lots of internal adhesions, with uterus bound to abdominal wall – this was discovered 2 years ago during tubal ligation. Most likely resulting from prior abdominal surgery 10 years ago to correct a bicornate uterus (heart shaped, divided in two internally), and the subsequent c-section to delivery my daughter 8.5 years ago.

I can’t say that I’m scared, ‘cause I’ve been lurking here a couple of weeks, and have learned much from all the wonderful ladies. But I’m very sad and trying to figure that out. Some persons say “Well, don’t you know that this is the 2nd most performed surgery in the U.S.?” … like that’s supposed to help!

I’m in a highly visible position at work, was just promoted, and to have to be out for six weeks is just unbelievable timing. Fortunately, my boss and co-workers are amazing with the support that’s been offered. I guess I feel cheated to have to leave that this precise moment in time! Then, with the running, I feel I’m just “hitting my stride” and boy did I have big plans for additional races this fall and next year.

So I waver between feeling o.k. and being able to rationalize the consequences, to just feeling very very sad. DD is supportive, but I have to “ask” him to be supportive, as he thinks it’s “better to not talk about it.” Aaaack!

I think I’d feel more positive IF I could see an end to the recovery process…(Bing! You’ve reached six weeks – You’re all better now!)…but I know it won’t be like that.

Thanks for listening.
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Unread 04-23-2002, 07:06 AM
New – going from “60 mph” to ZERO – help!

As you've seen on the board, recoverys vary. I felt so good at 5 weeks post op, I joined a gym and started working out. Slowly, of course. It's the first time in 15 years I've gone to a gym, and it feels good. If you're in shape to begin with, as you seem to be as a runner, you'll be more likely to come through it easier.

The timing always is a bummer because you do have to put your life on hold while your body heals. But it does go quickly. Remember to rest a lot so your body can heal. When you start feeling better, do a little at a time and don't overdo it.

Don't be so sure you'll miss the races this fall. If you're a good princess and rest, you may be recovered enough to do them. Maybe not win, but to participate. That in itself makes you a winner.

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