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Unread 05-08-2002, 06:51 PM


No matter WHAT you end up losing - look how much you've gained !!!

How great is this site?!? And how wonderful that you took what you knew in your gut to be true and went with it.

I do hope that you are as impressed with yourself as we are!

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Unread 05-08-2002, 06:55 PM


you make me overflow with emotional tears. (or is it hormones)?

Thank you for the kind words. You truly honor me.
Unread 05-08-2002, 07:32 PM

YAY!!! I'm so happy that you had the courage to go further and find the right doctor for YOU!!!

Going into any surgery is hard...but you will have a clear head and the confidence that only comes from trusting your doctor and knowing you've made the best possible choices.

I'm really proud of you!!!!

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Unread 05-08-2002, 07:34 PM

Hi Robin,

I just wanted to take the time to let you know how happy I am that you found such a wonderful doc! Sounds like he was worth the wait!

I will be cheering you on, from the other side. The wait can be "anxious", but after what you've been thru to get to this point, I think you may have an easy time of it (the wait)

I wish you all the best, and hope for an "easy ride" for the 4 hours back home from the castle!


Unread 05-08-2002, 07:42 PM

Y'all are making me cry!

& yes - the stress level from the time my gen phys sent me on to Dr. K to the time we found Dr. M was horrific! People who know me well were very surprised to learn I needed an anti-anxiety (otherwise known as 'happy pills) prescription. Even my gen phys was shocked & had no arguments when I requested them. After my appt. with Dr. M I'm quite calm now & have no idea where my little bottle has gone off to (for awhile I carried it in my pocket at all times).

Something I think you all should know - I NEVER, EVER could have come this far without you all, this website & without my hubster. You've all also been so instrumental in bringing my hubster more 'into the circle' of this issue & brought us just that much closer together.

I bow to all of you whether you are LIW or Princesses - you're all s in my book!

P.S. stay tuned....who knows when the hormones will kick in & I'll 'flip out' again!!
Unread 05-08-2002, 08:12 PM

You are so welcome, KSYardbird,

But truth be told, you honour yourself and give us all inspiration in the process.

Unread 05-08-2002, 09:24 PM

Congrats on finding the right doctor!!!

I had to find a new doctor too. Dr. C. wanted to do a TAH and wouldn't consider a VALH or a TLH. When I told him that I would prefer to have a laprascopic surgery he said that the only reason why a woman would want to have a hysterectomy done by laparoscopy was so she could brag about it at dinner parties. Imagine!!

I found a new doctor, Dr. M (funny, same initial) who did my last laparoscopy in 1997 for endo/malformed uterus/blocked tubes. Thanks to him, I have a three year old son.

Dr. M said that he would attempt to do my surgery laprascopically. He feels the patient heals faster, has less blood loss and less chance for infection. All good things in my book. He is a specialist, so we're out of our hmo network "plan," but he is an endo specialist, something I've had five previous surgeries for.

It is hard to stand up for yourself and put yourself and your health first. Congratulations! You are a brave inspiration to us all


P.S. I know a lot of women have TAH, I am not disrespecting anyone. This is my story and my health and body. I told this story because I couldn't believe a doctor would put social status on a health issue. Dr. C is no longer my regular ob/gyn.
Unread 05-09-2002, 06:03 AM

Hi Kathryn!

I dunno....seems to me your ex-Dr. C & my ex-Dr. K would get along for social status?!? BAH! I'm glad you didn't stay with that obviously chauvinistic, over-paid, under-trained 'doctor'.

I was amazed that my Dr. M (is interesting how both our chosen docs have the same initials) actually considered laproscopic procedure (Dr. K just said - nope. can't be done with the ovary) & he also 'toyed' with a vaginal hyster (Dr. K? Nope. not with that ovary & the fibroid is too large). Both of these would be admitted challenges on his part (he SAID to the patient as she listened somewhat comfortably on the heated table) & thought that either would be better for me - as far as less healing time.

Alas, but sadly (his word - not mine), an abdominal incision was the best possible option for my situation. & due to my scar from my surgery 32 years ago - the incision will have to be a bit bigger (not as much 'stretch' in the skin in that area) & in a bit different spot (didn't want to disturb the original scar for healing purposes).

I will have a large 'L' on my tummy. Am thinking about a tattoo when things are all healed. My belly button can be the 'o' & go from there (Love). Doc & hubster find it quite amusing. I just may do it!!

Sorry to hear about the HMO scenario. One good thing about being extremely rural - HMO's aren't interested in 'caring' for us here......But I'm thrilled you also have found a gyn that works welll for you!!

I've learned that 'shopping' for a doctor is a lot like buying a house. You need to find one with good structure & support & realize that any remodeling that may need to be done - probably won't happen for a very loooooong time, so be sure you can live with it just the way it is. & if not? Move on. & on & on & on....until you find just the right one.

P.S. CeCee...I've read some of your other posts in other honor yourself & bring inspiration to all the sisters (including this one) as well.
Unread 05-09-2002, 07:57 AM


Glad to hear you have found the right doctor for you! Nice to know that this one cares and will listen to you as well.

Best wishes for your upcoming surgery.. you will make a wonderful princess!
Unread 05-12-2002, 08:45 AM

I've just officially received word from our insurance that my surgery with Dr. M is all approved....interestingly enough, also discovered that Dr. K did NOT pre-register me properly & we would have had a nightmare situation on our hands if would have gone ahead with the surgery with him.

Things always seem to happen for a reason, don't they?

After much thought & discussion about what type of anesthesia to us, I'm tentatively planning on requesting a sedative with an epidural.

I've also decided IF I need to start HRT, I'm going to go with a pill versus the patch & I trust Dr. M to choose one that's right for me. I'm also prepared for ups & downs until the dosing is established.

See how calmly I made these decisions based on options presented to me by THE 'happy pills' involved.

My sis-in-law was over the other day (lives a couple houses away & is at our house nearly daily) & she commented on how much calmer I was since seeing Dr. M. Even though my diagnosis & risks are the same, she said, I have 'let go' of the debilitating fear of the situation.

My two-cents worth? Keep shopping until you feel comfortable with your doctor & have your questions answered....

Knowledge is power;
& where there's power,
fear cannot survive........


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