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Unread 08-18-2002, 04:44 PM
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Hi everyone, my name is Anne and this is my first post on the message boards. I am scheduled for LAVH on August 28th due to fibroids and "bad" cervical cells. I hope to be keeping my ovaries, doctor says he doesn't see why I can't but they haven't been seen or felt in many years due to the fibroids. I have read a lot of previous posts abut many of my questoins, about exercise, recovery time, stairs, etc. but I have a specific question about ewating the first week or so after surgery. What types of foods should I be eating, I want to encourage a happy bowel and I do not want to gain weight. I was diagnosed as pre-diabetic back in March and since then, through food and exercise lifestyle changes, I have lost 40 pounds, lowered my cholesterol by 64 points, lowered my blood sugar by 24 points and also lowered my blood pressure (something I have had trouble with for years! I am on high blood pressure medication but it has dropped even more since the exercise and weight loss) so I am concerned about backsliding during my recovery. I haven't been hea;lthy in alot of years and I don't want to lose that now.

This surgery is tough for me to feel good about right now because I have been on Lupron and it has done a wonderful job of shrinking my fibroids, plus no period for many, many months, so I am really feeling very good right now. But I am trying to keep inmind that I have very little option. I upset myself terribly last night by reading prior posts about "swelly-belly" last night but I guess I just have to accept that it is going to happen and hopefully won't be too bad or last too terribly wrong. Luckily I didn't get rid of any of my old clothes, but it would be kind of sad to have to go back to them...very sad actually.

Anyway, if anyone has any insights on food for me, I would appreciate that. I am going to have to spend some time at my mother's house after surgery, which doesn't make me happy but I live alone so, again, there is no other good option. Sorry to sound so whiny, with surgery only a week and a half away I am getting really scared. Thanks for listening.


I posted this on the pre-op board first but it occured to me I should be posting on post-op board because you ladies would know because you've been thru it already! Brain fog must be setting in early.
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Unread 08-18-2002, 06:40 PM
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Oh boy, you are very close to where I was at before surgery. You are going to be so much better off in your recovery because of all the work you have already done. Remember, this is about your health and I don't think you are going to backslide with your weight, etc., very much at all.
Fruits, salads, chicken, fish, water, tea, juice, crackers, soup, cereals...all have tasted good to me. I keep thinking of everything going in my body as fuel to help the healing.I also take vitamin supplements. And, oh yes, wine. And some chocolate. Necessary. Very necessary.
Swelly belly....not so bad. Mine was swelly from the fibroids, I too took Lupron for six months and after this recovery time from surgery is well on it's way, I am determined to get back on track with my activity. I sure am more motivated than I ever was when my hemoglobin was bottoming out all the time.
Best of luck to you!
Unread 08-18-2002, 06:57 PM
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I honestly think you will not have a problem with gaining weight if you maintain your normal eating habits as you have been. I actually lost weight after my surgery due to my very very huge . It has been 3 1/2 weeks and I have maintained my eating habits which are plenty of protein, vegetables, fruits and lots and lots of water. (I cut out all sugar) I cannot exercise yet and I have not gained any weight.

Drinking lots of water and eating your vegetables will help with keeping you regular, if you know what I mean!

My swelly belly is minimal, much better than it was before surgery. I can certainly live with it for a while.

Staying with your mom sounds bad now, but believe me, you are going to be so glad you did! It is going to be difficult to move around after surgery. My mom came to stay with me my first week home and cooked for me, brought me my food and helped with my dogs and the house. My husband is working two jobs right now, so he was not home much to help out. I don't know what I would have done without her. You will appreciate having her there to help, trust me!

Best of luck and don't worry, time goes by so fast, I canot believe it is almost one month for me already!

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Unread 08-18-2002, 07:53 PM
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Hi Anne from another Ann!

I know exactly how you feel. I also lost 40 pounds about a year ago, and was so worried about gaining it back during my recovery. But, so far I haven't. I have not had much problem with swelly belly at all, and am now able to wear all the same clothes I was wearing right before surgery. I went shopping today and actually bought 3 pairs of pants that were a size smaller. I haven't lost any weight, but I think my tummy is smaller because the fibroid is gone. I slowly started back with my walking exercise program 2 weeks after surgery, and I think it really helped my recovery.

Also, just a thought. I live alone also, and I was planning to go and stay with my parents after surgery, a thought I was not looking forward to at all. (very independent person here) I decided the day I left the hospital that I was OK to go back to my house. I did, and it was really no problem at all. I have some good friends who helped with some chores I couldn't do, such as laundry, and who also drove me on any errands I needed to do until I could drive. My parents also helped out with this also. I know everyone's recovery is different, but I just wanted to tell you that I was able to go home alone and I was fine. Good luck with your surgery!
Unread 08-18-2002, 08:59 PM
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Hi there Anne,

You are in good company here with lots of wise women who will help you through your post-op recovery. Regarding the swelly belly, sure it can be annoying at times, but personally I don't think you need to worry about it. Just make sure you have loose fitting clothing for the first several weeks. We do complain about it, but in the bigger scheme of things it is not at the top of the list. At least we know it is a normal part of the healing process, and nothing to be feared. When it comes to eating, be sure not to starve yourself for fear of gaining weight. Your body will need sufficient calories to heal itself. I had no appetite after my surgery, not even for chocolate, which was amazing to me. Never have I not craved chocolate. Anyway, my DH had to really encourage me to eat because I felt weak and wobbly otherwise. I was not able to tolerate anything too strong tasting or spicy, and had a few bad days with heartburn due to the motrin. If you do get motrin, pay attention to the little warning that tells you to take with food. I ignored that and was sorry. The foods I was most interested in were fruits which was easy since they are plentiful this time of year. I also enjoyed smoothies. They are easy to sip from your bed, and do not require you to sit at the table. Best wishes to you.

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