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Unread 08-23-2002, 09:16 PM
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Hi again to everyone! I'm back home sweet home last night 8/22! I really don't have any eventful news to report. My surgery (TAH on 8/19 for small multiple troublesome fibroids, kept ovaries) went really well and quite uneventful. Pathology report came back clean. The nurses at the hospital were so nice and patient- they were great! The food was actually not too bad. I didn't have any food for the 1st day and a half, was on liquids about 1 1/2 days until the wonderous moment that is waited for on the GYN ward - passing gas! After that your good to go and can have solid food & I did the last day finally. But boy, do they feed you a lot of food. I never finished my tray. The only incidents I had I guess were 1st when they took me to my room, I thought the gurny guys would help me over to the bed, but to my suprise I hear, "ok, slide over". Were the serious! They had just cut me open 6 hrs. earlier - MEN....! I managed to painfully, but carefully slide myself over but my hips felt like lead - Whew. Next thing was my IV. about 1:00 or so the next day my IV started burning everytime I got a dose of morphine. I told the nurses and luckily the Dr. said it was ok to come out and they would give me darvocet by mouth. Actually that worked better for me. The second day when they asked me if I wanted to get out of bed to start moving around I chuckled and said "no". But I was a good patient and did it anyway. The nurse told me I would feel better once I got moving and she was right. Hubby and I took 3 laps that day and each one was a little longer. The last 2 days we were up to 2 laps 4 times a day from one end of the floor to the other. I actually wanted to stay an extra night which they said was the first they heard. The bed was wonderful. It wasn't massage or anything, but just the fact that I could position myself for comfort as I needed was great and the rails were a great help to get in and out of bed. My doc came by to visit everyday around 1:30 and he'd call the desk to check on me. I really like my doc and had complete confidence in him to do what needed to be done. I would make a suggestion for those ladies in pre-op mode. You will use your arms quite a bit. As soon as I found out I was having surgery, I started walking and doing arm and leg exercises at a comfortable pace for support and balance. Enough to help me out, but not have me sore as I went to the castle. It has helped so I won't strain my abs too much. Today is Friday 8/23 and I'm feeling much better. Except for a little soreness now and then, the pain is pretty much gone. I'm taking motrin 200mg during the day 1 in the morning and one late afternoon and 1 darvocet at night so I can sleep comfortably. I actually feel pretty good but still taking slow and easy. Another thing that I think helped me was plenty of rest! Especially those first couple of days 'cause nurses/lab/vitals come every 2 hrs. We disconnected the phone so all I did those first 2 days when I wasnt eating or walking, I was SLEEPING. My husband contacted everyone to keep them informed. My husband has been great too. He stayed with me at the hospital the whole time and would go home for a few hours to feed our pets and shower. I thought he might just spend the 1st night but he was there for me to help me and keep me company the whole time. I Love him for that. Well, I know I got lengthy, sorry. I pray everyone has as smooth a procedure especially for those ladies in waiting. It'll be fine. TTFN
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Unread 08-23-2002, 09:57 PM
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Hi Chris

I'm so glad to hear you're back home already! It's nice to hear you were treated well at the Castle, and it's nice of you to reassure the .

Now, I hope you will remember to get plenty of , drink lots of fluids and take lots of little walks around the house, so your recovery will go as well as your Castle stay.


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