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Oh my gosh the questions I have????? Oh my gosh the questions I have?????

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Unread 10-21-2002, 04:37 PM
Oh my gosh the questions I have?????

My first appointment with my new doctor was a different experience, when she saw that I could hardly stand the internal. I almost stood up in the sturrups.

Soooo, November 18, I am going in. Dr did the endometrial biopsy we don't have those results back yet. But I do have a golf ball sized cyst on the left ovary, and an enlarged uterus. I guess after 4 deliveries what can I expect.

Anyway, my main question is I work in the local hospital here and here the nurses talking of the removal of the packing. My question is this. Do they do the packing only on TVH's or TAH's or both. I am scheduled for a TAH!

Next questions does anyone have any hints on how to keep a very active 3 year old out of your lap post-op???

Thanks for any and all advice. I am really getting nervous about the whole packing thing?? Sounds terrible.

Denise
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Unread 10-21-2002, 04:43 PM
Oh my gosh the questions I have?????

I know nothing of the "packing"-explain please.(unless you're talking about the bulb they sometimes use vaginally for drainage) I had tah/bso and had a bandageon the incision, a sanatary napkin for bleeding, and an IV with a morphine pump.

About the 3 year old. You will have to have help at all times. Either they can take the littel one out or they can stay with you but no way you can take care of a little one post, for at least 2 weeks.
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Unread 10-21-2002, 04:48 PM
reply regarding the packing

Thanks for responding,

I am not totally sure but I beleive it is vaginal packing. I am guessing they had tvh's but not too sure. I am hopeing someone here has experienced or heard of it.

On the 3 year old note, DH will be home with her and I have 3 older DH's home too after school anyway. My MOM is supposed to be here too.

I am just afraid because she is my BABY!!! she won't understand.

thanks,

Denise
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Unread 10-21-2002, 04:49 PM
oops

I meant 3 other DD's home after school.

I am new excuse the faux pa.
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Unread 10-21-2002, 05:26 PM
Oh my gosh the questions I have?????

Denise-
hopefully someone can anser the uestion about the packing, but I think you are right about it. If you're having tah you may not need it...Ask your doctor about it!

About the little one. Just tell her you are going to have a BIG boo-boo on your belly and NO ONE will be able to get near it for a while. Then talk with her about it after owrds. Let her see the BOO BOO so she has a tangible understanding of it. I bought a special tummy pillow that I got a Sears in the bedding department. It was a soft cuddly bears head. I named him Boo-Boo Bear and used him on my tummy at all times. Maybe you could get something similar and it could be her job to make sure boo-boo bear never strays far from mommy's tummy. Help her understand that the pillow is to protect you from getting hurt.

Then be sure you give her neck hugs only, LOTS of them. Have her sit next to you (not too close) and READ to her OFTEN. Watch TV with her...make her know that you love her and want to be with her...she just needs to help take care of your big BOO BOO by not getting too close.

Hope that gives you some ideas!
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Unread 10-21-2002, 05:43 PM
Oh my gosh the questions I have?????

Janet, those are great ideas!

Denise, I think your dd will understand better than you may think. Little children can be very sensitive. She'll probably be very gentle with you, perhaps with some reminders from you!
Does your public library have children's videos to borrow? A different video now and then could be a good time for the two of you to sit next to each other and spend "close" time together. How about children's jigsaw puzzles you could help her do?

I'm sure your dh and dds will be *great* helps to you! Mine were. *You* must make sure to take the best care of yourself that you can!! Please take it very easy and don't overdo!

Things will get better as time goes by! Life is *wonderful* on the post-op side - I'm 6 1/2 months post now and feeling better than I have in *years*!!

As far as "packing" goes, I had a laprascopy-assisted vaginal hysterectomy and I had the packing - like the longest tampon in the world! But I didn't even know I had it in until they came to take it out! LOL! I don't know whether or not it's used with other types of hysterectomies.

Hope all goes well for you,

Sue
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Unread 10-21-2002, 06:39 PM
Oh my gosh the questions I have?????

Personally, I think showing an 3 year old the incision is too graphic. I know I would hve beeen traumatized by that if I saw it on my mom, even at a much older age. I think a description of a big owie is sufficient. JMHO I had the packing and it was not that big a deal. Don't stress over it.
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Unread 10-22-2002, 11:54 AM
Oh my gosh the questions I have?????

When my son was 4, I had my gall bladder removed with an 8 inch incision straight down to my belly button. He loved looking at it as it had staples in and he called it "mummys zip" and was almost disapointed when they were removed.
I think it depends on how "neat" or not it is as to whether you think she can cope with seeing it, but I think most kids are pretty matter of fact about these things and it does help then to understand about NOT hurtling full blast into mums lap !
Best wishes
Vicky
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Unread 10-30-2002, 05:28 PM
Oh my gosh the questions I have?????

this depends a lot on the child. when my mom had her TAH, my nephew (4 years old) was living with her and wanted to know why she couldn't pick him up. she told him she had a boo-boo on her tummy. well, that wasn't good enough. he wanted to see it.

so, she showed him her incision, which was stapled together. he looked at it, pulled up his shirt and looked at HIS tummy, then looked at her's again. finally, after checking his own one more time, he asked "Where's my zipper?"

my mom said she thought she was going to pop the staples out from laughing.
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