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Unread 02-11-2003, 09:27 AM
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Good morning!

Joce, good to hear from you! Thanks for mentioning the "fullness" in the abdomen-I was just telling my dd that I feel like my period is going to start, I have that heavy kind of pressure-thought I was the only one!

MJ-I still have my ovaries, so no hormone therapy. I don't blame you a bit for not wearing the patch on the fistula side-nothing is silly when it comes to a fistula...

I got an e-mail from Terry-she is home and doing as well as can be expected. I will keep you updated.

It is finally raining here-I am going to stay in and do some much needed bedroom cleaning!

Have a great day!

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Unread 02-11-2003, 01:04 PM
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Hello Everyone

Glad to see everyone is doing good. Was wondering if anyone else still had that monthly period feeling? Not so much my tummy as my breast. But that's probably because I still have my ovaries. My sister in law still has the cramps every month. She only has 1 ovary.

About 2mo. post op. Still hurts and pulls at the suprapubic cat. site at times. Just depends on what I do. And how I sit. The other day I had to clean my bathroom floor. Hair spray about an inch thick. Scrubed on my hands and knees and was pretty sore the next day. I was wondering if where the cath came out of my tummy or in that area was where the surgery was is why that area is still tender?

Well the weather here today is beautiful. About 65. Well everyone take care.

Unread 02-11-2003, 01:33 PM
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So good to hear from you! Are you working yet? I'm supposed to go back to work March 3rd.

I think we all pretty much have similar aches and pains. I told my dh the other day that I am tired of being so "in tune" with my body that I notice every ache and pain! I don't really have pain at the supra site, it itches sometime and I still don't like to touch the site-it freaks me a little...

My bowels give me the most trouble-I think it's because when I go I don't empty all the way 'cause I'm afraid if I strain at all I'll start leaking! Hopefully I'll get over that!

Talk to you later!

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Unread 02-11-2003, 07:34 PM
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Hi Ladies,

Where have I been lately, I totally missed Karen's post??????????

I do know that I have been so busy lately that I have not had much time to read my e-mails. This is what happens when things get back to normal!!

Hope everyone is doing well and let me know next time when we start another thread because I just keep going back to the same one.

God bless you all,

Unread 02-12-2003, 11:37 AM
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Kimberly - so good to see your post.

Barbara - I've been so busy too!! We need to catch up and I know we will.

Regarding bowels = my Urologist said it was imperative to keep the bowel cleansed during this time of recovery...even months into it. He suggested Fibercon, Surefax, Pericolace, lots of fiber foods, water, walking, and a monthly cleansing routine of Milk of Magnesia, etc. I've tried to do all of these except the monthly cleansing, but lately I've been a little neglectful and I have suffered for it. I'm back on track now and my heaviness feeling is much better as are my bladder spasms.

Hope all is well with everyone. Joce
Unread 02-12-2003, 12:51 PM
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Good morning!

Glad everyone is checking in-it's great to hear the progress everyone has made.
I have been feeling a little under the weather the past couple of days. I don't know what the problem is, I feel like I am having bladder spasms (I"m still on detrol) and I have a real "heavy" feeling in my abdomen and vagina. At first I thought I was having PMS-but the spasms don't figure. It's not really a pain, just a feeling. I was doing so good and this is freaking me a little-if it keeps up, I'll call my dr tomorrow to go see him. No fever, so I don't think it's an infection. I don't want any set-backs, I have PLANS!!!!

Any ideas, I'd appreciate hearing them...

Unread 02-13-2003, 10:17 AM
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Louise, I'm sure everything is ok. It just takes some time. Things probably heal very slow inside. I'm 2mo. out and still have those days. Just about the time I thought I feel good then I would have a day not feeling so good. But if it doesn't get better then call the dr. Be sure as not to over do and I wouldn't be lifting anything very heavy yet. Since you go back to work soon then I would rest and enjoy it because when you start back to work then you will be busy and tired.

Yes, I have gone back to work. I went back 2 wks after my surgery. I was out of paid time. I'm pretty lucky because my job is where I can sit alot. It's not stressfull and I took my time comming in of a morning and going home early if I needed to.

Good to hear everybody's back to their normal lives. It feels pretty good for the worry to be over.

Take care.

Unread 02-13-2003, 06:14 PM
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Kim, thanks-I'm feeling better today. I took a long walk and then went and got my hair done. The wierd feelings are only happening when I sit for a long time, so keeping busy helps. I'm not lifting anything heavier than my shoes!

I'm glad we can continue to support each other throughout our recovery-it helps so much!

Hope everyone had a good day,

Unread 02-13-2003, 08:27 PM
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I can't believe it. I just somehow erased my entire post. Rats. Now it's time for bed! DOUBLE RATS.

Will post tomorrow.

So good to hear about all of you!
Unread 02-14-2003, 08:45 AM
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Happy Valentine's Day!

30 days post repair for me, and the good days usually out number the bad ones (Hope I don't jinx myself!)

I am sore today from too much walking, actually, I probably shouldn't have walked up that big hill! I can't believe how out of shape I am-I thought I would pass out before I reached the top!

I hope everyone has a great V-day-I sent dh flowers at work this year to thank him for being such a great nurse the past 4 months-I couldn't have made it without him.

Stay warm (and dry!)


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