Pillow, candy, something to read or watch, take your pain meds the first couple of days. You will do great!!
My grand mother,mom,me,oldest daughter all have survived and thrived :you will too.:
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I used the sturdy step ladder from my kitchen and put it by my bed for support. It was great to have the handle to hold onto those first few days getting in and out of bed. Because it is made to be a step ladder - it was more balanced then using a hard-back kitchen chair.
Yeah, I had forgotten about the raising yourself up to get out of bed. that will be hell the first few days of you have the full abdominal cut.
Also, make sure the doc tells you what to use for constipation. If you are taking painkillers, you WILL get constipated, and believe me, that is NOT something you want to deal with while recovering.
I had a OB/GYN that took care of A LOT of nurses, and he was very hard core about the not working until 6 weeks, because he had 2 girls blow out their pelvic floor by going back to work too early. As a Nurse in a hospital setting you can say no heavy lifting but if it's emergent, you do what you have always done. Take care of the patient.
Enjoy the down time, rest relax, read, let friends feed you, and enjoy it. I had my time off in Sept, early Oct, what a beautiful time of year to be off work. I spent many a day sitting on my porch reading. That sounds so nice.... Hmmmm, wonder what else I can have removed....
Mine (about 7 yrs ago) was done vaginally, so no noticeable incision and was home the next day. Recuperation was fast. I would have preferred to have gone back to work the next week, I felt so good. Wasn't supposed to lift anything for a while so that was annoying because I had to take my H grocery shopping with me.
One of my ovaries was already done and shriveled up, and the doc left the other. I think the other has only recently gone, so menopause has been almost unnoticeable.
While in the hospital I preferred the light cramping to the meds, which made me nauseous, so I quit them right away. Really, it was no big deal at all.
I can see clearly now, the rain is gone (Johnny Nash)
Those who stir the shit soup get to lick the spoon!
It took me a little longer to heal..I was cut through my old C-section scar...Up and down...Make sure you get some Colace for constipation and you will do fine and keep up with the pain..Enjoy your down time, you won't get it again...
Take care and know you are among friends during this time....
Came out of surgery Thursday @ 4pm. She was able to do it all laparoscopic and I have three incisions. She didnt say she founf endo (which was really surprising to me) but she did say both ovaries were "really sickly" so those came out along with my uterus. Cervix was in good shape/position so it was left.
Fairly intense pain once in recovery but the morpheine pump calmed most of it down. However I did have pretty rough nausea - which in turn caused me not to be able to eat - which then meant I couldn't transition to my "take home" painkillers. All this o say - they kept me a second night.
I did get a shot of phenegin (sp) which supposedly is the "big stuff" and the nausea has mostly been gone. Percocet is hat they are prescribing me and it is controlling the pain so long as I keep in front of it. I'm anticipating being released this morning.
Thanks again for the info and encouragement. Overall thus hasn't been bad and base on these reports I am looking forward to the rest of this being oh so worth it.
So, I'm not sure how old you are, but if you have lost your ovaries, are you going to take estrogen replacement? That has been the last battle ground for me since I was young when I had the surgery. The hot flashes have plagued me since, and some problems with "low estrogen". I've tried pills, patches, rings and have none have worked perfectly. I'm terrified of no estrogen and losing my want/need/ability to have great sex (due to dryness)
But, overall, the best damn thing I could have done for myself!
"For whatever we lose, like a you or a me, it's always ourselves we find in the sea" ee cummings
I do have great oncerns about replacement therapy and had hoped to leave one ovary (pretty much knew one was shot) but also seeing how neither one was healthy I'm now hoping that I can stabalize my moods with a replacement.
I would love to hear further about hormone replacement and what has/hasn't worked.
I'm terrified of no estrogen and losing my want/need/ability to have great sex (due to dryness)
cmego, my ovaries died sometime in the past 2 years. My blood work shows "Postmenopausal" (not even a borderline or "perimenopausal" for me ) and there has been no decrease in drive or desire. Maybe an increase, if I'm honest.
As for the dryness, we've become pretty regular customers at the adult store and there are some great lube products out there.
I have been on HRT ever since. I tried a couple different ones but I had some dryness and my sex drive seemed diminished. Dr. put me on estratest, which has a very slight amount of testosterone in it. He explained the reason why it would work, none of which I can remember or really care. It did the trick, and I have been on it ever since.
Just talk to your doc and you will come up with something that is perfect for you.
I had my hysterectomy at the age of 49..That has been 8 yrs ago...I don't take any hormone replacement due to me having a blood clot in my foot that ended up in my left lung..I have had very few hot flashes and once in a while night sweats, not to the point of having to change my clothes or anything...
I was told we, women had estrogen in the fat in our bodies...That is one reason my fibroids kept growing even though I was close to menopause...I won't take estrogen either because of breast cancer running in my mother's family..That is what killed my mother...
Hope you continue to improve and enjoy your down time...
My Mom had estrogen positive breast cancer. I am fastidious with my mammograms and discuss with my doc at every visit. She points out that at my age, I SHOULD have estrogen in my body, therefore no reason to not take hormone replacement. Plus, with trying to cope with everything on my plate, I need the hormones to help. The LAST think I want to be dealing with is full blown menopause right now.
It took a few years for the estrogen stores to deplete out of my body and the other problems to hit (namely the vaginal dryness). Yes, I have lube...for whenever I meet someone new worth having sex with. No decrease in desire, just the side effect of needing lube. I also tear easily (I have dated one man seriously since my S/D). I remember thinking...WTH? Why am I bleeding? I can't have a period! Then I realized I had torn "down there" after some...errr....lengthy sessions. Lots of lube. Need lots of lube! Thinning tissue is also a side effect. But again, took years for this to happen.
It is kinda cool to "be a perfect woman!", I can have sex any time, anywhere without worrying about a period or getting pregnant! Now, if I could just find a good man!
Hope you continue to have a smooth recovery.
Yesterday was the day from hell. Pain, nausea, swelling, and a fever that kept spiking over 101.5. Just when I had reached the point of calling the doctor I could feel it break. Still running low grade fever but I feel so much better. Not having trouble with constipation so I've decided I'm going to just stay on the meds - at least through tomorrow. I think it was the trying to only take them "as necessary" that caused all the problems yesterday.
The patch is Climara which is bio-identical. That much makes me feel somewhat more comfortable. There is no history of breast cancer on either side of my family. What is confusing to me is that my testosterone always reports high. Since the only replacement I'm having is basically estrogen what should I expect from having all my testosterone gone now? (I'm assuming my ovaries produced it too, yes?)