On June 7th, 2013 I was admitted to our local emergency room due to uncontrollable vaginal bleeding. I had been dealing with heavier and heavier periods over the last two years, but lately they were getting ridiculous. I was missing days at work as well as social gatherings. I was exploring some of the options to deal with this issue with my doctor. However, everything came to a head on June 7th.
I made a last minute appointment with my doctor since the bleeding seemed out of control. My doctor soon sent me to the emergency department to see the on-call gynecologist. The gynecologist sent me for an ultrasound and they could see one 3cm fibroid that seemed to be causing all the problems. I was given some heavy duty medication and was told to go home and the bleeding would stop within the hour. We set up an appointment for the next week to meet with the gynecologist to discuss the next steps.
After being at home for 2 hours with no change in the amount of blood I was losing, I returned to the hospital. The nursing staff then spent the next 18 hours or so trying to get the bleeding under control. They finally did so by Saturday evening. I then spent the next several days in hospital, being monitored while doctors tried to decide where we should go from there. I was eventually scheduled for a hysterectomy for Monday evening. Everything went very well and I was sent home Tuesday afternoon. I have since been at home recovering and everything seems to be going well.
As I began to feel more energized, I started researching information on hysterectomy and really could not find the kind of information I was looking for. I wanted to know the details of the procedure I just underwent, when and why people have hysterectomies, things I should be watching for post-surgery, and so on. That is why I am creating this blog. I want this to be a place where people can read about the experiences of others, find links to great resources, and learn a little more about hysterectomy as well as some of the alternatives out there. As I have said before, I have no medical experience and nothing on this blog should be taken as medical advice. However, I know I learn a lot from the stories of others and I hope to share such stories here in hopes that you may learn something too. Please feel free to explore the blog and contact me with any questions or if you would be willing to share your story here.