There are a lot of difficult and possibly life-changing decisions that need to be made when deciding whether to have a hysterectomy or not. I do not want to make light of such decisions. However, I hope to include the occasional light story about hysterectomies as I think humour is a healthy and needed aspect of our lives.
I recommended a great book in my previous post but I was not able to read this book prior to my hysterectomy as it was an emergency surgery. Had I read the author’s section on “Things You Should Not Do When You Get Home”, I could have avoided this whole incident. Streicher tells her readers “Do not weigh yourself”, but, having not read the book yet, I did exactly that.
I was in the hospital for 4 days prior to surgery and given the uncertainty of my situation, I was often told that I couldn’t eat “in case you’re called down to surgery”. But I love to eat! And I don’t just mean that eating is an important part of every day. I mean that every meal I indulge in is a highlight of my day. Having limited meals in the hospital apparently made me delirious because I was even craving hospital food. Craving…hospital…food!
I needed to come up with a positive thought in this situation. The best I could do was, “Well, at least I’ll lose a couple of pounds while I’m in here”. So, you can imagine my shock when, upon weighing myself at home, my weight had changed by about 9 pounds…that I gained! I couldn’t believe it! Within a few days, I was back to my normal weight, which is what happens in most cases. Apparently, all that weight gain was just from the intravenous fluid I had been receiving for 5 days in the hospital and as Dr. Streicher says, you will soon, “sweat it off and pee it away”. Yes, indeed!