I had my 6 week post-operative doctor visit this week and got the news that everything has healed wonderfully. That is what I expected but it was nice to have the official word. Having laproscopic surgery versus an abdominal hysterectomy set me up for a quicker recovery (2-4 weeks instead of 4-6 weeks). However, my gynecologist booked my appointment in for 6 weeks after surgery. I spent the last 2 weeks in a bit of limbo then. I was feeling fine and knew that average recovery time is no more than 4 weeks, assuming all goes well. However, I was also told not to resume regular activities until after I got the go ahead from my doctor. 2 weeks in the summer here, with beautiful weather and many tempting activities like bike riding, running, and swimming, made that time go by slowly. I did do some basic bike riding in that time but that was about it. I didn’t want to risk doing something and end up with an even longer recovery time. Needless to say, I was very much looking forward to my post-op appointment then.
The appointment itself was interesting. I had been told by several women to expect to wait a long time before getting in to see the doctor. I did bring reading material but apparently not enough! I ended up waiting one hour before I got in. Not too bad I suppose but I tend to like everything to run exactly on time. The time in the waiting room though gave me some time to go over some of the questions I wanted to ask the doctor. During my recovery I came up with many things I wanted to know more about, as did many of my friends (Oh, can you ask your doctor this…) so I had written down a lot of questions. I narrowed down the list while in the waiting room to about 5 or 6 key questions.
Finally it was my turn to head into one of the doctor’s rooms. I figured I would be waiting here for a long time too. However, my doctor walked in about a minute after the nurse sent me in – whoa! She had a lookey-loo at everything and said it was perfect and that I could resume all regular activities. And then she was getting ready to walk out of the room. Oh no – I have a list…questions…wait! Unfortunately I was stuck on the doctor’s table in no position to run and grab my list. I quick asked the doctor one or two of my questions (the ones I could remember!) and then off she went! Not at all like I had planned. I expected to come out of there as an expert in all things hysterectomy related 🙂 I did find out that my family doctor has a copy of her reports so I am trying to get a copy of those. But other than that, I know no more about my hysterectomy than I did when I went into that room. My whole time in that room was complete in literally less than 5 minutes. When I returned to the waiting room to meet my husband he looked at me wondering how I could be standing there again so soon. Oh well. I will talk to my family doctor soon and hopefully get a little more information from him. Right now, I’m just happy to have a clean bill of health. Now I need to get ready for my first run in a long time – yay!
Do you feel like you get enough time with your doctor? Do you have any tips on how to get the information you want from health care professionals?