Final Post-Op Appointment

Finding Hope In Change

Hello all! Today was my 6 week (and final) post-op appointment. Dr. G wasn’t available to see me personally so I saw her nurse, Jennifer, instead. The “authority” change didn’t matter to me because I wasn’t expecting any exceptional outcomes, today was just a final box to check in the post-surgical arena. All went well and here are my takeaways:

  1. I am healing well. The internal stitches are dissolving as expected and the external incision sites look great.
  2. I can start working out again but she said that I should resume slowly so I don’t hurt myself since I’ve been inactive for weeks. My plan is to start with cardio and after a week or so I’ll build in a Sunday yoga class and then add weights. Recently I’ve noticed some random soreness in my shoulder and/or lower back. I’m not sure if it’s because I’ve been inactive, slept wrong or if…

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So I need a hysterectomy!

Here’s someone who has a story (somewhat) similar to mine. I’m looking forward to see how the rest of her experience goes!

kimberlyshysterectomy

Over the past year I have been having really heavy periods, the type that are ruining my life! I can’t make plans because I don’t know if I will be on my period and that means needing a bathroom every 20 minutes. When these heavy periods started I was seeing a naturopath who put me on bio-identical hormones which seemed to help at first but soon I was back to were I started from. I decided to turn to my gynecologist for help sense this is her specialty. She too thought hormones would help but prescribed me a different type. After 3 months on these hormone pills with no change what so ever my Dr. decided inserting an IUD would be the answer. So $500.00 later, which my insurance did reimburse me for thank goodness, I was now sporting a copper IUD that was going to be the answer to my prayers…

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One Weekend Left

The Truth Between the Lines

It’s been rather uneventful. Hysterectomy surgery just looming over my head like a dark cloud. I did laundry because I knew I wouldn’t be able to do it after. I am trying to find a comfortable way to be able to use my computer after the surgery but haven’t really found it yet.

Mom is worried. You can see it on her face. I am fussing at her that she needs to be my nurse not my worry-wort. It’s hard for her. She’s got a lot of love for me and just as many lists of things not to forget. It’s good because I have absolutely no clue what I am doing. I am just sort of planning to show up.

Tomorrow is Valentines Day. A holiday basically to remind lonely people how lonely they are. People who are in love are already happy and should be showering each other…

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My Hysterectomy Journey

The Truth Between the Lines

 It’s feels like a bad word. “Hysterectomy”. Something you don’t talk about with people. Something you certainly don’t mention in front of men. It’s some sort of private thing. That privacy is perfectly fine if you need it to be, but it causes women like myself to wonder…. what is it like? What will I feel like when it’s over? Will I feel less feminine? Less sexual? Less like the girl I am.

It’s not fair. We should talk about these things. We should share with our daughters and sisters and friends. Even our male friends should understand better what it’s like. It’s ok to be afraid, nervous, or even depressed. We don’t enter into this decision lightly. It’s a last resort. When we just can’t deal with our woman parts anymore.

I am one week before my surgery. I want to share what I am thinking and feeling. Maybe…

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It’s Hysterical!

I’m always amazed and thankful when people are willing to share there stories about their hysterectomy experiences. Sometimes these topics can feel very personal but I really believe that having access to the experiences of others who have gone before you, is such a huge benefit. Perhaps this blog posting will be of helpful information to some of you!

The Gift of gabriella

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hysterical (adj.)

1610s, from Latin hystericus “of the womb,” from Greek hysterikos “of the womb, suffering in the womb,” from hystera “womb” (see uterus). Originally defined as a neurotic condition peculiar to women and thought to be caused by a dysfunction of the uterus. Meaning “very funny” (by 1939) is from the notion of uncontrollable fits of laughter. Related: Hysterically. – courtesy of etymonline.com

Seriously, i really am still here! i’ve been just shocked at how my uterus has taken over my life and just how much it has exhausted me in the process. i’ve not been able to work, stay up past 7 PM, or blog, let alone have sex!

Since my last post, my abdomen did settle down with the liquid diet and hormones (birth control pills) and was able to get back onto solid food and back to work. i had a recheck with my OB-GYN…

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