My hysterectomy and oorphectomy experience – part 1

Day 1 – operation day, it all went smoothly apart from not being able to find veins to put the cannula in. Ouch on both hands. The op itself was vaginal but laproscopically assisted. I woke up confused, sore and hungry. I had pre-ordered food that sounded sugar free. That’s the best I can do in hospital. I refused to use the bedpan and managed to get to the loo when I wanted to pee. I wanted to be on my feet as soon as possible. The staff were lovely apart from one of the night nurses who was well very classic “why are you bothering me” night nursey.

Day 2 – busting out of here..”hi doctor I’m fine yup I’ve peed, all is good, bye bye now” well it went a little like that with the addition of them ultrasounding my bladder to make sure I could actually pee. Arrived home and went for a very very very slow walk, rested then walked again. I had been given some oral morphine for the first couple of days. I just took it at bed time. The rest of the day I alternated ibuprofen and paracetamol. Oh I also added a new rule to my list of rules for this fundraiser medicine with sugar in is allowed. No way on god’s earth I was going without painkillers on the first night! Food wise it’s lots of veggies and good fats for skin repair and inflammation reduction. I’ve always believed that diet is do important for pretty much everything. I don’t assign magical properties but it definitely forms a building block of health.

Day 3 – I pooped and it didn’t hurt and my insides didn’t fall out! Result. The air in my chest and wind generally is bothering me. The trapped wind is making my abdomen incredibly uncomfortable as it’s around where my uterus was removed. The feeling of air in my chest cavity is just bizarre. Did you know they inflate you with laproscopic surgery so they can see inside? Very clever but after feels really weird.

Day 4 – Generally feeling well, I’m walking daily a couple of times a day making sure I’m at a pace that doesn’t hurt. My brain is not working on full power and my short memory is shot.

Day 5 – Still feeling ok and mood wise very stable and but hot flushes are hitting with a fury. I’m now just taking paracetamol and ibuprofen at bedtime. As I’m upping my walking I want to feel connected with any pain so I know when to stop. I am still of course tired at various points in the day. Imy the wonderful woman covering my classes popped by with a card from my students which was super sweet.

Day 6 – walking is going well, I’m covering 3 to 4 miles a day at the moment. I’m sticking with routes that loop back close to my house in case I get tired and need to go home asap.

Day 7 – It’s my daughter’s birthday tomorrow so I need to bake cakes, this along with my little walks left me very tired. An amazing friend however dropped by with food so after I’d finished the cakes I didn’t have to cook such a huge help and relief. I’m astounding how little I’ve bruised, my surgeon must have been bloody good at his job! Cake wise I went for the same I made for my birthday, sugar free and raw food goodness

Day 8 – Tired after birthday prep but Charlotte wants to have a quiet hanging out day thank god! She also wants a take away for her birthday food, even better! This is exciting for Charlotte because she’s never had take away food. Um ever. I’ve always home cooked partly because I want to feed them all healthily and partly because I think take out is very expensive for a family of 5 compared to what I can cook in a short time. Tonight I’m going for it though. Again luckily because of my amazing friend Ali I didn’t have to worry about what I was having. I had the best curry and rice possible in the fridge. Oh and did I mention she made it all sugar free. I started on estrogen cream this morning. The consultant said I could once back to “normal” activity. I’m walking around 4 to 5 miles a day now so I’ll count that as normal.

Day – 9 hot flushes still coming thick and fast and I’m waking up waaaay too early. This is bothering me. More birthday celebrations, ate too much felt great for it though. The trapped wind and abdominal air is pretty much gone and my stomach is back to nearly flat.

Day -10 Still hot and bothered I’m genuinely wondering if this bio I’d stuff is worth the bother or if I should just take the pills from the doctor. I woke up at 5.30 after not enough sleep the tiredness ran through the day. Right now as I sit here all I want to do is go to sleep. On the bright side I am back to walking at a reasonable pace.

I stopped the bio id cream and took an elleste pill instead. I also took behind the counter antihistamine based sleeping pills. Of course this is a very short term solution.

I had a look at Garmin and apparently walked 25 miles in the last 7 days and did 75,000 steps. Mind you my way of dealing with most life stressors is to go for a walk and in the past year a run. I’ll be leaving the running for a while. Not sure jiggling my insides up and down right now would be a great idea.

I have stuck with the sugar free the medication being the exception, and of course hospital food not being an entirely known quantity. Even though right now I’d kill for a bar of dairy milk. I haven’t though thoroughly logged in my fitness Pal. There were some days it was just too much mentally.

Disclaimer- I am not suggesting in any way that anyone follows what I have been doing. This is simply my experience. Before surgery I was exercising 6 times a week, a combination of gym, running and yoga. For me getting back on my feet and moving was the natural thing to do. Each individual needs to listen to their consultant and their body. My consultant cleared me for walking immediately as much as I liked. Mind I’m not sure he entirely understood how much I like walking!!

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Author: samrkelly

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