Let’s turn on the lights of this blog and dust of the counters, I’m back or coming back. Very, very slowly.
It’s been a while since I posted with any regularity. The holidays came and went with this news. Which brings us to the Hysterectomy that occurred last Saturday. Sleeping was my first line of business upon return. More than I ever thought possible.
Yesterday was the first day waking hours outnumbered the heavy slumbering ones. You could say, yes, I am awake now. Managing pain, but still keeping the activity level low. This is where we are presently and there is the rub. For the mind to be skipping along with a body not in agreement leads to mental boredom. Twitter, Instagram and Facebook are my window to the world. TV’s just doesn’t do it for me anymore. What to do, what to do.
Why not post about my Hysterectomy insights.
Here is what you need to know about a Hysterectomy that no one told me. By the way, it’s no walk in the park.
1. They fill your tummy with CO2 in order to perform the surgery. That gas hurts. Especially when it gets trapped in your shoulders post surgery. Oh mama.
2. In the hospital your own pillow from home feels a lot better under your head, bring it.
3. You will be incredibly tired and fragile. Handle with extreme caution (and care) will be your mantra.
4. It’s absolutely okay to be 5, 6, 7 days post-op and not be able to get through a day without a pain pill.
5. You will not be able to wear the same clothes you wore before surgery comfortably. The incision pain and CO2 balloon belly combo is a deal breaker.
6. Look to be sure the toilet seat is in the “down” position before sitting. And make sure Colace, Milk of Magnesia, and GasX are in your medicine cabinet.
7. Sitting can actually hurt more than standing.
8. Makes notes as to when you took your last pain meds. Foggy memories can lead to difficult pain management.
9. Internal organs that were not removed were prodded and rearranged. They hurt were you least except things to hurt and accept the fact that post-op soreness may linger for quite a while. Please see number 4.
10 “three steps forward, followed by two steps back.” You may have a day where you feel strong. Only to have it followed by feeling like you just got home from the hospital. Please see number 3.
The operation itself with the pain, the recovery time, the post-op limitations and restrictions, was bigger than I thought. Maybe I was minimizing things. However, I am relieved the ovarian tumors are gone along with the big mama fibroid. The pathology came back benign, however the doc was relieved those organs were no longer lurking around. They had danger written all over them.
Which brings me to a whole new chapter in my midlife.
I’m glad to be back.