I am scheduled for May 12th, total hysterectomy. I would have preferred other methods, but this one is right for me. I am 49, no children, no cancer. My uterus is the size of a canteloupe and I have been nothing but miserable for 38 years! I want to say to all of the people posting here, this is the most comfortable site I have visited, and nobody tries to attack, shame, or change your mind. I respect that greatly. I am not looking forward to the surgery, just looking forward to ending this misery. I was given many options to choose from, and as stated before, this is the option for me. I will finish filling out my profile after the surgery. I truly appreciate the non-threatening and comfortable atmosphere here. Thank you one and all.
Thank you. Have to admit, I am scared, not my first abdominal surgery, I can only pray its the last!!!! Which is why I am awake, at 3:30am, writing this. Imagine I will be getting plenty of sleep today.
Hiya ladies, just an interesting time of it all around!!! First of all, thank you all for your kind wishes, it means a lot to me. Guess this is going to be short story time!!! I used to be a nurse, so I pretty much have known whats what for a long time. The choice for surgery was a necessity for me. On May 12th, I "gave birth" to a bouncing baby fibroid!. It was 16 centimeters long, and I am not yet sure of the weight, but am guessing at ten pounds! I was scheduled for a complete hysterectomy, which for me was two ovaries, uterus, and one fallopian tube, as well as my cervix. I had an ectopic pregnancy many years ago, and thats why I was a tube short. May 12th started out with a huge fight, yes FIGHT, with my anesthesiologist, JUST what everyone needs before a surgery. He was INSISTING that I have a spinal block, I refused. While for some, this is good, for me, I didn't want it. I feel its a personal choice and mine was NO. He discovered I was a nurse, and told me to my face, "I just do NOT understand your attitude, you should KNOW this is the best way to go." I just kept refusing. It was NOT the best way for me to go, because I didn't want it. He STORMED off. Turns out I was right, he was wrong!!! My poor husband, NOT being in the medical field, didn't understand what was going on, and that I had the right to refuse. A dear friend explained it to him while I was in surgery, and explained that yes, I was correct, it was NOT the way to go for me, if I didn't want it. I have little to no memory of most of May 12th, post-op. Was very sick. The anesthesiologist had NOT given me enough phenergan, he knew best, of course. He refused to listen to a thing I told him, after my refusal to have his spinal block. My surgeon and the asthma specialist he had recruited, came and talked to me after the surgery, again, NO memory of it at all! Late Wednesday night, I was able to get up and walk. Thursday morning, my surgeon came in, showed me a picture of the fibroid he removed, and explained that he had had to stop the surgery after removing the uterus, fibroid, one ovary, and the one fallopian tube. Apparently, I was doing an attempted flatline! As he walked out of the room, his words to us were, "I didn't do that surgery, God's hands were there, doing that surgery." Thursday was a bit rough, typical pain, but I had not had any painkillers after the op, the rest of Wednesday and Wednesday night. I gave in and asked for something for my migraine, Thursday evening. My surgeon gave me picture's of my fibroid and my uterus, after they were removed, at my request! Friday morning, I was ready to go home! I wanted out. My dr/surgeon is a brilliant man, so don't think I am putting him down, I'm not. He likes to keep his patients in the hospital for about five days, for his patient's sake. The charge nurse knew I was ready, and started pushing him for me!!! Bless her, she is a doll. By the time he came in, she had him agreeing to send me home. They made me stay until lunchtime, and then I was on my way home. Now, I will tell all of you, while I was expecting a total hysterectomy and agreed to it, I was praying for at least one ovary to remain, as I didn't want to deal with HRT. My prayers were answered. So, right now, I am three days post-op, little to no pain, and HOME. Ladies, let me tell you, if you don't want something done, SAY SO. Nobody has the right to force their idea's on you. I am doing terrifically fine and so very happy to be home. Slept like a baby Friday night,and woke up this morning feeling so much better. I don't want any of you to think that I have taken any of this lightly, I have an odd sense of humour, and it comes out all over the place! Again, thank you so much for all the good wishes, they are truly appreciated. Lisa Roo5
Hi thanks for sharing your experience...wow I know how "games" can be played in the field...maybe an error in anest. not giving enough anti nausea maybe cause he was po'd you would not do spinal...which is uncommon for a hyster your already out why the need? you made right call.
I hate when surgeons speak to pts post op when they are not A and O.
so you still have cervix? means still important to get paps, but you know that
what I am very curious about is why the almost flat line? do you have heart or respitory problems
I believe as your Surgeon said that God created healers, its nothing less than a miracle what surgeons can do.
Hiya Cheri, to answer your question, yes, I have severe asthma, which is yet ANOTHER reason for the anesthesiologist getting angry at me. Pre-op, he kept leaning towards me, and I kept leaning waaaaay back, LOL, he had some major cologne/deodorant perfumy thing going on, and I TOLD him, the dr said nobody is supposed to be near me wearing any kind of perfumy stuff, its my huge asthma trigger. He was not a happy camper, too bad so sad for him! They put me in a private room, and nobody was allowed in, wearing perfume, etc. Throw on top of that a lovely case of Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. The dr said he couldn't see a thing, this fibroid was so large, and that it was God's hands doing the surgery! I guess it was a real wrestling match, and they started losing me, so he stopped. Yes I still have my cervix and the one ovary. He didn't feel it was worth having me flatline, to take them. The biopsies of everything have come back benign. Including the ovary he left in. I forgot to put in, I broke my coccyx a few years back, while in a wheelchair for seven months, it is just now starting to heal, NOT unusual considering my age and the severity of the break, so no, I didn't want an eipdural. I have been having blood pressure all over the map for the last few years, but since the surgery, it is back to being like when I was a teenager. My guess would be that the monster fibroid was causing it, because of its size, pressing up against things it had no business pressing up against!. Not my favourite thing, having paps, but once a year, not a problem, just didn't want HRT to mess with! Today is day ten post-op, and doing very well. Had a little trouble with the incision after the staple removal on day 6 and day 8, some slight bleeding and weeping, but nothing that needed going to the dr. and my pain is minimal. Which, btw, is shocking my dr! Hope I answered your question and God Bless you and yours. If anyone has any questions, more than happy to answer them. Lisa Roo5
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