Category: Perimenopause

4mths post Hysterectomy

Morning all and welcome back to the blog… long time no write.  I have no excuse other than poor time management on my part.  Argghh.. these intros really need to stop being about how long it’s been since I’ve blogged.

Ok.. so, It’s actually been close to 4 and a half months since I had my surgery … I have already uploaded a vlog about this, so if you’re a watch rather than read kinda person, than HERE is the link for that.  if not, then read on.

Now that we are this far along, and cycles have settled/resumed as normal, it’s interesting to be able to report what I now experience on a cycle basis.  Praise the Lord my crippling headaches are gone, but funnily enough, the headaches I do experience at a certain time of month are very recognisably the same headache, just a lot tamer.  I also experience the tender breast.. and to be honest, they’re pretty much the same.. bump into me at a certain time of month and I’ll not be happy about it.  ha ha.

Of course, it’s still taking a little getting used to that I don’t get a period, or have to worry about all that goes along with that.  Not wearing light colours when my period is due, or during it…..  having sheets of nurofen in my purse in case period pain hits suddenly, keeping those ‘period undies’ handy.  By these, I don’t mean the new fancy period undies where you don’t need to wear a pad or tampon during your period (they do seem kinda gross🤢), but I mean the old undies that you really should throw out, but you keep them to wear during your period, in case there’s an unexpected shark attack. 🤣. I mean seriously, no one wants to stain their pretty undies.. am I right !!!!

Even when travelling to Europe recently (blogs coming, have no fear), I don’t think I even took any white clothes, when really I coulda decked myself out in white the entire trip.  I guess old habbits are hard to break.

On the activity front, I’m back to 100% training as to what I was doing prior to surgery, but am soon to amp it up weight training wise, so that’ll be interesting to see.  I do still ‘feel kinda weird’ when I stretch my entire body out…. just some very light pulling sensations in my abdo area…  but I’m sure it’s all just normal, as the docs did tell me that it really is more like a full 12mths before the internal stuff is 100% healed.   I’ve been doing a lot of Yoga type stretches to assist.

Sadly (for my family mostly 😂) I do still experience moody times of month… but they don’t last for long anyway… as in I’m talking less than an hour… so I’m sure we’ll all survive.

All in all, as I now feel 100% fine, it was very much the best thing I could’ve done.  Even with how rough the whole thing was.  It really is worth every bit, when you can look back from this angle.

And finally, my top tips for Hysterectomy prep, surgery and recovery are…

  • Be the healthiest version of yourself in time for surgery. Make good food choices, move your body for at least half an hour per day.  Hydrate well…  1ltr of water for every 30kgs of body weight)
  • When the medical stuff tell you that it’s a major surgery… BELIEVE THEM… coz we didn’t and were left quite shocked in those first few days.
  • Know your body… eg.  I react very badly to drugs, so liver support capsules were great for me.  Also Vitamin B12, Olive leaf extract, vitamin C… all those good things to help your immune system.   The last thing you want is to get sick.
  • Get in the Word !!  When you are in a LOT of pain during recovery, having scriptures in your head… or even worship song lyrics.. is the BOMB !
  • Prepare your house/family.  Fill the freezer with meals.  Make lists for the fridge. Yes, teens can make meals, and yes, they should know the schedule, but hello, they’re teens, with their own set of hormonal stresses going on.. and you don’t need that when you feel like poop… so prepare the house to run it it’s smoothest !!
  • Go slow in recovery.  Keep your expectations low and that way you won’t be disappointed if you can’t achieve a certain thing by a certain time.  It will seem like recovery goes soooo slow at the time, but looking back, it went in the blink of an eye.
  • Accept help from others, and take visitors for short periods in that first week.  The social interaction will lift your mood, and make it all bearable.
  • and last but certainly not least, don’t forget that God WILL NOT bring you to something that you can’t handle, so TRUST IN HIM !!

Blessings Peeps

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My hysterectomy

Evening all !!

I feel like I say everything several times over now that I have several different ‘social platforms’… but here goes anyway.

As I told you in my last post, I went in for a Hysterectomy last Friday the 7th June. This surgery has been on the cards for quite a long time, but of course I wanted to do literally EVERYTHING first to see if I could avoid this major surgery.

All of this is documented in blogs, but as a ‘quick’ overview, I had a Mirena inserted (at my GP… Worst day ever!!!!) in mid 2017 after many many years of horrific period pain, loss and other unpleasant related symptoms.

I don’t know about you, but I can handle whatever I need to in my child bearing years… because hey, you just do what you need to do in order to bring about your family…. But once you know God has competed your family.. or even if you yourself simply decide your family is complete, you have less & less tolerance for pain & discomfort associated with the reproductive system.

I actually put all of this off years longer than I needed to.. but hey, I honestly think God’s timing always shows us just how perfect his plan is. Had I done this 5yrs ago, I would’ve been anyhere near as fit & healthy, which most likely would have produced a far different recovery situation than the one I’m in right now.

Ok… I’m getting sidetracked … Back to the timeline…

The Mirena did do part of it’s job, which was to reduce loss… (this was actually a huge win, as I was struggling with aneomia, and often restricted from donating blood) but all other symptoms were the same. I also got some new ones…. Some horrific pain that landed me in the Emergency dept several times. I ended up having to have it removed (also at the GP.. also an AWFUL day.) PS… in the unlikely event that my doctor reads this… you’re awesome, and none of the awfulness is your fault. Ha ha

The next step was an Endometrial ablation, which happened in mid 2018. This particular surgery was my worst ever when it came to my drug allergies.

My first indication that I had drug allergies was when I had a really small procedure at the doctors on my foot 6 or 7 years ago, and when I was given strong pain killers afterwards, I ended up more nauseas that I had ever experienced before.

I then had even worse experiences when I had what was assumed to be chest pain (But ended up being bad indigestion). I was given morphine in the ambulance which put me in a far worse state than before they gave it to me.

I then had a bad bought of sinusitis where I ended up in the ED and was given Endone…. also up there in the ‘worst day ever’ stakes.

So…. back to the ablation surgery… it was DARN STINKIN AWFUL!! I did tell the anaesthetist about my drug reactions, but maybe I didn’t make enough of a point about it, seeing as it ended up being the worst experience ever.  (Yes, I’m a little dramatic about this particular subject.)

My nausea was sooooooo bad in recovery that I honestly… no joke… would’ve happily gone to meet The Lord there and then.

So, when the ablation surgery did only the same…. reduce loss, but introduce even MORE yucky symptoms… some of the worst headaches known to man.. a Hysterectomy became unavoidable.

Which brings us to last Friday… sitting in the waiting room… confident that I’d prepared my body as best I could for the journey I was about to embark on.

There were 2 ladies in the waiting room with us that were very clearly there for their c-sections. That was emotional for me (surprisingly) as it really brought it home that we were drawing a big fat line under any possibility of making bubbas. (Not that we want more, so yeah.. it was weird. )

I made a BIG point about my drug allergies with basically anyone we spoke to prior to surgery, including the pre-op appt a few days prior. It was written all over my chart…. but just to be on the safe side, I spoke to the anaesthetist in the anaesthetic bay and said (obviously my talking to everyone worked, as she knew all about it) that she reviewed what they gave me last time, and she had a different plan for this procedure.

Well, whatever she planned… it worked, as while the procedure did take the max time given of 3hrs, and I still spent a longer than average time in recovery… I didn’t experience any nausea until later that evening, and that was to do with drugs given on the ward.

I had a reasonably good post surgery day the following day, but did battle with some nausea due to the strong pain meds I needed.

I did manage to have a shower, wee on my own (got a gold star for that one).. and GET DISCHARGED!!. It was soooooo good to get home and get into my own bed !! (Yes, I’m playing that first day down a tad… it was really quite awful.. but moving on… )

The last week has had its ups and downs. While in some ways, it’s been much better than expected, it’s also been far worse than I expected.   I’ve been able to have a small (& slow) 15 min walk each evening, and I’m pleased with that, however, I am quite physically incapable of doing anything but walk (rather slowly) around the house.  I have been able to do a few small trips out, even to my son’s Paediatricians appt yest, but everything is at the pace of a 700yr old Tortoise.  This is NOT a speed I’m accustomed to… or like .. AT ALL !!!

I have managed to get down to only using stronger pain meds at night… and just paracetamol thru the day.

Doing close to nothing is driving me absolutely bonkers… but I am excited that I’m 1wk closer to OPERATION COMEBACK !!  I do most certainly need to develop more self control & patience though, in order to not go crazy during this healing process.

I’m excited to plan, and achieve some really great things with my fitness once I’m physically able to get back into it !!  In the meantime, I’ve decided to gain more knowledge in the areas of nutrition and healthy living.  I’d also love to go back over some of my Bible College subjects that I found particularly interesting at the time, but would love to go over with more at a slower speed.

And I’ll take you all along for the ride !

But for now, sleep, healing & recovery calls !!

Blessings peeps !!

Respect the temple !

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