Category: Women’s Health

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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Life is never boring.. let’s just say that

Evening all,

I’ve been putting off writing a new blog as things are changing constantly, and I keep on saying.. “I’ll just wait for this info..”  or “I’ll just wait for that..”, but I realised that if I keep on waiting, I’m going to end up having to write the longest blog entry known to man.

So let’s get into it…  I am now 7wks (& one day) post Hysterectomy .. and everything is great.  I apparently have an infection in the ‘delicate area’.  (LOL), but honestly, I barely felt any symptoms.. it was only discovered via the swab they did at the 6wk check up….  which kinda makes it annoying that I have to take these antibiotics, as they have a yucky side effect of leaving a metalic taste in my mouth.  But oh well, we do what we need to to continue on this optimum recovery journey.  Quick note.. Operation comeback is in full swing, but I’ll address that in full in a seperate blog post.

I literally have zero evidence to say that I had this surgery 7wks ago…  although when I got up from sitting on the ground cross legged yesturday, and used my core muscles only do it (as I didn’t put my hands on the ground and push up)… I did feel just a smidge of complaint in, what I’m now affectionately calling, ‘My Uterus void’.  🤣😂🤣

We will address this next issue super quickly.. as hey, my Mum (& my word, possibly my daughter… whoopsie) might read this 🤣.. but everything works great now.. and my husband is a happy man once again, after many weeks of ‘being a compassionate husband, and obeying the doctors’.  😂

On Tuesday, we headed off to Qld Children’s Hospital to see a geneticist.  This was organised by Master 14’s Paediatrician.  The goal was to find out more than we did 17ish years ago when we were first referred to one because we’d just been VERY surprised by our baby being born with congenital cataracts.  I am actually planing on a more in depth blog on this exact topic, so stay tuned for that.

As it turns out, we didn’t learn anything, other than that the genetic testing costs $2000 (through the public health system, but still) and actually may not give us any result at all.  Basically they are still not able to identify every single gene and why it came about that way.  We didn’t feel that was responsible use of the health system if it may not yield a result.  They suggested that, as more advances are being made constantly, we come back when our kiddos (& their then spouses) are ready to have kiddos.. and then they can make decisions with as much info onboard as is available at that time.

Super quickly, when we saw the geneticist with Master 17 as a newborn, they said they there were a few scenarios that would explain why the genetic condition occurred.  One was in Male’s only, but that, of course, makes no sense, because, hey… I was born with it and I’m not a male.  The other was that all of our kids carry the gene but don’t necessarily ‘have it’ . (eg our 18yr old daughter who has perfect vision.) And the other, which could also overlap the others, was that I was simply a ‘mutant gene’ . How lovely, right. ha ha.

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What they were saying at the appointment on Tuesday is that they, possibly, can’t expand on that any further at this stage.  If the particular gene that caused this has not yet been identified, then we’ll get a ‘negative’ genetic test result.  I hope I’m explaining that in a way that makes sense.

So, onto the next ongoing issue on our family… Master 17 is still due to have eye surgery on Aug 6th.   He suffered through a terrible 2wks of school holidays, dealing with awful side effects of the eyedrops and tablet he needed to be on to keep his pressure down until the surgery.  We had to reduce the dosage until he was well enough to basically function again.  We think the culprit is mainly the tablet, which is Daimox.  I’ve since heard nothing but terrible things about this drug… and far worse side effects the the nausea and vomiting that J had to suffer through.

We had happily got all that sorted out, when he went and threw a spanner in the works and severed his ankle tendons playing a friendly game of Basketball at youth camp.  So now, we are waiting an orthopaedic surgery date to fix that, and in the meantime he is in a moon boot, and on crutches at all times.  Let’s just say he’s often a ‘joy’ to be around at present, but hey… I can’t blame him… He can’t walk, play sport, workout, go to school camp, be with friends.. or basically anything fun. He just gets to hang out with Mum at home all day…. every teenagers dream, right.  LOL.

I also had a minor setback with my camera situation.. the beloved new Canon g7x mark ii turned out to be damaged.. or ‘not as described (the risks of buying 2nd hand), but Praise God for Buyer protection as I was able to lodge it as ‘not as described’ and got a full refund.  And, as it’s turned out, it musta been a God thing as I found a brand new one, with warranty, for only $100 more.  So, Fi is a happy camper right now with my NEW NEW camera that arrived yesturday.

My husband and I did do a flying trip up to Double Island point, where I did get great photos and footage with the damaged camera.  Here’s the link and you’ll see the mark across the lens in the centre left on some of the images/footage, especially when there is a lot of sun involved.  I won’t go into the trip too much as it’s pretty much explained in the vlog.  So, enjoy that.

My DH is away on a flying trip to Northern NSW this weekend, so it’s just the kiddos and I… so, why not, I thought I’d rearrange and slightly reno the study.  I’m halfway through, exhausted, but it’s gonna be GREAT !!!!

Oh.. and Master 17 now has a terrible cold.. and Master 14 has had a few pain attacks that seem a ‘smell a little’ of appendicitis, but hey… I’m not speaking that into existence.  I completely refute any possibility of that in Jesus name !!!  #declareit !!! Thankfully Miss 18 is fighting fit…  let’s keep it that way shall we.

Bye for now Blog buddies.

Blessings.

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Hysterectomy update + life stuff

Evening all,

I’m now 4 and a half weeks post surgery… woot woot !!!  It’s been a ride, let’s just say that.  I definitely think that neither DH or I actually listened when they said how major the surgery was, and how long and hard the recovery was.  If I had a dollar for each time one of has said “I really didn’t think it would be this bad.”  🤣 But, oh well, we’re passed the tough times now, and as of a few days ago, I feel 98% normal.   I’ve even made it back into activewear on several occasions.  ha ha

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The bath chair has finally been ditched…. never to return (yes, I did initially ditch to too early in my cockiness to heal quickly.. and had to swallow my pride and put it back in.)

I even just took the dog for his walk all by myself this arv….. and when I was out, I realised it was only the second time I was by myself since before my surgery. (the first time was earlier today when I ventured to the shops on my own .. woo hoo).. and I’m not gonna lie.. I really liked it.  ha ha.  With husband retiring only a month or so before my surgery, and couple that with uni break/school hols… it means I’ve not had the house to myself in months. #firstworldproblems

I’m still not able to carry anything much as I can feel an unpleasant pulling sensation at the incision sites, but I did manage to pull off carrying a bag of bread home on my solo trip to the shops earlier today.  I thought to myself… surely 2 loaves of bread is permissible.   It didn’t hurt…during, or after, so I call that a win !!!

I have even started some very gentle narrow squats in the last few days, and that seems to be ok also.  I figured that wide leg/sumo squats would pull at the pelvis area, so I think I’ll stick to narrow ones until I get proper clearance from my doctor, hopefully at the end of next week.  And before any of you freak out… I’m only doing like 30 in a day… so basically nothing.

I’ve been able to focus on my skincare and supplement routine while I’ve been on this enforced rest.  I have needed to purchase some new serum, since running out quite some time ago.   However, I knew I had many, many, MANY leftover Avon samples from my time as a rep….  which, yes… is at least 17yrs ago.. whoopsie.. I’m sure they’re still good.  🤣 . So, I used the ANEW serum, and OH MY WORD.. my skin felt AHHHHH-MAZING !!

It honestly felt so smooth and soft that I was constantly compelled to randomly get people I met up with to feel it… I was literally that blown away by how great it felt.  So, knowing that I was going to eventually run out of said samples, I started my research into what I’d like to purchase.  I knew I wanted it to be Australian owned, cruelty free, 100% vegan (seems totally gross when people DON’T want it to be 100% vegan 🤔), and of course, affordable.

The first product I purchased, while doing a wonderful job, was unclear as to it’s stance on cruelty free & 100% vegan… I must admit, when I purchased it, I did get confused with another product I’d read about.. and realised afterwards that they weren’t clear on this info…  So, I will continue to use this as i already have it, but will be purchasing the Rejuvenating HY C Serum from Bohemian Skin.  They are an Aussie company, and fit all of my requirements etc.  The beauty of serum is that, while it can be an expensive outlay originally, such a small amount is required each day, the bottle lasts a very long time.  and there’s AFTERPAY people, afterpay !!!

I’ve also included Collagen booster capsules into my supp routine, and am loving it so far.  I’m all for looking younger, right !! I’ve enjoyed finally feeling human enough to make an actual effort with my appearance and ‘dress up’ on a few occasions too.   I mean, what’s the use of looking youthful, if you have no style?  🤣

We only have 56 sleeps until my husband and I head off on our 25yr anniversary celebration to Europe !!  I cannot even express how excited I am about this.  As most of you will know, I went to Europe with my sister last September for the first time.. and it was amazing !! However, going with my love…  that’s off the charts exciting !! He has never been before, so I’m excited to see his reaction to things.

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I’ve recently changed over my camera to the Canon g7x mark ii, as it is widely known to be the best vlogging camera… and after having it only a few weeks, I’d have to thoroughly agree.   So fantastic in how it adjusts in different lighting situations etc, and so much more compact to lug around that my DSLR.  I’m also now a lot more excited to vlog while travelling in September.  I must admit, I wasn’t as keen to take the bigger camera as I did have it with me last time, but only took it out on 2 of the days we were over there.

If you haven’t already, please go check out my Youtube channel, as it’s starting to pick up momentum… and I think I’m defs getting more comfortable in front of the camera.  (I’m hoping that EVERY vlogger looks back on their first videos and cringes.. ha ha)

HERE is the link to the page.

Keep on eye out back on my Lovely Shiloh blog, as I will get my Europe 18 trip finished at some point…..  preferably BEFORE I go to Europe again.  lol.

On another note, my master 17 has been struggling with Glaucoma, and is scheduled for surgery on Aug 6th.  I’m trying not to focus on it too much right now, in order to get myself healed as well as I can before having to deal with this, but I was quite surprised to be told that this surgery is bigger than any other eye surgery he’s ever had.  I would have thought that having your natural lenses removed as a newborn baby would have been the biggest surgery he could have, but apparently not.. Poor kid.

We’ll deal with that when we get to it though… in the meantime, I’ll continue on this recovery journey,  keep up with my son’s copious amounts of drugs to keep his eye pressure down… and still thoroughly enjoy everything life throws at us…. coz God is GOOD, and if I learnt anything from life, it’s that He brings something good out of EVRYY situation.. even when it’s initially hard to see it !!

Okies peeps..  Blessings.

Respect the Temple, inside & out

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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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