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 !!