A positive story so far

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Hi I had an Anterior and Posterior Vaginal plus a Peritoneal repair on the 20th October. I must say that the recovery period was worse tha I expected ( I am a nurse and the eternal optimist and told work that I would be back after 2 weeks etc.) I really had to rest for a good two weeks doing very little apart from going downstairs and doing very light chores as I just felt very fragile. I also had an infection which took me to A and E ( ( I had an offensive discharge and could see yellow tissue at the entrance to my vagina) 10 days after my op and I was then put on co-amoxiclav and Metronidazole which made me feel quite ill. But I now feel so well 5 weeks on. I can now have a proper wee and poo which is great. All my stirches have healed and I went back to work after 4 weeks on a return to work prograame doing mornings only in an educational nursing post. I still need to have a rest in the afternoon and I am very aware that I am still healing and I am really aware of lifting things. I have my 7 week check up in two weeks and will not contemplate intercourse with hubby until after that. I feel very sorry for all the people on here and I realise that my surgery was not as extensive as others on this forum but I just wanted to give a more positive picture

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    Hello carole it's nice to read you have recovered so well after a rocky start and I'm sure it will give hope to other ladies. You are fortunate in that you can go back to work but in a post that doesn't include lifting patients but I think you are very wise only working half days and having the opportunity to rest on an afternoon. 

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    I'm a little over 4 weeks myself and feeling quite proper. I am however cramping today close to that time of month). I am terrified because I started my period after surgery and ended up hemorrhaging. Very scared it will happen again 😢

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      I've got my fingers crossed for you. My first period post op was much heavier than usual and had clots. I've had two more periods since and they were the same heavier with some clots. Not too sure why that is

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      Hi Steph

      I am still having regular periods despite being 55 and the surgeon thought that he was being quite helpful by offering to 'whip the whole lot out' when I had my pre-op discussion!!! I gracefully declined as I do not have heavy periods now as I had an endometrial ablation 6 years ago. I started my period that day before the op so did not really know how that went with everything else going on but have had one other period since and I must admit that it did seem heavier this time. Maybe because I had to wear the dreaded pads and could actually see the blood as with tampons you do not really notice so much. Maybe it is just a result of being messed about with but I'm sure it will settle down

      Hope you are okay this time

      Carole

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    Hi carol,

    Can i ask how you ended up in a and e please? The reason im asking is becuase im 9 days post op and went to the doctors today. I too was feeling fab until saturday when i noticed a foul smell and discharge, i also started to feel really rubbish. Rang the docs this am and when doc called back he said hed booked me in with a female doctor at 10.45. Anyway to my surprise it wasnt a doctor it was a nurse practitioner i was seeing, not that theres anything wrong with that but i thiught i was seeing a nurse. Anyway she did no examination, no swabs not even my blood pressure, she just said oh you have a temperature (which i could have told her myself) and that was it. She said ill give you some antibiotics is that ok? I said not really and she just smiled and handed ne the prescriotion. Im now on coamoxiclav but just dont see how she was able to determine an infection without even talking through my symptoms let alone an examination

    Ill stop whinging now because apart from that im doing ok, not much pain and hardly any bleeding which is nice because my surgeon said there would be quite a bit!

    Good luck with your recovery and still try and rest when you can.

    Briex

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      Hi Brie

      So sorry that this has happened. I too noticed a foul smelling discharge and had a temperature 10 days post op and phoned the local walk in centre as it was a Saturday and I felt that it didn't really warrant a trip to A and E. They told me that as I was under 2 weeks post op I needed to see the surgical team who did the op as it counts as a post op infection. A and E were really helpful and the gynae team came down to see me there. They gave me a proper examination and took swabs. I was put on co-amoxiclav like you but also metronidazole which is used to treat anaerobic bacteria. They then phoned me with the result of the swab 4 days later to see how I was doing because one of the bugs grown was resistant to metronidazole. As I was feeling fine they summised that the bug must have been sensitive to the co-amoxiclav but told me which other antibiotic the resistant bug was sensitive to and advised me that I could get this from my GP if the symptoms persisted. What a good service! Co-amoxiclev is the first option I guess but they really do need to do a swab to find out which bugs you are growing, also metronidazole is not a great drug to take as it makes you feel quite rough but did the trick for me. Just see how you are feeling and if you are not still okay I would go back to the GP. Glad that you are recovering well otherwise

      Carole xxx

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