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Hallo. In a couple of weeks or so, I am having a pelvic floor repair (my bladder dropped) and the consultant has said that they may well take out the uterus, too, as that has dropped also, and at 65, obviously I don't 'need' it and it makes it easier to repair other things. I have read that baths shouldn't be used for several weeks after a hysterectomy because of infection - presumably that applies to abdominal OR vaginal - and in fact I generally prefer showers anyway, as I have an arthritic hip and often find it difficult getting up out of the bath as well as finding it awkward to bend over the bath to wash my hair. My square bath taps don't take those 'hose' things that you can buy and I tried two different types. However, for almost 4 months, my shower has been out of action in my rented house. I managed for a while as I didn't think it would be for long but then I got my date for my op a couple of weeks ago. I have badgered away at the house agency to get their plumber to do the job - he has visited twice over the past 4 months, taken a photo, made promises he never, ever keeps, and I have now had to make a complaint about him as he promised to come today and when I phoned he seemed to put the phone down on me. I am getting so stressed at the thought of me having my op and coming home, not able to wash properly, or to have to resort to the bath and stretch my stitches and risk infection. Or even worse, for the plumber to decide to do it the week that I come home - I simply don't want strangers in my home when I am having to rest and possibly need the toilet a lot. I am so upset but wonder if I am over-reacting and I guess just need someone to tell me that, no, it is IMPERATIVE that I get the shower fixed and DEMAND that it is an emergency. I don't have access to my landlord directly, unfortunately. I just have to rely on this terrible agency and their 'tradesmen'. The agency owner listened to my plea today but hasn't contacted me about what will be done, if anything. As it happens, I am going to my 'pre-med' meeting tomorrow at the hospital. I suppose I could get them to intervene? I feel like withholding my rent, but don't want to give them any reason to give me notice because I am 'difficult'. (I'm not, in fact I have paid for lots of things and repairs myself in the house over 5 years (including spending £2,000 on gravelling the front garden professionally when I moved in), but now I am out of money and can't pay for a private plumber to do the shower. So, I guess I just want reassurance that I am NOT making a fuss!
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