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While looking for real-world experiences healing from PoP repairs, I ran onto this forum of lovely people.
I gave birth to my 9lb.1oz little boy in March of this year. He had a large head which he presented sideways, along with his little hand and arm. I thought I escaped okay, only had 3 minor stitches. After a couple weeks I could tell something was wrong. I could barely walk, it felt like all my insides were going to drop out. It had actually started prior to the birth, but I was constantly dismissed and told to "give myself time". When nothing was improving I started paying attention and trying to determine the issue.
By 5 weeks I found a rectocele. I went into the doctor and was again dismissed, told it wasn't that bad and by three months it would resolve itself. I was also told several times during that appointment that I shouldn't be in pain, it didn't make sense... Which was some version of "it's all in your head". I was also told they wouldn't do surgery because I was too young, that kegels were over glorified and if it turned out I didn't just get better, the only thing that they might do to help was a pessary.
I already knew I would want surgery, that the rectocele would not be helped by a pessary and that kegels wouldn't fix what was going on. After 5 antenatal months and 3 postpartum months of being diminished, I found another doctor.
I'm so glad I did. By then I'd determined I also had a cystocele and prolapsed uterus. I couldn't use a diaphragm or menstrual cup, due to too much tissue in the way and the uterus being too low.
He's been great, confirmed the cystocele and rectocele. He didn't see that my uterus was as prolapsed as I told him until surgery, but did see it was at least some. Also found issues with my urethra, not surprisingly.
He agreed surgery was best, and it must have been, because insurance didn't fight one bit. I might want another baby, so no hysterectomy. I was scheduled for Dec 6th with rectocele, cystocele repairs, sling, cystoscopy and possible sacrospinous ligament attachment if he discovered the uterus was low while I was relaxed under anesthesia. All those and I think he said a perineorrhaphy were performed, and supposed to be a great success.
Pain has been up and down. I find making sure I have both NSAID and pain meds in my system is imperative for management. I came home Friday with no catheter, in fact I didn't have one post surgery. I did have massive pain in my right thigh and hip, probably from sacrospinous fixation and OR positioning. My whole body really hurt, so figured it was the table in part. My pack started coming out on day 1 so he had them remove in the evening and it went fine.
My first evening home was after an hour car ride and stop at pharmacy, topped with a flight of stairs. It was horrible. I couldn't get up from my bed and had no idea how I'd get through this coming two weeks.
I will be staying home alone with my infant. We were able to get things so I can get out of bed and we have a nest set up to make things easy as possible. Little dude is a bit behind on crawling, which I'm thankful for. I got a lot of rest today and yesterday, with little bouts of being up to "improve healing". Being super careful about effort and figuring out best for me pain meds schedule and position switching. Have to wee pretty frequently and no BM yet, though I feel it looming.
I'm just hoping to have some people to talk to here and there as I'm sure I'll get overwhelmed. BF has been doing his best and finding out how much I do. I hate not helping, but this repair is more important to me than a lot of things, as my ability to function again is resting on its success. My Dr had this "I'm surprised you even could function" tone when he brought up my uterus post-op and said he's sure once I'm healed, I'll feel like a new person! I can't wait for that, but know I have emotional mountains to climb before then.
So, hello all and please tolerate my down days! I am so so impressed with how kind people have been to everyone else I've seen post, so I hope you will lend your kindness to me, as well.
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