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I had my hysterectomy on Monday 28th April and it was a full abdominal with sideways incision.
It all began for me when my periods went wappy, first I didn't bleed at all for about six months, then I started to bleed really heavy for weeks at a time. I got alarmed when I started passing hand size clots, and my gp gave me some tablets to try and regulate them. It didn't really work however and when I started having abdominal and pain in my back I was sent for an ultrasound. That picked up three cysts, one grapefruit size on my right ovary and two Orange size on my left ovary. I was referred to a gynacologist and when he said they had to be removed, it was decided a hysterectomy was the best option.
I went to a pre assessment where I had blood tests, an ecg and general height weight and urine checks. I was also given sterisept lotion to wash in for two days before the op and nose cream to help prevent mrsa. Two weeks later I went in for my op, I had some attractive stocking to wear, and was taken down to theatre. My op took three hours and they removed both ovaries, uterus, cervix, and of course the cysts. I woke up in the recovery room with a morphine drip, oxygen mask, and catheter. I was taken up to the ward and was nil by mouth till the doctor came to see me the next morning.
The doctor told me that the cysts had grown, one the size of a football and the other two the size of grapefruits. I had a sideways incision with 21 staples, which I have a photograph of if anyone wants to see. I stayed on oxygen and morphine till Tuesday evening, then they took the catheter out and I was able to have a walk. Be aware the first time getting up is the worst and it does hurt, but once you are up it doesn't feel to bad. Coughing hurts too and I'd helps to press a cushion on your abdomen when you cough. Also I was and still am constipated, and I had to visit my gp to get some lactose, and he also gave me hrt. I was released from hospital Wednesday night, seatbelts hurt so I put a cushion under it. You can do stairs just take them slowly. My hubby had also set up a table next to where I sit with tissues, facewipes, lip balm, bottle of water, and space my teacup lol!
I have also had to go on iron tablets as my blood count was only 8.8 and should be around 11.5. It is difficult getting in and out of bed, and is easier if you roll on your side then get up. I have extra pillows which I am using to help me get comfy. A week later I can now lay on my side which is great. You will feel tired so have afternoon naps, also keep an eye on your wound for weeping or redness, and get some hand sanitizer.
For hospital I took nighties, underwear, slippers, cotton nightgown, tissues, wipes, toiletries, towels, sanitary pads, magazines, lip balm, underwear and baggy pj bottoms. I also took a pair of stretchy trousers and a baggy top to wear home. On the day of my op I just took my slippers, nightgown and magazines, and my hubby brought the rest in later. The first day you will mostly sleep, but I was glad of my magazines the rest of the time. Also if you tie your hair back you will need hair bands with no metal on to wear in the theatre. Button up nighties are quite helpful as you don't have to stretch, matalan sells them cheap. They encourage you to shower in the hospital, which feels lovely, and that first cuppa you drink is liquid heaven.
Can't think of anything else off the top of my head, but my email is _____ if anyone wants to chat.
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