March 15, 2011

Hysterectomy Recovery! A Cranky Fitness Guide

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I realize that hysterectomy recovery is a rather specialized topic. Very few Cranky Fitness readers are waking up fuzzy-headed in a hospital bed at this moment, wondering what will happen next now that the nice surgeon has yanked out a bunch of your body parts. You'd rather hear about a new super-easy exercise to firm up your flabby thighs, right? Or maybe clever hints on how to make cauliflower taste like cotton candy? Tips on how to tell if you have vaginal cuff cellulitis: probably not high on your list.

But hey, don't go away yet: hysterectomies are pretty darn popular! Even if you don't plan on having one yourself, you may well have a mother, sister, friend, or coworker who just can't wait to join this super-cool surgical sorority. Wouldn't it be handy to have a bit more info, so you can be all supportive and knowledgeable and not get your head bitten off by your loved one for making some dumbass remark?

Or, maybe you've googled here because you are facing surgery yourself. You may be worried about side effects, and curious as to how this operation will affect your physical fitness and psychological well-being. So, as a public service, I didn't just scour the web for resources to answer your urgent questions about hysterectomies and how to recover from them. I went the extra mile and had one myself! (The fact that I was four months "pregnant" with a big ol' fibroid-filled uterus had practically nothing to do with it).

So here is exactly what you can expect from your hysterectomy:

Any f*cking thing in the world.

Yep, from what I can tell there does not seem to be a "typical" hysterectomy experience. You could acquire super-human strength and x-ray vision, or you could end up with constipation, mood swings, and purple wombats crawling out of your navel. People mostly seem to have good experiences, but seriously, it's a crapshoot.

But I won't let the fact that each hysterectomy is unique stop me from sharing some information and tips. Here are a few things I learned about the whole hysterectomy deal, either from personal experience or from Dr. Google.

1. Where to go on the web: The best single resource for hysterectomy information is a site called hystersisters. They have a few general articles, some of which are helpful, and some... not so much. The real value is in the reader forums. Vast numbers of women have written about their experiences and shared helpful tips. Any obscure question or weird symptom you might be curious about? Someone has had that same question or symptom and can quell your panic until you can talk to your doctor. Which leads to the next tip:

2. Choose a kick-ass surgeon and a top-notch hospital. Yeah, so this might not always possible, given your location and insurance coverage, but to the extent you can ask around, it's worth doing some research. I had an awesome surgeon in Boston who cheerfully took on the huge mess I had in my lower abdomen and removed it all laparoscopically, and she kept on top of my follow-up despite my moving across country where even the longest speculum ever made could not reach me. And then I saw another great urogynecologist in San Diego. Do I think it was a coincidence that both these amazing, skilled, warm, professional and communicative doctors were women? I do not! Women doctors rock.

3. The recovery process may be something of a roller coaster ride. Expect a faster recovery if you get laparoscopic surgery, but don't expect miracles. There is at least one website advertising robotic laparoscopic surgeries that features a woman enthusiastically returning to the golf course a few days after surgery. For most women it feels pretty darn heroic to get out of bed, get dressed, and walk around. Yep, walking is good and helps with healing--but the expectation that one should be playing 18 holes before breakfast may lead to suicidal or homicidal thoughts.

4. You will need help. Preferable, an angelic spouse or best friend, and a generous and sympathetic social support network. I was lucky to have those, and it made a huge difference. (Not as helpful: small children, high maintenance pets, or surly teenagers. They should all be packed off to other quarters or supervised by someone other than yourself). And it's not a matter of strength, willpower, or determination: there are a bunch of things you're simply not allowed to do right after a hysterectomy. These include things like laundry, sweeping, shopping, driving, or subjecting yourself to any TV shows, movies, or radio programs that you do not personally approve of. (Okay, perhaps your doctor may forget to include that last one on the list, but don't tell your partner that. And speaking of partners, high on the list of forbidden activities is: sex. For a really, really, really long time. It kinda sucks).

But what if you feel great? Then it gets frustrating, because you still have to lay off normal activities for as long as your doctor tells you to. I felt energetic and ready to get back to "real life" within a couple days of my surgery, but had to restrain myself from overdoing it. (Not chores, of course. I hate chores. But I wanted to go back to working out.) The reason for these restrictions? Sadly, it's not just about fatigue or fragility. If you're too active or do the wrong stuff at the wrong times you can seriously mess things up inside without even realizing it. One word that strikes fear in the heart of any woman recovering from hysterectomy: Adhesions. From what I understand, adhesions are nasty bits of scar tissue that form inside you where they shouldn't, and if they're feeling particularly malevolent they can glue your internal organs together out of spite. Are those dust bunnies under the bed worth going back for more surgery to unstick things? Think carefully before you let your inner Superwoman try to put on her cape. A bathrobe and fuzzy slippers may be the better choice.

5. Common post-operative complaints/concerns: See the post-op forum at hystersisters for tons of these. But highlights include fatigue, "swelly belly," bleeding, constipation, trouble urinating, mood swings, numbness, lumps, bladder spasms, joint pain, insomnia, headaches, itchiness, and comically insensitive husbands. If you're getting your ovaries removed as part of the process, and are not going on hormone replacement, you'll also get to hop on the express train to menopause and enjoy all those fun symptoms too!

Note: and yeah, there are even worse things that can happen, like you could become incontinent or your stitches could come lose and your guts could burst out through the hole in the back of your vagina. But the scary stuff is pretty darn rare, and being a bit of a hypochondriac, I decided it was in my best interest not to spend much time researching it.

6. Exercise: So once you've been cleared to ease back into an exercise routine, how best to approach it? Good question! And I still don't have a damn answer! Helpful post-hysterectomy resources for working out are practically nonexistent--especially if you are the least bit hardcore in how you define "exercise." Most advice seems geared to women who have never exercised before in their lives. Or you get some combination of "listen to your body," "listen to your doctor," "don't lift heavy," "don't do abdominal exercises for a long time," and "be really really careful!!!"

[Nov 2012 Update: Help is Here! A panel of personal trainers stopped by to offer advice, including videos, on how to safely exercise your core and abs post-hysterectomy, check it out!]

My own experience has been a bit frustrating, especially since I've also got a stubborn case of plantar fasciitis and a broken elbow. Five months out, and I'm still not back to my old strength training routine, though I'm figuring out aerobic stuff to do. For some reason, my beloved elliptical remains problematic and generates pelvic pain, but I can do a stair stepper. (I like the wimpy kind, where you can choose your own step height and speed, not the hardcore escalator kind where you have to trudge up real stairs and can't keep up with fast-paced music. Have you ever seen someone look happy on one of those machines?) Bike riding figured heavily into the post hysterectomy rotation--until I fell off and broke my arm. Yay me!

7. What the hell is pelvic physical therapy? Well, I'm finding out first hand. Turns out the reason I've been having trouble trying to get back to my exercise routine is because my pelvic floor and core muscles spaced out and forgot how to function properly. My transverse abdominal and multifidus muscles got a bad case of attitude and went on strike, and my pelvic floor muscles said, "oh, hey, no problem! We're uptight and neurotic anyway, we'll just do all the work and go into a semi-permanent state of spasm. Aw, don't thank us, we're happy to do it!"

So I'm now trying to learning how to find all these elusive muscles, relax or strengthen them as indicated, and breathe from my belly. Oh, and get used to having a very nice physical therapist lube me up and test my clenching/relaxing ability where I'm not used to having a whole lot of company.

(BTW, pelvic physical therapy is also an excellent idea for those suffering from urinary incontinence--a huge issue for tons of women that is rarely talked about except in Depends commercials. And really, do you want diapers to be your go-to resource when there are better options? If you are in the San Diego area, check out these folks for pelvic physical therapy. Not only are they staffed with excellent and personable PT's, they have free granola bars in the waiting room.)

So will I ever get back to doing burpees and pull-ups and bulgarian split squats again? I sure as hell hope so! In the meantime, I've got plenty to do on my exercise list, even if the results aren't visible to casual acquaintances.

8. So why have a hysterectomy in the first place? Benefits are unique to each person, but for many of us, all the hassles are totally worth it. There are lots of reasons to get a hysterectomy (cancer, insane menstrual bleeding, pelvic pain, etc,) and plenty of alternatives to consider. So when you decide to opt to have a big chunk of your insides yanked out, it's usually because you are sick to death of coping with gynecological issues. Even with side-effects to deal with, my sense from both online communities and real life friends: very few women regret the surgery once they've fully recovered. And many wish they'd done it years ago.

So, anyone else out there have any gyno complaints, medical gripes, hysterectomy experiences or insights to share? Or just wanna say hi? It's all good!




57 comments:

  1. Crabby, it's good to see you in the blogosphere. Thanks so much for sharing your experience with us. You really do go the extra mile when it comes to research.

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  2. Thanks Leah! It's been so long I've gotten pretty rusty. Wait, that was about the blogging, not the gynecological issues...

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  3. Yea for another blog post! Still miss you. : )

    As a side note, a friend had a hysterectomy about the same time you did. She's still fighting some major recovery issues. She also had bladder repair and my guess is things were pretty darn messed up when they got in there. She's on a strict "no jumping, no ab use" policy for a year. A YEAR!!!! Oy vey.

    Here's to a speedy recovery of the elbow at least. : )

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  4. SO glad to see you back! The broken elbow was Just Not Fair.

    Mary Anne in Kentucky

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  5. Crabby, glad to see you posting. Too bad it is with such an experience behind you.

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  6. I haven't had this experience but I'm also going to PT for my right hip and anxious to get back on my bike and hiking.

    Thanks for sharing this info...

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  7. Yay! A Crabby post! Excellent.

    Sorry that it's been a tough road back to healthiness, but I must caution you on one point: don't go back to doing chores too soon. Chores are very strenuous, while lounging by a pool being fanned by pool minions causes healing to happen faster. Well known scientific(ish) fact.

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  8. I just want to say hi! Hope this means you may be back? And get well soon!

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  9. Thank you all! And actually, the recovery has mostly been great, it's just the getting-back-to-the-gym part that brings out the whining.

    Hmmm, pool minions, what a grand idea. Have to see about getting some of those. Oh, and a pool, that would be awesome too.

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  10. Nobody said it had to be your pool... I'm sure Charlie Sheen wouldn't care. Or, more probably, if you told him he'd said it was okay then he would believe you.
    [What, isn't that one of the side benefits of living in Southern California, being able to poke fun at stars?]

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  11. Hey Crabby! Glad to hear the recovery has mostly gone pretty well. Hope the elbow heals soon and that the return to the gym is not too far off. I know that would drive me crazy too!

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  12. Crabby - it's good to see you around these parts! Thanks for the information on something I hope I never, ever have to deal with!!
    I can sympathize, though, with the plantar fasciitis, and hope you get relief from that soon. (shock wave therapy worked wonders for me!)

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  13. Good to see, er, read you again. I've missed you.

    My doc insisted on a hysterectomy with my 5th C-section, so i've never been sure what symptoms were due to surgery and what to just being postpartum. Recovery seemed to take no longer than with the other children, but it may be that exhausted new mommy brain just blurred it all.

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  14. My mom had a hysterectomy in her 30's. The doctors have always told me that would be my fate too. I'm 100% determined to avoid that:) So you will understand if I read your post through my fingers over my eyes right?

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  15. I was so excited to see your post Crabby...miss you.

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  16. Well I hope you got all the good time off from your job that ALL WOMEN DESERVE.

    4 mos preggo with fibroids??? Hmmmmmnerrrrr...... That sucks when you feel like you are in shape and work out.

    I hated my periods and had ablation 2 years ago and it was the best thing ever. So, if you aren't ready for big league surgery, it is the way to go. No more money each month on the products = more for wine.

    Keep us updated on the mend!

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  17. Thanks Leah for sharing your experience.

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  18. OK, so I commented like the second one back when you posted this & I don't see it here.. :-(

    I DID just so you know! :-) I also wrote that I hope you are better soon & lots of other stuff & that I had done a kegel post the week before you posted this! ;-)

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  19. If you need a hysterectomy, and your gyn doesn't know how to perform a Total Laparoscopic Hysterectomy...find one who does! LIGO has trained over 1,000 gynecologic surgeons in Minimally Invasive Surgery since 2006.(MIS) LIGO was founded in 2006 by gynecologic oncologist Kate O'Hanlan, MD. Check us out: www.LIGOcourses.com and www.ohanlan.com.

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  20. I'm one of those that wished I'd gotten a hysterectomy years before I did. It's been 6 years and it is wonderful not dealing with the monthly pain monster. My doctor wasn't able to do mine laproscopically but he did a great job with minimizing the scar.
    I agree that surly teenagers should be shipped off during the recovery. Too bad I didn't read this before. :-)

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  21. I came across your blog and i found its very informative.. Cranky fitness is doing a great work.. You made our work easy... Very good posting..

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  22. Hi Crabby! Good to see ya post! 'Course, I do see your tweets, but it was still fun after months of ignoring blog feeds to finally feel like catching up tonight and see what I didn't expect, a blog post from you!

    Like Christmas!

    Glad the recovery is going OK... my *h* job was back in the early 90s, but I still remember the experience. Your post was right on! Walking lots helps.

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  23. Yikes! Quite the experience...and yet your post still made me laugh. Female doctors do rock by the way! LOL.

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  24. OMG I loved your article it as dead on and so helpful.... love it. Thank you so much.

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  25. Thanks for the insight. I am due to have the procedure next Tuesday (10/11) and I have been searching for info on recovery and what exactly falls under the umbrella of 'Normal Activities in 2-4 weeks'. I play volleyball 5 nts a week and softball 2 nts a week and it's pretty competitive. I guess I won't be doing those activities for quite a-while as that may not necessarily be termed as NORMAL for most folks!!!! Thanks again

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  26. Whilst on a hunt for hysterectomy recovery info, Google led me to your post and I'm so grateful! I'm a month away from surgery and dreading it. You shined humorous, helpful, light on the whole thing. Thank you.

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  27. Thanks for the article. My surgery was last week and I'm already impatient to be 'back to normal.' They found all kinds of surprises in there, which kinda explains why I felt rotten for so long. Guess I'll keep taking it easy. I need more chocolate.

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  28. Hi, Ive just recently had a hysterectomy and went online to look for information during my healing process. Thanks for sharing your knowledge, it's been really scary. I can breathe better now knowing that what I'm going through is common. Oh and I dont mean to brag but my fibroids were like a 5 month pregnancy. LOL!

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  29. I'm facing the possibility of a radical hysterectomy and you showed up in my Google search on recovery time. Thanks. I didn't come away with anything more solid than there is no typical hysterectomy, which is a big thing to come away with - but more than that the hystersisters forum will be my go to place if it turns out I need the surgery. I'm crossing my fingers, and my legs, until then. Appreciate the humor. Such a relief.

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  30. Well, I had a hysterectomy 13yrs ago (31) and they left one ovary and tube...fast forward to last week. They had to remove my tube and ovary because I had a tumor in my tube. I'm now on the Estrodat patch to be changed twice weekly.

    I asked all those years ago if they would please take everything out but the doctor said no because of my age and now he has just removed a tumor. He said that the tumor probably isn't cancer but it still has to be tested, I still had to go through all of this hell. I'm just not real impressed with the whole situation. I just wish he would have listened to me 13yrs ago and did what I wanted. I have a high rate of cancer in my family so that's the main reason I wanted everything gone.

    So, I'm feeling pretty good post surgery. Tomorrow will be one week since my surgery. Not sure what to expect with the hormones....anyone else on them???

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  31. I just had me surgery nine days ago.Its took me awhile be i finally want thouhg with it. Am glad i did now. I cant go to the bathroom to dO # 2. It hurt win.I go than.I google some information and end up here, Very helpful.Stories.

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  32. So enjoyed your humorous take on this adventure. Scheduled to have a go in a few weeks time...mostly prolapse problems (first: uterus, then: bladder and now the rectum is getting in on the show ) and I will be soooo glad to be done with THAT!! Thanks.

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  33. Can't get any answers when I can use the Eliptical. 8 weeks post hysterectomy and prolapse surgery. No problems at all spent one night in hospital. Started walking and more walking 4 days later, also driving didn't think it was all such a big deal.

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  34. I went to a naval hospital, first mistake. 3 surgeries in 7 weeks, first, vag hyst, second same day to fix a knicked vein, third when my cuff tore. Ever since the first my floor has been on strik, only nothing is helping. I can only go number 2 if I take senna. Its like my rectal muscles arent pushing at all, plus since i had a constant urge to go for 3 months i have no urge to go. Wtf?!?

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  35. Any one else feel depressed? I had a vag hysto 2 weeks ago and feel totally ignored and unimportant even though I know I'm important to my sweet husband and 4 kids. Maybe I just wanted to be waited on. Dishes don't do themselves...

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  36. Sorry, I haven't been back to this post in a while, but it's great to hear from you all!

    The recovery sure can suck, and to not get the sort of support from family, doctors etc that you need to heal properly had got to be frustrating and depressing.

    Sadly, sometimes you have to become your own advocate, which may be easy for some people but for me it sure isn't. Speaking up and trying to find better resources is hard enough when you're feeling well, let alone when you're suffering.

    Hope you all found hystersisters.com, at least it's a good place to discover you're not alone! (I have no affiliation with them, just think they're great).

    Good luck and hope everyone is feeling better soon!

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    1. I think people need to mention that prune juice and black licorice help keep the bowels happy, they don't taste great but help alot. I was interested in the adhesions part of your blog, I realized after reading it I'm doing way too much. I just hope it's not too late I would hate to have internal scars removed. I am 45 and have had an ablation 3 yrs. prior to my hysterectomy. I have bathed my girls,gone shopping,cooked cleaned,driven and walk up and down stairs all day long. I don't have much help and the 7 yr. old and 3 yr. old count on me. So hopefully i haven't already caused damage. Should I slow down? I feel like I already sleep way too much. Thanks for your input.

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  37. Thank you for posting your experience. I had gone to hystersisters.com and couldn't find a recovery plan from somoeone I could relate to - diy OCD fitness geek. YOUR post is exactly what I needed to read. Got it! I'll start hiring the pool minions post-haste and plan to let my body go saggy until I can feel the innards squeezing again. Weird, but I guess this could be considered a de-load period after years of chasing strength!

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  38. Thank you so much for your info, just found hystersisters and reading your words made my day! My surgery is 3 wks away and I am nervous and looking for exercises to do before and after!

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  39. The best info i've found is Michelle Kenway's site. She is a pelvic floor physiotherapist in Australia and has great info on working out post hysterectomy.

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  40. I am so pleased I found this post! I am 7 days out from surgery and so nervous, you have gone through alot of the concerns I have. Thank you for your honesty!

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  41. Crabby, this is probably the best article on hysterectomy recovery that I've ever read ! Not only full of useful info, but you also made me laugh.

    I had a hysterectomy 2 weeks ago and have been reading a lot on the web since then. For anyone in the UK, the hystersisters are great but mainly US based, if you want a UK forum then the Hysterectomy Association are very good.

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    1. Thanks so much, and thanks so much for adding the UK resource!!

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  42. Yvette, I feel your pain. I have a chore resistant 11 yr old and other than heavy stuff, started driving and doing pretty much everything once the dog came out of the kennel one week post op. Im 2 weeks post op. Everyone keeps asking if I need anything but seriously, I think people ask that to be nice. If I said "ummm, yeah. Would you take my dog out, make sure my kid takes a shower and bandage that staph infection she managed to get one week post of, empty out my cat litter and drive to the store and get my groceries"...I seriously doubt they would stick around. My own mother wont even help..well, she did bring me some tea and did a load of laundry, after asking me if I was allowed to carry the hamper to the car because she hates those things. I totally wish I could farm my kid out for about 3 weeks because shes a royal pain in the a$$. Im probably doing too much but when youre a single mom what choice do you have? I had one friend say "I wanted to take you out to get food because I just dont do that bringing meals thing" about 4 days after my surgery. Geez. Honestly I would rather do stuff myself and improvise or get a $50 an hour maid to come over. One person brought me a 10 lb container of oatmeal and put it in my living room. Haha! Like I could even pick it up a week ago. Ive only had one real friend who picked me up at the hospital and has come by pretty much every day or called to check. Not family, thats for sure. I'll probably get adhesions and one things for damned sure...there'll be some family members who wont be getting any text replies anytime soon.

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  43. This sounds like me! Difference is I have four girls (12, 10 & twin 4year olds). My surgery was Monday and it is now only Saturday. Meanwhile, my (occasionally wonderful) Husband (currently living in S. Dakota for his job while we're in Wisconsin. We will be moving to SD in April??) didn't even come home for the surgery and 'I' feel guilty because he is all panicked that our sex life will take a dump.

    No friendships were harmed (or helped) during this whole event 'cause no friends showed up to help!. My Mom stuck around for two days after I left the hospital, but she is 70+ and it was like taking care of a 5th child, but one that still has some sort of power control over me to make me fee guilty that I am doing as much as I am physically after this big surgery, BUT don't forget to get the dishes into the dishwasher, pick up after the kids & the dogs, get me a cup of coffee while you're out there and what is for dinner?

    It snowed yesterday, My 12 year old shoveled as best as she could, but I still found myself out there clearing the car off and the rest of the driveway so I could drive to go get my kids and the two others I babysit after school. As a temporary single mother, I've got to do it (or make sure the things get done) since I was let out of the hospital, I have done all the MOMMY Duties including, shopping, dishes, laundry, sweep, mop, shovel snow, cleaning, Homework help and chasing after the twins, taken the trash out (then dug it out of the snow bank from the snow plow). My dryer is on the fritz so in addition to trying to fix it, I have been running clothes through the wash and hanging them up in the basement.

    Although I feel fatigued and bloated from the surgery, I do feel pretty good. No issues, bowels and bladder back to normal and emotional balance is good too, but I am climbing the walls to get back into my workout routine. I have found through my workouts that I feel more rested and healthy, but waiting for the go ahead from the Dr. is frustrating at best!!! Adhesions!!! Just one more hurdle that I am sure I will be facing in the near future.

    Minions by the pool? How do I get that gig? Thanks for your blog it was a great read. And thanks for letting me vent. As the saying goes "This too shall pass."

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  44. I can relate to your post on hysterectomies better than anything else I've read. My surgery was 11/8/12. I was released to start working out right after Christmas. I've had no issues with my workouts. The abs are a bit slow in coming back, but they are getting there. My issue is that in 2 monts of working out 6 days a week and watching what I eat, I have had zero weight loss. I've even tried weight watchers, logging my food. Nothing, nada, zip. I kept my ovaries, but still no weightless. I'm hoping my metabolism is just stalled and strength training will get it moving. Any tips?

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  45. My surgery is schedule for March 19, 2013 and I am counting the days. Can't wait to get rid of thie "bad boy" that has been causing me so much pain and misery.

    Love you site

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  46. I had a hysterectomy 6 weeks ago and I read hystersisters all the time. I have found it very helpful. As you said, almost any question you can ask has been asked and answered in the past. I loved reading this blog and think you should post a link to it on hystersisters. This made me laugh which is always a good thing when you're worrying about what you should and shouldn't be doing. Thanks!

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  47. Sorry I haven't been back to the post in awhile, but thanks all for stopping by and sharing your stories!

    Blink, the weightloss issue is tough! I have a post on that here, but no magic solution, alas: http://www.crankyfitness.com/2011/09/menopause-and-weight-gain.html

    And, to the most recent anonymous, thanks for the compliment, I really appreciate it! Haven't been back to hystersisters in a while, and oddly enough, never posted there, but I'm always glad that it's out there.

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  48. Great post! I just had a radical hysterectomy due to uterine cancer (got all of it - yeah!). I'm lucky in that I had laparoscopic sugery (5 holes vs. long incision that I had with my 2 c-sections two decades ago), but don't let that fool you into thinking you can be active sooner. Sure, your tummy may not look or feel as bad as those with a traditional incision, but your insides need the same healing process. The meds can fool you into thinking you're able to do more, but don't! Give yourself a break!

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  49. I just had a radical hysterectomy on August 2,2013. I had the exact surgery- Laparoscopic- 5 holes .I was diagnosed with endrometral cancer. The first 2 weeks were great! I was feeling so good and pretty normal. I was walking every day and feeling stronger. My 3rd week( this week) I started feeling more tired and started having light spotting. My tummy started swelling week 3. I have experienced more sharp pains in my tummy especially when I have a bowel movement.
    I am having lots of bowel movements, unlike my old life which was only once a day. I am also peeing lots more. I just started having night sweats. I can't believe this is happening since I had already gone through menopause a few years before my surgery. Has anyone had any of these experiences?I hope I have not done to much. I am also scared about scare tissue. I went in the pool yesterday for a few minutes and did not swim. I only moved my legs walking in the pool since part of the from of my thighs are still numb from removing 26 lymph nodes. Does anyone have any advise? I read a blog and found out that going in the pool was not a good idea. I hope I did not do any damage.
    I will try to relax for the next week , but it is so hard to do nothing. I'm so depressed.

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  50. Great informative article, thanks.

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  51. Now, your article is my kind of style. It's frickin groovy to look for advice and not repeat, "blah, blah, oh hell! Next." You gave me and my husband a few laughs while learning.
    Thanks

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  52. I just want to tell women that are hesitating, that having a hysterectomy was the best decision I ever made - wish I hadn't waited as long as I did. :)

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