Only 3 more days to go.
I can feel it coming in the air tonight… Oh lord.
But I’ve been waiting for this moment for all my life…Oh lord.
Can you guess what I’m talking about? No, not my Hysterectomy. I’m talking about the LAST period of my life.
If you listen closely, you can hear it sharpening its claws getting ready to violently and painfully rip down the walls of my uterus…for the LAST TIME!!!!
I know it’s coming and it’s probably going show up for the showdown sometime Saturday or Sunday. Given my luck in these situations, I’m really not surprised. I always need to go out with a BANG! I have been told that it doesn’t affect having surgery, so I’m good with it. I’m hoping when I’m dealing with being doubled over with pain and the crime scene in my pant(ies) and in the toilet, it will actually help to calm my nerves. It will be kinda like being in labour and being afraid to go through with delivery, but you get to that point where you totally don’t care anymore and you’re like “JUST GET THIS THING OUT OF ME!” This is how I’m seeing it all go down in my head.
So yes, my nerves are starting to set in. Today I call for my surgery time between 11 and 3pm. This week I have been busy trying to get everything in order. Well, I have mainly prepared pre and post-op TO DO lists and Checklists for things I need to shop for, bring to the hospital and things I will need after surgery. I call them the “ULTIMATE HYSTERECTOMY LISTS” because this is all information that I have gathered over the last few weeks from my very helpful “hystersisters” in the Facebook support groups I have joined. I will share these lists, other resources and support group links with you tomorrow and post printable TO DO and Checklists on my blog, just in case anyone can benefit from them.
I still have a lot to do to get everything I WANT to get done before the big day, BUT yesterday the procrastinator showed up, which is typical. So I’m probably not going to get the upstairs bathroom painted. lol (Yep, that’s on my To DO list.) I seem to like to play that game “The Amazing Race” like a psycho when I’m preparing for any major milestone in my life. I’ve learned to accept that about myself.
So the plan for my surgery is a Laparoscopic Assisted Vaginal Hysterectomy (LAVH). Good lord, it still makes me cringe when I read it. lol My surgical sites will be 3-5 small incisions in my abdomen and a BIG MOTHER incision UP the lady canal. Okay, I’m exaggerating, but my surgeon is removing everything and then creating a “cuff”, so yeah… that’s a big mother incision to me! lol I will have my uterus, cervix, any remaining tubes removed for sure. I will also have any adhesions and endo excised. The one thing in question is whether or not I can keep my last ovary. If not, it will also be removed and that procedure is called an Oophorectomy. If there are any issues or complications, my doctor might have to do an Abdominal Hysterectomy, which just means that I will have another larger incision on my abdomen.
I thought about explaining and educating you about all the different types of Hysterectomy in my blog, but why re-invent the wheel? What I am going to do is direct you to the HysterSisters website, where they explain absolutely EVERYTHING and more!
Like anything in life, Hysterectomy has its pros and cons. Being the person I am, I will always focus on the positive no matter what, but when it comes to your body and your health, you can’t ignore the fact that recovery from this major surgery is quite painful and WILL put many limitations on you. You can’t lift, push, pull, drive or exert yourself physically for weeks. Not following post-op instructions can result in complications and more surgery. You also need to be aware of the possible negative complications that may happen so you can be vigilant about recognizing and managing complications before they get out of control.
My GYN has provided me with a lot of information, but I’ve also learned so much about what to really expect from all the fabulous ladies in the online support groups that I’ve joined. They do share the good and bad. I’m not going to lie, some of the bad is enough to make any of us awaiting surgery second guess ourselves. Most of the women do say that it’s the BEST decision that they ever made. Some of those women even experienced complications, but their quality of life (compared to life before surgery) improved significantly over time. This is my focus.
No matter what happens, not having to worry about the lady flow every month is going to be the ultimate bonus of going through with this surgery. Think of all the money I will save not having to buy all those feminine products and all the wine I can buy instead!! This will be ME in about 6 weeks or so!
HA! Stay tuned! I will be posting my Ultimate Hysterectomy TO DO Lists and Checklists tomorrow!
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