A Patient Discusses Her Experience With A Hysterectomy
I am convinced, and studies have shown, that stress
causes medical ailments. As indicated in the preceding pages,
throughout my life I have been subjected to a great deal of job-related
stress. As a result, I began to experience excruciating lower abdominal
pain, and my bladder was giving me fits. I was told I had fibroids. Upon
undergoing numerous tests, and struggling to endure the pain, I had to
accept the fact that I needed a hysterectomy––“The Big H”.
Ironically, when I was in my twenties, I was
told by an Ob/Gyn that I needed a hysterectomy.
Thankfully, I obtained a second opinion and
subsequently delivered two happy healthy sons.
So remember, always get a second -- and
third opinion if necessary.
In any event, I don’t believe in unnecessary
suffering, but “The Big H” is a major decision, and, once it’s done,
there’s no going back. So I did my homework, asking my husband and
numerous other physicians for a referral. Unanimously, everyone
suggested Dr. John George––even his competitors. In fact, one doctor
told me, “If you were my wife, I would send you to Dr. George.” So I
called Dr. George’s office and I asked to be placed on his waiting list.
I had hoped for the best and, fortunately, I received it.
I learned quickly that Dr. George specializes in a
laparoscopic procedure that minimizes cutting, and hence, the pain is
lessened and the recovery period shortened. Despite the accolades, I was
still concerned about the procedure, particularly with regard to how it
was going to affect my love life.
I prayed on it and decided to go forward with the
surgery. I can truly tell you that it was one of the best decisions I
have made in my life. Dr. George was informative, patient,
compassionate, and very honest about my options and the consequences.
Post-surgery, I had a mild fever, my blood pressure dropped slightly,
and it took approximately one day to use the bathroom again. Short of
those minor matters, my recovery was normal.
Nevertheless, many women (and men) experience
constipation and pain after abdominal surgery, which makes it difficult
to have a bowel movement. I
have a few suggestions that will alleviate the problem. (Please check
with your doctor before you incorporate my suggestions.)
First, go on a soft diet at least one week before
your surgery. Eat raw
fruits and vegetables, oatmeal, yogurt, fruit smoothies, etc. to soften
your system. Also, drink a
minimum of eight glasses of water a day.
In addition, do not eat any heavy carbohydrates (i.e. French
fries and bread); and lay off greasy food.
Second, the week before your surgery exercise
approximately thirty minutes a day.
Go walking, swimming, dancing, or skating – just make sure you
relax and have fun. I am a
huge hot yoga fan so I suggest you attend a yoga class if your schedule
Third, the week prior to your surgery read a good
book or magazine and see a great movie, play or basketball game to help
Fourth, stay on a soft diet the week after your
surgery. Also, keep
drinking eight ounces of water and prune juice the first week. Keep reading positive books and magazines, and watching happy
shows. Please stay away
from argumentative talk shows or anything that radiates negative energy.
Fifth, use the down time to write letters and send
cards to people who you haven’t contacted in a while. Also, call your extended relatives and old friends to catch
up on what’s happening in their lives.
Sixth, get up, get dressed and go back to your
normal schedule as soon as possible.
Seventh, remove all the signs of your surgery from
plain view. On the
third day after my surgery, I put my medication in my drawer and took it
out when I needed it.
Eighth, get out of your bedroom as soon as possible
and go sit in your family room or outside if possible.
Nineth, if you have difficulty using the bathroom for
either a No. 1 or a No. 2; stand up and go.
I know it sounds crazy but believe me it works.
Who knows? Maybe
it’s the gravity.
The bottom line is that healthy eating, a positive
attitude, and returning to a sense of normalcy will put you on the road
to a quick positive recovery.
Certainly, I had my ups and downs but all in all in was worth it.
Physically, I look and feel ten times better and my love life is more
exciting than ever.
Lesson No. 32:
“The Big H” is a “Big Help”.
Reference: "Look Under the Bed
Before Your Vacuum" by Mother Mouton
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