Sunday, September 21, 2008

I Am Home - Brave New World

Oh. my. gosh.

Sums up most of the last week quite succinctly.

You are some of the best and most caring individuals I know - your sweet messages, prayers and wishes have moved me to tears. Me - a real life stranger, a blogging friend. Words are powerful - I have been touched and strengthened by yours. Apologies for not replying individually just yet - that will come later when I am not so bound by timed restrictions and physical constraints. Just for now - thank you, thank you all from the bottom of my heart (oh so cliche!). I have felt much peace and comfort this week and I am certain is due to all the kind words and thoughts.

Surgery went well. My guest blogger (Cindy - dear sweet funny Cindy!) updated you well. There were some surprises - not unpleasant ones. We arrived at the time we were told to be at the hospital and at 9 when I was scheduled to be in the OR, was still waiting in pre-pre-op. Of to an almost 2 hour late start. I was separated from dh and still waited - lying on a bed next to several other people lying on beds, waiting. Then, finally it was my turn and I got to sleep for all of it.

I will admit to a bit of smugness on my part - thinking that after 6 csections, two hsgs, 3 d&cs and 2 laparoscopies - I knew what to expect pain/recovery wise and this would be another walk in the park. I was mistaken - grossly mistaken! This is singularly the worst physical pain I have ever endured. Waking up after was horrific. I am certain they rendered me unconscious again as other than a few seconds of overwhelming pain and crying "it hurts! it hurts!", I have no recollections until waking up in a new room with dh at the foot of my bed reading a book. He said he had been there about an hour. I have a fairly high tolerance for pain - this was so unexpected and beyond that it was quite the shock. I am happy to say - they kept me as comfortable as possible. Two days of a morphine drip during which I was told I did and said some interesting things - most of which I have no recollection of.

Day three dawned after a miserable night and suddenly, it was if the storm had passed - I was clearer, felt more steady and I could cope with moving around better. They pulled the catheter that same morning and thirty minutes later I waddled to the bathroom and peed like nobody's business. Seems a silly thing in some regards - but I will admit to considering that the best pee ever! No problems at all - just like we had always done before, like it should be and hopefully will continue for a long time to come. When Matt arrived later, he asked how I was doing and I sat there in my hospital bed, messy hair,fuzzy teeth, goofy gown and cheshire cat grin and said "I peed!" My greatest accomplishment of the week. I suppose, in some regards - it doesn't get much better than that!

I spoke with my OB/GYN who wisely chose to speak with me when I was in a more lucid state. (Ahhhhhhh morphine - what a bizarre trip, makes you so numb you forget to breathe . . .). I got to keep both my ovaries - yes, TWO! The scarring and adhesions that have held Lefty out of position all these years were attached everywhere but the ovary itself. She said it looked great, and Righty was no slouch either. Good news - no instant menopause. Hopefully the next several years will be an easier downslide into the "change of life". Now - Ute. Well - to use her words, it looked like my uterus was trying to eat my bladder. Bladder was completely ensconced into the old scarline and the uterus was up all around the edges of it. It was at this point she called the Urologist back in and said "If someone has to tell her she is wearing a catheter for ten days - I want it to be you!" They both did their jobs well and I only had a catheter for a little over 2 days. She told me that if I had ever had another baby, they would have had to go right through the bladder first - it was "plastered" all over the front. That would have been ugly. We also had the mystery explained of why I never dilated despite having constant preterm contractions in each pg and my water eventually breaking without dilation - she said I had the "World's longest Cervix". If Guiness ever opens up that category in his book of records - you may very well see my name and picture there. She did say my uterus was "impressive" - and not so much in a good way - but not the biggest she has taken out. (You giveaway entrants will have to be patient until the 30th - she assured me she would have a weight for me then.) All in all, both doctors were very pleased with how it went - said it was a bit tricky, but not disastrously so.

I am home as of Friday night around 9ish. The trip home was a veritable minefield of potholes and bumps and jostling that was not so pleasant. But, I am home; I am in my own bed; I can pee!

My friend Cindy asked how I was doing emotionally - and so far, that has been okay. They had me on the maternity floor and being wheeled past the doors with all the announcement banners with a plant in my lap brought back some sad thoughts. I think the physical is outweighing the emotional and so all my energies are focused there for the time being. There may still be some of that yet to come.

Again, thank you for all the compassion you have offered me this week - truly I have felt it a real blessing. I've already flaunted my "sitting up" time allowed, so I must go. Each day is a little better - each day a little closer to normal.

My best . . .


PS - I will tell you about my sweet Hannah tomorrow, her day was yesterday . . .

28 comments:

Kristin said...

I am so relieved to hear your surgery went well. That had the potential to be really ugly. Glad tohave you back and posting.

Cara said...

Welcome back and feel better everyday! Your sense of humor is still very intact so I guess they DID do their jobs well.

Thinking of you!!!

MrsSpock said...

Thank goodness everything went swimmingly. So glad you got to keep the ovaries- instant menopause would be no fun at all!

Millie said...

Hello!
I found you via ICWL. I had a hysterectomy in 1999. I too will agree to thinking that it would be a piece of cake after having 3 c-sections and several laparoscopies. Wrong.

My thoughts are with you for a speedy recovery. Congrats on keeping your ovaries.

DrSpouse said...

Commenting via IComLeaveWe - that's a very brave thing you have done - glad to hear it sounds like your hormones will be OK for a while at least.

Michelle said...

I am so glad everything and YEAH you got to keep your ovaries! I hope you have a quick recovery and I am happy you are home.

Mrs. Spit said...

Glad to hear that you are doing so well. . . .

And I am so excited over that first pee. It was what I cared about the most!

bendingbackwards said...

Here from ICLW.

Wishing you a speedy recovery.

morebeansplease said...

I'm over from ICLW

Am really pleased that you are starting to feel better and that you won't have such horrible bleeding etc in the future. Wonderful news that you got to keep your two ovaries as well. It will definitely help with your recovery.

jlraynes said...

I'm glad everything went ok and that you got to keep your ovaries. (ICLW)

Kristine said...

Wow, you have been through a lot!

So glad to hear the surgery went well. And Yeah for PEE!

loribeth said...

So glad it went so well, & that you're not in menopause (not yet, anyway!!). (((hugs))) There's something in the mail coming your way!

Meg said...

Hooray for Peeing!
I'm so glad that everything went well and you got to keep right and lefty. Speedy recovery wishes to you!

Amanda said...

I am so glad you peed!

Here from ICLW.

CLC said...

I am so glad you are home and the surgery went well. And yeah for having the best pee ever!

In Due Time said...

I hope you continue to recover well. Hugs honey!


ICLW

Kate said...

Here form ICLW. So glad that your surgery went well. I hope your recovery is quick. Take care.

Amy said...

I'm glad to hear that your surgery went well.

ICLW

Megs said...

Glad to hear the surgery went well. Hope you start to feeling well very soon! Very glad you got to keep the ovaries :)

*Here from ICLW*

Martha said...

I am so glad you are on the road to recovery with both your ovaries! Yeah for being able to Pee! Thanks for the update.

sara said...

I'm happy to hear you're home and that things went okay. I hope you have a smooth and quick recovery! ICLW

Aunt Becky said...

Wow, what a trip you went on. I'm here from ICLW and I wanted to tell you what a strong woman you are. I was an OB nurse for years and you sound like you did better than pretty much any other hysterectomy patient I cared for.

Hope that you're healing goes well and I'll be back to check on you.

theclam said...

Wow you are super woman! (Read your history)

I'm so glad that your op went well and that you are on the mend...

(ICLW)

Ginny said...

I'm here from ICLW. Glad your surgery went well! You seem to have a great humor through it all which is great. I laughed several times throughout your post, that is a great quality to have!

Morphine can you make you say some crazy things. It is a good thing you can't remember all the goofy things you say, lol!

~Jess said...

I'm glad that your surgery went well. Here's to a speedy recovery!

ICLW

Echloe said...

I'm glad that your surgery went well and that you are recovering. You've gone through so much. I hope this is the last time you have to go under the knife.

ICLW

Anniep said...

Congratulations on being minus one uterus! It did it's job (kinda), so good riddance! How long is the recovery, and is your mom on kid patrol? I hope your recovery goes smoothly, and the closure is as big of a relief as I imagine it would be.
(form ICLW)

CappyPrincess said...

So glad to hear that you are on the mend. Aren't small things like peeing just the biggest blessings in the world?

Take care of what you can and let those sisters help pick up loose ends here and there - you know they will gladly do it!

ICLW