In April of 2012, I went through what millions of other women have gone through over the years. I went through a hysterectomy or the technical term is a supracervical abdominal hysterectomy. This is where they just take the uterus out and nothing else. I had been fighting fibroids for over a year now and after a year of taking shots to shrink them; which did not work; I was scheduled to have this surgery. It was supposed to be a two hour surgery, barring any complications, but there were a complication. The doctor had told us at the pre-op appointment about the risks and the complications, so we knew something could go wrong; even though we were hoping and praying that there would not be any.
The surgery took two and a half hours instead of the two hours that he said it could take. This was due to the fact that when he was taking out the huge fibroid and uterus; he nicked the bladder. The fibroid and the uterus were lying on the bladder, which was one of the huge reasons for me having to run to the restroom so much. The doctor apologized for what had happened and explained. I found this out later after I came out of recovery and discovered that I had a catheter. I also received a surprise that I would be using the catheter for two weeks, since he wanted to make sure that the bladder would heal. I stayed in the hospital for three days, which I am grateful that I did. The first day was a blur, but I do remember my husband staying with me for the night. We both were woken up several times in the night with the nurses coming in to check on me, take blood, and vitals. I was also given a surprise when I was told that I had been diagnosed as a type 2 Diabetic. Apparently my blood sugar was high after surgery and that concerned them. They also had been given me sugar laced IV’s and after that discovery, they switched me to IV’s that had less sugar. The doctor also put me on a pill medication to keep my sugar in check.
Two days after surgery, I was allowed to go home where I could begin my recovery. I was in some considerable pain, which was the norm, after surgery. I was given antibiotics and pain medicines to take when at home. I also had to contend with the fact that I could not do much on my own; that my husband had to do almost everything for me. Since I had a catheter; my husband had to me my caretaker and I relied on him heavily. I was glad that he had taken two weeks off to be there for me and to take care of me, because I really needed him. It was not an easy first few weeks as I was recovering from the surgery. I was in pain and having to learn not to overdo. I was not able to do much those first few weeks with a catheter but I managed to do some things; like walking, even though it was not easy. I also saw my doctor weekly so he could track my progress and make sure I was doing ok. It was three weeks later that I finally was able to get rid of the catheter. I had to have a bladder exam called a cystogram. This exam is where they put a contrast liquid into a catheter port and it goes to the bladder where they can view images to make sure that it is healing and all. It was healing; which was a relief to be able to get that thing out so I could get back to a normal life where I could recover better. Then he still wanted to still see me weekly to make sure that I was healing and also to make sure that my bladder was also healing.
I had to go through one more bladder test before the doctor was satisfied that my bladder was on the road to recovery. I just “celebrated” my six weeks since surgery and also was able to see my doctor where he said he did not have to see me again for two weeks; then after that he would release me and not have to see him for a year. So, I will be heading back to work soon; which I am happy about, and then I begin my life again. I have been so bored, but I do know that I went through some major surgery and had to have that time to recover and heal. You can only so much reading, watching TV, being online, and walking while healing. I am taking care of myself and walking twice a day when possible. I am on the other side of recovery and eager to get back to work. Also, if it was not for the website: hystersisters.com, I am not sure how I would have survived these long weeks. Also being able to discover the diabetes websites has helped me too.