Monday, April 21, 2014

Happy Easter 2014!

Well, another Easter is in the books. We had a fantastic day. My husband was actually off work this holiday and we loved having him with us. 

We colored our Easter eggs and got everything ready...

The Easter bunny showed up...

We headed for church...

We went to celebrate with my husband's family...

And then we went to celebrate with my parents...

It was a day of faith and family. What a wonderful day!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Jansen's 3rd grade program

Last night, my youngest son, Jansen had his 3rd grade music program. It was adorable!

Jansen even had a speaking part and his body just couldn't contain his excitement. 

Love this kid!

Post op doctor visit

Monday, I woke up feeling great. My swelling had gone down quite a bit and I was ready to drive myself to Houston for my follow up appointment. 

Now, by the time I got to Houston, an hour away, I was beginning to feel uncomfortable. I was, after all, only 13 days out from surgery and this was my first real outing. I was there almost 2 hours and got a pretty good report. 

She went over the pathology report which included: small fibroids, adenomyosis, endometriosis, adhesions, and finished with the removal of my uterus, cervix, and fallopian tubes. She assured me that, in the case of the adenomyosis, nothing they could have done short of the surgery would have helped me. I felt really validated! I am to be taking it easy for the next two weeks and I go back on May 6th for the final follow up. If everything looks good at that time, then I am cleared to resume all my normal activities. 

As of now, I am still unable to take a bath, exercise, lift anything heavier than 10 pounds, or sweep, mop, or vacuum. I REALLY want to take a bath!!! 

Today is day 17. I have some remaining aches, occasional sharp twinges, and a bit of cramping. In the morning I feel the best and as the day rolls on I get more tired and swelly. I am taking a nap every day and am still in bed before 9pm. I am not really going out places unless I have to, mainly because I want to make sure I don't over do it. I have done too much a few days and I pay for it dearly. 

Going to feel better soon!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Post Hysterectomy...the first 2 weeks

I have had many people private message me about how I got my hysterectomy, what to expect, and how the recovery goes.

Everyone says the same, relax, and don't overdo it. This is very true. 

The first week I did take my pain meds (Norco) but I was only taking three per day. The pain wasn't really sharp and stabbing, but I mainly felt achy, bloated, and sore. I got up twice a day to walk around my house several times. I was slow and felt very out of breath, but it felt good to be up and moving. 

I stopped taking my pain meds over the weekend, so I haven't had anything in week...not even Motrin or Tylenol. 

On Friday, day 10 my husband went back to work and I drove the kids to school. I totally felt like I could do it, but it did prove to be more uncomfortable than I had expected. Saturday, I took the kids to the mall to get a couple pair of jeans, we went to Hobby Lobby to get a few things, and then I took them to tennis lessons. By the time I got home I know it was too much. I was feeling quite achy and exhausted and promptly feel asleep while my children played video games. 

So today is day 12. I feel more comfortable although my abdomen is still quite swollen. I am wearing my binder just because it makes me feel better and helps reduce the swelling a bit. I am in a weird mental state where I feel like I want to go to so many things, but I am really not able to. I want to take a bath, I want to go shopping, I want to start exercising...none of which I can do yet. Tomorrow is my follow up visit with my surgeon, so I am looking forward to see what progress has been made and what new things I can do. 

I just want to thank my friends for all the prayers and well wishes, flowers, and meals provided for us since my surgery. 

My friends got together to provide us meals for the entire first week home. This was a fantastic idea, and here is what our first week home looked like:

Wednesday: My mother-Chicken Pot Pie
Thursday: My mother-Chicken and Dumplings
Friday: My cousin, Wendy-Taco soup, chips, and chocolate pudding
Saturday: My friend, Carmela-Lasagna, salad, and garlic bread, and ice cream
Sunday: My friend, Savannah-Chicken spaghetti, salad, garlic bread, and brownies
Monday: My friend, Crystal-Chicken casserole
Tuesday: My friend, Sonya-Tator tot casserole and salad

AND my friends, Amanda and Cindy each provided a gift card to Chick-fil-A, which is a favorite of my family!

We are blessed and thankful! I can't wait to be back to normal and to have this surgery be a distant memory!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Tales of a welcomed hysterectomy....

Well folks. Tuesday I checked into the hospital to have a robotic assisted total hysterectomy. Might I say, it hurts!

I have been dealing with issues for years! Honestly, we have tried everything to take care of the problems. I have been seeing my current gynecologist for about three and a half years and I do t think they ever realized how much pain I have been in, on top of having extremely erratic, heavy, and frequent periods. I would have one for three months straight, then have nothing, then have one for nine days and a week later have another one.

This past November, I decided to be a bit more assertive. I told my doctor I was no longer interested in medication that was not working. She suggested we try either an IUD or the Nuva Ring. I told her I would try the ring for the three months as suggested. At the end of that three months everything was still the same although I had gained ten pounds. So I called her back.

They got me in the following week and I decided to be very assertive and tell her I was done with medical interventions and wanted to discuss hysterectomy. She assured me there was a protocol for insurance approval to which I said, "let's go!" That visit I had blood drawn that showed I was anemic, I had a uterine biopsy done, and I scheduled a pelvic ultrasound.

Two weeks later I got a call saying everything was fine and continue what I wAs doing. I was so shocked I just hung up the phone. After speaking with my cousin, I called back and told the nurse I wAnted to speak with the doctor that day. She called me later that evening and she told me that she had a colleague that does laparoscopic hysterectomies and she would present my case to her the next morning.

The next day I got a call saying the surgeon wanted to see me. I felt joyous!!! A week later I was in her office. She did a thorough work up and told me that even though I was young, I had had a tubal ligation almost 9 years ago and my child bearing years were way behind me. She felt comfortable performing the surgery on me.

Two weeks later ( Tuesday) I checked in to have my surgery. Surprisingly, I wasn't nervous, my husband had taken off work, my parents were going to watch my kids, and I was ready. Checking in, all the nurses and techs were wonderful. Dr. Tran explained everything and then I was wheeled into surgery. I had this amazing paper gown on that had a pocket for a heating tube to fit in that blew warm air into my gown. They had music playing..Michael Jackson and I told them this seemed like an amazing set up for a flash mob. There was a nurse on my right gently rubbing my right shoulder. That was really comforting. Then, I was being told to move into a bed in mg own room. ThAts how quick it felt to me.

In my room they had to give me oxygen because my sats were low. I slept off and on for the rest of the day. The pain kicked in on Wednesday! They pump you so full of air I was feeling major pockets of sharp gas pains. I got up to walk and go to the bathroom very cautiously. By that afternoon they discharged me to go home. They showed me pictures of the surgery and the surgeon said she was really glad we did the surgery because once the actually got in there, they found a cyst and endometriosis that none of the tests found. We could just address it all at once. I felt so validated. I just wanted the doctors to understand that this wAs a serious problem for me!

I have now been home 24 hours. One minute I feel really great and the next I feel awful. It feels like I have the worst stomach ache, plus I have PMS, plus awful gas, plus I have been punched in the pelvis 100 times. I am so bloated a swollen from surgery and I am weak. But every day will get better. I will heal and will never have to deal with this mess again!!! I feel so liberated! And in pain, but liberated!

I am so glad that I was able to have this done. So glad!

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Racing birthday party...

So we had a racing birthday party for my son, Caleb, who will be turning 11 on Wednesday. 

What a blast!

Go kart party sneak peek....

Caleb's 11th birthday party is today at our local go karting place. 

So far, I have made a few is the first set of snacks..

This is going to be a very small party with just a few of his friends. A couple of them can't come but that's ok. We are ready to eat cake and race!

More to come!