So I wrote a post about this a while ago, saved it as a draft and then went to finish it later. For some reason it wouldn’t let me post it from draft mode. I was doing it on the iPad so that might have been the difference, but I decided to just re-write it so I can add more recent stuff to it.
I had my surgery on October 24 which means I am now seven weeks post op and feeling fine. The surgery was very long (ten hours) but that’s nothing new to me. The initial wake up was much less fun than usual. I think they tried to avoid the NG tube only to have me start vomiting and so they seemed to have to put it in quickly and last minute because I was still retching from it as I woke up and my throat was very sore as well. I think they might have put the wrong size in. It was also quite apparent that I was used as a pin cushion/practice subject for the arterial line and central line. My left hand looked like it was bitten by a vampire and was numb and my right was very bruised around the art line site. The right side of my neck was also bruised and it looked like someone tried to choke me and I was full of blood. Apparently it took them three hours to get me ready for my surgeon.
This time they did a hysterectomy, got rid of the most recent abscess and a muscle flap to help prevent any new abscesses from occurring. As far as the hyst went I didn’t really feel any different except for the headache I had for the first three days afterward until they were able to start the hormone replacement. I don’t miss anything connected with that part of my body at all and nothing has changed. And that’s all I’m going to say about that without getting too personal (I can talk about my ostomy until the cows come home, but I don’t think you need to hear about what hasn’t changed since the hysterectomy).
As for the flap, it’s still healing but very well. The actual flap site is completely healed, but there’s a small spot in the incision that is being tended to by the home care nurse. I think this is a combination of two things: it’s very hard to move around and do things without aggravating that area (picture a cut on a joint that keeps opening when you bend it) and I’m pretty sure I’m allergic to whatever sutures they used. I broke out from something and that’s the only thing I can think of that might have caused it. My leg is also kind of rejecting sutures (literally pushing them to the surface, but not causing any kind of trouble other than that).
As far as the leg incision, that’s been the worst part. It runs from my groin to my knee and since they also took a muscle out of there it has needed the most rebuilding of strength. they also used my dominant leg (my right one) so I have had to get use to using my left leg for things like bracing myself or getting up on a chair to hang christmas decorations. The other day I took the dogs for a walk and they barked at the mailman. I went to brace myself in case they took off, but used my right leg. It gave out and down I went. It was more embarrassing than anything else and gave me a good idea of how much strength I have to work back up in that leg. I have started using a stepper to help and will probably do some swimming exercises as well. The strength will come back in time so all is well in that department.
My ostomy has been find through all of this. I am sticking with my convatec supplies as they seem to work the best and stick the best as well. I like the added benefit of not needing scissors with the mouldable ones. All is well there.
I’m hoping to get back to work mid january and also hoping to get back to outdoor things this winter. I miss downhill skiing the most since I did go skating last year. The best part will be going back to work and being me again…that me I have been searching for these last two years is back even though I will always have this new experience under my belt. I hope to turn it into a positive thing and be a better nurse as a result of it.