Thanks, Jag, Dani and Dagger, I'll take your advice, been using a mild laxative but still no movement yet...sort of dreading it as the waterworks was agony day 1 after the catheter removed. Jag the graber sounds great, I've been using my 9 year old!!! And Dani, thank you, my friends have been complaining about my impossible timetable... I just feel for as long as my kids want me I'll stay involved in the various activities. My daughter is 16 now and has basically given up all activities except soccer. I'm sure the boys will go the same way as they get older.
My parents never came to any matches or productions I was in, I want my kids to remember my support. I am naturally a high energy person so I prefer to be involved rather than waiting on the side lines! But I have pulled back, dropped all my committees this year. The RA has impacted on how much I can do.
I am being good, I'll try to walk today as they told me to walk in the hospital but I won't go far. My joints need some movement.
My specialist rang me last night to see how I was going, he seems a bit eccentric! He says, have you started the HRT yet. I said, no, you told me to start on Friday, but I haven't had any hot flashes or anything yet, should I wait? His response, some people never take HRT, you don't need to take it!!! I mean I was just asking should I wait till next week??? I think I'll ring my GP. He told me to dry my portals with a hairdryer after my shower, I didn't dare tell him I don't own one! I've just been padding them dry and changing the dressing if its wet. One keeps leaking and he said you'll be most sore with the two left side portals. He seems a bit crazy, I'm glad the surgery is behind me. I'll just use common sense to deal with them I think.
Wierd huh? golitho
So glad to know the surgery went well and you are doing well. It still blows my mind some of the surgeries they are now able to do by way of laproscopic surgery. My hysterectomy was an open abdominal surgery, but my gallbladder was done by lap. Only off two weeks? Gee, my surgeon made me stay home 6 weeks from the gallbladder. He said not to confuse the surgery because it was done lap, its still considered a major surgery.
Everyone has their thoughts on HRT. Some need it, some don't. Some potential things to look out for is vaginal dryness, hot flashes, fatigue, mood swings, lovely things of this nature. I didn't have hot flashes, I had heat waves that started from my toes and went on the way up lol. It was awful. My surgeon was an idiot and did not put me on anything so I suffered for one stinking year. I finally discussed it with my PCP one day and he was floored that I was not placed on anything. He took care of that real quick,lol.
The reason you need to be walking is to wake the bowels up and get them going, walk get them going. Also you know the walking will also help get rid of the gas. The gas used to blow you up during surgery can become very painful if it becomes trapped, so walk in your home as much as you can. you probably might consider a stool softener at this point, something like Miralax, you sure don't want major constipation going on. Again, walk gal, wake the bowels up.
Take care and let us know how you are coming along. Don't worry about the house, it will be there for later. Remember you just had major surgery-be kind to yourself. Hugs.
I feel quite overwhelmed with all this attention! Thanks everyone, Decided to go back to my normal meds today, thats how much better i feel. Even managed a walk around the block with DH. So finally managed to go. I'm a bit crampy, seemingly I have a mixture of dissolvable and real stitches because he did stitch up my hernia. Thats why I have 5 ports instead of the normal 4, extra one up by my left rib so they could see to stitch the hernia. That was near my belly button.
Had my first hot flashes last night, not too bad. I'll ask my doc about clonodine, Splashdancer. I think if I can manage without HRT it will be better for the endo. We shall see anyway. I'm going to try and get that menopause book PAlady mentioned. Funny being thrown into it so suddenly, next phase of my life coming up!
I'll get the yougurt too, Piercings. I actually was craving yougurt yesterday. Maybe my body knows more than I do? I love the idea of pulling out the fishing line, Dagger..ouch..must be pretty tickly for you, PAlady. Thnks for your thoughts Pete and WhiteBeard. I feel quite well amazingly. The oxycontin wiped out all my hip and knee pain, it's only just coming back to me now but I can't stay on those meds. Thanks too Draka for the tip on marking the tops, I had to keep putting my glasses on to make sure I was taking the right pill from the right box! My left side is definately had more work, really like a stitch pain quite low down, if it gets too much I'll take another endone but I'm going to try and tough it out a bit today. I don't want to get too soft.
I'm mad I know, lots of love to everyone, you have been my little life line these last 2 weeks. golitho