Total Vaginal Hysterectomy Recovery – Week 1 (things I wish they had told me)

So first off, when I say TVH (total vaginal hysterectomy) I mean I had everything but my ovaries taken out. They left the ovaries to prevent me from needing to be on hormones. Because frankly the way my life is set up I wouldn’t remember and then my whole life would be screwed. Well that is my opinion at least.

So week 1 is coming to a close and there are a few things I want to say about the recovery that the doctors did not explain to me. Experience is sometimes the most brutal teacher of all. I have cried a lot this week from pain and frustration. I have been humbled by not being able to do for myself and my kids the way that I am used to.

  1. Take a heating pad with you! One of the nurses gave me her personal one for my back and I ended up alternating between my back and stomach. Frankly it has been lovely and I use it a lot even as I am writing this post.
  2. While the spinal tap anesthesia is lovely while it’s working, please know you are not going to get any other narcotic until it is out of your system. They will give you non-narcotic pain meds but if you have any kind of tolerance for medicine then you are liable to feel some kind of pain. My sister is the kind that can take half a pill and be loopy, meanwhile, I am over here like why do I still feel pain??
  3. NOBODY warned me about the back pain and migraines which is from the spinal. Let me stop right now and say these two things, for me, trumps the ache that I feel from the TVH. At this point I have already went through the narcotics they sent me home with and they didn’t help. The nurse told me to take Tylenol and it did not touch the horrible migraines either. Yesterday I finally sent my boyfriend to get me some Excedrin Migraine and I now alternate it with Ibuprofen every 3 hours. That has allowed me to be able to sit up and move around without wanting to claw my eyes out and put frozen spoons in the sockets. Sounds gruesome but that was the best way I can describe it.
  4. They will tell you this but I will stress this: Don’t be drinking no sodas thinking you are invincible! The pain from the gas that you cannot get out will make your whole stomach feel like you need to make a fast trip back to the ER. Oh and take the stool softeners the give you.
  5. You are not invincible. This shit is going to hurt and you are going to need help. You can’t lift or push anything over the weight of a gallon of milk. If you are like me that is a hard pill to swallow but in the end my body tells me “you better sit you ass down…RIGHT now!” quick fast and in a hurry and that’s without trying to lift anything.
  6. You are not going to stand up straight for a good long while. Sure you will be able to stretch out while you hold on to something or while your in a hot shower. But as for walking….your are going to look like the sister of the Hunchback of Notre Dame. Just saying! I would post pictures but……this is definitely not a shining moment of my life.

I found that right now I have about a constant level 4 pain with an occasional spike that reminds me to chill out. I wake up in the mornings and get the kids dressed (without picking anyone up) and can pick up my house just a little bit even though my boyfriend tells me to sit down literally every 2 minutes when I try. Today is day 5 post-op and I felt like getting dressed in real clothes instead of pajamas. From day 1 to now I am able to move way better then I was but everything is still slow and steady. Coughing hurts. Laughing hurts. But slow wins are what its about else we would not be down for 6 weeks.

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