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Two days post surgery

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Wow, I'm feeling so much better this morning than I did yesterday. I had to take my daughter to school and that hurt quite a bit (who knew there were so many bumps in the road?); my brother took off early this morning to hang out with some buddies - I told him I had to toughen up anyway and that I could do it.

I slept pretty well and mostly on my stomach (there are three small incisions on and around my lower abdomen that make it challenging). I have a body pillow that I used to cushion my tummy and that helped. I still have some gas in my body - I can feel it just under my left shoulder this morning; I'll lay down later and it should work its way out.

My thoughts are not real organized this morning...

My post-surgical instructions say to take off the bandages the evening of the surgery or the next day but to leave the steristrips - I have no idea what that is. I tried taking what I thought to be the first bandage off last night in the shower but it is on there tight (amazingly tight) so I'm not sure if there is a bandage and that these big band-aids are the steristrips. I got the first one partially off and I could see stitches under so I taped it back down. I just left a message for the doctor's office to clarify what is what. I don't want to take it off too soon if it's not time. I don't want to get the stitches infected.

Anyway things are progressing and I'm starting to feel better. Now I have to wait for the cable guy. Our cable box went out on us yesterday and we're supposed to get a new one today. I'm glad to be home, that's for sure.

Take care!

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    I'm so glad you are starting to feel better!
You are absolutely right to keep resting. R & R is exactly what you need!
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ETTEZEUS 4/17/2009 12:02AM

    I'm so happy to hear you are feeling better! Yep, you always find all the bumps in the road when you aren't feeling good or in my case, when I have to pee really bad....LOL
As time goes on, the steri-strips will loosen up and be easier to take off. It usually take about 4 or 5 days.
Take care of yourself!

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LIBERTYGIRLFLA 4/16/2009 10:27AM

    Glad you're feeling better today. Take it easy and allow your body time to heal itself.

The steri strips should look like little strips of tape over your incision(s). John had tons of them after his back surgery. They are pretty hard to get off, so I doubt you'll accidentally remove them. There will be multiple strips, so the "one" top bandage is probably what they want you to remove. Good idea to wait for the doc to call back...just in case they used a different type of closure than was quoted in your post surgery instructions.

Actually walking the relay tomorrow may be a bit too soon. We'll fill in your walk time..but hopefully you'll be up to coming out for support. Don't feel pressured, though. The most important thing is that you take care of yourself and don't try to do too much too soon.

It sounds like your surgery was laproscopic but don't let that fool you....they still did lots of stuff inside and you really need to rest. I had laproscopic surgery many years ago and 10 days after the surgery, I went out to watch my husband bowl and started bleeding again. Bled right through the bandage, my shirt and pants (that was back when people tucked in their shirts...lol).

There's too much riding on this and you don't want it to fail because you didn't allow sufficient healing time.

Sorry for the lecture...Just the mommy in me lookin' out for my buddy!


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Surgery and Post-Surgery

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

ARGH, so this is my second time typing this out. I HATE losing stuff!! I accidently hit the escape key earlier after hobbling back from the bathroom.

This is a little lengthy so bare with me.

So we got to the hospital just as the rain started. Thank goodness we got there early; I would have hated riding with Jason in a real downpour. He was stressing as it was because he didn't know where we were going and I was texting (I can do two things at once!).

So we got checked in and had to wait for about an hour before they called me back to get changed. I went back then they put me in the hospital gown and put in the IV. The nurse put a numbing agent in first which helped a lot. It still stung a little but was better than what it could have been. Everyone was so nice.

I met my nurses, my anesthesiologist and my doctor stopped by. I had about a 2 hour wait after getting settled in. Jason and my girlfriend were able to sit with me while I waited (my brother stayed home and made sure my daughter was picked up after school). I was not allowed to eat anything after midnight so by the time my surgery rolled around, I was pretty hungry. But that was a good sign because it means I was pretty relaxed about it all; my stomach really churns when I'm really stressed out.

I sat there for so long that I really had to go potty. That was a fun trek because the nurse had to carry my bag to the bathroom with me. I was sure to flash my rear (on purpose) at my visitors on the way out of the room though!

Shortly after, I gave Jason a kiss as they rolled me out of the room. The anesthesiologist pumped something into my line and told me to let her know when it started working. I asked her what I was supposed to feel and she said like I'd had a couple of glasses of wine (I don't drink wine?) but after a couple of minutes told her I was starting to feel it (it kind of relaxed me a bit). I could feel everything they pumped into me it rolled up my arm, across my chest then worked its way south.

I no sooner got put on the surgical bed before I passed out. I had no warning like I did before last time I felt the room go dark, this time I just passed out. I woke up at 4:10 (my surgery was scheduled for 1:30 but I know it was a little after that when they got started) and was trying to calculate how long I was out but my mind was still a little foggy. A nurse was standing at my side looking at my chart and the first question I croaked out was whether I had endometriosis. She took a look and said yes, they took out quite a bit. Not that I wanted to have it, but I FINALLY got an answer as to why I'm not getting pregnant. That was actually a relief.

Then the nurse asked me on a scale of 1 to 10, how was my pain and I told her about a 5; I still had a lot of gas inside and it was hurting quite a bit. She put some STRONG pain medicine in and I felt it take the trail described earlier.

It only took a couple of minutes and they rolled me over to Jason. He confirmed that the doc spoke with him and said that on a scale of 1 to 4 for the endometriosis, I was at a 2. Not terrible but bad enough; the doc also told him that it was at an area that prevented the sperm from reaching the eggs. I nearly cried when he told me that; not because it made me sad but because it was such a relief. Now let's just hope everything else works from here out.

So I sat with Jason for a few minutes (my friend had to go to work) and the nurse gave me some water and crackers. I got sick from the pain medicine - that surprised me because I don't usually get sick from medicine. It must have been REALLY strong. I threw up three times before it passed and it was starting to get late around 6 or so when the nurse made me move to get dressed. I'm glad she did because I would have babied myself (I hate puking more than anything else in the world) to prevent puking again. Once I got up the nausea passed, thank goodness!

So I got changed and Jason drove me home. The pain medicine was still working when I got home and I was getting very hungry again so I made dinner just hotdogs and mac-n-cheese. Jason and I went to bed around 10:00 and the stupid phone rang at 11:00 I wanted to kill my brother! Anyway, I didn't sleep real well because I had to get up to potty and the medicine was wearing off. I can't sleep for a long time on my side because my hips hurt so I tried on my back and then my back hurt!

After Jason left for work, I took some pain medicine. I stood in the kitchen and talked with my brother and daughter a bit and had to take my wedding ring off because my hands are so swollen (it took soap and water to get it off). My brother drove my daughter to school, dropped off and picked up my prescription and took some forgotten homework to school for Jen. That was good of him. When he left, I went back to bed for a while and was able to sleep somewhat on my stomach. I finally got up around 10:30 and have been watching movies with my brother. When I got up, my face was swollen in addition to my swollen hands and feet. I left a message for my doctor's office to see if that is normal. I've been experiencing some swelling over the last couple of months, but not quite this bad. And I didn't have the swelling last year when I had the laparoscopy.

I have more soreness this year than I had last year, but I guess it's because the doctor moved so much more stuff around to find the endometriosis. I guess I'll be on the pain meds for a couple of days; last year I didn't have to take any pain medicine. But hey, as long as the end result is positive I'll be happy. And if the end result is positive, I would do this all over again.

So that's my story for now. I'll post more updates as things progress.

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    I'm so glad the surgery went smoothly and I hope it brings the result you are hoping for! It's great you have such a good family support system to take care of you now. I hope you feel better soon with a quick recovery.

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ETTEZEUS 4/15/2009 11:59PM

    Kathy, I'm sorry you had to go through this and that you had endometriosis but at least they found it right?
I hope you recover quickly and the pain is gone soon and you are up and about your self again!
Did they tell you how long you would have to wait before you could try to get pregnant again?
I'm still hoping for that baby shower!


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MSINTERPRETED_1 4/15/2009 11:30PM

    Hey, I'm glad you came out of the surgery ok! I had two surgeries w/in a month of each other last year, one emergency gallbladder removal and then another to clear the subsequent infection - it really left me weak.

Please be sure to take care of yourself and take it easy.

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SOPHIEMAE2007 4/15/2009 6:18PM

    Glad everything went well and it helped you to quit stressing on why you aren't getting pregnant...now you can relax and have that baby you want.

My niece just had her baby this afternoon on her own birthday. The father's birthday is tomorrow! My mom wanted the baby born on her bday, which was the 8th and I am sure my niece did not want to wait until the 27th, which is my bday!

I have memories of my hip replacement surgery...kind of like yours...waiting and waiting. There was an issue with bloodwork that postponed my surgery for 2 hrs. I was scared to death they were going to cancel it. I was psyched up and ready to go. I remember having the iv and having to go to the bathroom alot...I am sure the nerves didn't help either. Once they finally moved me to the operating room, I remember seeing the anestheologist shoot something into the iv and then I remember the seeing the dr at the end of my in recovery, which was probably about 2 1/2hrs later. I had plenty of morphine for my pain so I wasn't feeling much until the next day!

Again hope all goes well for you!!

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JHOFER 4/15/2009 4:19PM

    Glad to hear you are doing well considering. I was thinking of you yesterday. I know that while it stinks to have the diagnosis of endo, I'm sure it is a releif to have a "reason" why you haven't gotten pregnant. At least when you know why, you are better able to make choices to help achieve the end result ~ baby.

Big hugs to you. Hope the pain goes away soon and we get to see you this weekend.

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KATHY_NATURELVR 4/15/2009 4:09PM

    I finally spoke to the doctor's office this afternoon. They said the swelling could be from some of the medicine they gave me. They asked if I had itching or nausea (negative to both) and said if itching occurs to just take some Benedryl. Otherwise there seems to be no concern just yet.

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SHELLPRO 4/15/2009 3:27PM

    emoticon Lots of water to help flush all the medications, rest & keep at that Dr. to make sure all the swelling is normal. Hope U feel better soon. emoticon

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One week until surgery

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Well, I'm down to a week; I'm half excited, half anxious about it. My last one went so smoothly but this is a different doctor and he's going to be moving a lot more stuff around so I'm not sure how sore I'm going to be.

I haven't done a lot of exercising the last two nights because I've been so busy in the evenings. Monday night I had to go grocery shopping because we were so busy over the weekend that I couldn't do it. After shopping, I had to make dinner and go straight to bed because I was exhausted. Last night we had an Audubon meeting (then dinner, check emails and bed) and tonight will be laundry but I can exercise and do laundry. I'm planning on doing the Jillian Michael's video again but I'm catching my daughter's cold (my throat starting getting raw last night and is a little sore this morning). If I'm feeling too lousy I won't be able to exercise even though I want to. Ah, such is life. Exercise shall resume as soon as I'm feeling well enough after surgery, assuming I do have a cold now.

I'm falling behind on training with the group but I'm beginning to feel like even though I'd love to complete a 5K or a half marathon, I can't be a super-athlete right now because I am trying to get pregnant (too much exercise can mess with the hormones, see "Menstrual Dysfunction" at emedicine.medscape.com/article/89260
). I'm going to continue on with Jillian and some bike riding but I may have to pass on the heavy training until after I either have a baby or give up the dream. But I'll continue cheering everyone on!

Have a great rest of the week!

Everyone was Kungfu fighting!

I love this pic!

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SOPHIEMAE2007 4/13/2009 7:05PM

    Wishing you well with your surgery! emoticon

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ETTEZEUS 4/11/2009 8:31PM

    I'm sending my speedy recovery wishes your way!
It's amazing how different that day is going to be for the two of us. I'll be celebrating and you'll be recovering. I really hope it doens't take long for you to be back on your feet again. At least it will be done and you will be able to go on from there!
Let us know as soon as you can, how you are feeling!
Love that picture too!

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JHOFER 4/10/2009 9:38AM

    Hey Kathy! I know you'll feel better after having the surgery and knowing what's going on in there. Good luck!


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    I love your photo, also! Very cool!
I hope your surgery goes very smoothly and that your recovery time is very quick. We will miss you! Maybe, like Lib said, you can join us and just walk the 5K. It's up to you, of course!
I'm glad you're continuing with Jillian and the biking. I hope you don't get your daughter's cold!

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    We'll all be sending positive thoughts your way for your surgery.

We're not doing any really heavy training right now. You've already done a 5k..even if you walk some. Hopefully you can at least join us for that one.

I know a baby is your number one priority right now, so you need to do what's best in that regard.

We just love having you as part of our "family". It doesn't matter if you run with us...you can always come and cheer us on!

Get some Zicam (the kind you swab in your nose). It is AWESOME for cutting a cold short or even keeping it from taking hold if you catch it early enough. Get lots of rest...you need to be healthy for your surgery!



By the way...LOVE the pic. You really have some fantastic stuff. emoticon

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Wednesday - this week's training

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Well, I did Jillian Michaels twice this week so far since my neck is finally healed. Monday was cardio and last night was strength. I work with 3 lb dumbells and can't complete the whole video with the weights. I'll get there though, it'll just take some time.

Tonight will be cardio again. I love these video's even though I'm cussing her out during some of the video because it's so challenging! My muscles feel a bit sore but stronger today than they did over the weekend so I love it. It helps that I admire Jillian so it makes it easier to keep doing it.

Have a great day!

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    I do understand that love/hate relationship with Jillian Michaels! I'm so glad your neck is better and that you're able to continue on with your regular activities.

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ETTEZEUS 4/3/2009 10:10PM

    Jillian is not a fitness coach, she is a drill instructor....LOL!
I did her 30 day shred today. Yep, those muscles hurt but I will keep it up.
Great job Kathy! I'm so proud of you!

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REDSKINGIRL 4/2/2009 7:46AM

    I love her videos to but they do kick your butt! lol emoticon

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    Way to go girl! Glad your neck is better! I woke up with a very stiff neck this morning....guess someone has to have it..lol



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Feeling a bit better

Monday, March 30, 2009

Although I'm still feeling a bit "off", I'm gearing up for exercise tonight which I believe will make a huge difference.

I think there were several factors in my low mood yesterday. My daughter just turned 16, my husband was getting irratated by her, I'm on my period, I'm stressed over finances, I'm feeling a little isolated from my Spark ladies because most of them live so far south and I have so many people relying on me and it's quite wearing.

Those relying on me (or us as in me and Jason) is his parents (his step-dad has cancer and they require our help often), our rehab friends (they need so much help with so many things), my brother (not so bad but he talks SO MUCH and he's not able to contribute financially yet [LONG story] even though he's living with us) and then my dad lives in NC and he's going to be 84 and I worry so much about him.

Jennifer has been spending more time with her dad and that unnerves me a bit; all of a sudden he has all this extra money and I'm trying to figure out where its coming from when I'm struggling so much. I can't be the fun parent like he's been giving her lately - in the last two weeks he's taken her to Mideval times, Makotos, and I don't know where else.

Anyway...I'm trying to overcome the weight of all this and I think training for the half marathon is what I need. I need to focus on me a little and not everyone/everything else.

On the up side: My business ethics professor only has my final exam to grade (worth 200 points) and to date I have a 97.75% in that class. That makes me feel very good!

Thanks for listening, I guess I just needed to get it off my chest...

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    Hey Kathy,

I missed this blog last week...I wasn't as "in touch" as I should have been for the past week or so. I'm like you in that I tend to withdraw when I'm down/stressed, etc.

I know how all those things cal pile up and get overwhelming. I went through a similar period in my life (for many years). I had to deal with the "fun dad" issues as well. My kids would go for a few weeks every summer and be spoiled to death and then come back home and be HORRIBLE for weeks. Now that they're adults, they see the reality of my contribution vs. his...although they still have a good relationship.

Your daughter is at a very difficult age. They should call it the terrible teens, not the terrible twos..lol It's just a stage, like the terrible twos. Keep being the great mom that you are and it will all work out in the end.

We're so happy to have you as part of our "family" and we want to try to schedule events througout the county so that everyone can stay connected. That's why we want to have a different runner host the training each Saturday.

I hope you'll stay with us for training at least up to the 10k, but you should do what your doctor advises for your baby endeavor.

See you soon!


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HNOMAD 4/5/2009 3:36PM

    Kathy, I'm so sorry that you've had to go through all this. It's hard to be the "mean" parent when you have a teenager and the other parent gives them what they want. I don't know, maybe he's trying to "buy" her love.
I'm glad to hear that your neck is doing better, and many prayers and hugs for the family and friends that youre trying to help.
I know what you mean bout someone living in your home. I had an old co-worker that was down on his luck stay with us (still here), and it can be a drain on anyone's budget.
Have a great day. Heather

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    I'm glad your neck is better! I guess we've both been isolators this week, being that we're accountabilibuddies and haven't emailed each other since the picnic! BTW, I live in nearby Rockledge, and on days that I don't take my son to Planet Fitness, I can take a guest, if you're ever interested. (They only allow one guest per day.)

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KATHY_NATURELVR 3/30/2009 11:29AM

    Thank you Kitty! Usually when I'm down, I don't feel like being sociable so it may be hard for me to reach out. Our rehab friends called for help yesterday and I didn't answer the phone. I should probably call them today. Jason is usually a great sounding board since he's there and he gets it. He was a bit preoccupied though, moving our stuff out of storage (I can't afford them) and running errands for his mom. Go ahead and SparkMail your phone number to me and I'll give you a shout sometime.

My neck is finally 100%! I'm so glad its better because that sucked! But Jason "caught" it now, poor thing!

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ETTEZEUS 3/30/2009 11:01AM

    Kathy, I can now see why you had no motivation! My gosh, the stress you are going through. But, the exercise can help somewhat. AND....I'm only a phone call away if you need to talk, just ask and my number will be in your SparkMail!

I'm with you on being isolated from the SparkFriends. They are all to far North of me! I miss all the fun they have together!

CONGRATS on your scores! You are doing awesome!

Big Hugs to you!!

OH, BTW, how is your neck???

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KATHY_NATURELVR 3/30/2009 10:39AM

    Val, I think I would love to do that. We may have to meet up on the weekends though; weeknights are so busy for me.

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HISTOMOM 3/30/2009 10:33AM

    Kathy...You know we are all here to listen... we all care about you...I hope everything gets better for you. Maybe, you and I could get together sometime and workout, remember I am only in PSJ. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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