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I've Joined the "Hyster-Sister"--hood:-)

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

I had surgery Friday morning; the cysts that were removed are benign, so that's good news!! I came home from the hospital Saturday afternoon. And now I'm just sleeping a lot emoticon and moving really slowly...lol. Have been up walking several times a day though, as several fellow "sisters" advised, and it really seems to be helping. a lot emoticon

I'm still trying to get used to not going to work every morning, but I have several weeks of recuperating to get used to that emoticon

Thanks again to everyone who offered prayers and advice. emoticon emoticon

  
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LYDDIECAT 2/27/2014 6:43PM

    Good news! I'm glad to hear you are doing well!



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NBUTLER91 2/27/2014 4:22PM

    So glad your surgery went well and everything came out so well for you. Keep walking and do not overtire yourself or you could go into a setback. Once your released you will feel better knowing it's all over.

Prayers are still with you!
Nancy emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 2/25/2014 8:06PM

    So happy to hear that things are benign and you're on the mend now. Take care of YOU! HUGS

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BLUEJEANS27 2/25/2014 7:44PM

    Great news on the cysts being benign!!
Careful about doing too much too soon. It's easy to think you're feeling better and can go back to a regular routine before your body is really ready for that.

emoticon but don't push yourself too hard just yet!

Julia

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STEVEN_D 2/25/2014 6:27PM

    Yes, glad the results came back good. Give your self time to heal, you'll be up and going soon.

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SHORTSTORY2 2/25/2014 6:03PM

  Glad to hear your surgery went okay. Hope you will recover quickly. Eileen

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ARMYWIFEKASS93 2/25/2014 5:47PM

    Hope for a speedy recovery for you!


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Facing a Health Issue...Could Use Some Advice:-)

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

I joined SP in Dec. of 2011. I lost 65 lbs in 2012 emoticon In 2013, I hit a plateau and gained back 30 lbs. emoticon ... but, on the plus side, I met a man and fell in love emoticon emoticon

So, I was determined to make 2014 my year to get back on track and consistently do the things I know how to do to get healthy!! However, I started the year off with a lot of tests...an ultrasound, an MRI, and then a biopsy. The good news is the biopsy was benign, so no cancer!! emoticon Bad news is, I have some really large cysts that need to be removed, so I'm having a hysterectomy in a couple of weeks emoticon

So, I'm looking for advice from the my fellow Sparkers who've had this surgery. What's recovery like? How painful? How soon can I get to exercising? Good news or bad, I just want to know what I'll be dealing with. Any "words of wisdom" you have to offer would be greatly appreciated!!

I'm still determined to get back on track and don't want this development to throw me off course for any longer than necessary. Thanks emoticon

  
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COMPUCATHY 2/10/2014 9:32PM

    Looks like you already have a lot of responses on this! I'm a hyster sister, too. I had a full hysterectomy due to fibroids in 2009. I recovered really well...and I think the key was taking it easy after the surgery. Get up and walk around like you are supposed to...but also take it easy like you are supposed to. Let your body heal from the surgery. Let those steri strips fall off...do not pull them off. I pulled one off and that is where I ended up with the worse scarring which is just now starting to look better. Let people do things for you...NO HEAVY LIFTING. This is a major surgery but one that I believe most people recover well from...and I am confident you will too. I LOVE not having a cycle any more. My emotions are on an even keel...where they were always up and down and all around before. Keep up the good work! Thanks for the encouragement! Spark on! emoticon emoticon

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GOING4GOAL2014 2/10/2014 6:38AM

    Good luck with your surgery! Be kind to yourself. This surgery is part of the journey! You are working toward getting healthy and taking a giant step in the right direction. Take this time to heal. Continue to eat healthy, drink your water and follow your doctors orders about exercise. emoticon And I am so proud of you for taking such good care of yourself! emoticon

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CFPUNKIN 2/5/2014 8:51PM

    Good luck! I've not been through it, but a friend just went through the surgery (December) and has commented many times on these things - which also echoes my sister's experience: Don't overdo it. Don't lift things. Listen to your body. If you have to use steps (she lives on the 2nd floor, no elevator), take your time. Ask for help. Constipation hit when she thought she was over it. Don't even look at the vacuum. Listen to your doctor.

Hope this helps.



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NBUTLER91 2/5/2014 7:15PM

    Good luck with your surgery! Talk to your doc and take the time to heal. Do not try to overdo or you will have a possibility of trouble.(pulled stitches etc.) Rest and healing is important to overall health. You'll be in my prayers.


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LIVEDAILY 2/5/2014 5:02PM

    Talk to your dr about the pain/constipation issue, and also whether he plans on doing the vaginal/abdominal surgery, because it does make a difference. When I had my hysterectomy, it was a full incision below the "bikini line", and I was in the hospital for 7 days. Have the nurses teach you how to get out of bed by yourself! Slow walks until you regain your strength, and follow drs orders about movement and lifting heavy things. Also talk to him about the onset of menopause. For some women it happens almost immediately after surgery, and there's things you can do to alleviate the symptoms. Good luck to you!!

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-WISPY- 2/5/2014 4:41PM

    Hi honey,

Well I can only speak for myself. I had this operation at 29 and the recovery process was painless. I had to take it easy and not lift any heavy objects, or strain to do things like cleaning, or lift my arms to hang out washing as I recall for 6 weeks

The only discomfort I felt was for the first couple of days in hospital.
I had the vaginal removal.
The operation was over forty years ago, so I was not into exercising. I was married and able to take care of my two boys aged 6 and 4.

So all my recollections are very positive and pain free. I am sure the docs will guide you on how long before you can resume your exercise routine.

Congrats on the love in your life. This is wonderful news.

Hugs Wispy

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ICEDEMETER 2/5/2014 10:42AM

    This is a bit of TMI advice, but it was the most important thing for me when I had my hysterectomy and other abdominal surgeries: be careful not to get constipated! The very last thing you need when you've had an abdominal surgery is to be feeling blocked and bloated, and straining on the toilet can cause issues with the incisions.

Most folks find that the heavy duty painkillers (morphine, vicoden, percocets, etc.) all cause constipation. My surgeon for the hysterectomy advised not using them, but to alternate ibuprofen (Advil) and acetaminophen (Tylenol), starting with double-doses of the ibuprofen to build up the anti-inflammatory in the body (he also advised a glass or two of red wine every day --- there's a reason I adore him!). This worked great for me - I ended up with much less pain and discomfort than I'd had with a previous abdominal surgery where I'd been on morphine and percocets.

You might want to talk to your surgeon prior to the surgery to find out what he / she recommends, and also see if using Colace (a stool softener) or something like Senekot-S (a mild laxative and stool softener) as a preventative might be a good idea.

As for working out - all of my surgeons have wanted me up and walking (gently) as soon as possible, and as often as possible every day. They preferred shorter walks, without raising the heart-rate, to start with, but by two weeks in walking fast enough to be exercise was encouraged. As others have said, the lifting restrictions are there for a reason, so follow your doctor's orders on those.

That's awesome news on no cancer - hope the surgery is easy for you and that you are feeling much better very soon!

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CAREN_BLUEJEANS 2/5/2014 7:53AM

    You have a great attitude! Regain happens, even when you're on Spark People. I was 202 in 2007, 168 in 2008, 209 in 2010, and now I'm at 176. I was embarrassed by my gain. But I never gave up.

I haven't had the surgery. Believe in yourself, that weight loss is possible, that it's possible for you to lose the weight permanently.

Ask your dr for expert advice for your personal recommendations. WebMd is a good source for more general online info. But they can be on the shocking side.



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BLESSEDBEING 2/4/2014 11:53PM

    I haven't had this kind of surgery, so can't speak to that. I will urge you very strongly to see your most important challenge is to HEAL. Surround yourself with love and support--before, during and after the surgery.

Gentleness in all things, including exercise may be recommended. Yoga and stretching might be recommended. I will be sending lots of healing energy your way. When is the surgery planned?

Wishing you all the best, dear friend! emoticon
Blessed Be, Amanda emoticon

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ROMANTILLY 2/4/2014 10:18PM

    The advice from Alihikes and Blujeans is absolutely correct. Everything will depend on whether they remove the uterus vaginally or through an abdominal incision. Don't lift anything more than 5 pounds will be the order, no vacuuming, etc. You must be very strict with that - a good excuse to make hubby clean (lol). You should be able to start back to light exercise in about 6 weeks - about the same amount of wait time for after giving birth.

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1CRAZYDOG 2/4/2014 9:03PM

    You've already gotten good advice about what to expect, so I'm just going to send hugs your way and

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ALIHIKES 2/4/2014 8:21PM

    I had a hysterectomy when I was 40, the surgery was more extensive than originally planned. Recovery time depends on whether you have a vaginal hysterectomy (around 3-4 weeks) or abdominal incisions (5-6 weeks). I had both; they started with the vaginal hysterectomy but mid-surgery they realized the benign tumors were too large so they did abdominal incision also. You will have some physical limitations on how much you can lift, don't ignore those restrictions! (my friend was feeling perky so she lifted groceries and some stiches ripped open); can't vacuum for a bit (it was a good excuse to hire a cleaning person for a few weeks). On the other hand I don't recall any eating restrictions other than you start with a soup/light diet after abdominal surgery.

I'm SO glad I had the surgery, I felt 100% better afterward. I did not suffer hot flashes despite losing both ovaries and I didn't have to take hormones.

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BLUEJEANS27 2/4/2014 8:02PM

    I had a hysterectomy in 2007 with the full incision and I recall it being at least 3 weeks before I started to feel relatively normal. I think about 6-8 weeks before feeling completely 100%. I wasn't exercising at the time, so can't advise you on that.

I used a web site called "hyster sisters" to connect with other women who had had hysterectomies and found it very useful.

And I can tell you I am SO much happier and more comfortable since the surgery!! Best thing I ever did.

Hope this helps!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 2/4/2014 6:23PM

    I'm sorry I don't have any advice, but I wanted to know that I read this and I'm thinking about you. *HUGS*

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Back to Square One:(...what's love got to do with it?

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

What a difference a year makes! This time last year I was in the groove...exercising & tracking my food daily. I was also in the midst of my greatest weight loss success ever!!
By Sept. 2012 I had lost 65 lbs!! I went from a size 28 to a size 18 pant, from 3X to XL in shirts...I couldn't have been prouder of myself. emoticon But then the dreaded plateau showed up, and it still hasn't gone away! As each week and month went by I was getting more discouraged. I kept exercising and eating healthy, but not at the same level of intensity. I was able to maintain my weight loss, but couldn't seem to lose any thing more. But then something miraculous happened....I met a man and we've fallen in love emoticon . I say miraculous, because I had pretty much given up hope that it would ever happen! And as our relationship grew stronger, I spent less time exercising and eating healthy. In my mind, what did it matter? I had someone who loved me regardless. Plus, before, when I had "no life", it was easy to spend 60-90 minutes a night working out....I had nothing else to do.

So what's love go to do with it? First of all, I've regained about 15 lbs., and my clothes sizes are now changing, but in the the wrong direction!! So I am realizing that it's not enough that he loves me regardless of my size. What's really important is that I love myself enough to take better care of ME. I started SP with a goal in place...to live a healthier life. And that means regular exercise and making healthy food choices on a daily basis. And I want/need to attain my goals.

So it's back to square one for me. I know how to do it and I know that it works, I just need to find a balance in my life and get back to taking care of business. Loving myself can only make my relationships stronger, right?

  
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MSGRANNYMAE 11/25/2013 3:25PM

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PAYLAY1 8/20/2013 1:54PM

    How are you doing now? It has been a month since your post? Hang in there and maybe you can incorporate exercise in your relationship? Go in long walks together?
Hang in there. emoticon

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FITFRIT 8/3/2013 12:43AM

    moving forward, or even backwards means you are still moving. Don't let this plateau beat you!

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NORWOODGIRL 7/9/2013 10:22PM

    You go, girl. Take care of yourself. Live the life you dream of.

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1CRAZYDOG 7/9/2013 6:02PM

    Congrats on the new love! Ain't love grand! And definitely, take the time to take care of yourself too1 even if it means starting at square one! You're worth it.

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PANDASUE2 7/9/2013 5:57PM

    First of all, congratulations! Love is wonderful :-) But you know what you need to do, you know how to achieve it, and you know you can do it. I know its hard to find the time, but make sure you find that time for you too, even if its only 45 minutes a day, any little bit helps.

Good luck!

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-LINDA_S 7/9/2013 4:31PM

    You've taken the first step in realizing what you need to do. Great!


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ABUTTERFLYWISH 7/9/2013 3:58PM

    Congrats on finding a new love! The good thing is that you are recognizing what happened and youre ready to change it! Thats the difference between before and now!

You can do this, be in love and live a good life all at the same time. If he loves you now, hell love you through whatever you need to do to be a better you for YOU!

Im glad you came back and I wish you the very best success! emoticon

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Back to Square One:(...what's love got to do with it?

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

What a difference a year makes! This time last year I was in the groove...exercising & tracking my food daily. I was also in the midst of my greatest weight loss success ever!!
By Sept. 2012 I had lost 65 lbs!! I went from a size 28 to a size 18 pant, from 3X to XL in shirts...I couldn't have been prouder of myself. emoticon But then the dreaded plateau showed up, and it still hasn't gone away! As each week and month went by I was getting more discouraged. I kept exercising and eating healthy, but not at the same level of intensity. I was able to maintain my weight loss, but couldn't seem to lose any thing more. But then something miraculous happened....I met a man and we've fallen in love emoticon . I say miraculous, because I had pretty much given up hope that it would ever happen! And as our relationship grew stronger, I spent less time exercising and eating healthy. In my mind, what did it matter? I had someone who loved me regardless. Plus, before, when I had "no life", it was easy to spend 60-90 minutes a night working out....I had nothing else to do.

So what's love go to do with it? First of all, I've regained about 15 lbs., and my clothes sizes are now changing, but in the the wrong direction!! So I am realizing that it's not enough that he loves me regardless of my size. What's really important is that I love myself enough to take better care of ME. I started SP with a goal in place...to live a healthier life. And that means regular exercise and making healthy food choices on a daily basis. And I want/need to attain my goals.

So it's back to square one for me. I know how to do it and I know that it works, I just need to find a balance in my life and get back to taking care of business. Loving myself can only make my relationships stronger, right?

  
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GRANDMABABA 7/9/2013 8:20PM

    Great success and much happiness to you!

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NKING1982 7/9/2013 3:53PM

    You can do it, (you have already prooved that once) you can do it again!

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Springtime!! A new month, a new beginning:)

Monday, April 01, 2013

I have really "fallen off the wagon" as far as being consistent in my goals to lead a healthier life. I've allowed the problems and stresses from my personal and professional life to stop me from moving forward. And I've let the discouragement of being stuck in a plateau for months now, to hinder my progress.

But NO MORE!! I'm determined to break free from excuses and rededicate myself to achieving my goals. To that end, I'm once again doing the Spring into Shape Bootcamp. When I did this last year I felt really good about my progress, and I want that feeling of accomplishment again. I'm also doing a training program to be able to run/jog a 5K this June. I've walked several 5K's, but I've always wanted to try running in one, so this is my time to accomplish that as well.

I lost 60 lbs last year, but then I became complacent...NO MORE!! NO more excuses!! NO more reasons why I can't do this!! I have more that I want to accomplish!! Now is my time and I am worth the effort!!!

  
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COMPUCATHY 4/3/2013 9:30PM

    You sound like my twin! Come on, girl, we can do this! Let's get our determination on and make April our month of turn-around! Women, start your engines! Hope you had a great day! Keep up the good work! Thanks for the encouragement! Spark on! emoticon emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 4/2/2013 9:05PM

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SWDESERTLOVER 4/2/2013 7:40AM

    Stress truly can throw a monkey wrench into our plans and upset our lives, but sounds like you're getting a handle on this. You CAN do it - you ARE worth it. Let's make this the best year ever! So now we just need to get out there and enjoy spring and keep on moving.

Have a great week!

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LILYBELLE8 4/1/2013 9:58PM

    Lost 60 pounds last year? Holy cow, that is terrific!! Now really is your time, and you are definitely worth it!

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