Monday, July 22, 2013
I just wanted to post an updated post on my recovery. Although my external abdominal incision has healed very well, I'm still healing on the two areas of my internal incisions.
The healing of the internal incisions take 6 months to 1 year so I have quite a long time to go for full recovery. I am able to do more now including driving, but am still on some restrictions per my doctor's instructions since one area internally hasn't healed fully so no baths (I do take showers, LOL), swimming, etc. for another two weeks.
This past week I was able to drive every single day and take my daughter to a class she was taking. The class lasted 3-4 hours every day so I was left figuring out what to do with my time while I waited. I finally got back into shopping independently while waiting for her, but that was more strenuous than I thought it would be.
You take for granted doing things like pushing a buggy (shopping cart), driving, walking around a store, etc. but it has been humbling after this surgery how physically demanding those things can be.
I'm still dealing with a swollen belly that gets larger as my activity increases, so my clothes are not fitting me (well my pants) and that is very frustrating to me. I've been best buddies with my heating pad and think that I have almost worn it out as it isn't working as well as it was in the past, LOL. I'll be looking online to get another one to replace it as I am still using it, especially in the evening or if I do anything physical.
I have to be selective about what I do physically each day so when I was taking my daughter to class and shopping almost every day, I had to rest in bed as it was stressful on my internal areas healing. When my belly swells (it goes down some in the mornings but with activity gets more swollen in the afternoon/evening) it puts even more stress on the internal stitches and therefore also causes more pain.
I have another medical procedure coming up soon and that is the dreaded colonoscopy. When my doctor opened my abdomen up he found that my ovary was adhered to my colon and my uterus was adhered to my rectum. He thinks that the reason for the adhesions of my organs was due to endometriosis (that I didn't know I had and neither did he) that the lab diagnosed after my removed organs were sent to pathology after surgery.
Because my colon had a suspicious area on it (where my ovary was adhered) and my father was diagnosed with colon cancer, I have to get a colonoscopy (although I'm not 50 years old) early next month. He keeps telling me that he thinks it is nothing and only endometriosis that he saw (the suspicious area) so I'm trying to remain calm and not get unduly frightened.
I'm a little afraid though that it will be painful (the prep, not the actual colonoscopy) since it causes abdominal pain/distress and I've had abdominal surgery. The gastroenterologist is aware of my hysterectomy though so he's the expert and I'm sure wouldn't have me do this is he didn't think it was safe. I'm still afraid though because I'm still taking pain reliever (over the counter) for the pains and don't think I will be able to take it for a few days before the procedure.