I did not want to have this op … but had to :( – Elena’s Story

For many years, I was told to have a hysterectomy but did not want to .. firstly I had miscarried and never had any children and was hoping to have one… and secondly simply because I was so scared.

The 25th November 2011, arrived and I had my operation, I was so afraid that I would not be able to cope with the pain, but thank God I managed. I had three massive fibroids, each 10cm x 10cm, my uterus was that of a 26 week gestation, they were pressing on my kidneys and bladder, and ended up having an up and down incision.

On the whole I cannot complain about my recovery, I had terrible flushes and therefore started having HRT in January 2012. They have lessened but still get the occasional flush here and there ! oh well I guess I just have to carry a hand fan wherever I go !…

The only two things that really bother me are my interrupted sleep.. I used to manage sleeping a whole 8 hours with no problem at all .. since my op I get up at least three times and I am really tired… and the obvious which is weight gain … In January 2012, I joined a gym and was using the treadmill.. watching what I eat and still put on weight. Two weeks ago, I decided to low carb and I have managed to lose 2 kilos in 2 weeks..I just hope it will all go off before summer kicks in !!

Prior to my operation, I also took vitamins which I believe helped me with the operation and recovery, and basically that was Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Fish Oils and Turmeric… another tip which I would like to share is take charcoal tablets after your first meal and add olive oil …. I managed to go to the bathroom with no pain whatsoever and get rid of all the unwanted wind .. which is so painful…

I do feel more tired than before my op .. but I think I am getting better … I hope that all you women who have to do this op will find my posting of help.. I was really petrified before my op, because I thought that I would not cope with the pain .. but I did .. I was afraid that I would have complications with the stitches because normally a simple scratch would turn septic but I managed .. so .. I just take one day at a time and try to be as positive as possible ! sometimes I managed .. sometimes I fail .. sometimes I laugh !… but I am just thankful to God that I am healthy and I think that is the most important thing to remember !

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