H Days Part 7: My Hysterectomy Journey

23 January 2016

Dear Friend,

I am now 10 days post op. I started this diary as a record of my experience and have been overwhelmed by the response and the lovely well wishes I've received. At the beginning I wrote;

So my friend, I have decided to keep a no holes barred diary of my hysterectomy journey for any other women out there who, like me, want to know the truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth. If it helps one person then my job is done!

I was absolutely over the moon when someone contacted me via Twitter and told me just that; my Journal had helped to alleviate some of her worry in such a stressful time. It's a brilliant thing this blogging! My goal is complete, thank you.

My recovery is going really well in terms of pain. I am finding it easier to get in and out of bed and stand up etc. my body lets me know really quickly if I have done too much. The thing that is getting to me most is the fatigue and the dizziness. I have been back to the GP and they have taken bloods to check the levels, apparently my blood loss during the surgery was a bit more than normal so maybe I have an iron deficiency My blood pressure was high which perhaps explains the light headed feeling I've been experiencing.

Yesterday I managed a whole morning out of bed. I was energized by a lovely friend and colleague coming for a cuppa. It was good to have some company! I retired to bed for the afternoon feeling a lot better than the previous day. Fingers crossed that this is the beginning of my return to normality. 

The big lad has coped brilliantly but the signs of stress are starting to show and his teacher rang yesterday to discuss some things. We made a list of jobs he needs wants to do. Perhaps he feels better if he thinks he is doing something to help or he is looking for structure in the chaos. I understand that. All I can do is reassure him that I am getting better.

Yesterday afternoon the nurse from gynaecology rang to see how I was feeling. I am doing well but more time and rest is needed and apparently I expect too much! That made me laugh, me, never?! Isn't that true of all us mums, that mummy guilt doesn't allow us to be ill or under par as we have to keep going for our families.

If this experience has taught me anything it is that the world doesn't end when you need to rest. I can not be there physically for my kids but I am always here mentally to give them the love and support they need.

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