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Today is the one year anniversary of when I had a total hysterectomy with bladder lift at the age of 50. It is hard to believe that it has been one year already. Sometimes, it seems like it has flown by but then at other times it feels like it has really dragged on.
I still have some issues but for the most part I feel great, but it wasn’t always that way. The first 6 months I felt like crap!
I had pain (leg and abdominal, bloated belly), depression, hot flashes, night sweats and I just didn’t feel like myself. I would get migraines each month right before my menstrual cycle was to start. It seemed like I was getting one UTI and/or yeast infection after another. Also, I seemed to get more anxious than I ever had in my life. The only good thing I could see from the surgery was that I didn’t have my periods anymore, I lost about 15 pounds…oh and I can wear white shorts (or pants) without have to worry that I will embarrass myself.
I have walked a minimum of 30 minutes a day (like the doctor recommended to speed healing) rain or shine, whether I had to break it up into three 10-minute walks or could do it all at once, inside or outside. I couldn’t drive for 6 weeks because I was still in pain and was afraid that twisting would aggravate it. I couldn’t lift more than the equivalent of a half-gallon of milk for the first 3 1/2 months so I had to have someone go grocery shopping with me which only added to the depression that I was a burden on others as well as the loss of my freedom to do “anything” by myself.
I remember waking up on March 15, 2015 (almost seven months after my surgery) and nothing hurt and I felt more like my old self. I can’t tell you the elated feelings I had. I was so happy.
Where I am Now
As I mentioned in my Almost 7 Month post, I was getting acupuncture treatments to help with the hot flashes and night sweats. They diminished so much that I could stop doing the acupuncture (around January 2015) and just take Apple Cider Vinegar supplements and monitor what I eat and notice what brings on a hot flash. For me, it’s spicy foods, some proteins (like lamb, chicken and shrimp), chocolate and caffeine.
Now that I don’t have to worry about bleeding all over the sheets, I bought a set of bamboo sheets that wicks away the sweat and keeps up cooler when it is hot so you don’t wake up in a pool of sweat only to start freezing your butt off a minute later when the hot flash subsides.
Occasionally, I tell get the bloated belly…not sure why.
I did want to tell those who are having a hard time right now, that it does get better. It might take longer than what others are experiencing or that you want. Just hang in there and take it one day at a time.