What can I say, other than it’s all done! April 4th 2019 was eviction day for all my lady parts with the talented Mr Griffiths. I was both excited and nervous before the day, as I was being told by everyone who had it done or knew someone who had it done, it’s major surgery. I drilled into all my boys that I would be needing a lot of looking after for weeks after the operation as I was going to be in pain and not to push my recovery too quickly.
It is not like I had not had surgery before, two laparoscopic and three c-sections, I recovered well after all of these. I had read all the blogs about recovery and what to expect, but one thing they left out was how much less pain I could find myself in than before.
It’s true I obviously have some pain, there are three incision sites with stitches and I know inside will be more, the surgeon had to do a lot of scraping to rid me of the endometriosis.
But here I am on day six of recovery, the first day I am allowed out of bed without being shouted at by my husband, without the familiar pain I have been in for so many years. I didn’t realise how bad it had been to live with until now. I am taking it easy and only pottering around the house and garden, when I get tired I rest. The boys are still home and looking after me the best they can.
There are some things I would recommend to aid a speedy recovery;
- Windeeze/peppermint tea or sweets, trapped wind can be painful.
- Stool softener, you really don’t want to have to push.
- Lots of fruit and berries, easy to eat as you will feel uncomfortable with anything heavy in your stomach, I ate a tonne of blueberries.
- Triangle pillow, helps support you in bed.
- Allow yourself the days in bed without feeling guilty, you will feel better for the rest.
- But don’t forget to get up and about a little bit, this will help get rid of any trapped wind and help you not stiffen up in bed.
- I also took Arnica to help the healing.
- Lots of fluid, will help with waking up your digestive system and bladder, will also help to eliminate any anesthetic left in your system.
- Last is take the pain killers when you feel it coming on, if you leave it too late they will take a while to work and you will have to deal with the pain until they do.
*This is just my opinion, I am not medically trained in any way – always seek advice from a trained professional.
I can finally see what everybody is talking about, I do believe that I will be able to get my life back. I have missed so much in the last couple of years, without really paying attention to much but the pain I was in. I am looking forward to being able to horse ride, run, going to trampolining parks with the boys again and long dog walks.
All I have to say is, I wish I had it earlier.