I must admit that I found the whole idea of a hysterectomy to be very daunting at first but, after having spoken to a number of women, I’m more confident about the procedure.
I spoke with a girlfriend recently who had her hysterectomy done at my local hospital and she couldn’t have said nicer things about how she was treated. She was done a few years ago and has a scar where one would have a caesarean scar. She stayed in for four days. She was therefore pleasantly surprised at how my procedure will be performed and how quickly I’m expected to recover. I’m due to have another laparoscopy to remove my ovaries (which will be attached to the sides of my abdomen – not just floating around) and then they’ll pull everything remaining through my va. They’re going to remove my cervix and everything else. They’re going to close everything back and voila! I’m expecting to go back to work within 4 weeks but have been told by my work that if I need my first week to ease me in gently (i.e. just work mornings or just work 3 days…) they would be happy to give me that opportunity.
I was chatting with my mom a few weeks ago about the procedure and what I can expect. I said I think it’s a good thing that I have to wait bearing in mind that I have 3 months or so to get myself into better shape than I am now. I think I’ve needed the excuse to trim up. Since 2008 I’ve grown two dress sizes. I’ve called it my “happy weight” and not given it much thought but with a goal in mind, I’m consciously working on my posture and trying to take more exercise. I’ve been doing a little standing Pilates exercises everyday which I hope helps. I occasionally do “the hundred” as a Pilates mat exercise and I’m delighted that I can still do it! I’ve also been taking the train to and from the office which means I’m walking between 20 and 30 minutes each way a day – both journeys have a significant hill involved. The duration usually depends on how much I’m carrying and what shoes I’m wearing. Generally speaking I get home at the end of the day and I’m glistening – which isn’t a bad thing healthwise! Finally, I don’t have a terrible diet but I’ve been eating more and more salads lately. The weather has been so unseasonably hot in England lately that I haven’t fancied anything else! I’m sure it all counts for something at the end of the day. Even if I don’t lose a dress size or two, I’ll be happy that I’ve at least made the effort to get myself into the best shape I can before my next operation.
Speaking of losing a dress size – do you think they’ll give me a little liposuction while they’re in there? Just trim my stomach, bum and thighs? I expect I’ll ask that next time I’m on the table and they’re about to wheel me in…