Re: My surgery and many Thanks to all!

From: Tami Dana (
Thu Feb 22 05:25:50 2001

At Thu, 22 Feb 2001, jenny low wrote: >
>Hello everyone,
>I want to thank everyone for keeping me in your prayers over the past week.
>They have surely been felt. I had my surgery last Friday. They were able to
>remove the adhesions with the harmonic scalpel with the laparascope. I have
>3 half inch to an inch incisions in my belly, one just above my belly
>button, one about an inch to inch and a half below my belly button, and one
>about two inches to the left of my belly button. I had adhesions along the
>transverse and descending colon attached to my abdominal wall. There was
>also a loop of small intestines adhered to the abdominal wall. My rectum was
>being pulled by adhesions and was stuck to the top of my vagina (OUCH!). I
>was in surgery for 2 1/2 hours which is very good for me! The night of my
>surgery I got up to go to the rest room and had a apple sized ball under the
>skin on the left incision. It scared me to death. My sweet murse came and
>checked it and went and told the charge nurse. She came and pressed real
>hard on it. When she left the room I told my friend I really wanted to punch
>her in the face. I found out that the charge nurse has been nicknamed "Nurse
>Hatchet". It suits her. Anyway, the doctor came in and looked at it the next
>morning. It has dispersed due to Nurse Hatchet's smashing. It was only
>swelling. They kept me in the hospital till Sunday due to the extensive work
>they did on me. Since I have been home though and even at the hospital I
>have been having trouble peeing. I have to push down to pee. It may even
>start to come out or come out a little and then it stops. I may even feel
>like I have to go real bad but when I get in there have to strain to pee. I
>was hurting down on the same side Monday. The nurse at my dr office told my
>husband it could be trapped gas. She told him to have me take some heavy
>duty laxative that would make my bowels work quick. I had had diarrhea 4
>times, 3 being at the hospital and had been passing gas. BUt I took 3
>Ducolax anyway. That was about 2-3 pm. At 3am I woke up in severe pain. I
>went and sat doubled over on the potty for 3 straight hours. At 6:30am I got
>back in bed. Less than 30 minutes later was up again having diarrhea. I
>haven't moved my bowels since. My stomach was swollen and looked pregnant
>especially on the left side from the surgery. That has one down alot but I
>am having pain up under my ribs and around the waist area. I can't stand
>anything touching me around my waist. I feel like all my insides are being
>shoved up under my ribs. It is very uncomfortable. I can't seem to do
>anything. IF I sit straight up, it makes my back hurt. If I lean over, I
>feel more pressure shoving up under my ribs. Has anyone else experienced
>this. I can't stand this pressure feeling up under my ribs. It makes it kind
>of hard to breath too. I am still experiencing pain on the lower left side.
>It is not near as bad as before surgery, it was constant then. But I am
>feeling the same kind of pain in that area. I am trying not to let it worry
>me yet. It hasn't even been a week yet since the surgery. The drs said the
>area of the hysterectomy looked good with the exception of the rectum/vagina
>thing. They thought the interceed that they used before seemed to be working
>reasonably well. They used it again. So I am hopeful that the pains I am
>having are just due to the surgery and not new adhesions. Anyway, that is
>what is going on with me. I have a post-op appointment March 9. We will see
>what they say. They did print me out some pictures of my insides. There is
>an area I want to ask about that looks like what endometriosis looks like. I
>had it in the past so it is possible. I guess I will find out then.
>Trace, I'm glad your surgery went well. You were in my prayers. Dee, you are
>also in my prayers as well. You all are so wonderful and so supportive.
>Janet, I love you so much for being such a friend and support. It was
>wonderful talking to you the day before my surgery. I was just coming out of
>surgery telling Ted he had to call you. You are precious. Tami, thank you
>for taking the time to send me the ecard. It meant alot to me. I don't think
>we could find a better group of people who have so much love and support for
>each other. I pray I will be as good a friend to all of you as you are to
>I love you all,


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