Yes, I'm baaaaaack...after a long break. If you've been wondering where I've been, I've actually been recuperating from surgery. A pretty major one actually. And as I write this, today (April 4th) marks 4 weeks post op for me. I've decided to sit down and let you know what's been going on and share a wesbsite (of course!) that I found is helping me get through it. If you haven't figured it out yet, a Hyster Sister is part of a big club of women who's had a hysterectomy.
(ok guys, here's where you can check out if you're not interested in hearing about female reproductive organs getting removed!) lol, but actually on a serious note, you might want to read on because chances are you'll have a wife, girlfriend or even a daughter that might be going through it soon enough.
Like many things in life, we don't discuss "everything" with each other and I suppose we shouldn't have to if we don't feel comfortable doing it. I certainly didn't…at least initially anyway. That's why I'm thankful for the internet because there's so many resources and websites available that can make you feel like you're not alone.
Thank goodness for Hystersisters.com. I had sooooo many questions and concerns before my surgery and there were a couple of friends at work that shared their own stories of having a hysterectomy but they didn't really go into great detail. And after I came home from the hospital, I had even more questions, so thank goodness for Hystersisters.com.
Now, I'm not saying this website should take the place of your doctor, because your doctor should always be there for you to ask ANY questions you might have, but having that e-community be part of your support system, well, it really helps.
Everyone heals differently and all the effects of any type of surgery, so this website helped me tremendously when it came to understanding some of the things I went through afterwards and still am.
If you or someone you know is about to or just had a hysterectomy, tell them to check this site out. I do have to admit that it is a little bit confusing at first when you get to the home page and to find what you're looking for…but take some extra time to look at the different tabs and you'll find your way around soon enough. I love how it emails you your hysterectomy checkpoints. It gives you an idea of what to expect each step along the way as you prepare and recover from surgery. I particularly appreciated the different forums too. Especially the ones that were in line with your scheduled surgery. So, instantly you have this group of women, going through the same things you are! You can ask them if they're feeling this way or that way...it really helps!
I'm planning to go back to work at 6 weeks post op... though my doc is recommending 8. I've had plenty of rest, thanks to my family and I'm hoping to be close to 100% by the time I get back to work. I'll plan to still to take it easy for quite sometime as even now, it's still a little exhausting to be up and about for more than a few hours. I can only imagine after a full day's work. From what I've been told and also have read, many women don't feel like themselves again for at least 6 months to a year. Physically and emotionally. So hang in there girls!
So with that, I hope you'll be patient with me as I get back on the saddle so to speak and I will also be patient with myself.
Check out hystersisters.com. I know it helped me a lot and it just might help you too!
Video: HysterSister recovering from Hysterectomy
Aloha from the newest Hyster Sister,