It has been three weeks and one day since I had the hysterectomy. It was a success! Kevin and I arrived at Del Sol Medical Center around 530 in the morning on October 15. I was taken back to a triage room to change into the gown, horrible stockings (to prevent clots), and their slip proof socks. There they took my vitals and the surgical team came by to check on me and introduce themselves. I have to say, I had a great team of people! They instantly made me feel as though everything would be fine. I was so nervous going into the surgery. Following the surgery I was taken to a recovery room for a little over an hour. As soon as I woke up, I was able to go to my room. I remember bits and pieces of the recovery room and be taken to my to my room. I remember at one point hearing someone say "Mr. Biddle" and that caught my attention. I vaguely remember looking over to see Kevin walking towards me. Then, I was back out. Kevin said I fought with the nurses in both rooms trying to take the oxygen off of me. It was driving me crazy! I guess every time I took it off they put it back on. Even Kevin had to try to convince me to keep it on. I don't recall much of this. I finally started to stay awake around noon. I woke up in so much pain! They could not give me much at this point because of what I had already taken through my IV. That night they changed my pain medication, trying to make me more comfortable. My blood pressure dropped so low I had to deal with the pain.
The night of the surgery, Kevin brought the girls to see visit with me. We made our second attempt at getting me out of the bed to walk. We tried earlier that day before he had to leave and I was too dizzy and in too much pain for much success. That night I managed to walk for about 15 minutes around the floor. It took a lot out of me! Once Anna arrived, Kevin and the girls left. Anna, a friend of mine out here, decided to stay the night at the hospital with me. I am still so grateful she did!
On Thursday one of the doctors came by early to check on me. She let me know I had to stay until at least Friday since my blood pressure was so low. Which, in a sense, was a blessing in disguise! It gave me another day without the kids trying to climb all over me. I needed the extra rest. Around 430 Friday morning, Dr. Harlass stopped by. He let me know I would be released shortly after breakfast. At that point he went into detail the turnout of the surgery. The hysterectomy was without a doubt, the best thing that I could have done. Even as hard as it is on me now, I know we made the right decision after speaking with the doctor.
We went for my post-op last week. I am still limited to what all I can do. This is an eight week recovery. Though, with kids and Kevin at work, it is impossible to follow all orders. When Kevin gets home in the evenings, I usually let him take over. I always feel bad since he has been at work all day, but by that time, I am to a point that I can not do much more. Overall, the doctor has said the incision is healing nicely and things look great now!
Physically, I am feeling better today. It has been a rough recovery. I will say, this is a lot harder than all three c-sections I have gone through! Kevin was amazing the two weeks following the surgery when he was on leave. He was great with the kids, it gave him and Nic the bonding time they needed, but had yet been able to have. He took care of me, while at the same time getting on to me the first week for getting out of bed and doing too much! I can't stand staying in bed that long! Kevin went back to work a little over a week ago, which at times has been tough on me. It is hard not to pick up Nic all the time and to just take it easy still! I have realized how easy it is to become tired just from living my normal day to day life. It is taking a lot out of me. Yesterday was great, today I woke up in a lot of pain. I have also learned how easy it is to overdo things and that I really need to relax. Right now, I am battling the emotional side of it all. What gets me through is Kevin and our kids. I look at the three we have been blessed with, and more than ever, I am so incredibly thankful for what we have been given. A true blessing. I have always thought about how things happen for a reason and always firmly believed in this. I look back at getting pregnant at such a young age with both girls. At the time, people were upset and let down, and worried about how we would handle the challenges of being parents. I hope now every one's outlooks Then, came Nicholas a few years later. Seems to me, I have my reason now. Even though it has been a hard road at times, going through so much at our ages, I have never been more thankful, blessed, and happy with what life had handed us. Everything does happen for a reason, and had I not had the kids so early in life, I would have never been able to experience one of the most incredible joys in life!
Thank you to everyone for the prayers and support through this.