My friends, I have a surgery date for my hysterectomy. The countdown begins. I’m still confident this is the right decision, but I’m a lot more nervous than I thought I’d be.
It’s September 14th. A month away. Originally I wrote about having a hysterectomy at age 30, but my surgery was scheduled faster than I expected. I’ll be 29. My 30th birthday will be just 3 weeks afterwards. Talk about ringing in a whole new decade!
Yesterday, I had my preop appointment with my doctor. I had to listen to the list of possible complications. They’re not expecting anything to go wrong, but I still need to be “informed.” I also saw my hematologist to discuss my Von Willebrands disease. (More on that later.) The good thing is, we have an easy plan that will ensure I don’t have more bleeding than normal. We’ve covered everything necessary at this point.
But I have to make another decision regarding the details of the surgery. And when you have some people telling you one thing and others another thing, it’s hard. It’s not like I have any personal experience to draw from!
My procedure will be laparoscopic, which means I should have a shorter recovery time. There’s always a possibility that they will switch to an abdominal hysterectomy if I have a lot of scar tissue, but that seems unlikely, given that I’ve had a history of minimal scarring.
With a laparoscopic hysterectomy, I’ll be in the hospital for one night and recovery time is minimized. My doctor said that because I’m young and healthy, she expects that I’ll recover faster than when I had c-sections. That would be nice, because I bounced back fairly quickly after those.
I will be keeping my ovaries (no issues there) so I won’t need to worry about taking hormone-replacement therapy or any other meds. Essentially, I should through the surgery, recover, and go back to my life. Hopefully. Prayerfully.
I’m still nervous. It’s surgery. I’ll be put under with anesthesia for the first time ever. (All four of my c-sections were with epidurals/spinals.) And the recovery period will be tough, even if it is “minimal”.
As I said in my post here, I don’t do well with resting and letting other people take over. Even after I had Luke, I felt guilty with letting other people help with meals, laundry, the kids, etc. Looking back, I had no reason to! I was supposed to rest and after having had a 4th baby and a 4th c-section, I certainly needed to! But I’m so used to doing everything myself that stepping aside and taking care of myself is hard.
That being said, we have some plans to make this easier. My mom-in-law is flying in to take care of the kids for the first week. I am so blessed to have her. She’s amazing. She came up to help when I had Luke too and her stepping in to take care of the kids, take over the house temporarily, make meals, do laundry, all that stuff I usually do – made a huge difference in my recovery.
We’ve also decided to hire someone to clean the house once a week for September/October. That will be huge for me, as I can’t stand having a filthy house and it doesn’t take much to get it there with my brood. Nate is wonderful and will vacuum for me and do dishes, etc. but he will have enough to do already. And as crazy as it is (although you might be able to related!), I will rest and recover easier if my floors are vacuumed, the toilet is cleaned, etc.
When it comes to blogging, I’ve already started planning ahead – taking on less work for that time period, asking some blogging friends to guest post for me, etc. If you’re interested in guest posting, shoot me an email with your blog link – thanks! Of course my amazing review team will keep the reviews/giveaways coming too. I plan on taking a solid two weeks off, aside from posting occasional updates. (I won’t be able to not blog at all for that long!)
I know the Lord will take care of me and I know I’ll be in excellent hands. But still it’s hard to put those nerves aside.
Please pray for me. Thanks.
Read My Complete Hysterectomy Story here:
- Girl Talk in Too Much Detail
- Hysterectomy at Age 30?
- A Surgery Date – Hysterectomy
- I’m Afraid
- Two Days
- Home and Resting
- On the Mend
- My Story: Hysterectomy at Age 29
- 7 Weeks Post Hysterectomy
- 6 Months Later…After My Hysterectomy
- 5 Years After a Hysterectomy [2018 Update]
Questions or comments? Feel free to email me at erika at livingwellmom . com (no spaces). I’ve received countless emails from women with similar stories to mine and I love hearing from you!