Well, today I went for my ten-day follow-up appointment after the surgery. The doctor took off my waterproof bandages and removed a stitch or two, said all was healing up nicely.
In fact, he was surprised by how well I was doing.
He said that every day he sees multiple women who’ve had this same surgery — and I am way ahead of the curve in terms of recovery. He was concerned though, that feeling as good as I do, I might easily overdo, and warned me to move slowly. Still… when I asked him what vacuuming might do to me (I slipped up and did it this morning… just couldn’t stand the crumbles of dog biscuit on the living room floor any more) he said I wouldn’t be doing any internal damage to the surgery healing, just that I might hurt my back.
Really? Hmm. I’ve had to watch out for my back for years, so maybe I can do a little more vacuuming after all.
So, clearly that is good news, as is the fact that the final pathology report showed no cancer. I just had the “complex hyperplasia with atypia” which is the fancy way of saying “pre-cancerous. Yay! More answered prayers, so thank you all for lifting me up before our Father.
The main thing I’ve been noticing is that I seem to get REALLY tired… Of course, I’ve had a lot going in the last week: friends over for an afternoon, a day of driving across town to have lunch with my editor — a magical wonderful day, but when I got home I was totally blitzed. Even fell asleep in the middle of Bible Class which I almost never do.
Friday we attended a friends’ defense of her Master’s Thesis, and out to dinner afterward. Another amazing day… and when I got home… completely wiped out.
So today, with the doctor’s admonitions ringing in my ears, I wondered if this exceptional tiredness might be because of the surgery. So I just now looked it up and bingo! From eHow’s “ What to Expect After a Hysterectomy“:
“You should expect to have a lower level of energy than you normally have. You may feel this way for up to two weeks.”
Well, I’ve got one week down, so maybe only one to go. We’ve been watching a lot of The Mentalist.
So that’s my first follow-up appointment report. I’m hoping to get back to work on Sky tomorrow.