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Friday, May 20, 2016

So this is 50 post surgery week 1

Sleep like you have never slept before.... 


So for the last few years I have been a bit of an insomniac averaging about 4 hours of sleep a night. I was a bit amazed that I slept the first few days away (approximately a 3- 4 hours afternoon nap and 6-8 hours at night, this was with use of minimal pain meds). 

I took one of the prescription pain meds wednesday night but after that switched to motrin. I made sure I did the breathing exercise and took a walk everyday (Thursday it was walking around the Sam's Club and Kroger, Friday I did around a mile in my neighborhood, Saturday was yard sales and errands with the hubby and Sunday (Mother's day) my daughter and I went for mani pedi's and strolled around the West Cobb Avenues). I will admit that not being able to do anything around the house makes me a bit bored. I have slept, played various computer games, and read Proust.

Imagine my surprise at seeing the Wienermobile at my local grocery store.  Gosh what happens when I am working during the day.



Almost a year after the garbage truck ran into the house down the street from us it was bulldozed in the middle of the night. We thought it was going to sit empty forever, now we get to wait and see how long till they clean up the debris.

A few pointers:
  • When you have surgery they pump you full of air that needs to then be released from your body. Wednesday evening was a bit painful - between air release and the meds to prevent constipation I spent most of the evening after my nap in the bathroom and my abdomen was still very tender.
  • There is a post surgical rash aka contact allergic dermatitis (CAD) to adhesive glue. This rash can last for a few weeks even after a single episode of contact with the allergen and can spread to areas which had no contact with the glue. This is known as Disseminated CAD. (I have had minimal itching however the rash is spread all over the front side of my body from chest to thighs.)
  • I have four surgical sites in my abdomen with the one over my belly button showing signs of the most trauma aka bruising.
  • I did not see the caution reports about weighing yourself after surgery until after I had done so, and I was a bit shocked to see how much my weight was affected by the IV fluids I was given.  However, the fluids were quickly released and I was back to pre-surgery weight in a few days.
  • I am not allowed to exercise, lift anything over 20 lbs or in anyway strain the core however, based on my reading and understanding of the future physical effects of a complete hysterectomy indicate that exercise is extremely important and especially building the core muscles. I do think the US could take some pointers from other countries that provide physical therapy after childbirth and hysterectomies.  I will be looking into exercises I can do while recovering.
  • My hubby took the week off and even spent the night in the hospital with me. I have not had much hospital experience and while the hospital staff was super, it was really nice having him there during the night. He made sure that I followed the doctor's orders and made sure I did not over exert myself. I am the type who is more likely to hurt myself by over doing after surgery thinking I am fine and that I can do anything. I can not tell you how many times I have been told not to vacuum for at least 6 weeks possibly longer.



     

Friday, May 13, 2016

So this is 50

I know it has been a while since I posted and you can thank me later for giving you the condensed version.

So here is a bit of the back story since my trip to London 2013. In March of 2014 I took a class in soap making and was hooked on making skin care products. On my 49th birthday I filed for a business license and started SolCasa SkinCare. There was a Grease inspired surprise 50th birthday party and my first cruise a few weeks later in early December and a second weekend cruise in March.


And then there was May 3rd the day of the Hysterectomy. So long story short I had a cryoablation about 7 years ago to try and minimize the impact of the monthly cycle, the ablation completely reversed after about 5 years. I had hopes nature and menopause would kick in however it appeared that that was going to be several years down the road. So after much research and contemplation I consented to a hysterectomy.  The surgery itself was a straightforward event.  I went in early Tuesday morning and was in the operating room by 8 am.  Next thing I knew it was about noon and I was getting ice chips.  Recovery was relatively smooth - I had a bit of a reaction to either pain meds or anesthetic that made keeping even clear liquids down a bit problematic however, once the IV pain meds were stopped and some anti-nausea meds provided I was quickly able to keep fluids down. The next morning the remaining medical implements were removed (leg pressure cuffs, catheter, and IV) and I had already passed all the breathing function tests so once the Doctor and Nurses had visited I was released around 11:30 am with strict instructions not to lift anything and no housework for at least the next few weeks, recovery is expected to take 6 to 8 weeks. So while I go through my month long semi vacation I thought I would share my post surgery experience. (After some online research I found very few current post surgery details for hysterectomy at 50 and what to expect when you can no longer be expecting). 

Sunday, December 1, 2013

London Adventures

Friday, Saturday and Sunday's Adventures included:

Friday started with a ride on The Original Tours - hop on hop off tour however, I left my camera behind so I don't have any pictures of the ride around town.

After dinner we headed to the London Eye at Night:








Saturday we got up early and headed to the Portobello Road Market:







Then we headed down to the Thames for our river cruise






 And then to Piccadilly Circus

Trafalgar Square

and the Sherlock Holmes Pub for a Cider :)


Sunday was spent at the Tower of London:







After 3 days I have learned the following about London.
1 - Tube is an awesome for getting around but it can get really crowded.
2 - There is good food in London.
3 - The weather changes rapidly throughout the day, take your coat, don't be fooled by the midday warmth.
4 - There are a lot of People in London, even in December - I can't imagine what it is like in the summer.



London Day 1

So believe it or not I finally made it to London England.  My daughter has been in England since September for school and we are here to visit and celebrate her 21st birthday.

We left Atlanta on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and I had lovely dreams of a half filled flight - NOT, we were squished into the economy section of a full British Airways flight.  The flight was uneventful except for a bit of turbulence, (I might have slept an hour on the plane).

We landed on time and proceeded through Customs, baggage claim and to the Express Train to London. Then we were off to Paddington Station and on to the Circle line and our flat just across from the Tower of London.

Trinity Park just outside the tube Station
 Our building is the tannish/yellow building on the right of the monument.

Once we were settled (it was about 1pm) so we headed out to survey the area and find some food.  I will say everyone was incredibly helpful and we had Sandwiches at Remy's and he very kindly told us where to find the local Tesco Express to pick up a few staples for the room.

Then we decided to relax a bit as we waited for my daughter to arrive from school.  We had a light dinner and a bit of a walk around the Tower Hill area and decided to turn in so we could get an early start the next day.




Sunday, August 11, 2013

Weekend in the Mountains - Gatlinburg TN

So as I have said my Kiddos are getting ready to fly the coup and I believe the Hubby might be a bit concerned about how all these changes are going to affect things around the house. 

So as a preemptive strike he decided we needed to take a trip to Gatlinburg TN for a weekend in the mountains.  He even got a lovely new camera so I could takes some pictures.  I think he is mounting a distract and confuse game plan.  He knows I will be busy the month of October with work, November will be busy getting ready for our trip to England, December is filled with holiday stuff and then he will be left alone for the first couple months of the year as I will be consumed with Year End and 1st Quarter reporting. So if he distracts me with a new camera he should be able to keep himself out of trouble until October.

Here are a couple of the pictures from this weekend.  I must admit I really like the new camera.  :)





















I really like the close up option - The butterfly pictures are my favorite.