Friday, November 14, 2008

I'll never be hysterical again

because I had a hysterectomy 2 days ago. You know, hyster - ectomy. ha-ha, so funny.What's not funny (besides that opening line) is the fact the pain meds make you puke. That little patch behind my right ear was supposed to last for 4 days, but apparently it decided to stop at noon today. I took my Darvocet at 6:30am, ate a bagel, drank some cran-grape juice (courtesy of the hospital) and promptly fell back to sleep. At noon I woke up, and that was the end of feeling good. The soreness from the surgery is nothing compared to the throwing up, so I've decided to lay of the pain meds. I HATE to throw up. Aren't you glad you tuned in? The surgery itself was no biggie - the dr. said that everything was a lot bigger than she thought, but all my biopsies were clear, and I'm good. Good and healthy! I have two little spots on either side of my belly, with sutures in them (just 2) and my navel was sealed with dermabond. Yep, they sucked my uterus and fibroids right out my belly button. And I thought the belly button was useless!
I even got some flowers! Check it out:

I NEVER get flowers, so I really hit the jackpot this time! My in-laws and the college each sent them.
So inbetween trying not to cough or throw up, I started this:

It's the chevron scarf from Joelle Hoverson's Last Minute Knitted Gifts. I knew I wasn't going to be making any socks from the sock blanks I dyed, and this seemed like the perfect project for that particular yarn. It's such an easy pattern to memorized, and the sock yarn is so soft and cozy! It's growing quickly, even though I can only knit a few rows before I a)fall asleep, or b)start throwing up. I prefer the falling asleep.
I've had a terrific (as in terrifically terrible) headache since the surgery, which is just starting to abate now. And I'm itchy. I think the itchiness is from the Darvocet, but not sure about the headache.
You wanna know the worst part about this surgery? I came home weighing 12 lbs. more than I went in, and that was on a liquid diet. I thought I'd lose at least 8 oz., since they took at least that much out!


Theresa said...

I was just thinking about you the other day! I wish I'd know you were going in for surgery, I would have been praying for you. I hope you will be done with the vomiting etc for good! I remember after my C-section that whatever they gave me (morphine I think!) made me itch like crazy and drove me nuts. I will pray for healing. Love the scarf! It's so pretty!

Jenny said...

That sounds rough! I hope you feel better soon. I had the same issue with pain meds making me puke a few years ago when I had my wisdom teeth pulled. It was pretty hard for my teeth to heal with me throwing up all the time. Turns out I was allergic to codeine! I had been looking forward to the pain meds because everyone told me how wonderful they were, but nothing is worth vomiting. Well, actually Suzi was. :-)

Vera H. said...

Get well soon!

Carolyn said...

Okay, (well from a pharmacist standpoint, anyway), they always told us that DARVOCET-N is usually no more effective than Tylenol. Try taking some 8-hour Tylenol and see how that will hold you, and at least you shouldn't have the nausea.
Or, if they are giving you hormones, it is a good chance that is aggravating the nausea, too.

Julie said...

Hope you're feeling better.

Beverly said...

Wondered where you'd disappeared to. Hope you get to feeling better soon.

Did you have spinal anesthesia? Sometimes that causes a headache. Anyhoo take care.

Larue said...

Just found your blog through Sew Mama Sew and had to comment here. I had my Hysterectomy 5 years ago and it is the BEST THING I EVER DID. And I was 32 when I had it done, and am excited to not have to buy feminine hygiene products EVER AGAIN.

Hang in there. I can take awhile to recover, but it is so worth it. And I am coveting your scarf. Both here, and in the Give-Away post.