I woke very early to the worst pain I have ever felt in my life. I now have a new number 10 score for pain. Low and deep in the left lower abdomen. Felt hot and sharp as if I were being gutted that very moment. Tears flew out of my eyes uncontrollably. I found myself begging god to ease the pain. I spent a solid 20 minutes like this, which felt like an entire day. I had been getting worse every day instead of better. Everything I read said how you MUST take your pain medications on schedule and you MUST rest.
For the first four days after surgery all I really did was sleep, by the time I woke between sleeping spells to take medication, I walked around too much or I would grab up my iPad and things I needed and took them outside with me. No joke when they say DO NOT LIFT ANYTHING!
I did not want to ever feel that amount of fresh and horrific pain again in my life, so I sat down and made a plan. I set up alarms to go off every 4 hours for me to take my pain meds. To start it all off, I wrapped my belly snug in the binder I received at the hospital and I took my morning medications plus a double dose of pain medication and some ibuprofen with Baclofen and Ativan. In one hour I was unable to stay awake any longer, so I climbed slowly back in bed. I slept about 2 1/2 hours. I slowly got up and went to the bathroom, as I have to pee every time I wake. Peeing hurts. All I can say is relax as much as possible and lean forward and it tends to come out easier. I then spent the half hour until my next dose of meds checking my email, sitting and movements to a minimum. Then the alarm went off to take my meds, which I did and in under an hour, I was ready to go back to sleep. I did this the entire day and by mid afternoon I was feeling better with less unbearable pain. My friend stopped by, but I was only able to make it one hour awake so it was a short visit.
You have to sleep in order for your body to heal. When I had my gallbladder out it was such a breeze and I never even felt super tired, but it guess there is way more anesthesia used for a hysterectomy and way more areas to heal. I have set an alarm to go off at 3am so I can take a dose of pain meds in the night and go use the bathroom on schedule instead of waiting to be woke up by the horrid pain. I am going to stick to this plan this entire week. I have already seen a reduction in the intensity of the pain so that’s a huge plus. I figure after a couple of days I will get in front of the pain and things will begin to turn around.
They did not tell me anything at the hospital. Everything I did know, was from all the reading I did prior to my surgery. The web site called “HysterSisters.com” is fabulous! I don’t care how you feel, stay in bed and only get up to use the bathroom the first two weeks! You will save yourself from pain that is by far the worst pain known to man. Fortunately, I have been sleeping easily. It is a good thing I can sleep, because I am unable to sit propped up in bed to watch TV, it causes a boat load of pain.
I will keep you updated on all of this. No new pictures tonight, because it looks exactly the same. I did discover that the entire front of my coochy is also black and purple and swollen. Every time I stand up I feel like I am tearing open my stomach.
I am ready for bed, meds taken, teeth brushed, face washed. Now I need to change my nightgown and put the binder back on in hopes it will help with the middle of the night bathroom usage. I had been taking it off every night and putting it back on in the morning. I still have not had a BM, so I will most likely be doing a fleet enema tomorrow sometime………….