I Survived A Myomectomy

Hello Ladies!

This is my 2nd post, and I am officially at the end of my 2nd week after having had a Myomectomy on Feb. 5th, 2010.

My mother left on the plane for home yesterday, and as I lay there in bed this morning, I wondered how I was ever going to get along in my recovery period without her - not really physically, but emotionally. I don't know why, but I was feeling a little weepy and sorry for myself today.

Against my better judgement, I took a cab, a bus, and a subway across town to see my 15 year old son's high school talent show last night at 7pm. During one of the acts, he had a cello solo, and I didn't want to disappoint him. My fiance was at a job interview, and my oldest son who drives, had school and work. So, being the independent single parent that I have always been, I decided to go by myself. I arrived somewhat early, at around 6:05pm, and to my dismay, I discovered that doors wouldn't open until 6:30. I had bundled up well, but standing in one spot made me feel some pressure in my abdomen. I tried to appear normal and not give my 98 year-old hunched up old lady impression. Thankfully, a kind teacher opened the doors five minutes later. Standing out there in the cold wouldn't have worked well for me at all!

 I enjoyed the show immensely, but after intermission, I began to feel like I really wanted to be home in my cozy bed. I hadn't taken any Percocet because I didn't want to feel loopy traveling on public transportation alone. I wasn't really experiencing any pain, but I had begun to develop a throbbing headache and pressure around the incision site sitting in that chair with my long johns and corduroys pressing up against my abdomen. I sat quietly during the show, and moved slowly afterwards, but I just couldn't resist the urge to give my son a standing ovation! Thank goodness, my oldest college son came to the second half of the show after work and drove me home. I sat in the back of the car alternately dozing and wincing at every bump in the road. We stopped at a nearby pharmacy to pick up my refill of Percocet where the pharmacist pointed out to me that the new script instructed me to take a tablet every 6 hours now, as opposed to every 4 before. I really didn't care if my doctor had instructed me to take them every 24 hours, and the pharmacist could have been speaking Greek for all I cared - I just wanted to get home and slip into my warm, wonderful bed. I did try to take advantage of this trip to the pharmacy to pick up a few healthy snacks - who knows when I would have the opportunity to get out again!

I ended the evening with two new resolves... One: Ask for help more often, and stop trying to be Super Woman. Two: Stay HOME until I feel better.

I woke up this morning at 7am to hear my 15 year old moving around, and I decided to join him for a little breakfast. I guiltily watched him pour himself a bowl of cereal and thought of all those hot, filling breakfasts my mother had prepared for us during her stay. Cooking is just out of the question right now! Even though I really didn't feel like eating anything, I half ate a little Cheerios. We discussed the talent show for awhile, and feeling a little nauseous from the Cheerios,  I climbed back into bed. I slept until noon and then awoke with a new burst of energy. I tried my hand at some laundry, although there really wasn't much to do as my mother had taken care of most of it last week. I remembered reading someone's post about not lifting over 10 pounds, so I tried to keep this in mind as I folded blankets and carried a half-empty basket.  After having a little fruit for a snack, I was so exhausted, I climbed back into bed and slept until 8pm.  When I woke up, I discovered my mother had sent me a text reminding me to eat by 10:30am, 2:30, and 6:30pm. Why, I'm a grown 44 year-old woman, I thought to myself, but I knew she was right. I should have eaten better today, but I was so tired and my bowels are still not cooperating. I'm either feeling constipated or I take Milk of Magnesia and I get a bubbly stomach with loose bowels.  

I did force a good dinner down of leftover chicken, rice, and vegetables my mother had prepared yesterday, despite my loss of appetite.  I didn't feel like stepping into the shower, but after taking a bird bath, I removed my steri-stripps as my doctor had instructed. The incision site doesn't look half bad actually, but I do worry a little about what my fiance will think of it. I am wondering what to put on the incision...Peroxide on a Q-tip? Vaseline? Neosporin? Aloe? My doctor had originally planned do a bikini incision, but she wound up having to do a vertical incision instead. After having all those fibroids removed, my tummy no longer appears to be toting a small beachball as it looks flatter and actually feels lighter. I suppose the railroad tracks below my navel are a good trade-off...

Take care all! I will check in with a 3rd post in the near future.

Symphonyind Symphonyind
41-45, F
9 Responses Feb 21, 2010

i just had my myomectomy 4 nights ago. started to walk today but start panting after getting up , using the toilet and back in bed. i need to take a flight back in two weeks as i work abroad. i'm praying that i can make it. i hope you are leading a normal life by now.

i am week two post myomectomy. of course i am running around being super single mum, went for week one review and alas! my incision is a little infected. i felt like i had not taken enough care, that the doc was diappointed in me... weepy now, feeling sorry for me, then i realized i did not cause this, but do need to slow down, and take better care of myself. thanks for the posts. any diet measures to prevent recurrence of the fibroids? do hola!

mmercado18 - it could just be a build up of fluid or the incision may be slightly infected. you have to slow down! <br />
i'm about to have my second myomectomy in three years. the doctors have told me they've never seen anyone grow they back so quickly - so, i guess i'm kinda special in an awful way!! haha. <br />
this time around i am going to make sure i rest and let people take care of me, and not worry about being independent - damn it they can look after me! :)<br />
i am a little nervous, which is normal. and i'm not looking forward to the pain and needles, but hey - it could be worse right? <br />
i hope you're all feeling much better now. i know for one, i will be looking into diets and alternative therapies so hopefully i can slow the regrowth of these devils - i don't want a third surgery, i'm only in my early 30s! <br />
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xxx

I'm hoping you guys can help me. I am about 4 weeks of post myomectomy. Everything is great up until now. I was feeling my belly because everytime I sneeze the contraction is a nightmare. Now I feel this ball on top right of the incision. Is this something I should be worried about? I have been doing more than I should around the house and have been sneezing way more than normal because of the changes of weather. Please help!

Hi Symphonyind,<br />
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How are you doing now? Have the fibroids come back, or you (I hope) continued to feel well?<br />
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If they have come back, I could offer some easy natural solutions for shrinking them through food and diet. I am a licensed nutrition counselor and have lots of experience helping women shrink fibroids.<br />
best,<br />
Rebecca greengemhealth@gmail.com

WELL I KNOW TIME HAS PAST BY AFEW MONTHS AGO FOR 3 OF YOU WHO HAD A MYOMECTOMY... WHICH IM 2WEEK POST, IM IN PAIN ITS NOT EVEN FUNNY... MY INCISION FEELS SO SWOLLEN & TIGHT...I CANT EVEN REST WELL IN MY BED. I TRY SLEEPING ON MY SIDES...THATS A NO'NO... SO THE ONLY WAY TO SLEEP IN SITTING UP WIT ALOT OF PILLOWS...THEN AFTER AWHILE U KNOW THAT ATTENDS TO HURT YOUR BACK & YOUR BUTT...LOLLL, I JUST CANT WAIT TILL IM COMFORTABLE AGAIN... I HOPE YOU LADIES ARE STILL DOING WELL AFTER YALL PROCEDURE...

Hello Jaydasmom. Wow, I am so impressed that you decided to attend your nursing degree program after all! I understand your pain and fatigue, totally! I hope that you will take the time to get plenty of rest - both physically and mentally - after classes. I wish you all the best! ~SymphonyinD

Hi, today is my second week post myo, and I am still having intermitten pain. I was accepted into the RN Program a week before surgery and was informed that I will begin on March 8! Yesterday. I didn't want to decline the acceptance because I worked so hard to get to this point, soo I went yesterday and today. Classes were from 8 am until 7 pm, when I got home I was in pain and I was fatigued. I have been experiencing a beach ball affect in my abdomin, very hard and round at times. I read your story the second day I came home from the hospital and felt you pain. I was a good read, continu posting and comtinued wishes with your recovery!!!

Hi there,<br />
Good to hear that you are recovering well... take things slowly...don't push yourself. Am in my 3rd week post AM and things are almost normal... am able to drive, cooking, shopping etc but need to be extra carel not to push myself too much. <br />
No worries, things wil get better and better. TAKE CARE !!!