Rest and recuperation
The type of surgery I had is called a DaVinci robotic assisted bilateral salpingo-oopherectomy hysterectomy. In short, the doctor removed my uterus, ovaries and fallopian tubes through five small incisions. This type of hysterectomy is supposed to have the shortest healing time, and it has surprised me how quickly I've been able to be up, moving around and at how minimal the pain has actually been. It's really amazing that a person can have nearly all of an entire system removed and feel almost normal. Also, you can barely see three of my incisions. (I thought it was just incredibly convenient that they were placed almost exactly on other pre-existing scars.) The other two do have a small infection for which I'm taking antibiotics.
Then today, I woke up feeling great. I swept the house from one end to the other. I cleaned the bathtub, toilet, sink, counters and mirror in one bathroom, dusted the bedroom, dining room and living room, finished unpacking my luggage, did dishes, four loads of laundry, went to the grocery story and filled two garbage bags with old files I no longer need. I look at that and feel amazingly productive now. I'm also feeling twinges and pulls in my abdomen. What kills me is that I felt lazy most of the day because I took big breaks between chores.
This surgery has left me an emotional mess, and that is part of the recuperation process. For once, I can say that my swirling moods are exactly normal. It doesn't make going through them any easier, but the logical part of my brain is reminding me not to blame myself for a perfectly natural chemical reaction. At least it is after I finish a crying spell.
I don't go back to my doctor until September 27th, and this is meant to be a time of healing. I'm hoping it will be on multiple levels.