Thursday, January 22, 2009

my new year so far? not so good.

I'm haven't stopped blogging! I've just been conserving my energy for more pressing matters.

Remember those two back-to-back colds I had starting in late November? Well, just when I thought I had gotten rid of the sniffles for good, the second cold morphed into strep throat mid-January and I've been on antibiotics since then. Bleh. I hate taking them, but it was necessary this time, for a variety of reasons.

All this illness just goes to show how sensitive the immune system is to stress and worry. I've been worrying an awful lot for the past several months and after a rather unpleasant but very informative doctor's appointment in early January I've made a life-changing decision. If I had any doubts, the week (yet another one) spent in hormone hell following the appointment only served to seal the deal.

On January 27th, that's next Tuesday for those keeping track, I'll be going in for a hysterectomy. It's not an emergency, I don't have cancer or any other life threatening condition. In fact this is something I've been considering for the past year and a half ever since my doctor presented the idea to me as a solution to several health issues I've been dealing with for a long time now.

It may sound like a radical step, but if you know me, you'll know that I've researched deep into the night, considering ALL the possible options and figuring out, with professional advice, of course, that this is the best one for me.

As you can imagine, I'm quite apprehensive about the whole thing. Luckily I'm a good candidate for the least invasive method, a so-called LSH - laparoscopic supracervical hysterectomy. Only the offending organ is removed, leaving the healthy bits intact. Incisions are minimal and I won't immediately be plunged into early menopause.

I'm getting different feedback on the recovery, actually expecting the worst and preparing myself to take it VERY easy until I'm completely healed. We're looking at NO lifting (well, nothing heavier than a gin and tonic), NO housework, NO grocery shopping and NO serious canoodling with the better half for many, many weeks to come. Since I'm also having another procedure (a TVT - I'll let clever googlers figure that one out) done at the same time, I'm expecting that things may take a bit longer to get back to normal. My three peeps have stepped up to the plate and assured me that they'll keep things running around here until the chief cook and bottle washer is on her feet again.

So I'm thinking of just scrapping the past few weeks and starting my new year all over again next Wednesday or so, if that's OK with everyone.

When I start blogging again will depend on a lot of things. I'm focusing on a positive outcome to all this and I'm sure everything will be fine, just fine. Or at least that's what I keep telling myself. Heh.(Tries not to panic.)

And now a few photos of the New Year's Eve fireworks in our neighbourhood. This is the kind of energy I'm hoping for when I return.












See y'all on the flip side!

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42 Comments:

At January 22, 2009 3:48 PM, Blogger Maria said...

I've been missing your writing, but now I see why you've been gone. Happy healing and a speedy recovery to you! :)

 
At January 22, 2009 3:52 PM, Blogger The Big Finn said...

Good luck. I'm sure everything will work out just fine.

 
At January 22, 2009 3:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness. I wish you all the best . I'm sure you have looked at this carefully, as have your doctors and that you will be your old (young) self again in no time. Good luck and speedy recovery.
Omi

 
At January 22, 2009 4:12 PM, Blogger Pumpkin said...

Good luck and I wish you a speedy recovery.

My mother had a partial hysterectomy when she was in her late 30s. It was fine but she had to take it easy like you said.

I am so happy you have such great guys to take care of you. :)

 
At January 22, 2009 5:29 PM, Blogger Expat Traveler said...

I know this will be for the better for you! And yes, you can come back slowly by smiling and reading blogs and resting and enjoying reading in bed!

I'll be thinking of you next tuesday! By the way, come over and see a beautiful view from Cypress...

 
At January 22, 2009 6:17 PM, Blogger Alison said...

I'm wishing you all the best for a speedy recovery! Take it easy with some trashy movies and good books and let people take care of you!

 
At January 22, 2009 6:31 PM, Blogger CanadianSwiss said...

I'm sure that everything will work out fine. I'll be thinking of you next Tuesday.

Think positive! You'll feel better afterwards AND you will have the luxury of being bemothered (it's YOUR turn) by your 3 men. It will be the perfect time to really relax. :)

 
At January 22, 2009 7:34 PM, Blogger Jul said...

Best of luck for your surgery and a speedy recovery!

 
At January 22, 2009 7:35 PM, Blogger traveler one said...

With so many people sending you good vibes, it's all going to turn out just fine. Take your time recovering- don't push it! And start the year over next week- in fact I LOVE that idea!

 
At January 22, 2009 9:26 PM, Blogger Maribeth said...

It was the BEST thing that I ever did. I just wish they'd taken my frigging right ovary too.
But getting everything else out was the best!
Good luck and feel better!

 
At January 22, 2009 9:29 PM, Blogger Windrose said...

Oh dear, this sounds worrying, but hopeful as well. So I will wish you the very best for the procedures and patience and strength for your recovery.

Good vibes are on their way from Newfoundland.

 
At January 23, 2009 12:02 AM, Blogger Sandra said...

Sounds like you have the recovery period all figured out. I hope the surgery improves your health so you can get back to the business of enjoying life. Good luck and a speedy recovery to you!!

 
At January 23, 2009 2:31 AM, Blogger Rositta said...

Christina, it will be fine. I had one 20 years ago and it was the best decision. In those days it was a bull bikini cut and two weeks in hospital. My neighbour had one a year ago and spent 3 days in hospital, a couple of weeks at home and then went back to work. I thought she was nuts personally but she felt fine. You take whatever time you need...ciao

 
At January 23, 2009 5:55 AM, Anonymous Renate said...

I had a complete hysterectomy (uterus, ovaries, cervics) in 1992. Please be kind to yourself and take it easy! I didn't (we were moving four weeks after my operation) and it took me about a year to get back to normal. Having said that, it was one of the best things I did for myself. Life before the operation had become unbearable. And like Rositta, I had the full bikini cut (scar is from hip to hip), so recovery time was much longer I guess.

 
At January 23, 2009 8:08 AM, Blogger Pippa said...

Ooh, good luck with saying goodbye to your womb, Mausi.

One thing about laparoscopic procedures they don't tell you: the gas trapped inside your body afterwards gives you one hell of a colic attack for a few days, BE PREPARED!

And by all means, start your New Year later (I have a fair mind to join you!)

Really, all the best to you. May it bring you relief from the troubles of the last year.

*hug*
Pippa
Pippa's Porch

 
At January 23, 2009 9:17 AM, Blogger Lesley said...

I'll be thinking of you next Tuesday. Take care.

 
At January 23, 2009 9:40 AM, Blogger Blogging Mama Andrea said...

Good luck! I'll keep you in my thoughts. I had an emergency hysterectomy 7 years ago on the 1st and am not in early mp. If you got any q's let me know :)

Just think of it this way, no more worrying about PMS or cramps or any of that fun stuff :)

 
At January 23, 2009 12:44 PM, Blogger Antipodeesse said...

Dear Christina,

You will be missed! But take your time to recover and you'll be in super form when you come back to us!

Lots of healing, chocolate-coated vibes from me Darlin'!

 
At January 23, 2009 1:13 PM, Blogger C N Heidelberg said...

Good luck with your surgery!!

 
At January 23, 2009 1:18 PM, Blogger Betsy said...

Good luck next Tuesday! I'll be sending you good vibes along with everyone else here. Take care of yourself, OK?

 
At January 23, 2009 2:20 PM, Blogger hexe said...

I'll be thinking of you and wishing you a speedy recovery. Take your time and let the boys handle the house - it will still be there when you are recovered.

 
At January 23, 2009 2:56 PM, Blogger G in Berlin said...

The best of luck with the surgery. I have had two girlfriends with he same in the last three years and each had an easy surgery and a far quicker recovery than you describe (that's the US for you). My friend the dr. went back to work two weeks afterward, the other took three.I'm glad that Germany is better regulated.

 
At January 23, 2009 7:33 PM, Blogger swenglishexpat said...

Good luck, Christina, hope you don't need it. I bet you feel kind of relieved after having made the decision to have the operation. When it's all over you can look forward to more wonderful fireworks of life! Take care.

 
At January 23, 2009 11:19 PM, Blogger Pardon My French said...

I'm sorry to hear that you've not been well and will be thinking about you on Tuesday. It sounds like your peeps are going to take good care of you, though, so I wish you a full recovery and will celebrate the new year with you on Wed. Looking forward to the fireworks!

 
At January 24, 2009 11:24 PM, Blogger essie said...

I'm wishing you a speedy recovery!
take care mausi!!

 
At January 25, 2009 10:27 AM, Blogger beaverboosh said...

Best wishes! x

 
At January 25, 2009 4:42 PM, Blogger Pam said...

Ah, Christina! While I'm sorry about how much the idea of going to surgery sucks, and I know the hard work of recovery is going to be - uh - hard work, I hope that this is the first step in a healthier, happier direction.


Good luck, speedy recovery, and all that stuff.

 
At January 26, 2009 2:12 AM, Blogger Thimbleanna said...

Well hey -- from my point of view this is great news -- especially if you've been having problems. I had the full deal almost 3 years ago and it's the best thing EVER! I've never felt so good an FINALLY after a kabillion years, I'm no longer anemic due to losing all that iron every month. (That's not why I had it, but it was a happy side effect.) I've always been of the opinion that they should offer the option to all women when they're done having children -- you feel so much better when that messy stuff is ripped outta there!

As a bonus, hopefully everyone will wait on you hand and foot. Take lots of time and rest lots and ENJOY it! I'll be thinking of you -- hope all goes wonderfully!

 
At January 26, 2009 2:57 AM, Blogger J said...

Goodness, that's a big step. I hope all goes well and you're back on your feet in no time.

 
At January 26, 2009 8:59 AM, Blogger christina said...

Thank you for all your kind comments! I'm feeling the love. :-)

In half an hour I'm off to the hospital for all the pre op stuff and tomorrow afternoon it'll be all over. In a good way, I mean.

 
At January 26, 2009 8:53 PM, Blogger Diane Mandy said...

I'll be thinking of you!

 
At January 27, 2009 1:46 AM, Blogger Bek said...

Best of luck to you!

 
At January 27, 2009 1:08 PM, Blogger Snooker said...

Oh my gosh!
I'm reading this as the procedure is hopefully over. (hopelessly late, as always)
I am pushing thumbs for you, but I'm certain the recovery will go just fine. Take care and try to let us know how you are as soon as possible.

 
At January 29, 2009 9:28 AM, Anonymous Lisa said...

Thinking of you and hoping all is well.

 
At January 30, 2009 11:09 PM, Blogger amy said...

I hope that your procedures went super smoothly and that you are now enjoying being cared for and getting back in touch with a happier body! Here's to your successful and speedy recovery!

 
At January 31, 2009 3:54 PM, Blogger Di Mackey said...

My sister, a nurse had one a few years ago, and loves how her life changed. Like you, it wasn't cancer or anything. For her it was about quality of life and she feels like she has that back now.

Good luck, and if you need anything, drop me a line.
xo

 
At February 01, 2009 11:33 PM, OpenID planetgermany said...

Hope it's all going well... and that the recovery is swift and as painless as possible.

No hang on... no housework you said?

Take your time, in that case. Spread your recovery over, let's say, a couple of decades than....

 
At February 07, 2009 6:21 PM, Anonymous expatopik said...

It is nice to read your blog....Keep it up..and publish more photos.enutziga

 
At February 08, 2009 12:09 PM, Anonymous honeypiehorse said...

Wow and here I've been worrying about my wimpy little gum graft. My mother in law had a full hysterectomy years ago and she's strong as a horse today. I think the Germans kind of specialize in this sort of operation so you're in the right place!

 
At February 14, 2009 2:43 PM, Blogger Ginnie said...

Because of my own situation, Christina, I have been so totally out of the loop and had no clue this was going on. I am so sorry. I wish I could have been there for you. Well, I was, if that makes sense. You are my dear friend and your health is important to me. Let's catch up one of these days!

 
At February 27, 2009 8:32 AM, Blogger R. Duckie said...

I didn't mean to search TVT to have it come up with a graphic video of the procedure.. oh well. I hope by now you're feeling better :)

 
At February 19, 2010 7:21 AM, Blogger Yelli said...

I have no idea how I missed this post but I am sending you all of my positive thoughts your way! Hope you feel better soon!!!

 

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