Another step in the right direction!

Today, I have felt, has been another progressive day! I slept through the whole night last night, which makes you feel so much better. It’s amazing how sleep helps with the recovery process. My diet is pretty much back to normal, along with bowel movements – the pain has nearly gone! Having a wee still feels strange, but I’m sure that will ease too over time. I’m feeling much more myself, I’ve got back into my daily routine, which I think has helped. I even put some earings in today and a touch of lip gloss. Only problem is, because I’m feeling better I feel I want to do more. This is fine but I need to make sure I don’t over do it and that I listen to my body. I did put a few bits in the washer this morning and then on the airer to dry, but I sat on the floor when doing this (it was only pants and socks!). They probably could’ve waited til the weekend, but it gave me something to do!

If the weather was better I would be going out for more little walks, unfortunately I can’t as it’s totally throwing down! I got on the scales this morning and I’m now 9st. I can only presume that it’s muscle loss 😦 . Perhaps as I’m eating slightly smaller portions it may have an effect but I doubt it, I’m definitely not going hungry!  Will keep an eye on my weight though, as much as I don’t want to put on weight, I don’t want to lose too much either.



Straight talking

After having a quick look back over my posts, especially post op, I know there’s a lot of talk about bowel issues. I understand how this isn’t a particularly nice topic to talk about but because I want to highlight everything I go through with this operation, this has been a huge part of my recovery, so far. No one that I spoke to previously mentioned about bowel issues, yeah they said it tingles when you wee, but that was all. I’ve read up on line and on different forums about the bowel side of things and it IS a huge part of recovery. I’m not sure what I could have done differently if I’d have been aware of this but I do think I would have been more prepared for it. Most women say sluggish bowels, constipation and pain passing a stool lasts for up to 4 weeks post op (some even say longer), so that’s what time frame I’m going for. Oh and when I say pain, I mean like birth contractions – yeah THAT pain!!!

I didn’t sleep well again last night. I decided to have another Movicol (low dose laxative) make sure things keep moving, but (and I’d noticed this before), after about an hour of taking it I get really bad heart palpitations/racing heart. It seemed extremely bad last night. I did Google it (as you do at 2.12 am) and apparently it is a side effect that can happen! Great, so that’ll be the last time I use that! I will see how I get on, any issues and I’ll call my GP.

So I’ve been taking my Estrogen only HRT (Premarin) for just over a week, can’t say I’ve noticed any difference, although I’ve not had any flushes or night sweats so that’s a bonus!! Mind you, I’m not sure what kind of difference I should be looking for. I did get on the bathroom scales yesterday, just to see how much I weighed with my big bloated tummy, it was a surprise to see 9st 2lb looking back at me. I haven’t once considered my weight, especially when it’s come to eating, yes I’ve made sure I eat as healthily as possible, but that’s to aid my body, not for weight loss! But I have noticed that because my tummy is so swollen I am unable to eat huge amounts of food, it’s definitely the case of little and often.

I guess, as this is my 2 week ‘hyster-versary’, I would say that in myself I am feeling much better, sleeping is a slight issue, bowels are literally a pain in the butt but all in all I guess I’m doing ok. Little steps 🙂


Keep smiling

So today is Saturday, I feel ok, still look as white as a ghost, weak and tired but happy, so happy to be home. We’ve had so many messages of support from friends near and far and they have meant such a lot to us all. I’m a long way from being better but it’s the start of my recovery now and I know, slowly but surely I’ll get there. It’s been a rollercoaster so far, but bring it on. It’s been much harder than I ever imagined, but funnily I still have no actual pain from my hysterectomy, I hope this continues.


Food, glorious food! 

Have been looking into post op nutrition today. I’m pretty good when it comes to eating but I wanted to know exactly the types of foods that will give a boost to my recovery and aid my body with the healing process. I really enjoyed reading about this today and definitely learnt a few things!

I thought I’d make a list of the things that’ll aid recovery, I shall be taking this change on for the rest of my life! One thing I did read was that it’s about a lifestyle change post op to make sure that you get the best out of life and don’t have issues with weight gain.

Protein – Repairs damaged/moved/manipulated muscle and muscle tissue.  Chicken, turkey, eggs, seafood

Fibre – stops discomfort from constipation.                                                           Whole grain bread, brown pasta, fruit, veg, flaxseed

Healthy fats – improves immune response and aids body absorption of vitamins also boosts energy without causing constipation.                           Olive oil, coconut oil, avacados, seeds and nuts

Probiotics – Painkillers and meds wreak havoc on your bowels so probiotics will help regulate the gastrointestinal system.                             Yogurt, low fat cottage cheese.

Vit A – Foods with beta carotene (or Pro Vit A)  the body converts into Vit A, it boosts the immune system and cell growth. It maintains soft tissue and skin and fights possible infection.                                                                      Sweet potato, carrots, kale, cantaloupe, mango

Vit C – helps soft tissue and collagen. Stress depletes Vit C stores so will need extra post op!                                                                                             Citrus fruits, peppers, strawberries, kiwi, pink grapefruit

Vit E – Healing of wounds and scar tissue.                                                             Almonds

Iron – creates new blood cells – bounce back!                                                   Beans – red kidney beans, black beans

Zinc – helps immune system function, good for healing and energy.            Pumpkin, squash, sesame seeds, nuts

Foods with Phytoestrogens (plant compounds with weak estrogen effects) – may help prevent conditions related to the loss of estrogen after menopause. Heart and vascular disease, great cancer, osteoporosis.            Soy milk, tofu, edamame, flaxseed, whole grain

Water – plenty of it! Maintains hydration, minimises nausea, fatigue, light headedness. Also helps with constipation and flushes the body out.

Foods not to eat! (Even though when you’re low, I know you crave this stuff!) Processed foods, milk/dairy, red meat, sweets/cakes. This is mainly because they will not help with constipation!!

I will also make sure I have prunes in a morning – keeps you regular! 😉 I’ve heard a lot about “wind” issues and I know from previous surgery that trapped wind hurts!!

I will say, all of the above is a lot of what I eat daily anyway, so it won’t be a huge change, but it’s been good to learn what foods will do to help my body recover.

I’ll also double check with my consultant that there are no foods I need to keep away from! You never know?!?!

A very positive day today 🙂

A little wobble?!?

Eeekkkk it’s 2 weeks today 😥


Ok, so I’m not necessarily talking about my weight (a lil wobble ;-)) although, no workout today as am feeling crappy with a head cold. But i have been sat chillin’ at home and little thoughts keep popping in and out of my head. Stupid things really, like “what if i didn’t come back round?” “If i died during the op, would many people come to my funeral?” I mean, for goodness sake woman, get a bloody grip!! Of course plenty of peeps would be at your funeral lmao!!!

Seriously, the things you allow to come into your head!

Anyway, no more wollowing, i know full bloody well I’ll be fine. Positive thoughts ONLY!!!

On the up side, couple of friends and family (even if not by blood 😉 ) have said they’d visit me in hospital, which makes me smile (may need to ask pre-op nurse if I’m allowed to Skinny Tan before going in?!?!).

I guess some days this will seem daunting, bit scary, emotional. I MUST remember that it’s normal to feel this.

Start of my journey…

This is the excerpt for your very first post.

So, this is my very first post!

Well as of today I have 16 days until I go for a full abdominal hysterectomy…At 36!

I wanted to start this blog mainly for myself, so l could document my ups and downs, my thoughts and feelings, but also because when trying to read up about hysterectomy surgery you only seem to come across women over 50 and a lot of advice relating to that age group, which l am most certainly NOT! I want to write about how, as at fit and healthy 36 year old, this has affected me, how I deal with things and what happens post op – like weight gain and HRT.

When I was first told that I’d need a full abdominal hysterectomy I managed to walk out of hospital, pay for parking and get to my car with my head held high. Once in my car I burst into tears. I think it was shock, it wasn’t what i was expecting to hear. I have one child and didn’t want anymore, that was a definite! I think I was more upset over the size of this kind of operation (especially when the pre-op nurse tells you they need blood from you incase you ‘bleed out’ and need a transfusion!) as opposed to what was being taken away.

As you do, I went home and googled the op……..Never a good thing! I was scared stiff, weight gain, “don’t do it”, incontinence, you name, it all came up. Ahhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!! So after long, late night discussions with my husband ( who has been totally bloody awesome about all this), we came to the decision to only look at the positives of having this op and not the possible negatives.

At the moment I’m feeling ok, I’m trying to not think about my operation too much – (that’s more about the op, not what is being taken)! I’m on a 27 day shred (started on 1st April) to get as fit and slim as possible before the surgery. My idea is that this will help post op 😉 I love keeping fit, I try and do 2/3 HIIT workouts a week inc. cardio and am currently 9st 4lb. I’d like to get to 9st before my op as one thing that bothers me is the thought of piling on the weight after, due to not being able to do anything!! In my head I don’t feel like I’ll be any less of a woman without my womb and cervix (I’ve got fake boobs -they’re all I need lol!), that side of it doesn’t really bother me – perhaps it’s not properly sunk in yet? I guess, perhaps the closer it gets this may change? But, for the time being I’m concentrating on becoming the fittest I can with 16 days to go!!