Jennifer’s Hysterectomy Story
Type of Hysterectomy: Total Vaginal Hysterectomy
Age at Hysterectomy: 43
Location: Americus, GA
I had my hysterectomy because I bled for over 9 months. There was about 4 weeks out of those 9 months that I did not bleed. Some days I could do nothing but lay down with my feet elevated. I was so sick. Sometimes the bleeding was so bad that I would bleed through a super plus tampon, 2 pads, my panties and clothes in less than 30 minutes. I couldn’t go anywhere. I had no insurance, so I had to wait until I got my income tax to go to the doctor. I was diagnosed with adenomyosis. I had a large hemorrhagic cyst on one ovary and a fluid filled paratubal cyst on my fallopian tube. My cervix and other ovary had numerous cysts, also. I did not get a 2nd opinion because I was sick of bleeding and I knew that this was best for me.
My surgery went great. Recovery was a different story. I started out with a spinal block, but then I “freaked” out about being awake during the surgery, so they put me to sleep. In the recovery room when they went to take the tube out of my throat, I went into cardiac arrest. After CPR and reviving me, they tried again. I went into cardiac arrest again. This time I was put on a ventilator. I had to be immediately transferred to another hospital. When I woke up 2 days later, I was 3 hours from home, in Atlanta, at Emory. Emory is the best thing going when it comes to treating patients!! My surgery was on a Tuesday, and I got to go home on Saturday. They said that all of that happened to me because I had sleep apnea (undiagnosed at the time) with a mixture of the sedation, and I am overweight.
My hardest part was recovering from the cardiac arrest. I was covered in bruises, I was exhausted, I was foggy headed. It was just crazy!! I never had any bleeding or pain from my surgery. I did everything that my doctor told me. I was released at 6 weeks. I have lost 10 pounds, I love my cpap machine for my sleep apnea. I feel like a new person. My hardest thing was dealing with the death of my wonderful doctor. He passed away when I was 4 weeks post op. He had an unexpected massive heart attack.
I walk just about every day. I eat less and better. I’m not tired all the time, anymore. I feel young again.
If you need one, get it. I do not regret my decision at all. If you have sleep apnea or think that you do, PLEASE tell your doctor before you even set up the surgery!!