My surgery went well yesterday and I am already home.
The surgeon is really pleased with how things went. She didn’t have any interference from the scar tissue from my reconstruction, and told me there was even minimal bleeding.
Because my incisions are all in the area where I don’t have sensation from my reconstruction, that cuts down on the pain. Most of it is the deep internal pain from the organs being removed. I can’t stand up straight, but the pain is managed while I am still. I am limiting my movement and my range pretty much is my living room chair to the bathroom to my bed. My roommate is helping out and some friends will come to help me out while he is at work.
One of the best things I am experiencing seems to be a dramatic reduction in hormone symptoms. My hot flashes are much less frequent and less intense, the bone pain is gone, and even with pain killers my head is much more clear than it has been for months. I even have more energy than I had pre-surgery which is probably the most telling part of how much the hormones therapy was affecting me. It is better than what I hoped for and I only hope it remains or improves as my body adjusts to not having ovaries anymore.
I am off of my daily hormone therapy for a while to allow things to settle. I have to wait for the ovarian suppression to wear off in about a month, and then see what is left over. I am truthfully not looking forward to restarting it, but I will deal with it when I have to. At least at that point, I will know that the side effects are specifically caused by the therapy and if they are too much I can choose to stop it.
The next two weeks are pretty much just healing. Keeping an eye on my incisions as they heal, resting, and taking it easy. After that, the external incisions should be healed and the internal healing will continue. At least 6 weeks before I can get back to activity or work.
But the good news is that things are already looking up.
Hope it continues 🙂