I was diagnosed with Adenomyosis in the first week of October and told I needed a hysterectomy. I was terrfied, not of the surgery, but of the recovery process.
I had my surgery on October 30 and the doctor discovered that I had a tear in my intestine behind my uterus making a 45 minute procedure into 2 hours in theatre. Poor Papa Steve was beside himself with worry, poor man. The adenomyoma was also much bigger (ostrich egg instead of chicken egg size) than originally thought.
The recovery is not as bad as I had anticipated. My c-sections were much more painful. Though that being said, this was a major surgery and I’m still in constant pain. The only concern I have is that I suffer from regular fevers and only the anti-inflammatory medication is breaking them. I’m off to the doctor for my post surgery follow up on Thursday to get the full details of what was done.
Most of my day is now spent in/on bed reading or sleeping. The three little kidlets have gone to my mom on the farm for the next 2-3 weeks (depending on my recovery) while Noo prepares for his end of year exams. He has been a HUGE help to me since I got home with hospital and Papa Steve has gone back to work.
I plan on documenting my recovery on a weekly basis, so keep an eye out on Part 2.
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I don’t often share anything personal about myself (other than my pregnancies), but having said that I feel led to share my personal journey during this particular time with my readers.
During my annual visit to the gynaecologist, I was diagnosed with Adenomyosis and will require a hysterectomy, which is scheduled for October 30th. I have an adenomyoma (growth) which is growing on my uterus, causing a myriad of complications. The adenomyoma is the size of a chicken egg and has attached itself to the c-section scar.
I am not afraid of the surgery. I am in the fortunate position to have a fantastic doctor who specialises in this type of surgery. I am, however, terrified of the recuperation period and the pain that will be associated with it. I have a very low tolerance for pain.
My mother will be coming up for the duration of my hospital stay and has offered to take the three little kidlets for 2 weeks while I’m in the beginning stages of my recovery. Noo has school and will be entering the examination period, so will not be able to go with them.
On top of having to deal with all of that, I now also have to go for a biopsy on a lump that has been found in my breast. I’ll update on all of that once I have gone for the biopsy and gotten the results back. Please pray with me that the lump is benign.