I am 2 weeks postpartum major abdominal surgery. I had a hysterectomy, leaving my ovaries, cervix and tubes, they took my uterus, which was the size of a 16 week preg. gestation, through my navel in strips. Then, through the back vaginal wall, they repaired what my
uro-gyno called the worst rectocele in her history. That is the repair of the rectal wall between the rectum and vaginal opening, taking a triangle of flesh out, like a dart in a bodice, and then stitching back to make the wall flat and elastic again. Through the front of the vaginal wall, they put my bladder in a mesh, and the ligament that holds up my bladder has been 'shored' up & tightened. My bladder had descended significantly as well as the rectal wall becoming a big pouf from 9 pregnancies, 7 births, of which 4 pregnancies with babies at 9 and 10 lbs. My cervix has been linked tightly to the top of the vagina as it was the mouth of the womb, but is just a mouth now. It is important in keeping the vaginal canal from going lax, for tone, and for husbands! I have stitches, all internal, except for the 4 healing wounds from the laparoscope on my abdomen, in 6 or 7 different places.
I chose this route after years of going back & forth, bleeding very heavily, often with clots as large as peach pits, taking Ibuprofen every 4 hours for 3 days straight, just to be able to stand up straight, and accompanied by labor-like cramps. We almost lost our last baby, #7, who was born via c-section, purple and blue for 6 minutes, apgar scores of 1 and 1 at birth and at 5 minutes. Baby # 6, who is just 11 months older than baby #7, whew!!, was an IUGR(intrauterine growth retardation) baby, prevented us at 35 weeks from a homebirth, and did not grow at all after 35 weeks, and was still 7 lbs at birth! God is good, and I have mongo-sized babies. Baby #5 was 10 lbs, born posterior, at home, but I bled significantly and dangerously so, a quick shot of methargen and God's grace kept me; my placenta was very deformed.....We also lost 2 babies at 13 weeks, both miscarriages being just like labor for my births in intensity.....We knew while pregnant with #7, the last one, that it would not be wise for Momma or baby to have anymore.
So, here I am, 2 weeks postpartum, finding your boards, reading every post I can, adding much knowledge to the bit I've had over the years about to be healthier and to keep my husband and children strong. Is there anything in particular I should be taking, brewing, drinking, etc? I have just been allowed to drive, short distances, but am not to lift, push, pull, have relations with my husband, etc, for 8 weeks total. I want to heal well and soundly, get stronger, etc. I have asthma, which is flaring a bit, and am only taking Ibuprofen for pain, and almost done an antibiotic I resisted strongly, as I almost always get yeast infections with them, but was begged by both gynos to take it because of the significant amount of healing inside my body.
Sorry so long!!
~anna in md of Little Bird Quilts
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