Having major surgery is scary. I tried to put on a “happy face” but I was scared, worried and maybe a smidge panicky by the time I was ready to go to my pre-op appointment at my surgeon’s office. I had a long list of questions for him and I was just ready to pounce the second he finished his due diligence discussion (or more aptly – just sign this in case I kill you). SO, I had my chance and I took it. I rattled off 3 weeks of research off in a flowing stream of questions that lasted about 5 full minutes. I am also pretty sure I did not take a breath.
After all my questions concerning what exactly would be taken out of me (and if I could keep it), bone loss, hormone therapy, endo resurgence, length of surgery, length of incision, length of hospital stays, pre-op meds, post op meds, tummy support, lifting restrictions and basic living restrictions were all taken care of I was told something I hadn’t ever crossed my mind:
“You may have some vaginal bleeding for up to 6 months but after that – you will no longer have a period”
Two words ran through my mind but did not pass my lips because I was sitting in the middle of a doctor’s office – HOT DAMN! This is the best news ever! I will not have to suffer every month like clock work.
I was so excited! Why hadn’t I ripped this stuff out of me sooner???? This is going to be the life – no cramps, cravings, headaches, bloating, backaches or the icky part we shall not discuss in mixed company. I could wear light colored pants/skirts without fear! Now I had something really great to look forward to after all this crap. No more monthly visits from Mother Nature!!! HOT DAMN!
Cut to almost a year later…. Next month I will be having my one year anniversary of my hysterectomy (currently, I do not have a party planned – yet). I may not have my period as I remember it – but what I have now is only cramps, cravings, headaches, bloating, backaches PLUS hot flashes. That is right – I GOT SCREWED! You’re right – I don’t have a period anymore – I have a faux period.
The doctor promises this will get better over time, and because of my younger age, and hormone balances and BLAH, BLAH, BLAH… I should eventually get throughwithall of this.
Screw you Mother Nature – you may have the last laugh now – but I am not spending any money on your expensive feminine products! TAKE THAT!