Week 4 Check Points
Encouraging words for the week – It may be hard to believe, but you are in the home stretch of recovery! Weeks of preparing and recovery are behind you, and the future holds healthy days ahead.
I left a lot of the info in for the HysterSister checkpoints this week just so you could see what information is passed.
SPOTTING AND ODOR
Any vaginal bleeding that you experienced in the first couple weeks should be slowing down or perhaps completely gone by now, though you may still notice some spotting. You may also notice some unpleasant vaginal odor, but remember that douching is not allowed, regardless of the discharge and smell.
An increase in spotting or bleeding can be a sign that you are doing too much too soon. Also, an odor that lasts for more than a couple days, or that is accompanied by fever and/or colored discharge, could indicate an infection.
If you had a partial hysterectomy and kept at least one ovary, bleeding at this point could indicate you are having a mini period. If you have concerns, you can check with your surgeon about the possibility of continued periods post-hysterectomy.
You and your partner may have a lot questions about resuming intimacy after your hysterectomy. “Is my vagina shorter?” “How do I deal with a hesitant husband?” These are normal concerns, and your surgeon and HysterSisters can help you with these questions.
PREPARING FOR YOUR POST-OP APPOINTMENT
If you keep a notebook and pen close by, you can write down any questions or concerns you want to discuss with your surgeon at your upcoming post-op appointment. You might ask about returning to work, starting hormone replacement therapy (HRT), resuming bathing, and handling menopause symptoms.
Right now, you may also be thinking about how to make better choices for better health in the future. You can begin by slowly lengthening the distance and speed you are walking, learning Kegel exercises, and learning to eat well. You may also want to consider adding vitamins and supplements as recommended by your doctor.
If you find yourself crying and even throwing a few temper tantrums, don’t be discouraged. You have been through a lot and your body simply needs time to heal and adjust to all the changes. When you check in with your HysterSisters on your Progress Recovery thread, you’ll likely find they have shed some tears and stomped their feet a time or two as well!
Luckily, I really haven’t had any issues during recovery!! I have started HRT and have been prescribed a compounded cream that I apply to my forearms or inner thighs every night before bed. I’m pretty sure that I have the Getting Fit down!! Next week, Week 5, I am scheduled for my post op exam…fingers crossed everything is as it should be!!!
Monday – 2.4 miles
WALK only this evening!! Those Run/Walk intervals (7.45 miles) on Sunday had my legs all sore and stuff!!
Today was my first day back to work in a month, all my stuff was where I left it!!
I have been trying to remember to use the Charity Miles app this month for Team RWB, how is that working out…not so much!! I have to remember to turn it on!!!
📸 taken during Leg 12/Day 54 of the #oldgloryrelay on @teamtyndall ❤️🇺🇸💙
Tuesday – 5.03 run miles / .38 walk miles
It’s all about balance…LIFE!! The Hubs worked from Panama City today which meant were were able to put in a little road work together this evening!!
Friday – 3.10 run/walk miles
Last night was the Hubs’ birthday so I traveled to Pensacola for dinner and the weekend!! On Friday morning his company hosted a Veteran’s Day 5k in which the proceeds went to the USO of Northwest Florida… so of course we participated!!
Saturday – 5.38 run miles / .42 walk miles
We ran the streets before breakfast at Polonza Bistro in Downtown Pensacola this morning. Of course we had cawfee, macchiatos to be exact and I enjoyed the Toad in the Hole! My plate consisted of two fried eggs in homemade sourdough toast topped with arugula, bacon, parmesan, and red wine vinaigrette… I added avocado!! Delicious if I must say!!
After Breakfast we headed to Spanish Fort, Alabama for packet pickup for the Battleship 12k. I have wanted to run this race the last 2 years and it’s finally happening, mind you this is only the third year for it and we are forgoing the Pensacola Half Marathon to do so. I wanted to run a NO KIDDING military related race for Veteran’s Day this year. The Pensacola Half Marathon does recognize current and retired military members by placing a service badge on your bib, but it is NO WHERE NEAR as patriotic as the Battleship 12k.
Sunday – 7.45 run/walk interval miles
There is so much to say about this race that it will have its own post up next!!
We participated in the Circle of Remembrance with Wear Blue to Remember, met up with some runner buds, some old, some new and we posed at the finish line.
Thank you Jennifer for capturing our Selfie!!
Heather, Jennifer, Eric, Katie, Me and Rick
Week 5 Check Points
You should be on your way to feeling well again! Here are some things that may be good to add to your to-do list as your energy starts to return.
RETURNING TO WORK
GETTING BACK INTO YOUR CLOTHES
BABY STEPS – Continue to be patient with yourself and your recovery. Take each day one at a time and don’t expect too much too soon.
I cannot begin to say how THANKFUL I am for everyone that has checked in on me, texted, called, sent a card and commented on my posts. I say THANK YOU to all of you!!
You know that I have been walking and somewhat running and that it has been going well. I also have been back at work for a week now and everyone has been wonderful. I have been living in stretchy pants and dresses, unless I’m walking, for the most part at home!! I has been nice to actually get dressed and go to work, I’ll admit that I didn’t wash my hair much the month that I was off!!!
Monday – Post Op Exam Appointment
That’s a big ‘ol thumbs up… 5 weeks post-op and the doctor just cleared me for ALL the things!!! I am so excited that I can finally do all the twisty stretches, add back all the miles, and lift the heavy things!!
Tuesday – 2.01 run miles / .50 walk miles
Is reverse negative splits a thing?? Would that make them positive splits if read backwards or are they still negative, just in reverse??!! I managed 2 miles straight, no intervals at 10:21 then a 10:48…what, whoa🐎?! Added a .5 mile walk for a total of 2.5 miles.
Thursday – Turkey Trot 5k (3.06 miles)
I trotted for my turkey!!! Turkey Trot 5k this afternoon was a little short, but I ran those 3.06 miles straight!! This race was put on by the Tyndall AFB Fitness Center, no medals but when you cross the finish line they give you a number, if they draw your number you get a turkey!!
Saturday – 27th Annual Draggin’ Tail 18 Mile Challenge
Draggin’ Tail bay-be!! Let’s get this straight…I am NOT running 18 miles!! I am going for 5-6 run miles, kissing the Hubs off for his remaining 12 miles, and turning around for 5-6 run/walk intervals back to the start where I will sit and wait for Ricky G!!
In the end… I walked away with 12.22 miles in 2:22 and the Hubs pulled off 3d in AG for the 18 miler in 3:22.
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