Just wanted to do a little post about how I'm feeling (almost) 1 week post trachelectomy, just to inform anyone who is having this done and to discuss in general my feelings about the whole experience!
I had the op last Thursday, I was admitted to hospital the night before, I didn't have to have the laxative drink like some of the others have mentioned, I just had to go nil by mouth at midnight, which isn't difficult when you're in hospital as the food is AWFUL!! I went under at about 9am and the next thing I knew it was 2pm and people were waking me up.
I was in hospital for 4 nights in total, due to the morphine making me sick and not being able to eat anything for a couple of days. I also had really bad trapped wind to the point where it made my whole body ache. I was allowed to go home on the Sunday after they took my catheter out and I did 4 wees and had a bladder scan to prove I was emptying my bladder correctly.
I had the trach and lymph node removal all done abdominally, so I have a scar about 6 inches long across the top of my bikini line. I took the dressing off yesterday and was pleased with how neat it was, there's a little bit of bruising from the lymph removal but that should fade soon.
My appetite really came back once I got home, but the codeine tablets make you so constipated, I didn't go to the loo til Tuesday and that was only because I took some Senokot - which was a really stupid idea as it gave me awful stomach cramps and made me throw up - not a nice experience when you have a sensitive stomach wound!
I've stopped taking the codeine as much now, and I'm just having the paracetomol and ibuprofen. Also having the injections to prevent blood clotting. They aren't bad at all, my housemate does them for me!
Tomorrow I'm going for my first walk outside, I'm looking forward to it as I'm quite stiff and the scar feels tight so I want to loosen up a bit! But in general I've been ok doing things around the house, I can shower myself and get dressed, I just can't lift the kettle! Getting in and out of bed is a struggle but I know it'll get easier.
Anyway, that's my update, if anyone has any questions feel free to ask. I get my results on Tuesday so please all keep your fingers crossed for me!!!