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  1. From what I’ve seen, it takes a few days after the patch is removed for vision to go back to normal. I’m surprised the doctors you talked to didn’t know about this.
  2. That didn’t happen to me, but I’ve seen a lot of women talk about it in the hysterectomy group I’m in. Did you have the patch that prevents nausea from anesthesia? Blurry vision seems to be a common side effect of that.
  3. I am up and getting things done as soon as I wake up. Dh is the same way.
  4. Do any of the animal rescues in your area have thrift stores? That's where we donate our books.
  5. If the surgical nurse dd lived here, she would have to get vaccinated or be out of a job. Hospitals here are requiring it.
  6. That was a misconception that has now been thoroughly debunked. Soy has been found to actually be protective against breast and other types of cancer. https://www.aicr.org/resources/blog/soy-and-cancer-myths-and-misconceptions/
  7. This sounds a lot like my dd who has ARFID (Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder). For my dd, it goes way beyond being a picky eater - she has sensory issues that make eating difficult. She also has noise intolerance (misophonia). Based on your description, I would recommend looking into ARFID - there is treatment that can help.
  8. Try a whole food plant based diet with plenty of soy (tofu, tempeh, soy curls). That's what I eat and I made it through menopause without a single hot flash or night sweat. I've read that the same is true for women in Asian countries who consume lots of plants and soy.
  9. Honestly, the only abnormal (in a good way!) part is that you were able to get plenty of uninterrupted sleep for so many years. I don’t know any adults who are able to do that.
  10. It is interesting how different we all are! Our experience is the exact opposite of yours - we all find Halos to be so much more comfortable and easier to breathe through. Meanwhile, we have several Happy Masks that were tried on once and then never worn.🙂
  11. Have you tried Halo masks? We all find them more comfortable than Happy masks, and they’ve shipped quickly every time we’ve ordered.
  12. The puppy needs to be taken away from him ASAP. I would be figuring out how to make that happen. Yes, the roommate committed fraud, but good for him/her for protecting an innocent creature who was being tormented. Glad to hear the first puppy found a new family, and I hope the second one is as lucky.
  13. Since the owner was abusive, I would not help him get the puppy back.
  14. Youngest will be heading off to college in the next few weeks, and my two older ones, too. They are raring to go and I am excited for them. Life at home will be simpler - less laundry, less groceries, less cooking, less hustle and bustle - and dh and I will have more time to ourselves, which sounds pretty blissful!
  15. I wash my face with water and use Andalou Naturals moisturizers (one for day and another for night). I eat tons of veggies and fruits (antioxidants are very important for healthy skin).
  16. Another vote for fostering shelter animals. My friends who work at Texas shelters say they are in crisis mode right now, with the shelters more overcrowded than ever. They are literally begging people to foster.
  17. Agree, and rawhides can also cause obstructions.
  18. Nope, I do not think it is true that dogs live in the moment. That statement greatly underestimates how dogs' minds work. Here is an interesting read on the topic: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/animal-emotions/201802/is-everything-in-dog-s-life-really-pretty-short-lived
  19. That happened to one of ds' friends and he did get to have the room to himself all year. But often, the spot will be filled by a student who needs to switch rooms mid-semester, like if they have a roommate conflict.
  20. If that made him happy, then sure. But it had better be someone that our (young adult) kids can stand to be around! Dh and I have both had to put up with less-than-stellar mate selections by our widowed parents.
  21. Nope. I'm too picky and can't imagine there is anyone else out there who I could stand being with longterm. Dh and I are so compatible, in a once-in-a-lifetime kind of way. I'll just get old with my kids and (imaginary future) grandkids and horses and dogs.
  22. The lifting restriction has been a little bit challenging because I also have horses and am used to lifting hay bales and horse feed. But doing that type of heavy work contributed to my prolapses, so I’ve had to re-think how to do things and rope my dh into helping.🙂 My surgery was necessary because the cystocele was at the point where it could have caused kidney damage if not repaired, plus my quality of life was pretty awful due to the discomfort. My doctor said that because I am fairly young (52), there is a good chance I’ll need to have the surgery re-done in the future. I’m trying to put that off as long as possible (hopefully forever!), so I’m following her recommendations to the T.
  23. Yes. No lifting, moving furniture, shoveling snow, trying to open a stuck window - those are all examples my doctor mentioned.
  24. I just had a hysterectomy and prolapse repairs in May. I was very nervous beforehand, but I agree with @KathyBC - best decision ever! I stayed one night in the hospital and they provided almost everything I needed - gown, toothbrush, toothpaste, pads, snacks, drinks. I would recommend bringing an extra long charger for your phone. One handy tip is to wear the same outfit home that you wore to the hospital - that way you don't have to pack an extra outfit. Wear something comfy (I wore yoga pants, a loose t-shirt, and slip on shoes). If you will have incisions, you might want to wear something without a waist band, like a loose dress. Have OTC pain meds on hand at home. I alternated Tylenol and Motrin for the first couple weeks (didn't take any prescription pain meds because they made me nauseous). Also, your doctor will want you to take a stool softener for the first few weeks. Colace is the brand my doctor recommends. I spent the first couple weeks on the couch, with a basket on the coffee table that held all my necessities - books, hand lotion, chapstick, etc. My dh and kids did everything - all the laundry, cleaning, animal care - for the first several weeks. My doctor didn't want me lifting or bending over or doing anything other than resting and walking. I started cooking simple meals at around week 4, and doing a little light housework at week 5. I'm at week 11 now and feel great. I can't ever lift over 20 lbs. again (doctor's orders, to protect the prolapse repairs), but that is no big deal. If you're on Facebook, there is a group called "Hysterectomy Support and Shared Experiences" that is very helpful. That's all I can think of now, but let me know if you have any questions. Good luck!!
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