Today I'm 7 days post op and feeling much more back to my old self. The first several days after I was really tired and napping in the middle of the day. Seems my energy level is much better now.
The milk of magnesia treatment my surgeon recommended did the job and got my bowels cleaned out and took care of the terrible bloating I was having. I definitely recommend drinking lots and lots of water/fluids after surgery, using a stool softener every day like Colace or Miralax, and eating lots of fruits/veggies to keep things moving along. Also, having moist toilet paper wipes is very helpful.
After surgery I was having abdominal gas pains/cramping, but that has improved greatly now. I hardly have any pain at all from the surgery if I'm not moving. When I do move, the incision just above my belly button hurts as well as the posterior repair area. I had a hard time coughing after surgery due to the incisional and abdominal pain. It's very important to use the breathing machine they give you in the hospital regularly to keep your lungs clear.
I have stiff plastic stitches in the 6 abdominal incisions, and the ends of those stitches are poking into me and bothering me. I can't wait to have them removed.
My hubby caught a cold a couple of days ago, and now my nose is running and I have a sore throat.
I can't imagine having to cough with the incisions and internal abdominal pain. I really hope it's a mild cold as I tend to develop bronchitis.
It really does feel strange having the prolapse repaired and everything lifted now. I've been prolapsed for over half of my life, and this will be a new normal for me. Everything is still swollen and a bit painful when moving right now, and I can't wait to find out how it feels after the surgical pains/swelling subside.
I faxed a medical records request to the hospital to get a copy of the operative report and pathology report. I learned to do that for every surgery after having several back surgeries. There are some things you can find out from them that the doctor may not tell you, and having a copy of the op report can sometimes come in handy years later if you have new problems or need another surgery in the same area.
I have a post op appointment in two days and I'll report back after that.