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Post-surgical Follow-up

This morning, I met with my gynecologist for my post-surgical follow-up. It’s been slightly over two weeks since I received my surgeries.

Thankfully, my gynecologist thinks that I’m healing adequately so far. My incision sites have been healing very slowly. This most likely reflects the fact that I’ve been taking immunosuppressant medication, twice per day, to manage my relapsing-remitting MS. Whenever I have even a minor cut, it takes a very long time to heal.

We discussed that hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is contraindicated for me, since it exacerbates my subglottic stenosis. My doctor mentioned that quarterly injections of Depo-Provera might be an acceptable solution to consider. He recommended that I continue to take Black Cohosh, to reduce the severity of my hot flashes.

I mentioned that I’m still having stress incontinence. My gynecologist thinks that I need to give my body more time to fully heal, in order to assess whether the bladder sling surgery was effective.

At this point, I’ll simply need to schedule an annual follow-up appointment with my gynecologist.

Emotional Versus Physical Healing

I’ve been thinking about the healing process this afternoon, whether it be physical or emotional in nature. Both types of healing can be long-term, complex, and erratic.

It’s been nearly three months since my mother passed away. There are still times when I feel that this could not have possibly really happened. After all, she had been around for so very many years. On some level, I expected to have her even longer.

Of course, my rational mind knew that I would eventually lose my mother one day. Nevertheless, my heart still struggles to accept this stark reality.

Speaking of physical healing, it’s now exactly two weeks since I had my surgeries. So far, I’ve had days where I have experienced a relative improvement in my symptoms, followed by days of temporary setbacks.

I think that it’ll take several more weeks to continue to heal. I recently read that it takes up to twelve weeks to fully heal internally after receiving a total hysterectomy.

Healing takes time, whether it be physical or emotional. Neither process should be rushed. Trying to do so only invites complications for achieving the best possible outcome.

Paying for Excess Activity

Two weeks ago today, I received a total laparoscopic hysterectomy, oophorectomy, and bladder sling surgery. It’s been a somewhat challenging recovery to date, to be perfectly honest.

I’ve been trying to strike the correct balance between rest and activity. I know that I shouldn’t overdue my activities. At the same time, I need to be as active as I can possibly tolerate.

However, I really think that I attempted to do too much yesterday. Today, I really appear to be paying for my previous level of activity.

Achieving a delicate balance between rest and activity is very important, for achieving optimal post-surgical results. Actually, developing this balance is essential for optimal coping with chronic illness.

Consequently, I’ve decided to take it easy today. Tomorrow morning, I have my follow-up appointment with my gynecologist.

No Teaching for Fall Semester

At this point, I don’t anticipate teaching any college courses during the upcoming fall semester. This is upsetting, since I really enjoy teaching.

The community college where I have been teaching has reported reduced enrollment for this fall. Consequently, there is a dramatically reduced need for adjunct professors. Adjuncts are often utilized to teach a second section of a popular course, such as General Psychology.

I know that there’s still the option of applying for exclusively online teaching opportunities. Honestly, this doesn’t appeal to me nearly as much as being in the classroom with students.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic occurred, I haven’t been in the classroom with students. It was extremely challenging to finish teaching this past semester, given that the majority of my Introductory Psychology course needed to be taught remotely.

I enjoy having in-class discussions with my students. I also like to share specific experiences from my work as a clinical psychologist, as a direct application of material presented.

Almost Two Years of Blog

I started writing this blog on August 19, 2018. It’s hard to believe that this was almost two years ago.

So much has happened since I first started writing this blog. There have been multiple changes in my personal life, as well as additional health challenges to confront.

I still continue to enjoy writing this blog. It remains my sincere hope that my words will encourage others who are confronting chronic health issues.