Having major surgery on 11/3/10 and trying to control blood sugar in time so I will heal.

After 13 years of suffering I am finally having a major surgery to put an end to what has been a monthly nightmare. On Nov. 3, 2010 I am having a full hysterectomy including my uterus, cervix, ovaries, etc. because I was diagnosed with very early cancer cells in those organs. I have always just silently suffered with things in my life instead of facing them headon and getting them taken care of. I dont know why. I have done this with my female health and with my diabetes. For the past few months I have been trying to get my blood sugars down and lose weight without a lot of success but I am here on this site and trying to learn as much as I can about living as a diabetic. I cannot ignore it, it will not go away, I am going to face it headon. I wish for prayers so that I can make it through this surgery and heal without complications. After I heal up completely, I am going to tackle this diabetes with even more strength and hopefully get it under control so that I am controlling it and its not controlling me. Thanks for reading.

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Comment by catlover on October 28, 2010 at 12:00pm
I will say a special prayer for your complete and speedy recovery. It sounds like you have seen the error of ignoring your health problems. Facing them is the only way to deal with them. You seem to know that now. You will succeed !!!!
Comment by Donna H on October 28, 2010 at 12:06pm
I just had major surgery -- though not as major as yours -- back in July. Mine was a total knee replacement. I was very concerned about the impact of my diabetes on the surgery and vica versa. Before going into surgery, I talked to my endo about how to monitor insulin while in the hospital -- taking into account the fasting the night before and that I would be on a liquid diet for a while after the surgery. I had a bit of a time waiting for the incision to heal but I kept a close eye on it for infection and saw the surgeon's nurse a few times just to take a look at the wound. Ultimately, I ended up taking an antibiotic starting a few weeks after surgery just as a precaution. But all in all no real problems. I think just the fact that you are already committed to healthier choices is going to serve you well. You have my best for a speedy recovery.
Comment by Kelly WPA on October 28, 2010 at 12:13pm
I hope that your surgery goes OK and you won't have to spend too much time in the hospital! One thing I would suggest is that you take your meter to the hospital with you. They don't test enough in the hospital and if you have your own meter, you can't test whenever you want.
Comment by debb on October 28, 2010 at 6:10pm
best of luck on your surgery. i had mine in 99'. as you have found out healing is faster when you are in control of your sugar. but don't try to push it. it takes time to heal after a hysterectomy. it took me almost 3 full months before i was able to sleep in my own bed. i slept in my recliner chair because i just couldn't lay flat. so don't worry if you think you aren't healing fast enough. you are having your surgery on my birthday so i will remember to send out good thoughts and prayers for you. i think my favorite part of my surgery was the pain meds they had me on in the hospital. lol. i was having some really great dreams and my husband kept waking me up. i was getting really miffed at him. but even under the influence i managed not to hurt his feelings. i think someone upstairs was keeping me in line. the most important thing to remember is that in the end you will feel so much better. after all that pain that i went through before and after the surgery it was like absolute heaven to no longer have to deal with it every month. then when everything is all healed you will see better control because you no longer have that dratted monthly pain to go through which always plays havoc with our bs. let us know how you fare when you feel up to it.
Comment by Teena on October 28, 2010 at 6:24pm
My thoughts and prayers are with you on your surgery...I pray for a speedy recovery.
Comment by Trish on October 28, 2010 at 7:36pm
Your BG will definitely take a big hit during your surgery as the stress from it cranks it sky high mine went over 1200mg/dl the first surgery I had according to the doctor when I asked, but as long as your surgeon and there team knows about your diabetes they can keep a close watch on it during the procedure. I have had three major surgeries and was surprised by the doctor telling me I healed pretty quickly and completely as I always had it it my mind that I would take so much longer to heal from non diabetics but it just wasn't the case. You do need to take control of it though because nobody else will if you don't so please yes face it head on and get this monster under control for yourself, your family and all of your long distance family here :) Our prayers and best wishes will be there for you on that scary day.
Comment by Christalyn on October 29, 2010 at 4:21am
I remember when I had my surgery for 2 lbs of fibroids my BS was on a roller coaster. But I don't remember being to affected by it. They just checked it and gave me shots of insulin. I think you should be more worried about the movement in your mid section afterwards. I was climbing the steps of Hearst castle afterwards which pissed my doctor off. I had limited movement for about a month. I don't remember being in pain....
Comment by daricel on October 29, 2010 at 11:52am
Best of luck. I had my surgery in 03. Best thing I ever did in my life. My A1C wasn't great and I healed incredibly fast. Take your time and listen to the Drs about not lifting stuff. Also beware of pushing shopping carts (uses same muscles). I wore my pump through surgery. We reduced the rate slightly to avoid any lows. I was in less pain the day after the surgery than the week leading up to it. I hope you have similar results.
Comment by Terry on October 29, 2010 at 12:58pm
I would recommend having someone you trust in the hospital with you who can test your blood sugar and keep an eye on you during recovery. I had a terrible experience a couple years ago after a surgery in which the IV after surgery was giving too much insulin and I went very low.
I am sure it is rare, and I am sure everything will go well, but I would just wanted to pass along the shared experience. Good luck!
Comment by debb on October 29, 2010 at 6:50pm
daricel is right. that surgery was the best thing ever. no more pain, no more periods, shh don't tell but even the sex was better.

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