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My Ovarian Cyst Removal Surgery

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Percocet makes you constipated; who knew?

It’s currently Monday morning and I had my ovarian cyst removal surgery on Thursday.

I have been kind of M.I.A. on social media the past few days as I tried to “take it easy.”

Which, for a mom, doesn’t really work. As you know.

But it’s a nice thought! 

My friends have been extremely helpful during this recovery period, offering to take my kids and do errands for me, so that has allowed me some extra “down time.”

Yesterday, I don’t think I even got out of my pajamas. I was so exhausted. I fell asleep at lunchtime, which is not like me at all. My husband entertained the two older kids (the youngest was at my friend’s house) and took care of dinner.

I was in bed asleep by 8:30 P.M., only to be awakened by a cough several times during the night. So I guess I’m getting a cold now.

I am definitely feeling better, though.

The first two days were rough.

Laparoscopic surgery is a minor surgery, but I still got four cuts in my stomach– one in my belly button and three more outside of it.

Also, I want to say how thankful I am that my friend accompanied me to the surgery that morning. 




My neighbor/friend Kelly works at the hospital and I asked her to drive me there, since my husband would be home getting the kids off to school.

She was honestly the perfect companion. We were cracking each other up laughing, plus she was able to explain what was happening as they prepped me for the surgery.

If I had brought my husband, I would have been on edge and snapping at him. (Just a hunch.)

The pain on the day of the surgery wasn’t too bad, mainly because I had all the hospital drugs and anesthesia still working.

Day 2 (Friday) was the worst. I didn’t feel as though Percocet was helping me much, although what it was doing was constipating me.

Apparently I am the last person to know that Percocet will make you unable to poop.

So.

Saturday was good and bad. I felt better, so I did more walking around.

We went out to dinner and then even stopped at Kohl’s for a bunch of crap we didn’t need.

By the end of the day, I felt horrible. Too much action.

I think that’s why yesterday my body just wanted to sleep.

I haven’t needed Percocet since Friday, and my incision sites are just sore when I move around too much.

If I’m sitting or laying down, I’m great!

Oh and the surgery went well. They removed my dermoid cyst and drained a different cyst on my other ovary, but were able to leave both my ovaries intact.

I had asked the doctor to take a picture of the dermoid, but she said I can see it at my post-op checkup in two weeks.

My stomach still looks like a war zone, with bloating, stitches, bandages, tape, bruising, and permanent marker on it, but I’d say I fared pretty well. 

In case you’re wondering, they make you write “Yes” on the side where the cyst is, just as an added reminder for the surgeon. I haven’t been able to get it off with soap yet.

I am glad to have this over with and ready to move forward without this little monster in my belly. 

Possibly the biggest piece of news– I finally caught up on The Bachelor

Here are my thoughts in a nutshell…Bekah is too young for him, Krystal is psycho, and I like Tia.

Also, I realized last night that a picture I posted from the hospital definitely shows my under-boob. So there’s that.

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