One Week Post Surgery: How Am I Feeling?


Experiencing Loss / Sunday, February 25th, 2018

One Week Post Surgery: How Am I Felling?

Its been one week since I’ve had my surgery. How am I feeling? For the most part, I feel great. My stomach is still a little sore in some places though.

Surgery went well. I underwent a laparoscopy. A laparoscopy is a non-invasive surgery through the abdomen. Dr. Fogwell is a professional at using the Da Vinci Robot (a surgical tool used during non-invsasiv surgeries). He made four small incisions through my stomach, with one of them through my belly button.

After making the incisions, Dr. Fogwell filled my stomach up with gas to maneuver around my organs. He checked my ovaries, my uterus, and then placed my transabdominal cerclage. Again, a transabdominal cerclage is a stitch around the cervix that is placed through the abdomen, rather than vaginally. Easy Peasy!

incompetent but hopeful-child loss

(These are my scars: one through my belly button, one through the side of my abdomen, and two on my bikini line. The shiny, crusty looking stuff is the bondage glue peeling)

Post Surgery

I can’t remember falling asleep. However, I do remember waking up. I was super tired and groggy. I could barely keep my eyes open. They took out my breathing tube and catheter. I’m so glad I was still under anesthesia during this process because I would’ve freaked out.

I remember them telling me to breath. I’m not really sure why though. But I do remember myself trying to force myself to swallow after they took the breathing tube out. My throat was way too dry, so I gave up. After recovery, the moved me back to my room where my husband was waiting.

At this point, in order for me to leave, I just had to use the restroom. They wanted to make sure I could pee on my own. It actually took me a while to pee because I could barely stay awake to even drink fluids. It took me about four to five hours. And boy, did it hurt. Gosh, it stung so bad. I’ve never experienced anything like it.

Going Home

After leaving the hospital we went to pick up my prescription. We also grabbed food and then we headed home. As soon as I got home I went straight to bed. I stayed in the bed the first two days and finally moved to the couch on the third day. I was still sleeping majority of the day. However, by day four, I was up and moving around fine.

The pain was tolerable. It didn’t hurt too bad. My stomach was sore as if I had did a tough ab workout leaving my muscles sore. In order to stay pain free I had to avoid coughing, sneezing, and laughing. That was easy because I was already sleeping all day.

One problem I ran into was constipation. I knew this was going to happen so I tried to avoid it by taking a stool softener and Gas X. Man, that stuff did not work. I still ended up constipated. It took me approximately six days to take a bowel movement. And let me tell you, I definitely needed Jesus. LOL.

Thank you to those who have checked on me after my surgery. Also, thank you to those who continuously read my blogs. My hubby and I will be traveling to Thailand in the beginning of March. So be on the lookout for a blog post about our adventures in Phuket.

Much love to you all,

Mrs. Goodwin

 

8 Replies to “One Week Post Surgery: How Am I Feeling?”

  1. Thanks Morgan for sharing! Glad the surgery went well. I really enjoy reading your blogs. When you get a chance go and check out my Vlogs on YouTube. The link is in my bio 🤗

  2. would you be able to be more discriptive on your next blog. For example can you explain what trans abdominal cerclage is in its lamest terms; instead of just stating it or even if it was stated previously. Some readers might know what that is and others just might not.

    _CoconutCandy (Instagram handle) not real email.

    1. In the future, I will reiterate these medical terms. If you go back and read my previous post I do explain what a transabdominal cerclage is. It is a permanent cerclage/stitch around the cervix that is placed through your abdomen.The preventative cerclage (typically recommended to women with Incompetent cervix) is placed vaginally. I can use my transabdominal cerclage with all of my pregnancies and I will have to deliver by c-section. Hope this helps.

    2. I agree I didn’t know what it wasn’t and had to google – I know it’s personal but an description of what it is and why you needed it wouldve be great

      1. I went into great detail about everything in previous blog posts. When you have time, read about my loss and my options because of my condition.

  3. Hello Morgan Godwin,

    It takes a courageous woman like you and of course support from your loved ones to be able to start this blog and to publicly publish your personal experiences through what life brings you -in otherwise true life stories.
    Motivating and empowering other women is a selfless way to give back

    I must first tender my sincere condolences
    On the lost of your son! I sent you an Instagram condolence response during the time it happened but I know it was overwhelming for you and family- my prayers are with you

    I am proud of you even though You don’t know me but we share the same story of incompetent cervix but mine comes with a life birth at 23 weeks (born October 3rd 2017 currently in the NICU) after two second trimester miscarriages with failed TVC (TransVaginal Cerclage) at 19th and 20th weeks respectively between 2014 and 2015.
    I have been trying to start blogging or Vlogging to also give my experiences both on incompetent cervix , Cerclages(TVC and TAC), Preterm premature rupture of membranes (PPROM), Preemies, but shaven’t got the courage to.

    I have read everything on your blog post, that is to say that I have been quietly following your blog right until you had a TAC(Transabdominal Cerclage) that I was courageous enough to write or respond to the post

    I am a member of Abbyloppers both on Facebook group and the website (http://abbyloopers.boards.net/)
    I thank God everyday for Abbyloppers Page and people like you for such awareness – when I had my continuous miscarriages I decided to research and research and found them- the amount of information that is found on Abbyloppers is amazing – the support is pure.

    Back to the matter, though it’s not about me, I am glad this blog post is here to educate, empower and motivate women like me who has gone through pain, self- rejection and multiple loss of pregnancy and babies especially during the second trimester

    I am having my TAC surgery scheduled next month in March with Dr. Haney at university of Chicago Obgyn surgical center to finally treat this incompetent cervix – which if I had known would have done it earlier before I had my baby instead of the TVC that failed.

    I also believe so much in prayers, and after I had my miracle 23 weeker it doubled.
    There’s is nothing Impossible for God!
    May God grant you and your husband your miracle TAC Baby soonest.

  4. I will definitely keep following your blog and keep you and your husband in my prayers. I also have an incompetent cervix and my doctors are talking about the TVC.

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