Monday
Feb082016

14 Days After My Hysterectomy! *Showgirl's Guide*

  I can't BELIEVE two weeks ago I was in the waiting area for surgery losing my mind at this time (2pm).  I feel like I've been making great progress. Now please know if you're going to have a hysterectomy or already have that EVERY BODY HEALS DIFFERENTLY.  It can be dangerous to compare your recovery to someone elses and this is why the online community I found for information and support has been so valuable! It's called Hyster Sisters and here is the link (click on logo):

I found not only great support in the threads of women who were very generous in sharing but also videos of how to give yourself the BEST chance of healing well for every recovery period:

1-2 Weeks after surgery video (click snail):

Honestly you'll find everything you need for support there as well as great suggestions.  So some surprising things that happened to me after surgery were not being able to have a bowel movement (I'm going there) and a few hot flashes (keep in mind I still have my ovaries).  So this is what I did (you should always check with your doctor for what's best for you), I drank A LOT of water...and herbal tea unsweetened....and took Miralax and Colace stool softener EVERYDAY and after 3 days and still nothng I used a suppository and was fine right away.  Everything was back and working but the most imprtant thing is that I stopped the Miralax but continued the Colace for the entire time that I was on Percocet.  Opiates cause constipation.  I'm off of the opiates now and using 600mg of Ibuprofen every 6 hours and feel fine.  I did use the Percocet as directed and was on it every 4 hours for the first few days and then every 6 hours after that for 10 days total.  I don't see any reason in "toughing it out". I was in pain so I took the medicine but I did notice the last couple of days I took it I could stretch it to every 8 hours.  This is how I knew that I was getting better. It really is the little things at first. My couple of hot flashes coud be related to a temporary disturbance in the performance of the ovaries due to the trauma of the surgery. I will ask my doctor on my first follow up this week. 

  My amazing community (friends and family) have been showing up for me in great ways.  I've had a friend come and make a gorgeous organic salad for all of us for dinner, wonderful catching up sessions have arrived on the phone from my West Coast family and in the mail in the forms of cards and gifts from all over! Whether it's fresh flowers being brought or just a text asking me how I'm doing I know that this love and care is speeding up my recovery. I suggest that you don't be afraid to ask for support and help.  I emailed my closest circle and let them know weeks in advance what was happening and let them know that I would love visitors and calls during my month of at home recovery.

(awesome salad from Lucky!)


(tulips from Kate <3)

  A challenge for me right now is I feel better so I will go to do something that is not sugggested at this stage in my recovery like pick up something over 10 pounds or bend all the way over to the floor to pick something up.  My poodle named Movie Star is 10 pounds now and it's SO hard to not pick her up - we bond on grooming sessions and walking and I can't do either with her right now. I asked two of my dear friends to come over and "walk me and the dog" and that was great! I got out and had the fun of watching her be walked with us.

(me and my daughter Movie Star)

  My Husbear has been my greatest source of strength. He has fed me, cleaned the house, hosted several of my visitors, brought me endless cups of tea, wiped my feet with wet wipes because I couldn't reach them in the shower, ran to the store for me a million times, took over the grooming of Movie Star, and most importantly made me laugh everyday. It's such a wonderful feeling of joy to know that I am married to the man of my dreams and we can carry each other through anything. I'll post next week and do hope that this has proved helpful. 

(me and my Awesome Husbear at Arcade Fire)

Slow and Steady Wins the Race,

World Famous *BOB* 



Thursday
Jan282016

3 Days After Surgery!

I am writing this from the comfort of my recently purchased automatic reclining sofa from Raymour & Flannigan, (can't suggest buying a great recliner enough- I slept in it my first night home).  I had my hysterectomy (ovaries in tact but everything else gone) on Monday.  I was all packed and ready and had even ordered my car service ahead of time. I made a list of what I would need a few days before my surgery with reminders on it such as, "leave wedding ring at home."  Over the next few days if I remembered something I would add it to the list. Here's my show girl trunk:

 Not a fan of fasting I actually found the no liquids rule to be even harder than fasting but kept my positive attitude and rode up to the Bronx listening to Fleetwood Mac and holding my Husbear's hand. Once I arrived I was asked to take a number and enjoy the view which was incredible....

Then I got admitted and was asked to wait to be called into another waiting area for my surgery...

 

 I chose what to wear to the hospital carefully. No perfume or makeup for safety reasons but I did make sure to wear my favorite t-shirt. It's from Mod Cloth and yes they still have it (click on photo below for link to buy it)! It's a cat cop that says, "Who's laughing MEOW?"  It's a sure way to meet other cat lovers in any public space and sure enough it made me a friend in the waiting room! I can face ANYTHING as long as I'm allowed to bring humor with me. 

 Boy did I need my humor....so something you should know is you may wait all day in that waiting area so YES bring a friend and some music.  Watching the tv they give you can help until it goes to a food commercial or coke ad and then you find you're mouth watering over things you'd normally turn your nose up at. Also you can swish water in your mouth and spit it out to relieve dryness - just DON'T SWALLOW!  I was scheduled to go into surgery at 11:20 am with a 9:00 am call time but of course this always prepared show girl was there at 8:00 am.  Sadly I didn't get into surgery until after 4pm!  The only thing that saved me was my Husbear ... he found ways to make me smile and was even game to put a rubber glove over his head at one point but they were too small!  The other thing that distracted me for a bit was working out my surgery fashion.....

 

Finally it was time and I had my Husbear play We Are The Champions by Queen as I walked away into surgery. I was going to save it for when I left the hospital but the wait was so hard I felt like I deserved to hear it as I walked away.  My team was AMAZING and the last thing I remember saying is., "I perform on large stages and small gay clubs...big stages and tiny gays!" In my defense they had asked me where I perform.  I woke up to my super cute gay anesthesiologist saying he would come see me perform.  Then my surgeon came in and asked for my Husbear's number and called him for me.  Within moments I was looking at the love of my life Erik and best friend Yosh.  I felt tired, sore (especially my throat- from the breathing tube), and woozy. 

ALL I WANTED WAS WATER!  They slowly started giving me ice chips and luckily I wasn't nauseous. I was in surgery for about 2.5 hours and by 9:00 pm I had my room.

 

I spoke in my first entry about the importance of bringing gifts for your nurses with you. You don't have to spend a lot of money at all just make a gift bag of snacks and write a thank you on it. My night nurses were Sonya and Shaniqua and they were SO loving and helpful that I was instantly grateful I had brought them something.  *NOTE*- YOU DO NOT GET A LOT OF SLEEP IN THE HOSPITAL - people come in and take your vitals every couple of hours, assess your pain and even take blood in the early hours right before the vampires rest :)  You are paying A LOT of money to be there so although I wanted to rest all of the attentiveness made me feel safe and cared for.  I was just surprised at how little rest I got.  My first meal was a gluten free pb&j that I brought with me and it was superb!  I only had a few bites but then sleep came quickly...

 

The next morning I was NOT given a gluten free meal- *ALWAYS REMIND EVERY NURSE YOU HAVE OF ANY FOOD ALLERGIES YOU HAVE.  I had it on a wristband on me and was still served wheat toast. Thank Goddess I was awake enough to not eat it and remind my new morning nurses who were also WONDERFUL ~ thanks Carol and Janet!  I ate the eggs and drank the coffee and asked for more pain meds.  There is no need to be a supershero when it comes to pain - stay ahead of your pain with your meds in the beginning. I only today (Thursday) have lessened my meds from every 4 hours to every 6 now.  You want to heal not suffer.  

 

 

After everything checked out and my nurse Carol let me take a nice nap I was released from the hospital with my prescriptions and instructions around 1:30.  I was wheeled out in style with a poodle pillow my sister Melissa gave me.  PLEASE BRING A PILLOW TO HOLD AGAINST YOUR TUMMY and TO PUT BETWEEN YOU and THE SEATBELT.  I had my Husbear get a cab and off we went!

I have been walking VERY slowly and will share my tips for how to poop after surgery in my next post (trust me it's important) -I need to rest for now.  I'll leave you with this image...my poodle nurse Movie Star and my fuzzy slippers. Love and Courage, World Famous *BOB* 

 

 

Sunday
Jan242016

A Showgirl's Guide to Having a Hysterectomy

   

DAY BEFORE SURGERY:

    It's the day before my surgery and I already feel like I've been on a whirlwind journey! How I'm feeling right now is anxious, nervous, excited, scared (a little) and curious.  There was SO much I read about online that NO ONE spoke to me about!  I found one blog that felt like I had struck gold as far as humor mixed with helpful information from personal experience.  That is why I decided to blog my adventures.

    I decided to have a hysterectomy about a month ago after ending up in the ER with a burst ovarian cyst (while I am keeping my ovaries everything else is going).   I am 43 years old and have never been in the hospital as an adult.  My pain tolerance is high and severly tested EVERY month by my period since I was 10 years old when it started.  When my gyn presented options I took them all to heart but my mind kept wandering to surgery.  Imagine your foot being caught in a fox trap for 33 years and someone offers to cut off your foot.... I have used herbs, yoga, meditation, therapy (I do believe some of our bodies issues can be healed or at least supported by dealing with deeper issues), ultra sounds, a nutritionist.... the list goes on to manage my periods but very little of it made a difference.  There are whole chunks of time I miss where I am groaning in pain- lying in a hot tub - throwing up for hours - and even passing out.  For me this surgery will be my freedom.  Yes, I will still ovulate and have some mood swings (probably) but NO PERIODS EVER AGAIN! This is my time to take charge and offer my body the thanks it deserves for all it's been through and move on.

    I will post as possible and try to include pics.  Knowledge is power and if this blog helps one person as much as the following one helped me then it is 100% worth it! As I pack my hospital bag I made sure to put together a gift bag of treats for the nurses on my floor.  This is a sure way to express your gratitude in advance and let your nurses know you appreciate them.  My mother in law and her husband are nurses and they made this suggestion.  I put together a bag of cookies, gluten free macaroons, brownies, tamari almonds and wasabi peas with a quick note in advance.  My Husbear has instructions to give it to the nurses once I am moved to my room - not in OR.

     I also am packing a typed list of the doses of everything I take everyday - both medicine and vitamins and herbs, my health proxy (see link below for NY state free download), pre and post op surgery guided meditation on my I Pod shuffle, slippers, robe, pink terry turban (in case my hair is a mess), toiletries, my favorite hand cream, my eyeglasses, my I.D., insurance cards and a bag of gluten free and vegetarian snacks.  My Husbear will be in charge of this bag and giving the nurses my gift. If you are looking at having this operation please do a little research and prepare - there's a lot of little things that can help you heal faster. I'm going to go and finish packing....see you after surgery! 

Here's the BEST blog I found! : 

http://kronda.com/healing-quickly-from-laparoscopic-hysterectomy/

Treats for my nurses:


Learn about your health proxy here! (each state has their own)

www.health.ny.gov

 

Love and Courage,

World Famous *BOB*

Thursday
Oct012015

Loving The Body You're In! October 25th, 2015 Workshop 

Loving The Body You're In

(All Genders Welcome!)

with 
World Famous *BOB* and 
Legs Malone

October 25, 2015
12:15pm till 5:00 PM (NO LATE ADMITTANCE PERMITTED)
440 Lafayette Street, NYC
Studio 4E *Please come directly to the studio; there is no receptionist.*
Directions
$95

Registration available soon! Click on photo above to go to registration. By paying to register you agree to comply with our payment, refund, and class transfer policies.

About this class:
Are you tired of negative thoughts and body criticism? Have you had enough of feeling like you're not good enough or unworthy of having what you want in life, including a happy and healthy body? Our bodies are a gift and a blessing yet it is so easy to heap our frustrations and thoughts of imperfection and failure onto them when, in truth, they deserve our love, forgiveness, attention and gratitude. 

Join burlesque stars and body positive proponents World Famous *BOB* and Legs Malone for a full-day workshop of healing, love, forgiveness and letting go. 

This full day workshop will include World Famous *BOB*’s Ultimate Self Confidence! Workshop in a brand new all gender inclusive format and a new version of Legs Malone’s Healing Your Relationship with Your Body workshop that focuses on forgiving and letting go of any hindrance or limitation to full self acceptance. There will be a break for a light snack in the afternoon and a closing ceremony at the end of the day.

Participants are asked to bring paper and pen, a bottle of water, and a snack they can enjoy in the hall during the break. There will not be time to run out to eat. Wear comfortable clothing. Also when signing up for this class we recommend that you have the rest of the evening free to create room for the feelings that come up when we do this very important work. 

Please note, due to the intimate and radical nature of this class, promptness is crucial. This class begins at 12:15. Anyone arriving after 12:15 PM will not be allowed in OR refunded.

Thursday
Oct012015

CAMPFIRE! QUEER STORYTIME - FREE -