Yes, it’s been that long. Why you may ask. Well, about that time last year I got stomach and back pain, just after my last book signing at ‘Books by the Bridge’ in Sydney, 2017. It started off as a little niggle and I didn’t think much of it, but then as the months increased it got that bad I had to see a doctor. Then it started… tests, scans, more tests, etc. By the time June came around I could hardly move, work for over two hours at a time. When I couldn’t hold three coat hangers with clothes on it, it was time to go back to the specialist and find out what was happening, I couldn’t function. They narrowed the outcome down… I had varicose veins on my uterus/ovaries and the only way was to get rid of them was to have a hysterectomy.
Conversion that went down:
“I am 41, I have my kids. I don’t want anymore. Yep lets do it.” I told the specialist.
“The thing is this isn’t a normal hysterectomy. You can’t have it laparoscopic. You have to have the old fashion way, which we only do as a last resort, it’s not done anymore and all the new doctors will watch your surgery as it’s rare. And it will leave you with a big scar.”
“Damn, there goes my bikini modeling career.” The doctor and I laughed at my joke. “Anything is better than not being in constant pain. How long is recovery?”
“By three months. you should be able to return to work three hours at a time.”
“Three months. Wow.”
“This is a major surgery Melissa. It isn’t a quick recovery I have five layers I have to cut through, skin, tissue, fat, abdominal muscle and more. I remove your insides, so your organs will move around and fill the gap inside you every time to stand. Lay down most of the time. It will look like a cesarean scar, but it’s not like the recovery of one. Most people will say you’re so lucky you won’t get periods every month. But I don’t recommend doing this hysterectomy at your age unless needed, it’s not nice. But yours is necessary.”
“Well three months of pain is better than pain for the rest of my life.” Sigh.
I have to say. It’s not nice, and I was sleeping for 18 hours a day for 6 weeks. I went back to work after three months…. and I think it was a little early. I work in fashion and was on my feet for every shift, tired was an understatement. So after six months I felt like me again. Writing wasn’t an option, sleep was. But the last six months have been better.
A year after my surgery I’ve got back into writing and finished the follow-on story of Ample Attraction. Thank gosh for that. Sorry that you’ve been waiting for years. It’s available for pre-order on Amazon and it’s called “Lustful Lovers.” It’s nice to finally get it out of my head and into words.
Enjoy it any way you can!
My housework awaits.