Friday, April 30, 2010

3 days Post Op and TAC Story

Psalm 147:13 - For he hath strengthened the bars of thy gates; he hath blessed thy children within thee.

I must say, I am one happy lady! 3 days after the surgery I am happy as can be. The pain.... well thats another story. As long as I take my pain meds and walk around as much as possible, I am ok.

I woke up Tuesday Morning, and can happily say that I was not nervous! In fact, I could not stop smiling. After we got settled and the paper work out of the way, the Dr.'s came in, I asked the remaining questions I had, and then they walked me through everything including the possible complications (I could die, blood clots, stroke, hysterectomy, it may not work etc., - what a way to prepare me before going in to surgery!) Despite this, I was determined to not let the devil steal my joy. After they wheeled me into the OR, they asked me to verify my name, date of birth, and procedure I was having done, to which I proudly and loudly stated - "I am having the Trans Abdominal Cerclage to help me carry a baby to term!". They all cheered and after taking 3 breaths as instructed and trying to picture a happy dream, and pleading with them that whatever secrets come out my mouth, they are to stay in the OR (ha!) - I was out.

I woke up in the recovery room, and all I could remember was thinking someone kicked me in the gut with a steel toe boot! I felt the pain, but when I tried to speak, I had no voice (from that darned oxygen tube!). I immediately started thanking God in my mind and it spilled from my lips. The thought I was crazy-ha!- but I was thanking my God for bringing me through and for placing that "anchor: around my cervix. Apparently I was in and out for the next few hours, and when I finally woke up and asked for hubby and some pain meds (in some order), the anesthesiologist told me that when he pulled the tube out my mouth, I turned my body to the side and let loose of all the contents in my stomach, which explained the added pain at the incision site.

Larry stated to me once we were alone, that all 3 Dr.'s came out smiling and were happy with the placement. I will spare you the specifics, but I spent the next 2 days in the hospital being monitored, walking to get the gas out (oh the gas!), getting the use of my bowels back, and we hit the road Thursday to come back home.

I am in more pain it seems a home. At the hospital I had a high pain tolerance. I am sitting up more, but it hurts to turn, hurts when I first stand up, sit down, and I feel like an old woman. Like I told Cecilia, it will sooooooo be worth it.

Below are some pictures, please forgive my terrible appearance. I am sad that I did not get a picture with all the Dr.'s, especially Dr. Rod.riguez. Though she is young and no as experienced as Dr. Han.ey or Dr., deep in my heart know we made the right choice, and I know she is going to be an awesome TAC surgeon. My experience with all 3 Dr.'s were phenomenal and I would not trade this experience for anything.
If there was any trace of doubt in our minds or hearts about their competence, it has diminished after the care we received and the experience we had with these individuals.
I continue t thank God for his goodness, for leading me to these Dr.'s, and for friends like you all. Thanks for the texts, the fb messages, the emails, the calls-they are all appreciated. I am excited to have you all walk this journey to my expected end with me.

Not sure why they are out of order, and I am in too much pain to figure out blogger, but you get the "picture".

The view from our room.
I don't remember this, but Larry says this is the first thing I did when I woke up and asked for him. hmm. Side note-ladies! see that beard? I have been trying to get him to get rid of it. any suggestions? ha!
One of the amazing Dr.'s that took care of me - Dr. Troph.

Walking for the first time - trying to get rid of the gas.
Just waking up from the anesthesia.
Settled in our room. In pain, but smiling. Nothing could steal my joy. Thank you Jesus!
Right before being wheeled into the OR.

Again, thank you so much for the prayers, comments, and inquiries. They are so appreciated, and I am glad you are all a part of this journey.

Psalm 147

1Praise ye the LORD: for it is good to sing praises unto our God; for it is pleasant; and praise is comely.

2The LORD doth build up Jerusalem: he gathereth together the outcasts of Israel.

3He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.

4He telleth the number of the stars; he calleth them all by their names.

5Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is infinite.

6The LORD lifteth up the meek: he casteth the wicked down to the ground.

7Sing unto the LORD with thanksgiving; sing praise upon the harp unto our God:

8Who covereth the heaven with clouds, who prepareth rain for the earth, who maketh grass to grow upon the mountains.

9He giveth to the beast his food, and to the young ravens which cry.

10He delighteth not in the strength of the horse: he taketh not pleasure in the legs of a man.

11The LORD taketh pleasure in them that fear him, in those that hope in his mercy.

12Praise the LORD, O Jerusalem; praise thy God, O Zion.

13For he hath strengthened the bars of thy gates; he hath blessed thy children within thee.

14He maketh peace in thy borders, and filleth thee with the finest of the wheat.

15He sendeth forth his commandment upon earth: his word runneth very swiftly.

16He giveth snow like wool: he scattereth the hoarfrost like ashes.

17He casteth forth his ice like morsels: who can stand before his cold?

18He sendeth out his word, and melteth them: he causeth his wind to blow, and the waters flow.

19He sheweth his word unto Jacob, his statutes and his judgments unto Israel.

20He hath not dealt so with any nation: and as for his judgments, they have not known them. Praise ye the LORD.

Awaiting my expected end.


  1. Hallelujah! God is wonderful! I am so happy it went well. *hugs*

  2. Yay Marie! I'm so glad it went well and that you took pictures to document this part of your journey! You are an inspiration!

  3. I love that you took pictures! Glad that it went well!

  4. God bless you, Marie! Amen to all those scriptures! Hope you are pain free in a short time.Still praying for you.

  5. So excited for you - and hoping that you feel better SOON.

  6. SOOOO happy for you and SOOOO glad it went well. I have also been considering a TAC, instead of the VC, im glad your happy with the procedure.

  7. HOORAY HOORAY!!!!!!!!! So glad you were able to get that done...the smile on your face just says it excited for things to come!

  8. That's great! Glad you had such a good experience and are joyful in your recovery! Blessings!

  9. Oh Marie!!!! Iam so thankful that you had a great experience. You have to know that the worst is OVER and only better days are ahead. Be good to yourself as you recover and don't even THINK about being "SUPERWOMAN" right now. Just walking, coughing, or sneezing was an ABSOLUTE challenge for me for the 1st 2 weeks. Great peace & strength to you & Larry.I know the feeling of relief after the "anchor" has been placed!!!! THE BEST IS YET TO COME!

    How long do you have to wait before TTC?

  10. Embrace the beard, learn to love it and tell him so! I promise he will shave it then! Worked for me!

  11. glad it went well! many prayers!!!

  12. Sending you hugs Marie. I'm glad it went well. I will continue to keep you in my prayers.

  13. Marie...I am so late in reading this, but was thinking of you. *huge hugs* Glad to hear it went well.

  14. So glad everything went well!