Uterine Surgery & Bone Density Update

Night before surgery thoughts: Tonight I ponder. I have never felt so alive and vibrant! Tomorrow, I go under the knife…once again. I feel so strong and healthy. It is amazing to me that there is a beast inside of me that needs to be slain. The music of Terri Hendrix and Lloyd Maines rocks my soul. I am strong. I feel great. The counter balance of the yin and yang. It is the treatment tomorrow which will bring me down; yet not for long. I will survive! I am alive and vibrant! Nothing can stop me!
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Yesterday’s surgery was successful. The Uterine Polypectomy went smoothly. The only surprise was the three polyps seen on the ultrasound were actually one big polyp. Remove that bad boy…check! The original biopsy showed it was benign, so I am assuming the post-op pathology report will confirm those findings.

There was one hitch in the surgery. When she went to perform the ablation, the machine she uses did not work. No one likes to hear about equipment malfunctions while they are on the operating table. Luckily, I was under the deep blanket of anesthesia. I was none the wiser until post-op. She was still able to do the ablation. They had to revert back to older methods. As long as it was successful, I am a happy camper.

Recovery has been easy. No pain. No cramps. Just some minor discomfort and grogginess from the anesthesia. I have some exercise restrictions for the next couple of weeks as not to hemorrhage.

More health news. I had my bone density checked. It has been a year since I was diagnosed with osteopenia and a year on tamoxifen (which has a known side-effect of bone density loss). As reported on past posts, I am not on any of the drugs prescribed for osteopenia/osteoporosis. I have done a lot of research on them, and the risks are far greater than the benefits. I won’t put those drugs in my body. I have chosen a natural route for bone building.

I eat lots of leafy greens for calcium and take a calcium supplement. I have been walking (now jogging) regularly for a year and a half, and I jumped up my game when we joined the gym. I have been focusing on weight bearing exercises for about eight months. Turns out, muscle is built much faster than bone density. The improvement was not as significant as I was expecting, yet there was an improvement! On my vertebrae, I had two-tenths greater density and one-tenth on my hips. Since I’m on a drug which depletes bone density, I’m happy with any gain I get!

Nancy L. Baskin Michlin, M.Ed., C.H.C.

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