Lab Cat

28 May 2009

What’s Next?

Filed under: Personal, scientiae carnival — Tags: , , — Cat @ 7:27 am

My first year at the new job is over!  I’ve quite enjoyed it [this is English speak “for loved nearly every minute of it”].  Teaching introductory and general chemistry was definitely a learning experience but I got the hang off it in the end.  The thing is to be tough.  Tell the students up front that chemistry is hard (even if it never was for me) and that they will have to work their butts off to succeed.  I am grateful that I do not feel as emotionally exhausted now as I did after my first semester in the fall, so I have learned to protect that side of me a little more. Mentally drained, yeah, but I can live with that.

So what’s next?

Scientiae wants to know how we are moving forward.  I hope my route is a little different than for other people as I am having a hysterectomy in a few weeks.

Last December it was found that I had three huge uterine fibroids which kinda explained why I was bleeding to death each month. Until the fibroids were identified, I felt that my recovery from the colon-resection I had in 2005 had stalled and that I would never be able to do as much as I saw colleagues and friends doing.  It couldn’t be age as I am too young really for me to blame age on slowing me down.

Unfortunately, the fibroids, and my uterus, are too big for any other treatment than a complete removal of my womb.  We, myself and my gynecologist, hope to save at least an ovary as I have a few years before natural menopause would set in. My Gyn also permitted me to wait until the summer because of the new job and lack of sick days etc.  But then set up the op for the first day I told her I was free, so I guess she thinks it important I get this done.

This is moving forward for me, as I don’t know how I will feel after the operation.  Immediately after wards, and probably for about six months, I will feel sore and exhausted and tired and cranky.   But hey, what’s new?

In a year, as I won’t be losing so much iron each month, will I have my stamina back?  Will I have more energy to do more and better at both work and pleasure?  Will I start wanting to ride my bicycle and hiking again, which I loved doing four years ago?  I hope so.

On the plus side, I am also told I will lose 15 lbs when the fibroids are removed.  That means I’ll only be about 5 – 10 lbs over my ideal weight.

I cannot leave you with another garden photo:

Rhododendron Flower Close Up

Rhododendron Flower Close Up



  1. I wish you all the best! And you will be well, I am sure 🙂

    I really enjoy your garden photos, by the way. I don’t think I have mentioned that.

    Comment by jokerine — 28 May 2009 @ 8:38 am

  2. Thanks for sharing this. Here’s hoping your surgery goes smoothly and the recovery is quick and uneventful. And I really hope it brings you the healthier, more energetic you desire. You’ll be in my thoughts.

    Comment by Sciencewoman — 28 May 2009 @ 1:07 pm

  3. Wow, I wish you the best of luck and a very speedy recovery. I hope this doesn’t keep you out of your garden too long.

    Comment by Chemgeek — 28 May 2009 @ 10:04 pm

  4. You are in my thoughts, dear. I hope everything goes well and your energy comes back – you so deserve it. And thanks for the beautiful photo.

    Comment by Zuska — 29 May 2009 @ 5:37 pm

  5. I’m glad to hear the first year went so well. I’m sure next year will be even better once your medical issues are resolved. I hope you have a speedy recovery!

    Comment by gallid — 5 Jun 2009 @ 4:05 pm

  6. Wow, LabCat. I will be thinking about you, and hoping both that the operation goes well and that you start feeling better not after 6 months but after 6 days…

    Comment by alice — 7 Jun 2009 @ 3:11 pm

  7. […] helps her get the sleep she needs to make some progress in her life. In a few weeks, LabCat is having a hysterectomy because of uterine fibroids in a few weeks and is hopeful that afterwards she will be able to move […]

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