Wish I could have donated MY uterus.

If I could have I would have … 

donated my uterus that is.  Apparently the cut off age is 39 for donating your uterus.  I’m speaking to all the women out there who have a healthy uterus … not you men who are thinking of donating by proxy — you might think this will help her monthly mood swings and cut down on all those mouths to feed!

My uterus was fine.  The pathology report showed no pathology.  And that is what remains a mystery to this day … why my uterus gave me so much d@mned pain!  Now that it’s out, and I still have my tubies and ovaritos (not medically correct terminology mind you), I no longer have monthly pain.  Hurray for me!

I definitely would have been a willing volunteer to give mine up.  I do know I was too old and I’m not sure if they take the ovaries and tubes also — in that case, it would have been a deal breaker!  I want my ovaries … at least for now even if they are getting crunchy and the eggs have been all chromosomally jumbled up.  My poor, poor ovaries …

Put on your thinker capppies, here comes some SCIENCE!

The chromosome theory of inheritance was not the work of a single scientist, but rather the collaborative result of multiple researchers working over multiple decades. The seeds of this theory were first planted in the 1860s, when Gregor Mendel and Charles Darwin each proposed possible systems of heredity.

It wasn’t until several decades later, following Walther Flemming’s discovery of chromosomes and description of their behavior during mitosis, that a probable mechanism for the transmission of traits was identified. The idea of a connection between chromosomes and heredity was subsequently chromosomes sex cellsstrengthened by research conducted by Theodor Boveri and Walter Sutton, but direct evidence in support of chromosome theory didn’t come until Thomas Hunt Morgan’s experiments with fruit flies at dawn of the twentieth century.

Thus, after nearly 50 years of speculation, scientists were finally able to confirm what they had long suspected: that chromosomes were indeed the physical carriers of hereditary information.

The full monty HERE!

The following video is why some women want or need a uterine transplant … an issue that will never be mine, but nonetheless interesting. cute uterus


And on a completely unrelated subject to hysterectomy …

The following cartoon is for all the other cat fans who are just as in ❤ with cats as I am. Whew! Enough with the female stuff and how about some feline stuff instead?! cat meowtain


2015 in review

Here’s MY year in review … just in case you’re interested. 🙂

Here’s an excerpt:

Madison Square Garden can seat 20,000 people for a concert. This blog was viewed about 68,000 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Madison Square Garden, it would take about 3 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Hysterectomy … usually an elective surgery

Elective surgery, emergency surgery, cosmetic surgery, necessary surgery … WHAT are the differences?!

All those surgery categorizations get confusing.  And just who thinks a hysterectomy is elective? While many won’t see general hysterectomy in a non-life threatening situation as an emergency, the word elective becomes confused with unnecessary.  And, I’m pretty sure we can conclude that about 99% of hysterectomies are not cosmetic … although, I do feel more beautiful after having mine! More like inner beauty — not outer.  (Although, Australia, whereupon I last check, considers da Vinci hysterectomy as a cosmetic procedure!)

Elective surgery or elective procedure (from the Latin eligere, meaning to choose) is surgery that is scheduled in advance because it does not involve a medical emergency.

EMERGENCY HYSTERECTOMY  1cf2e487d7982e4561ed41447c637772 is when the uterus has ruptured caused by some sort of trauma, being childbirth, a bad physical trauma like a motor vehicle collision or perhaps a surgical misadventure (yes, that’s a real term) when the scalpel or whatever instrument a surgeon may be using, has irrevocably damaged the uterus … and the end result is that the uterus must be removed to save the woman’s life.  THIS is an emergency. 

Surgical and/or medical misadventure: 

Misadventure: an adverse event that occurs during medical or surgical care and is caused by that treatment.  Example: intra-operative accidental laceration.

I know personally, when I was grabbing my middle, crying and hoping to die related to the pain of my horrible satanic cfed1540e5716997bb562df92c4f9180SEVERE dysmenorrhea I felt like I needed an emergency hysterectomy … but feelings and necessity are two very different things.

ELECTIVE HYSTERECTOMY is the usual or most common category of hysterectomy performed.  Elective hysterectomy includes those done for chronic pelvic pain or severe dysmenorrhea (my reason), severe endometriosis, uterine fibroids with or without bleeding, uterine cancer — and yes, I did say the C word* (more on that later), severe anemia from menorrhagia  (chronic blood loss anemia from the uterus), uterine prolapse and/or failure to obtain relief or function from unsuccessful non-hysterectomy procedures, treatments or medications.

*Back to that C word ... yes, you would think having a hysterectomy for cancer (there are many different types of cancer) is an emergency.  And yes, having a hysterectomy due to cancer will probably save, if not lengthen the life-span of any woman having this surgery.  However, elective means choosing in advance.  Emergency means imminent and usually life-saving or at least making the best attempt to save a life in a STAT (short turn around time) situation.  screen-shot-2014-01-10-at-2-48-08-am

Cancer can be treated medically through chemotherapy, holistically through non-traditional medical modes and/or by radiation … usually treatment is some combination of all of these combined with surgery.

A hysterectomy for invasive uterine cancer is likely to be more urgent than one done for severe dysmenorrhea!  But both are performed electively.  In addition, the woman with cancer may experience no obvious symptoms, while the woman suffering chronic pelvic pain can detail pain and other negative symptoms affecting her quality of life.  A woman can elect no treatment, no medication or elect everything and anything be done … but she is electing — she has the opportunity to make choices in advance of a split second.   No one else is making that choice in a STAT situation to save her life.

And yes, I highly recommend if any woman has uterine cancer that she get a hysterectomy with of course, consultation with her physician(s).  I also recommend getting the hysterectomy sooner than later in the vast majority of uterine cancer diagnoses, but again, I’m not a doctor.  I’m only operating on what seems to be usual practice, common sense and observation of treatment as recommended when a uterine cancer diagnosis is made. Uterine cancer is not something that will go away on its own left completely untreated.

Here are some other ELECTIVE SURGERIES … in no particular order:

  • cataract surgery
  • cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal)
  • vasectomy
  • carotid endarterectomy (opening up partial or complete blockage of carotid arteries)
  • mastectomy for breast cancer
  • carpal tunnel surgery
  • total joint replacement of the knee (hip, shoulder, etc.)
  • inguinal, ventral or umbilical hernia repair (provided there is no emergent bowel constriction)
  • melanoma excision
  • cerebral aneurysm clipping
  • CABG (coronary artery bypass surgery)
  • gangrenous toe amputation/s
  • etc.

Some of the above surgeries can definitely be emergencies under the right (or wrong) circumstances! While most of these surgeries appear as though they should be performed immediately, there are people who choose not to have these surgeries for whatever personal and/or recommended reasons by managing them medically with alternative ways.

ELECTIVE SURGERIES usually improve one’s quality of life and can often prevent a later emergent surgery (and other treatments) that can occur. I highly recommend having elective surgeries performed when it improves someone’s health and/or quality of life.

Another elective surgery example is the case of a melanoma diagnosis, a form of deadly cancer that often metastasizes (spreads) to other parts of the body.  Having the melanoma removed is necessary, but not an emergency surgery; the melanoma does need to be removed in a timely matter, but not within mere seconds of diagnosis to save one’s life.

Some words on COSMETIC SURGERIES … cosmetic surgeries are a sub-category of elective surgeries.  Usually cosmetic surgeries do not improve one’s health in general, at least physically speaking.  However, psychologically, a cosmetic surgery can often do wonders for one’s emotional well-being.

There are mixed cosmetic surgeries that serve as functional elective surgeries as well; cleft lip and palate repair would be one example.  After cleft lip and palate repair, the person can eat and breathe better, infection risk is decreased while their facial appearance is also improved.

If any one poo-poos YOUR hysterectomy as “only an elective surgery”, you can remind them that the vast majority of surgeries in the U.S. are elective surgeries and that you’ve chosen your surgery to improve your health and well-being … while kindly reminding them they are not in charge of your healthcare or medical decisions.


THE CONFUSION appears when someone hears that a surgery is elective.  Many people have the words elective and cosmetic intertwined.  They do not have the same meaning.  Cosmetic surgery is a type of elective surgery. Simply because a surgery is elective DOES NOT mean it is not necessary.

Many, if not most, elective surgeries are necessary … for various reasons of course.

Inspired by “The Beautiful Cervix Project”


Or … simply support CERVICAL AWARENESS.

While I don’t have a cervix anymore since my total hysterectomy (uterus & cervix removed with tubes and ovaries intact), it’s quite interesting to see what the cervix looks like in various stages and differing conditions.crokbld

This site is educational and can make some squeamish as it’s a not often part to be seen, hiding and tucked away internally.  You can say it’s “gross” but it’s only a body part.  We can judge it negatively because we’re not used to seeing it and yeah, granted it doesn’t look yummy like a powdered donut, IT IS a very important part of female anatomy!

So, if you’re brave, curious and interested check out this site (the link below) … if only to learn something.  We don’t teach enough anatomy in school and should honestly be accepting of what parts we have been born with as women.


The Beautiful Cervix Project is a grassroots movement celebrating the beauty and intricacies of women’s bodies and fertility. This website provides accessible information about women’s fertility and menstrual cycles and showcases photographs documenting changes in the cervix and cervical fluid throughout the cycle.

The Beautiful Cervix Project encourages women to learn cervical self-exam and fertility awareness as a revolutionary path of promoting respect, confidence, and health. We believe that this form of self-empowerment and education will help contradict shame and misinformation around women’s reproductive health and choices, affecting positive change from the personal to global levels.

We hope The Beautiful Cervix Project inspires our readers’ curiosity to observe and appreciate what is normal for each one of us as we track the subtle changes in our bodies throughout our cycles.

READ MORE @ The Beautiful Cervix

 587718_1000_1_800 CHECK out the PHOTO GALLERY in the link below:

Love thy Cervix!

cervix uterus

Rest in peace Huey, Dewey and Louie. Good riddance!

While UTERINE FIBROIDS were not my personal reason for a hysterectomy, this woman’s description of why she had a hysterectomy is worth reading. Fibroids (and menorrhagia — heavy vaginal bleeding) are the most common reason why women seek hysterectomy … and I don’t blame them!


Eclectic Popcorn

Today I celebrate being fibroid-free for ten years. It seems like just yesterday that I had a limited life due to the horrible, daily pain.

The uterinefelt-uterus fibroids were discovered when I had a stomach pain so bad I ended up in the emergency department on New Years Eve. When the doctor ruled out an upset stomach from indulging in too much holiday fare, he thought that perhaps it was gallstones so arrangements were made for an ultrasound. I returned to the hospital the next day, New Year’s Day 2005, and during the ultrasound of my gall bladder there were no signs of anything that could be causing me discomfort. The ultrasound technician paused, held the wand up and asked, “Do you mind if I check lower just to cover our bases?”. I indicated that he was welcome to proceed. I unzipped my jeans and pulled the denim out of his…

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Vaginal Cuff Ad Nauseam

The vaginal cuff gets a lot of Googling … ooooh, that sounds kind of kinky doesn’t it?

I haven’t heard of any Gyn informing their patient about the vaginal cuff when they are going to have a hysterectomy … and then again, I’m not sitting side-by-side with the prospective patient either in the office. All I know is that when I bring up vaginal cuff with any woman about to have a hysterectomy, the response is usually, “Huh?!?” or “What’s that?”

Uterus origami-style ... BEFORE hysterectomy

Uterus origami-style … BEFORE hysterectomy.

Having a hysterectomy itself can be overwhelming.  Simply getting to that final decision of taking out the baby house is a big step.  Hysterectomy is a major surgery.  I don’t care what anyone tells you … even your boss who wants you back at work ASAP.  Comparatively, hysterectomy is a small surgery when put side-by-side to a coronary bypass, a craniotomy or a pancreaticoduodenectomy (say that seven times fast!) … but hysterectomy is a major surgery when compared to a D&C (dilation and curettage, which folks by the way is pretty much the same thing as an abortion procedure just so you know).  Please don’t get all fluffy-flustered on me because I wrote the word abortion.  I’m only talking about it comparatively in a surgical-procedure sense; I’m not giving you one … or anyone else … ever.

Back to the vaginal cuff … the reason you’re reading this in the first place.  Instead of explaining what the vaginal cuff is, I’m posting a drawing instead.  Please see the end for links to my other two posts that detail the vaginal cuff.

READ HERE: HysterSisters description of the vaginal cuff and what it is (2005).


Pre-Hysterectomy (the uterus is still here — the baby house is in da house!)



Post-Hysterectomy (the uterus has gone bye-bye)

Here’s a drawing of the female anatomy without the uterus showing the vaginal cuff.

vaginal cuff post hysterectomy

Hmmm … I find it interesting that the vaginal canal in this picture is quite penis-shaped. Coincidence?

Maybe I’ll draw my own image showing the vaginal cuff one day and take a photo of that scribble scrabble if I get ambitious enough (nah, I’m too lazy).  I do have to say as a critique of the aforementioned drawing … there is a huge chasm where the small intestines should be filling in the space where the uterus once was.  It’s as though there’s an air pocket now where the womb was.


That medical drawing is a total hysterectomy (meaning all of the uterus — that includes the cervix because that’s part of the uterus too) with a bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy (both tubes and ovaries).

And simply so you can be complete on all this cuffness …

I have two other posts about the vaginal cuff:

number1 That Vaginal Cuff Thing …

number2 The Vaginal Cuff REvisited!

Here are a couple cats just ’cause … now back to the book I’m reading.  The cat to the right is completely thrilled with this post as you can obviously tell.


Vagina Girl … or was it Vagina Guy?

Wow! “Vagina Girl”! I haven’t heard that one before! I wonder which nurse was the V-Gal when I had my recent hysterectomy?!

I REposted this to my blog about my hysterectomy experience — thank you for sharing! 🙂

UPDATE: I just found out that the V-gal vas a V-guy … not to be confused with a Vegan as I’m sure no Vegans would ever come close to removing any uterus or other meat-like-thing from any vagina … or maybe they would — they aren’t cannibals after all … and it’s a job and somebody’s gotta do it! 🙂

UPDATE: 3/24/2016 …

So, I’m trolling through my own blog and I found this post …  Horror of horrors.  It makes no sense because the original poster must have withdrawn their post from the internet … thus making this post completely nonsense.  You were probably too nice and simply glossed over it, thinking I was still medicated with my post-op pain medication.  You are too nice.cat fixed

“It” was such a great reblogged post, but alas, I can’t find the original.  Using my memory, what I have left of it, I’ll try to get the skinny out for you so I don’t seem like a half-witted bloggerette!

The v-gal (or vagina gal) is the nurse, resident, physician assistant, first assistant or designated O.R. nurse who pulls traction to remove the uterus from the vagina.  In my case, it was a man who was first assistant to my surgeon to either grab the whole uterus with a surgical thingy-thingy (not a technical term, but totally in layperson’s terms) or bits of the uterus as it was cut out.  I believe my uterus, being so sad and tiny, never given birth to any flesh-sacks (AKA babies), probably came out in its whole 2-ounce pieced size.  Think of two ice cubes from one of those plastic trays — that’s about the size.  Please don’t cry for my tiny pathetic uterus — I’ve moved on … and you can too!

The surgeon, my gynecologist, was doing the technical detailed innards stuff, while the v-guy, tugged, pulled, cajoled or uterus-whispered my baby house out.  Who knew there was someone designated to do this job?  But like I said above, “someone’s gotta do it!”

Below is a pictorial for my soapbox or (PSA) public service announcement for today (and always):

cat spay please

AND … 

cat spay prevent litters



The Cranky Giraffe

Today I was called to the OR to be the “Vagina Girl.” Sound exciting? Well, it’s not the most glamorous job in the OR, but at least it’s something to do.
The “vagina girl,” (AKA bottom end person) is responsible for putting a long instrument into the uterus from the vagina and move it around while the surgeon does everything necessary to cut it out. The vagina girl then gets the fantastic job of pulling the uterus +- tubes +- ovaries out through the vagina. It sounds a little vile, but bigger things have been known to come out of the vagina!  And, a laparoscopic surgery sure beats an open surgery (from the patient’s perspective)!

I know I haven’t gotten a chance yet to blog about starting residency. However, It has been a huge adjustment, with one of the most difficult adjustments being that things are way less hands-on than…

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