Aug 25, 2012 - 8:15 pm
I am happy to report that my tests, CT scan, Mammogram, Sigmoidoscopy are all good. I have been feeling exhilarated about that. But a couple of days ago my mother passed away at the Assisted Living Center where she has lived the last three years. She had been in hospice care since mid July, not from cancer, but heart failure. She was 85. Somewhat related to this, I went to my first Pelvic PT and feel so grateful to have this opportunity. She explained to me that some of my issues are not from the radiation but from childbirth. The scarring from the episiotomy performed during a delivery that required forceps. I have much work to do and the evaluation this time has me sore and aching. I have to use that dilator every day like Martha said and she said for 20 minutes. I have ordered at her recommendation Vitamin E suppositories. This makes so much sense to me I feel like spreading the word. Provably all women post menopausal could benefit. Bowel Incontinence is the number one reason women are institutionalized (assisted living, etc.). Research shows almost all had difficult forcep deliveries. Who would ever have thought that the vagina could contribute to bowel incontinence? I am amazed that I am as good as I am and have the opportunity to get better Anyway, I would never have gotten Pelvic PT if it hadn't been for anal cancer but I was already headed for real problems - greater than not having sex. It makes me want to be a Womens Health Advocate somehow. Anyway, I hope this makes sense. I am grateful for the care I am getting as a woman and wish everyone had it that needs it. Bowel incontinence can cause dementia since women who get it (some get it quite young) tend to become agoraphobic. That describes my Mom to a tee. So sad. Anyway, she was one of a kind and I miss her.