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Unread 01-31-2005, 12:20 PM
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I'm 3wks post-op and doing fantastic. Let me ease all of your jitters with this little note. It was the best thing I ever did. I feel better now than I did before.
I'm still having issues with gravity. I can't spend a lot of time on my feet. A firm tummy support panty fixes this problem. I've been wearing mine for a week, the difference is amazing. This is what you want to shop for before your sugery. It's a lot easer to wiggle in & out of those things prior to. I learned this the hard way!
The boredom is incurable, don't rely on the TV, you will tire of it quickly. Set aside a couple of sit down projects and some good books. If your anything like me, I had 6yrs of photos to go through and put in albums. The most important rule don't lift anything!
A little planning and your time off can turn into a vacation. Good luck to all.
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Unread 01-31-2005, 01:49 PM
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One of the things I have really worried about is that I will go stir crazy not having anything to do. Anyone else with ideas of how to stay busy while recooping?
Unread 01-31-2005, 01:51 PM
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I know it sound ridiculous but I am going to write all my christmas card envelopes.
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Unread 01-31-2005, 03:28 PM
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I'm thinking about dusting off the crochet needles and cranking out some afghans while I'm getting back on my feet. And I may find some humor in watching my 18 year old daughter finally trying to cook. I hope she can find her "Clueless in the Kitchen" cookbook. I tried to teach her years ago, but it wasn't important to her.
Unread 01-31-2005, 04:18 PM
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I enjoy scrap-booking and with working full time and having 2 cmal children I cant seem to find the time, so after coming home from the castle I plan on catching up in my albums--I am going to make sure before hand that I have my pictures printed with corresponding papers/stickers/jollees etc...- I hope I feel good to be able to do it.
Unread 01-31-2005, 05:56 PM
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Thanks for the tidbit about the tummy support..That I will add to my list of things I need to get. I am hoping that I don't go stir crazy either...And my DH cooking...WOH that is going to be really fun.
Unread 01-31-2005, 06:45 PM
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It's an exercise in patient resting for sure! However, I have so many things I planned to do while "resting," I don't think I can ever get them all done!

One fun thing I did was create some computer music that tells the tale of my TAH experience. Maybe someday I'll share!

I had 6 months to prepare and used the time to prepare my recovery room little by little. I'm so glad I did because I am confined to my room a lot of the time. It is where I am most comfortable due to no comfortable furniture in the living area.

My children are grown and my DH doesn't mind spending TV time and quiet time in our room with me. We set up a chair for him which he moves close to me while watching a video, etc. He rubs my feet or other available (and rated G) body parts while we enjoy the show.

My laptop is a godsend to keep me from going stir crazy. I do a little work from home, I surf the internet (especially this site!), and write emails among other things.

Since we had to purchase a new phone during that time, we bought one that had two handsets that can intercom with each other. It is really helpful to be able to give him a ring when I've dropped something that I can't pick up!

Thank the Lord my DH read the tips for the men so he was well-prepared and also helped me to prepare everything too.
Unread 02-01-2005, 03:32 PM
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ps. walkie talkies ROCK!

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