I'm a non-traditional college student with cervical cancer. I had a robotic assisted vaginal hysterectomy Aug 9. Later this month, I'm having a second surgery to remove lymph nodes and surrounding tissue. One of my professors has given the following assignment:
For this assignment I would like you to perform 3 different types of exercises on three different days this week. Use the book to learn how to find your heart rate and resting heart rate. Take your Resting Heart Rate in the morning and record your Resting Heart Rate each of the three days. After you perform each exercise for at least twenty minutes, take your heart rate. Record your heart rate after each activity. Answer the following questions for each of the three exercises..........
What exercises besides walking are safe for me to do without risking internal damage? Could even slight internal damage lead to false positive pathology reports on my second surgery? Also, is six weeks long enough to wait after one surgery before performing another? I've read full internal healing takes six months. Can tissue that's still healing cause false positives?
Well I can't answer all your questions, but I can help a little. I had a surgery back in January and tried working out gently at about five weeks, but found that the swelling and aching was too much. For the next couple of months I kept trying and Had the same issues until just last month. Ask your doc I've read that other women here are working out without issue by week three. If you don't feel ready you could ask a friend to partner with you for your assignment.
I'm not sure if any of this will help but I hope it will at least a little.
Before agreeing to this assignment, if you have not done so yet, I also recommend that you ask your doctors what they think. If they suggest you not proceed, they also can provide an official excuse to your teacher and perhaps s/he can assign something different. Good luck and pls let us know how it goes.
May your upcoming surgery go well with no complications and your healing be rapid. I'm sending positive thoughts your way
Talk to your docs first and see if they will clear you for this. I know that I recently had some injuries and could not come up with 3 types to save my life. If your docs say no, then see if you can do something else. I suspect it will be very light low impact which is basically walking, posssible hula hooping. Good luck.
As already mentioned you should discuss this assignment with your Dr. and your professor. Due to the surgery you may have limitations that will keep you from completing it. Really all you should be doing is walking.
As for the exercise causing false positives that shouldn't be an issue as to the fact that they examine the actual cells and look for changes from the look of normal cells. There are various videos on the cell changes in the Videos section if you are interested in checking them out. Patient Education has an Anatomy area with information on normal cells and than the various cancer sections have videos on various types of cancer.