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Unread 02-24-2002, 10:05 AM
recovery time - how to keep from being bored??

Haven't had mine yet but the Doc says 4 weeks off. What did wveryone do during the time off? I am afraid that I am going to be very bored!
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Unread 02-24-2002, 10:29 AM
recovery time - how to keep from being bored??

I have to say I was NEVER bored!!

After working non-stop since the age of 21, it was heaven to have 8 weeks to myself, time during which I didn't even have to feel guilty for not cleaning out a closet or something!

I read, I napped, I moved some photos around in albums, I listened to music, watched TV, watched videos, got to really hate Martha Stewart, got to REALLY hate Dr. Phil, puttered, napped some more....

Sat outside in my yard or my driveway, read the newspaper, petted my dog and cats, read to my child, played alot of Barbies, napped some more, walked up and down my driveway, met my mailman for the first time in 13 years, spent ALOT of time here, napped some more....

In other words...the time just goes by. Maybe it's the meds or the recovery process itself, but time seems to take on a different feeling when you don't HAVE to do anything. You'll be leaving the world at the door, so you may find that you like the leisure!

Karen
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Unread 02-24-2002, 10:33 AM
recovery time - how to keep from being bored??

I think this is a GREAT question! And I was alot like Karen - most of the time I SAVORED the time off and ME ME ME time!

We are told so many things we cannot or should not do during our initial recovery, but we're stuck with the wondering what CAN we do during our recovery!

Honestly, I vegged out on the couch alot. I got up and took short, easy walks around the house every so often. I watched some TV, got sleepy and slept a little here and there, got bored, played on the computer a little here and there --- sitting is really not good for the healing tummy, by the way... so we limit that to small doses if we're smart!

I've read about some ladies getting together all their loose photos and arranging photo albums or collages, as Karen said.

Crossword puzzles.

Books.

Movies (rented--- and not so much the comedy movies, as belly laughs aren't so good for the healing tummy, either!)

I know there are some other great ideas out there - but the bottom line is that this healing and recovery business is not an exciting event - it's boring. Let's face it. And it is during this time where I tended to think up all the PHYSICAL things I really wanted to do, and dug myself into a bit of a depressing hole.... but I think we tend to roller coaster like that during this time, seeing how much we go through in surgery.

(((((((HUGS to all you Ladies In Waiting))))))))
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Unread 02-24-2002, 11:41 AM
Hadn't thought about it

I haven't considered the possibility that I might be bored during recovery. I have had children since I was 16 and worked since shortly thereafter so a rest is a wonderful thought. My oldest kids are 16 and 13 and able to be a great help to the little ones who are 4 and twins that are 3. I plan to relax, relax, relax. And, for the first time in 16 years I am going to SLEEP IN! To miss the 6am hour is going to be a noteworthy accomplishment all its own! But, I have planned a little for my time. Books, cross stitch, movies, etc. Just time to focus on me after 16 years of focusing on others. Ahhhh.....what a glorious thought!
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Unread 02-24-2002, 01:16 PM
recovery time - how to keep from being bored??

I hear you Lynda...hubby will be home and he can get the girlies ready for school and drive the youngest. Mine are 12 and 16 so I know where you are coming from with those ages!

They have been helping out tons this past week, I cannot lift anything anymore, but I can tell them what needs to be done. *snicker*

I get too tired, just walking around Target...finally my list is done and I'm ready to get this over with and start healing! AND SLEEP! I cannot wait to do that...told hubby I will be in heaven in the castle, a real

Sara
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Unread 02-24-2002, 03:22 PM
recovery time - how to keep from being bored??

Ironically, it was one of the best 3 months of my life! I had my TAH/BSO on D-Day, June 6, 2001. As a middle school teacher I took off the whole month of June and did not feel guilty at all. I had to get well after 6 years of agony. What did I do as a reading specialist, literature teacher, and book worm? I didn't read anything except catalogues!!!! Yipee! I had no mind for a month. Instead I did the following mundane but wonderful things:
1. Watched "Jay, Jay the Jet Plane" every day on PBS
2. Watched "Young & Restless" and "Bold & Beautiful"
3. Watched "Changing Places" decorating show
4. Watched "Wedding Story"
5. Watched Fox New Channel
6. Ate jello
7. Drank water, cran juice, and apple juice
8. Fed squirrels and birds
9. Sat on my deck and stared at squirrels and birds
10. Walked slowly down the block and back each day
11. Went on hystersisters
12. Slept, slept some more
13. Drove to post office after 2 weeks every day just because it was a challenge - Everyone thought I had a lot of mail
***These things took up the whole day!!!! I LOVED it! No paperwork, no kids, and no alarm clocks!!!

Now, I am a very active teacher, gym rat, and social butterfly on the weekends, but truthfully, I loved being a vegetable for 3 months. In August I went to St. Lucia and got tipsy everyday, swam in beautiful waters, and loved my hubby more than ever. Set a goal for yourself or treat yourself when it is all over! Take care!
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Unread 02-24-2002, 03:35 PM
boredom

Karen,
I have to say that your post made me laugh!! I am 3 1/2 weeks post-op, and can TOTALLY relate to the Martha Stewart thing!! I am soooooo sick of TV!!!! I don't know if I'll EVER want to watch it after I am finally over all of this!!! I have never surfed the tube so much in my life!
Bluejean, as far as wondering what to do while recovering. I WISH I'd come up with more things in store, cuz I am having a hard time. I had thought about doing some photos and scrapbooking, but really don't think I could sit for very long and work on that. I haven't been motivated to even try.
I hope you are successful at coming up with some ideas!! I bought 2 books prior to surgery that I thought would be good, but I haven't even wanted to read. I think the hormone roller coaster has taken its toll on me at times, and I've been down in the dumps. But I am beginning to see better days ahead!! YEA!!
Best wishes!
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Unread 02-24-2002, 04:52 PM
recovery time - how to keep from being bored??

I'm 3.5 weeks post-op too. I am still in pain and have just been given the OK to drive. I still don't feel up to it so only go a short distance. I find taking a shower and putting on make-up and getting dressed is like running a marathon. Of course my blood is down to a 10 so that may be part of it. I hate TV too!!! Why does Martha Stewart have so many houses? How many can she live in? I was gonna do the picture thing and read too...haven't touched either one. Sitting is the WORST!!! How will I ever go back to work? Good luck and take it easy.

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Unread 02-24-2002, 05:00 PM
recovery time - how to keep from being bored??

Fran
You are one day ahead of me. We WILL get thru this!!! I, too, can hardly shower, do hair, and makeup all at one time. It is amazing how much of an effort things take these days!!
But can you believe we are now at the halfway mark at least?? Just have to take it one day at a time, sometimes an hour at a time!!!
I've driven twice now, both times to pick up my daughter from gym. I plan to start carpool tomorrow, so we'll see how it goes. Fortunately, I live very close to the school, so it's a short drive.

About Martha Stewart.......She DID make a chocolate cake I can't wait to try whenever I am cooking again!! LOL It is on the hershey cocoa can!!!

Best wishes!!!
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Unread 02-24-2002, 05:47 PM
boredom after surgery???

Hi Bluejeans,
At first I was completely bored too...so used to doing...STUFF. I read a lot of really good books though, and earlier on I was getting all these weird symptoms so I went on line and lo and behold, I found this site. I felt much better knowing that there are a bazillion women out there going thru similar fears as myself...it became an addiction. I had a tah on the 24th of Jan. of this year and am feeling pretty darn good. I was out hiking for the past 2 weekends...at a rate that I knew wasn't going to cause me further problems. I stay at my mother's thru my recovery to help her. She's old and fragile...and needs a maid. I can clean now except for the heavy stuff and I walk a fair amount. I went out dancing this past weekend. Only 2 dances but I was happy with that. Of course, since I turned 40, I could only get in a few dances anyway...not much of an exercise type. I spent time writing in my journal, the immediate post op emotions and a record of how long it's taking me to recover, body changes, etc. etc. Scrabble and cards are great with your partner. Crosswords and soap operas definitely gained a new fan. T.V. actually saved me. I couldn't afford cable pre-op, but got it hooked up when I got home and I feel like a spoiled cat in a very comfortable pillow. It's not so bad really...goes by too fast...next thing you know, it's back to pre-op. world...shucks!...and shhh...having to say yes to the inevitable request from the hubby...good luck...LJ
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