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Boredom Busters for Hysterectomy Recovery

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woman in a hammock bored after hysterectomyI’m bored! What can I do during recovery to stay entertained?

You only have one chance to heal right the first time, so it's important that you give yourself time to heal. Unfortunately, if you are like most women, you were busy before your hysterectomy, so recovery can get long and boring!

To help cope with boredom during your convalescence, consider engaging in the following activities:
  • Take short walks, slowly increasing in duration as your recovery permits(required!).

  • Drink lots of water and eat healthy foods (required!).

  • Watch DVDs and television programs.

  • Read.

  • Do crossword puzzles.

  • Do “light” crafts projects like needlework and scrapbooking.

  • Organize photo albums.

  • Talk on the phone to friends and relatives.

  • Chat online, shop online, or investigate a new hobby/interest online.

  • Try out new computer software which has piqued your interest.

  • Play cards or board games with family and friends.

  • Do jigsaw puzzles.

  • Sit outside and enjoy the sunshine (wearing sunscreen, of course!).

Do not under any circumstances engage in the following activities:
  • Vacuuming

  • Pushing a shopping cart

  • Housecleaning

  • Lawn mowing

  • Lifting anything over ten pounds, including small humans, large pets, and laundry baskets!

  • Visiting your place of employment, as they will think you are healed and will expect you to come back to work before your leave is up.

If you ask yourself, “Should I do this or not?,” the answer is “No.” When convalescing from surgery, it’s best to error on the side of caution.

This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

04-12-2003 - 09:41 AM


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