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Upcoming hysterectomy 11/25: Pre-Op Appointment this morning, husband thinks I've lost my mind Upcoming hysterectomy 11/25: Pre-Op Appointment this morning, husband thinks I've lost my mind

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Unread 11-23-2020, 04:53 AM
Upcoming hysterectomy 11/25: Pre-Op Appointment this morning, husband thinks I've lost my mind

I have my pre Op appointment at 10 this morning. Can't sleep. Up at 4 am cleaning the apartment. Came back to bed to hear my husband mumbling for patience. No, I guess the furniture really didn't have to be dusted and oiled but I know it won't be until I feel like doing it again. It's easy to ignore dust bunnies when you don't stop long enough to notice them. I KNOW that being stuck in the bed or couch or just apartment for awhile is going to mean I notice everything that needs to be done and it will drive me crazy. I wish I'd had more notice or time to get ready for surgery instead of just a week. He thinks I should be resting when we get back from hospital today. Instead I'll be doing laundry, finishing getting my bag ready and rearranging furniture in the bedroom. Is feeling like this normal?
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Unread 11-23-2020, 08:25 AM
Re: Upcoming hysterectomy 11/25: Pre-Op Appointment this morning, husband thinks I've lost my mind

Sounds completely normal to me. I’m a big fan of what I call “stress cleaning “... goodness knows the night before surgery is a tough one. Cleaning is a good way to manage stress. Now, AFTER surgery, the tough part will be leaving everything alone!!! Big hugs!
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Unread 11-23-2020, 12:05 PM
Re: Upcoming hysterectomy 11/25: Pre-Op Appointment this morning, husband thinks I've lost my mind

Nesting is quite common pre surgery, it is also a good way to avoid over thinking.

But while there are things such as vacuuming, heavy lifting (check restrictions with doctor) recovery should not be spent in bed/couch for weeks.

After week 1, you should be able to resume some daily activities within restrictions and common sense
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Unread 11-23-2020, 08:30 PM
Re: Upcoming hysterectomy 11/25: Pre-Op Appointment this morning, husband thinks I've lost my mind

Hi Giggligurl -

Yes, nesting and cleaning are very normal. It is a way to distract yourself, de-stress yourself and accomplish a necessary task. After surgery, you will not be bedridden, but you will need to rest much. While recovery is different for everyone, you still need to think in terms of weeks and not days. You will be able to do minor items around the house, but much will be left undone - like house cleaning (which is why you are doing it now.) You will need help with cooking, cleaning, dishes, laundry, shopping,driving, etc. You will have lifting restrictions: 10 lbs for 6 weeks and 20 lbs for 8 weeks is common (pushing and pulling also are the same). Driving restrictions can last 2 to 3 weeks. You will take brief but frequent walks, as these help you heal.

Here are 10 Tips for Preparing for Your Hysterectomy. What I found most useful were the following (some may not be possible due to the pandemic):
-Meals in the freezer that can be put in the microwave
-Easy foods for breakfasts and lunches
-Loose fitting clothing
-Prepare your recovery corner with pillows and blankets
-Plan entertainment for your brain
-Small pillow to hold against your tummy for coughs and sneezes (or pet visits)
-Super clean your house
-Get your hair cut

You will need to follow all of your doctor's orders to the letter, no additions and no subtractions, for both pre-op and post-op. Remember that recovery is not a contest, nor is it a race. It is more marathon than sprint. You only get one chance to heal right. Your brain can go stir crazy, but body trumps brain in recovery.

Just know that we will be by your side throughout recovery.

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Unread 11-24-2020, 04:56 AM
Upcoming hysterectomy 11/25: Pre-Op Appointment this morning, husband thinks I've lost my mind


This sounds like the weeks leading up to my surgery, when I spent most of my time cleaning, shopping, and cooking and freezing meals, so I'd have everything I needed in place. I remember the night before, when I wanted to clean up the dog hair on the living room rug, because I knew that I wouldn't be able to do that again for several weeks, and my brother stopped me, saying I needed to spend that time relaxing. A few more items I'd like to add to the above list: a good pair of walking shoes; peppermint tea, frozen blueberries, whole grain cereal like oatmeal or All Bran, magnesium-rich dark chocolate and pumpkin seeds, and a fibre supplement like Metamucil or Benefibre for post-op constipation; a Squatty Potty or small footstool to elevate your feet while you're on the throne, which can help to make those post-op bowel movements easier by properly aligning your rectum so the poop can pass through more smoothly; a grabber for picking up small objects off the floor; and extension cords for plugging in your electronics without a lot of bending or reaching. Also be sure to take some time out for relaxing activities, like a short walk, or an online yoga class. Best wishes for a successful surgery and a smooth recovery!
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Unread 11-25-2020, 03:41 PM
Upcoming hysterectomy 11/25: Pre-Op Appointment this morning, husband thinks I've lost my mind

That is exactly what I did. Everyone told me it didn’t matter if everything was spotless before surgery, but I knew having nothing to do but stare at things that didn’t get done would drive me crazy. Walking into a clean home after surgery was wonderful!!
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Unread 11-27-2020, 07:43 PM
Re: Upcoming hysterectomy 11/25: Pre-Op Appointment this morning, husband thinks I've lost my mind

I did the same thing. Honestly, it's probably good for you unless you have a physical reason you shouldn't be doing chores. It'll keep your mind busy and off the surgery. Not only that when you get home from surgery it will be SOOO nice to have a rearranged bedroom with fresh sheets and dusted. Then you can relax as much as you want
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