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'Normal' recovery time? 'Normal' recovery time?

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Unread 07-15-2003, 07:48 PM
'Normal' recovery time?

I have only just found this site and really wish I had before my TAH op for fibroids and excessive bleeding. Anyway, I thought six weeks recovery time would be heaps - my heart goes out to the poor woman elsewhere on this board who had to go back to work in TWO weeks, that would be awful.

I am now four weeks down the track and psychologically fine. My workplace and colleagues have been incredibly supportive, my friends have rallied round, and my DPs (God bless Mum and Dad!) are just the best.

Even with all this help and kindness I am really anxious about going back to work in another two weeks' time. My job is very demanding and I have always been a driven worker. I have been fortunate enough to have an uncomplicated recovery so far, but I just get so TIRED all the time. I have been working at home on planning, reading and assessing product but even a half day makes me really tired and headachy.

This is all a longwinded way of saying, is there any such thing as a 'normal' recovery time? What activities make other people tired? There's nothing really wrong with me any more but all I want to do is sleep! Other experiences would be most helpful!

Thank you all for sharing your stories.
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Unread 07-15-2003, 09:16 PM
'Normal' recovery time?

I tried going into work when I could at 3 -4 weeks post TAH-BSO, but could not tolerate sitting at my computer for very long. I thought I could overcome the 6-8 weeks guidelines for recovery - NOPE! I, too, would get tired and sore after a short time of sustained activity and would need to lie down and rest. To make a long story short, it wasn't until about 7 weeks post-op that I started to feel 80% of my usual energetic self and also was able to engage in my activities (none that required lifting beyond 10 pounds) without pain and reminders that I had had major surgery. I am now 8 weeks post-op and am able to sustain being up and about for 8 hours until I "hit the wall."

Some women go back to work sooner, some later, but I think the main thing is this.....listen to your body. You have no idea what your body has been through. The physical trauma inflicted on it by surgery is greater than what you can imagine, and by the grace of God, we are able to heal and get on with our lives. But, you cannot speed up the recovery. It is critical you do not push yourself beyond what your body is telling you what you can and cannot do.

What made me tired was being on my feet and moving about for several hours at a time; and what made me sore was sitting at my computer for an hour or more at a time - then I would need to at least get into a reclining position and rest. I got past the need to take a nap everyday at about 6 weeks post-op. But, at 8 weeks post-op I still need to go recline for 20 - 30 minutes to give myself a break (no need to nap, however. Yea). Hang in there. I'm a driven worker, and the hardest part was not feeling "productive." At this point in time, being "productive" may mean doing what it takes to rest, do what you can, and not compromise the good work your surgeon did. Blessings to you. Hang in there.
Unread 07-15-2003, 09:19 PM
'Normal' recovery time?

I don't think there is such an animal. We all recover at our own bodies pace. I really think very few of us really realize just how much trama our bodies have gone through and think we will be able to breeze back. I know I'd read a post from a woman who had had heart surgery and her recovery from hyster took longer. So that's saying something. It does get better. I noticed a big difference as each week past. Now at 7 weeks i'm finally back working full time (easy desk job, which I slowly worked back into). At least if you're able to sleep you can't be that bored. It becames really difficult when you can't sleep, but aren't quite better to do things. You will find that when you finally get better enough to stand sitting up that begins to get to you. I know when I first went back to work my back began to bother me. Just now starting to feel okay. But other than the physical pains I feel wonderful.
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Unread 07-16-2003, 09:41 PM
'Normal' recovery time?

Thank you! It helps knowing that we're all in the same boat ...

I discovered this site yesterday and it has already made me feel so much better. Aren't computers great, I can be in New Zealand and still be part of a community with Princesseson the other side of the world!

All the best to all of you.
Unread 07-16-2003, 10:00 PM
'Normal' recovery time?

i too just joined this sight today, i tired before my tah, but was unable to concentrate long enough to log on. it has been three weeks tomorrow since my surgery and i have been lucky, i've had no complications. but i too was wondering about the recovery time. sometimes i feel like i have tons of energy then about fifteen minutes into an activity i'm spent. also the last couple of days i've felt slightly depressed i'm not sure if that's surgery related or not. i hope you do well and take care.

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