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Unread 10-17-2003, 04:15 PM

Just a word of caution to all ladies post op---I am 10 weeks today and feeling awesome. Yesterday, I raked a few leaves, enjoyed the beautiful autumn weather. Last night, my tummy swelled up and I had pain in my left abdomen. Just when you think it is all behind you, a reminder that things are still "fragile" inside!!! I am now sitting quietly and won't be doing any raking anytime soon!
Anyone else experience little setbacks like this out of the blue?? And why would gentle raking get to me??? Especially since I've been fine and no problems at all up till now. Pulled muscle? The swelling has gone down and the pain is more an "ache" now. Wierd...what's a girl to do????
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Unread 10-17-2003, 04:41 PM

Thanks so much for the info. I'll remember that, because I would have done the same. It is that season, and I was seriously thinking of hiring some help for that. My surgery date is 11/17, but there will still be plenty of yard work to do. My hubby can do a little, but he's a police sergeant with uncertain hours. I was thinking it would give him peace of mind as well.
Unread 10-17-2003, 04:49 PM

I haven't had that happen to me because I just absolutely refused to lift anything heavy. Except last week, I did lift the laundry basket, but it was only half filled. Even though I am now 3 months post op, I still make DH and DS carry things for me.

Of course, I could use the excuse of being in pain because I had to carry something. DH interprets that into not being able to have sex and I get my way.

Thanks for reminding the other princesses about the consequences of doing too much.

Take care.
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Unread 10-17-2003, 11:23 PM

Yep! Been there; done that. At 11 weeks post from a TAH, I had been back at work cleaning houses, exercising, and running a household of 5 again when I decided to take the kids to the next state to visit family for 2 days during spring break.
I basically sat around and talked and watched the kids swim. I did haul luggage, although it all had wheels so I could just pull instead of carry. I did have to carry my DD, about 50# from the pool to the hotel room after she wapped her head a little too hard. The drive from home was only 3-1/2 hours long. No big deal really.
The day after we returned home, I felt like a truck had run me over. I hurt for days. Then, just as I was feeling a little better we took the train to Chicago for the day. That was the day I began to have pain before BM. A first since surgery. This lasted many more months.
In my experience, you're not out of the woods for a long, long time even though the initial recovery is 6 weeks, the total recovery is more like a year.
I still swell after lifting things and driving distances and I'm 9 months post now. The BM pain has been gone for about a month now finally.
Take it easy for a while yet and think twice before lifting anything heavy for awhile.

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