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Unread 01-09-2004, 10:35 PM
What's the story with vacuuming...

Hi...the only restrictions my dr. gave me were no heavy lifting -- under 20lbs and no sex until my 6 week check up -- I'm at 4 1/2 now...my question is about vacuuming...I've heard many are restricted from this activity...I've tried not to do it but it got the best of me today & I did -- my vacuum is very light & I didn't move any heavy furniture -- but I am soooo sore tonight...what is the scoop?

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Unread 01-09-2004, 11:06 PM
What's the story with vacuuming...

That's the number one thing the Dr told me "no vacuuming" . It's the pushing & pulling and it uses tummy, back, legs etc. It's really only one of the things I like about house cleaning and can't do. DH doesn't either but my married kids come and do once a week thank goodness or I'd have one more thing to worry about!

Take it easy tomorrow or you will be really sorry!

Unread 01-09-2004, 11:15 PM
What's the story with vacuuming...

I tend to analyze movements and since my restrictions included vacuuming AND sweeping I figure it was the back and forth pushing and pulling that was a no-no. The only time I got radiating pain in the first 5 weeks of recovering was when I tried to vacuum so I have taken that restriction quite seriously. I even have to be careful when it has snowed and iced outside as the same pushing/pulling motion goes into cleaing off my car windows to drive so I am non-car bound unless I make a deal with a friend to give a ride to work in exchange for help cleaning off the car. Works for me.

And you8 get to lift 20 lbs? I was told to lift no more than 5 or 10 lbs.........and that was a lot for the first 4 weeks.
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Unread 01-10-2004, 10:06 AM
What's the story with vacuuming...

Thanks for the responses...I am somewhat better today, but had kind of rough night -- I was very sore! I was restricted to 10 to 15lbs the first 2 weeks after surgery, but 20 after that -- and basically was told I could do anything I felt I was up to doing -- other than sex...I've been pretty active the last 2 weeks...light house work, walks, resting in between everything, but vacuuming was the only new activity I did yesterday, so I'm pretty sure that was the cause of my discomfort -- and I'm pretty sure the carpet will just have to stay that way -- I'm a 49 year old widow with 2 grown children who aren't always around -- but I'm calling them next time!

Have a great weekend...Mary
Unread 01-10-2004, 10:31 AM
What's the story with vacuuming...

Hi Mary,

I had my TAH/BSO on 12/4. The doctor told me specifically no vacuuming for the first 4 weeks, and no shoveling snow for the *entire* winter. (Yea!!). In those first 4 weeks, I found I had to "cheat" and dust mop the hardwood floors, but that didn't seem to bother me. Plus, the dust mop is much lighter than a vacuum and glides on the floor, rather than having to be pushed.

When I returned for my 4 week check-up/release to return to work, I told him that I occasionally have to vacuum the exam rooms. He said vacuuming was fine at 4 weeks, but that lifting over 20 lbs was restricted until the 8 week mark. Vacuuming involves the use of lots of tummy muscles and probably does account for your soreness, especially if your carpet is thick.

Be careful and continue listening to your body. It has a way of sending those cues!
Unread 01-10-2004, 11:04 AM
I love The Swiffer!

Mary, et all-
I try to put up with the dust bunnnies...where do they come from?LOL
Honestly "The Swiffer" is my favorite! It is light and easy to use on just about all sufaces accept rugs and carpet.
For those really anoying ones on the rug I just put a piece of rolled inside out tape on the back of the swiffer and pick them up. no bending required. Erma Bombeck would be proud......
I had to ask my 68 yr old Mother to help me go shopping...I was going crazy.
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