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Is 6 weeks post op TAH/BSO too early to drive? Is 6 weeks post op TAH/BSO too early to drive?

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Unread 03-04-2004, 01:08 PM
Is 6 weeks post op TAH/BSO too early to drive?

Hi Ladies,

Would really like some advice! I was going to drive to the American Cancer Society. My hair is thinning rapidly and I'm tired of being cold. It is an hour drive. I had a TAH/BSO and 2 rounds of chemo since 1/19/04. I'm desperately wanting a free wig and hats! It would be 2 hours round trip. I'm on interim disability right now and my budget is pretty limited until my regular disability kicks in.

My support group facilitator as well as other members have said that I'm trying to do too much already! They said that because I'm having chemo that my TAH/BSO may take even longer to heal due to internal irritation from the chemo. I'm trying to get someone to drive me down there but to no avail so far. I'm getting pretty ansy and colder every 3 days when I wash my ever thinning auburn hair!

Need some perspective before I do something I regret. I'm just wanting to make sure I don't heal improperly, get adhesions, etc.

Early Stage IV uterine cancer. TAH/BSO on 1/19/04. 3rd cycle of chemo next week. No HRT and going through menopause at 48!
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Unread 03-04-2004, 01:18 PM
Is 6 weeks post op TAH/BSO too early to drive?

Hi. It's nice to see you back!

You need to speak with your doctor about if/when driving restrictions are lifted. I can only give you my own experience, which is that I didn't start back to driving until 6, or maybe even 8, weeks post-op. The dr told me that the main reason is that if I were to be in an accident, the bottom of the steering wheel would go right into the incision area.

You also need to think about fatigue, alertness, etc., during a long drive, given what your body has been through.

So I'd suggest getting some doctor input on this.

Unread 03-04-2004, 01:31 PM
Is 6 weeks post op TAH/BSO too early to drive?

Hi Tena ciity,

I drove within two weeks of my surgeries, because it felt good to be up and about. I do a lot of foolish things, so please don't drive based on what I did! Pehaps all my activity after surgery contributed to the adhesions I developed. Still driving is not very physically taxing, and if you are comfortable sitting in a car, not on any meds that would make you groggy I don't see the harm. Having an accident and being hit in the incision with the steering wheel is something to consider and are your reflexes OK? Perhaps you could take a friend with you who could drive if you got tired? There are probably many friends who would like to find a way to help you and maybe this is a way to give them a chance?
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Unread 03-04-2004, 01:46 PM
Dear Tenacity

I'm a big one for making your own decision about these things as long as you are well informed. I started driving eight days after my surgery. I did not have chemo and I was no longer taking my narcotic pain meds. I only drove short trips.

My doctor told me at my 8 days past-surgery staple removing visit that I could drive to my hometown 650 miles away as long as I made a lot of stops. (I was actually asking her if I could fly home - not drive - heck, I didn't even drive when I was pre-hyster). I decided not to go. Too much stress to travel, even by airplane, that soon after surgery.

The reason you're not supposed to drive is that if you are in a wreck, you could tear up your incision site which would cause many nasty problems.

To me this seemed bad logic because if the accident was that bad, I would be hurt anyway. For me, I was willing to take the risk. Are you?

I can't see why driving would otherwise slow healing. I mean sittting is sitting, whether in a comfy chair or a driver's seat.

The other thing to consider is that if you are in an accident, you insurance carrier may try to weasel out of covering you because you were driving when your doctor said not to. Again, do you want to take that risk?

I also considered that in my adult life I had only been in one fender-bender and it wasn't my fault.

Having said all that, I probably would have wanted someone to accompany me on a longer trip in case fatigue set in and I didn't want to drive back.

You know how you are feeling better than anyone.

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