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Unread 03-05-2004, 11:47 AM
Have been a bad girl...

Had my SAH/BSO on 2/20 and all went well. I'm 44yo and had a HUGE fibroid and endo. I felt so well that on the day I got home, did laundry and changed bed sheets! In fact, everyday since surgery I have been go, go, go. My question to you is Am I doing any kind of damage to myself? Permanent? By the end of the day, I am swollen, sore and tired but after a nights sleep, I'm at it again the next day. Am I stupid for doing all this?
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Unread 03-05-2004, 11:55 AM
Have been a bad girl...

Hello Jewel,
I don't believe in calling people stupid.....

But I don't believe you are doing yourself any favours by doing so many strenuous activities.

You have had MAJOR surgery - you have a lot of stitches and you body needs to heal.

By straining too much you could pop stitches
you could cause bleeding,
you could stress your insides so that they don't get to heal properly and form scar tissue where you don't want it - even cause organs to stick to each other via scar tissue (otherwise known as adhesions)

Can I ask "why" you are doing all these things?
I mean, yes, it is great that you are feeling well - but you say yourrself that at the end of the day you are really tired.... frankly that is no surprise.

if you feel you want to do things - do them in small segments - DON'T pick up heavy things, divide your load and carry a wee bit at a time.
Here is a link from the Post op Articles that can give you an idea of what can happen if you over do things.


Please, print it out, go sit down with a cup of tea and read it!
and heal well,
Unread 03-05-2004, 12:20 PM
Have been a bad girl...

Please, please, please take it very easy.
I had my Lavh/Bso +Apc on Feb 13th. I felt like a new person when I came out of the hospital. A bit slower but full of energy. I too felt I could do anything.
But I found this wonderfule site, and listened to what all the other sisters had to say, and took their advice. It has been very hard not to do too much, (I have a family who don't mind living in a pig sty!) and I started to do things gradually, and certainly not do anything heavy. Vaccuming and cleaning the floors will be on my 7th week!
My youngest daughter, just after a week I was out of hospital, said that I look really good and no one would know that I had just had major surgery. Now that is the biggest problem. You may look good on the outside, but you cannot see the damage you may cause on the inside.
When I have done light housework or done a bit too much, I make sure that I have a really good long rest afterwards.
Listen to your body. If it is telling you that it is swollen, sore and tired, than rest, rest and rest.
Take it very easy. And this is easier for me to say than actually do!, but I am trying very hard, but let the housework slip for a while, or hire cleaners like I did!!!!
Wishing you a well recovery

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Unread 03-05-2004, 12:28 PM
Have been a bad girl...

I also felt great from the day I got home, but I refused to do anything. It is hard to sit and do nothing all day, when you are so used to doing. But the best thing is to rest, rest and more rest. So what if the house is a mess?? You and your health are more important than any dust and clutter. The dust and clutter will hang around until you are well.
So stop!! Put your feet up and take care of yourself.
Unread 03-05-2004, 12:31 PM
Have been a bad girl...

Thanks for the advice, really! I know I should not do half of what I've been doing. The resource you recommended re: post op adhesions shook me up. I hope it is not too late to start healing correctly and resting like I should have been all along. I'm a little scared now thinking I may have already done some permanent damage. Yikes!!
Unread 03-05-2004, 01:27 PM
Have been a bad girl...

Please take the advice given to you. Learn a lesson in my story. I came home from my hyst. and did nothing for about a week. After a week, and after the staples came out I felt good enough to start doing the laundry. Long story short I ripped the ENTIRE incision open. Off to the ER to be re-stapled. Before those staples were out I was getting out of bed and ripped the staples out. This time I had to go back to surgery to create a new incision site. I learned my lesson as well as slowed my recovery by doing too much. As far as adhesions go, I'm back to the castle on 3-9-04 to have adhesions removed. Are these adhesions a
relsult of over doing it a year ago with my hyst.? Who knows, but this time I will follow the at home instructions to the letter. Kick back and take it easy until you get the go ahead from your doctor. You will not regret taking the time to heal, but you may regret the damage you cause if you do too much. Take care and heal well.
Unread 03-05-2004, 01:49 PM
Have been a bad girl...

My pastors wife was just here to see me today. I told her how I feel good and want to do more...I just feel like I am not doing enough. Well after her surgery, she felt WONDERFUL!! After years of pain she said she felt she could take on the world. Well she didnt really try that, but she did do to much and ended up with 3 hernias!! She told me that after the surgery to repair those, she was in more pain than she has ever been in her life!! She now has mesh inside her and she said her stomach will never look or be the same. There was no warning, like she was doing to much, just one day woke up with some pain and found out the hard way she did to much. What a wake up call for me! I am taking it easy.....and I think you should to!!!
Good luck, I know its hard, but we only have one chance to heal
Unread 03-05-2004, 02:14 PM
Have been a bad girl...

I hav been home a week now and finding it very difficult to take it easy just like yourself, I was up and mobile 7hrs after op and felt like a medical miracle I was convinced I would be like a cripple. the good feeling I had knowing that there would be no more fortnightly loss and pain took over logical thoughts about recovery. Then! mother told me a story about a woman who thought she was infalible aswell carried on doing the daily chores without regard to getting better she prolapsed and now has to have her stomach strapped every day and needs constant nursing care.
Take care and remember the few weeks we have to rest is better than a life time of discomfort and disabilities.
Unread 03-05-2004, 02:25 PM
going slow isnt easy

i had my surgery feb23rd2004.i was in a great deal of pain for months before the surgery .i had gone to other male gynos that i complained to about a really bad discharge and really painfull periods and there answer was wait till you go thru menapause and you will be fine.i didnt like thos answers so i did nothing for a year untill i got the notice i needed a pap smear.then i went to my reg dr and she did the exam and suggested i go to a specialist i explained what the other drs had said. and she reccomended the dr, i then went to .and im glad i did she did an ultra sound right in her office .well long story short i was a mess the cervex was angry and inflamed,the one ovary i had left had cysts large ones and my uterus had flipped backwards upside down and was sitting on my bowels and back and when she could get in there she outlined 3 large fibroid tumors plus she said i had endrometriosis(sorry i cant spell) and she was sure i had more tumors.she said what i had wasnt life threatning but the surgery would improve my quality of life. i had surgery on monday and i was headed home thursday,they removed my staples before i left.yesterday was the one week mark for being home.my brain says im good and feel alot better .but its true what everyone is sayingwe must slow down.even tho we think were ok were not.i have no appetite and very little energy.well i think i do then i dont lol like yesterday was my birthday so i went to dinner and today im exhausted.so slowing down must come first.i have many questions .first starting with when will my bowels become normal again?i have a rumbley in my tumbly lol and harmoines ? lots of questions but first is when should i use a laxative?hugs all
Unread 03-20-2004, 12:15 PM
Incisional Hernias and Overdoing It

Prior to my TAH, I'd had 3 laparascopic surgeries for appendicitis, a hiatal hernia and then the last one to repair an incisional hernia from overdoing it after the hiatal hernia lap.

My point is that even for you ladies with laparascopic surgeries you can do *too much* and end up worse off due to the internal healing process. Those tiny little lap scars are still all the way through the abdominal walls, and things can go wrong.

That said -- I also posted a thread after my first week indicating my mind being the worst enemy because I felt so great. It still is, that hasn't changed at all, however, with the lessons learned and shared on this board, I am still refusing to overdo it.

I am a single parent, have a 4BR house, huge yard, lots of landscaping that needs work, a yard that needs mowed, an SUV that needs cleaned, wood floors that need mopped, etc., etc, etc. But I figure that it will wait. The walls aren't falling in, the dust bunnies aren't running amok while I sleep and my truck runs clean or dirty...

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