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Sounds like the 1st time out of bed is the worst, any tricks? Sounds like the 1st time out of bed is the worst, any tricks?

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Unread 09-30-2004, 12:02 PM
Sounds like the 1st time out of bed is the worst, any tricks?

Many are saying how tough it is & painful, is there a better way to or not to get out of bed. Should I request a dose of pain medicine before I even attempt it? Or does that just mask the pain that is telling you not to do certain things. Does just about everyone have their worst pain that 1st time out of bed & is there anyway around it? Does the 2nd time still hurt pretty much?
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Unread 09-30-2004, 12:38 PM
Sounds like the 1st time out of bed is the worst, any tricks?

I think the first time out of bed might be the worst because you aren't sure what to expect.

for sure you want to take it very slow - sit on the edge of the bed before you stand up , when you stand up don't move til you are sure your head is not spinning!

and of course, there should be someone right beside you the whole time!

there is a nice article in our post op hints called Getting out of bed, Sitting up with lots of good tips
I know it helped me !
Unread 09-30-2004, 01:26 PM
Sounds like the 1st time out of bed is the worst, any tricks?

What I found to be most helpful in getting up the first time was rolling on to my side, holding on to the bed rail with one hand to pull myself to the side (try not to use those tummy muscles, it hurts) and push up into a sitting position with my other arm. My DH was right in front of me as I sat, and he helped to pull me up out of the sitting posistion to spare the tummy muscles. It was uncomfortable to say the least, but not horribly painful. I also fully agree with CAS29, make sure to have someone right there in case you get dizzy. The last thing you need is a fall after the trauma of surgery. Good luck and I hope all goes well for you!

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Unread 09-30-2004, 02:02 PM
Sounds like the 1st time out of bed is the worst, any tricks?

How to get out of bed.

Put the head of your bed up as far as it will go.

Roll over onto your side (not too hard since you're almost upright) and then use your arm under you to push yourself upright. (You can also use a nurse or DH to pull you up with your free arm.)

Swing your feet over the side of the bed.

Sit there for at least five minutes. Your body needs to adjust to getting upright. This is a good opportunity to make your DH put your slippers on your feet.

If your bed raises and lowers (height), lower it so your feet are as close to the floor as possible.

If that's not possible, just go for it. Have someone at your side supporting your elbow and just put your feet down on the floor and stand up.

Don't be alarmed if you can't stand fully upright, a little stooped over is normal, as you don't want to stretch those abs right away.

Take it slow.

Get done what you wanted to do first (don't take a walk before the pee break - do that after, you might be too tired).

Personally, I didn't find it that painful. I felt much worse the day after doing a marathon. I didn't have any pain meds before I got up either, but if you want to have something about a half an hour before you get up, go for it.

Take care!
Unread 09-30-2004, 02:33 PM
Sounds like the 1st time out of bed is the worst, any tricks?

Hi Stacy, I am 2 weeks post op and I have absolutely no pain and never took a pain pill in the hospital, they did give me 6oo mgs of ibprophen. I did have dull cramps in the recovery room, no different than a period and I was very dizzy from all the meds to put me out, but I loved having a catheter because I did not have to get up to pee, and I will be very honest with you, the only pain I had whatsoever was taking out the vag packing the next day, thats it, didnt feel the catheter nothing. When gas builds up dont be afraid to just dont force it, it will be a bit touchy but nothing bad at all. I had the same surgery as you and I also kept my ovaries even though they dont work much, I am 55 and in menopause anyway, you should fly right through this, I am already on the treadmill, getting up will be fine, you just will be weak from the anesthetic....Hugs, D

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