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Unread 11-24-2004, 10:39 PM
after TAH any tips on how to get out of bed?

I had my TAH Monday and got home this afternoon (wednesday). I'm doing good, but I can't get out of bed by myself which is a very frustrating feeling.

Any tips on how to go from lying down to a sitting position at the side of the bed then standing?

Or any hints on rebuilding abdominal strength in general?

It's so depressing feeling like a total invalid!

Thanks in advance,
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Unread 11-24-2004, 10:48 PM
after TAH any tips on how to get out of bed?

Hi Joyce! Welcome home! I am 2 weeks post-op and what I did was start by lying on my side and then moving my legs so that they'd be as far as possible over the side of the bed. Then with my arms, I'd push myself up to a sitting position. Trying not to use my abdominal muscles as much as possible. Then I'd sit there a minute or two to adjust and rest so as not to get dizzy. Then stand up by the bed and slowly straighten as much as comfortable.

If you have someone nearly that is helping you, that is good. They can help move your legs over to the side and give you a hand up to a sitting position, being careful not to tug on you too much. Still use an arm to push yourself up. They can also "spot" you as you first get up on your feet. I had someone with me the first 3-4 days, then was on my own and would get up out of bed like this. Still do.

Probably the others on the board here will have more suggestions too.

Good luck and take good care of yourself!
Unread 11-24-2004, 10:50 PM
after TAH any tips on how to get out of bed?

The only way I could get up when no one was around to help was to roll on to my left side (right side hurt to much) and then sort of grab the bed sheets like a rope and pull myself up. Then scooch to the side of the bed and hang legs over and gingerly stand up. Seemed to work for me.
Hope this helps and that you are on the mend!
Happy Thanksgiving!

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Unread 11-24-2004, 10:58 PM
after TAH any tips on how to get out of bed?

Good advice from both of your fellow sisters! I, too, do this to get out of bed - even now almost 2 weeks since surgery. In the beginning I moved very slowly and allowed myself time to rest between the sitting step and standing step. It's not good to do any abdominal exercises patient. In time you will be stronger. Just in the past few days my incision is starting not to hurt as much when I get up. The morning is easier for me. It's a little sore by the end of the day. (Especially when my sons try to make me laugh!)

Unread 11-24-2004, 11:13 PM
after TAH any tips on how to get out of bed?

I've found that age old native american way works..... pull yourself up onto all fours while in bed....and then back off onto the stress on any parts at all, and allows you to catch your balance before you stand up....go very, very slowly. please.....
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Unread 11-25-2004, 12:50 AM
after TAH any tips on how to get out of bed?


I tried a coupled of different ways to get out of bed. I did the logroll, where I rolled onto my side, holding my belly pillow tight. grabbed hold of a chair I placed nex to my bed for support and pulled myself up that way. I also held onto my headboard for support, but the chair worked best.

To get back into bed, I got onto all fours and sort of rolled onto one side holdinging my trusty belly pillow.

Good Luck!!!!!

Unread 11-25-2004, 01:01 AM
getting out of bed

Hi MikeyFan and other ladies,
I found that laying in a semi-reclined position ensured that I would already be half up. When I got tired of this, I resorted to sleeping on my back, but getting up from flat on my back was much more difficult. I used my arms and legs to push me out of bed. I found that having a bed close to the floor helped too (the bed in the hospital would not go down very far and it was a long way down to the floor).
I hope you find a method that works for you! Best wishes!
Unread 11-25-2004, 12:08 PM
after TAH any tips on how to get out of bed?

I had to rely on my arms a lot for the first week. It gets better every day. By week 3, I was back to using my stomach muscles.

To help strengthen muscles, I would lie flat on my back in bed with knees bent, then slowly use legs to lift abdomen a few inches (increasing distance as strength returned). Hold position a few seconds, then lower slowly. Repeat as much as you can. Eventually I added abdominal "curling", where I curled in the lower abdomen and held the position for a few seconds while in the lifted posture. Worked for me and doctor didn't object, as long as I didn't overstretch my abdomen - - didn't want me pulling open my incision (I had TAH/RSO). Helped that I did yoga regularly pre-op and intend to get back into it next week (hope it doesn't take too long to return to my previous fitness level...)

Good luck and remember that lots of water, walking, and healthy eating can only help.
Unread 11-25-2004, 12:14 PM
after TAH any tips on how to get out of bed?

I do not reccomend doing any exercises to strengthen your abs until the doc releases you to do so. You are supposed to be resting not working out, that comes in due time.
As for getting out of the bed, first of all I rarely was in the bed, I found the recliner much better to sleep in and get in and out of, but when I did lay in the bed, I never layed flat, always had plenty of pillows under me then I had an old scarf tied to the footboard and I used my arms only to pull myself up and then would swing my legs over, resting in between.
The log roll works to, just remember to use only your arm muscles when trying to sit up. You will know if you use your abs and you will soon stop.
Don't get discouraged, it gets better and your biceps get a great workout, mine are very strong right now
Unread 11-25-2004, 12:46 PM
after TAH any tips on how to get out of bed?

Hi Joyce,

On the ab strengthening, please clear it with your doc before you do anything. When you get the all clear, you may want to ask him/her for recommended exercises.

For the getting out of bed thing. I had to lay on my side and scoot my legs off the side of the bed, then in one motion use your arm and the motion of your legs to swing to a seated position, kind of like a pendulum. Keep your back as straight as possible and use your arms and legs as the motion points. I also found it much easier to sleep in my favorite recliner for a few days instead of the bed. I'm a side sleeper, and I found it impossible to sleep on my side for the first couple of weeks.

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