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Unread 01-03-2005, 09:57 PM
6 weeks and holding

Love to hear from any of you 6 weekers!!! My actual date is 1/6. Need to know how you all are feeling. I will be going back to work on Thursday, I have 12 hour days with my commute. Good thing I can nap on the train to and fro. Still having problems with my incision. Went to see dr today and am having a "allergic " reaction to the disolvable sutures (tah) both inside and out. I keep getting irritation and redness, some oozing. Clothes just seem to hurt!!! Dr said the inside shows a reaction as well and put me on antibiotics for 7 days. She feels the healing should be farther along than it is. She told me to douche with warm water ONLY 3-5 x's a week to help rinse out the stitches and help with the healing. She feels it is not a infection at this point. Otherwise I am feeling pretty good. Still get tired at the end of the day, but i think that it is to expected . The holidays wore me out!!! Have to see her again in 4 weeks. Still no "relations" for two more weeks! Seems like forever. I have been very good in the mean time, two more weeks seems like forever!!!!!
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Unread 01-04-2005, 12:05 AM
6 weeks and holding

I am six weeks post-op on the 6th too!

Sorry to hear about your incision troubles. Good thing you are on antibiotics!

I am doing okay. My incision has healed fine on the outside. I get check on the 17th for stuff going on in the inside. I find I am really tired. I am able to do more, certainly compared to a month ago. But it is SLOW going. I am driving more, although don't have a lot of motivation to go out. I am forced to this week as the kids return to school.

I thought I could do a lot more by now, but I guess I can't. I do a little each day and celebrate those accomplishments!

I, in my case, see at least another month will be needed to get energy levels back and the urge to get back into "life".

I wish you luck as you return to work! Try to take it as easy as possible.

Hugs,

Sarah
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Unread 01-04-2005, 03:27 AM
six weeks today

sorry to her that you are not feeling good at the moment but things change on a daily basis so just look after your self and take it easy. my check up it not until 25/1/2005 which will be 9 weeks ( rang and complained but they said they had a backlog) but at the moment i am still getting discharge!! yuk not a lot but i feel DH is in for a longer wait than first thought do you still have any? i am worried about the treatment if it dose not clear up before my check up. other than that i am fine i have just stated to drive again, i am not tired, i am doing the washing and cleaning but not used the hoover yet. oh the one thing that reminds me i have had surgery is my stomach is numb if i lean against something. i feel things have gone well for me and hope they stay this way. Good luck and keep in touch
Debbie::
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Unread 01-04-2005, 03:48 AM
6 weeks and holding

omg i cnannot get over how early you all go back to work in the usa, i know i keep saying it but its unreal.how can your recovery time be any differnt just cos youre american.i was told a minimum of 3 months and i am a school teacher!!theres no way id be physically or mentally ready for a full days work anytime yet!!
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Unread 01-04-2005, 04:40 AM
6 weeks and holding

Thanks for the words of encouragement sisters! I am still having some yellowish discharge also. I was told that this is a normal process of the vaginal cuff healing and not to worry. once it is healed this will also go away. I have been driving locally since week 2 which doesnt seem to bother me. The seatbelt can be irritating but what can you do? The first few times I brought a tiny pillow with me and seatbelted it in with me. Helped alot! Was bascially told would be out of work for 6-8 weeks. 3 Months sounds "grand", but without any short-term disability, you do what you have to do right? Kids are grown and gone, so I will probably come home from work and straight to bed for a while till I get back into the swing of things. I sure dont miss those 2-3 week periods! I use to judge when to color my hair by them and have had to come up with another method of keeping track!!!
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Unread 01-04-2005, 05:06 AM
6 weeks and holding

I agree with candypops, I definatley could not go back to work yet I still have another 10 days begore my Med Cert runs out and I'm not sure I'll be ready to go then (about 8 wks)

I have just been put on my 4th lot of anti-B's for my second infection in/on my wound (skin infection now) and the Dr is worried about the tissue breaking down. I still have a lot of fluid behind the wound and Dr is worried it might set off another Seroma :cry:
So this time I have an anti-B cream and tablets.

I still have not got an appointment for my post op check up (they are so slow in this kind of thing in the UK) I will try to give them a ring tomorrow to see what is happening about that.

No discharge Yeah! that stoped about 2 weeks ago (found a stich too) Still get tired out easily but am doing light chores around the place. DH still won't let me do too much, but is letting me cook now and again.

This is longer than intended, sorry.
Have a healthy new year!
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Unread 01-04-2005, 05:24 AM
6 weeks and holding

HI tanis
another uk sister!!yipee!!im a supply teacher so not being paid while im off and me and the oh have just split so i am in financial dire straits but still could not work yet.i initially got my post op check for 4 months after my op, but after the wound splitting got seen after the 3rd week.id ring them and give them a prompting if i was you!!
i still cant believe the different advice given to us and our usa sisters , ie driving at 2 weeks!!omg!1ive been told to wait at least 6 weeks.
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Unread 01-04-2005, 05:39 AM
6 weeks and holding

Hi Candypops,

Tried to ring today, but its a permanent engaged tone I was told at 2 wks that they had a big back log and I might have to wait 6 months!
I know I won't be waiting to get together with my DH that long but the pre-op nurse said it would be fine at 4 wks to, not a chance is my oppinion (and my DH) talk about miss-information, we are waiting a couple of more wks before we try that.
So I'll try and ring them again tomorrow.

I do think we are lucky here in the UK to have longer to recover before going back to work, but I have noticed that the sisters in the US do get the extra time if needed. (I understand that it is dependent on thier insurance and medicare type thing)
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Unread 01-04-2005, 06:39 AM
6 weeks and holding

It is funny how different the medical advice is from one place to another. 6 weeks to drive, how could you stand it???? I was told local driving at 2 weeks and expressway by week 3, but still havent attempted that.

You are correct that we can take additional time if needed, but from what I understand 6-8 weeks here is the norm without complications. I was also told 6-8 weeks before any "relations", havent crossed that bridge yet.
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Unread 01-04-2005, 06:49 AM
6 weeks and holding

i wont be crossing that bridge till i get a new man and that wont be for yonks yet so thats one less thing to fret over!!am enjoying my peaceful new single state of being
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