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Unread 04-02-2005, 04:59 PM
"Baby Hippo" comes home

I had a total hysterectomy on March 28, am now home, and having a heck of a time trying to rest! I am one of those "go-getters" who always feels that I have to be busy doing stuff. Its hard to determine how much activity is too much. Can anyone give me advice about how much time you should spend on your feet at first? I don't want to lay around so much that I don't get any excercise at all. Is it dangerous to walk around too much?
I have been doing a few dishes, walking a little bit in the yard, 10 minutes at a time.

I was told it will be about 6 weeks until I can return to work. The surgeon said that I had so many small fibroids that "we couldn't count them," ovarian cysts, adn a cyst in my fallopian tube. Biopsies were done, adn there was no malignancy of any sort, so that is a relief.

I feel, and look, like one of the dancing hippos in Fantasia, my belly is so big, but my post-hist freinds tell me that they felt so much better after they healed up, that the suffering was worth it,
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Unread 04-02-2005, 06:13 PM
"Baby Hippo" comes home

Hi artgodess,

I think you have the right combination... 10 minutes walking at a time sounds right for less than a week post-op. You're barely out of surgery and from what you're describing, normally you probably don't sit still very often... Your biggest challenge as the weeks goes will probably be recognizing when your body has had enough. The "baby hippo" syndrome otherwise know as swelly belly should be a good indicator though, as well as feeling tired.

I had TAH also and I'm now at 5 months post-op, and I remember at 2-3 weeks feeling bored and guilty for the lack of activity, being used to a faster pace, but after a few weeks though I learned to relax and simply live at a slower pace. You can still be active as long as you get plenty of "rest" periods. It worked for me anyway. I had a good recovery and I now feel really good! I agree with your friends, it was really work it :no more endless bleeding and anemia: I feel better and look better (even with occasional swelly belly) :grin

Take care,

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