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Unread 10-23-2006, 12:56 PM
Sitting Up

I know this may sound like a dumb question but. Is it okay to sit up in a chair all day from a healing standpoint? I am comfortable sitting all day, but wonder if this distorts the area where my incision is and makes it heal differently? I do get up and do laps around our kitchen and living room, but just want to know if I should be laying down at all to give my stomach some "flattened" out time? I'm not a napper, nor do I feel like napping yet ..
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Unread 10-23-2006, 03:58 PM
Sitting Up

i was sort of wondering the same thing....
i am not a day sleeper....i can doze off in my comfy
queen ann chair which has an ottoman....
having a really good day....watching tv, on laptop,
phone calls, etc....i will sleep good tonite i am shure....
Quick Healing to Us....Take Care....
Unread 10-23-2006, 04:16 PM
Sitting Up

I have not spent much time laying in bed. I came home after 2 days in the hospital and I spent all day sitting in a nice and comfy chair that reclines and has an ottoman, I did not recline just sat with my feet up. When in bed I always have a pillow under my knees.

Good Luck and speedy recovery.
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Unread 10-23-2006, 04:59 PM
Sitting Up

The first 2 days I was home, I lay in bed a lot. Only getting up to go to the bathroom and eat. I sat up for about 30 = 40 minutes per day. Thereafter, I sat most of the time, usually in the recliner or in my comfy office chair at the computer. I'm not one to lie down and nap during the day. I only took naps for the first week, then I never slept during the day at all..........for fear of not sleeping at night, which happened anyway sometimes. My sleep patterns have been badly disturbed!!
Unread 10-23-2006, 05:36 PM
Sitting Up

Thanks for the responses.. I'm assuming it's okay. Just didn't want to "rearrange" any organs. :-) Quick healing to you all.
Unread 10-23-2006, 05:40 PM
Sitting Up

My doctor's instructions were not to lay down all day, but to rest, and to get up and walk. Resting often meant sitting in a chair, sometimes reclining and sometimes laying on the sofa. It all depended on what I felt the most comfortable doing at the time. If you feel most comfortable sitting in a chair, I don't see any problem with that.
Unread 10-23-2006, 06:18 PM
Sitting Up

I am a week ahead of you. I have a bikini cut and my "Flabs of foil" tummy (I doubt I will ever have abs of steel!) I know my insides were rearranged anyway so that said, I did worry about my incision and since it is in that location the belly kind of hangs over it anyway, making me worry about it being too moist. I had the staples out a week ago (so your's should be out soon if not already) and the incision healed fine with me sitting and doing just as you are. I do think I will have a little ridge or bump with this incision.
My nurse told me to use a hair dryer on low after showers to dry the area better,
I know at after sitting during the day it did feel good to lay down and let the tummy lay flat.
I think your incision will be fine--
Unread 10-24-2006, 11:14 AM
Sitting Up

Katushka, thanks for the advice. I will continue to sit up .. :-) I like the hairdryer idea too. I didn't have staples,but steri-strips, which go away on their own I guess. I'm dying to put vit. E oil on my scar, but can't do so until those are off. My incision was verticle, from the belly button down. thanks again. <><
Unread 10-24-2006, 11:21 AM
Sitting Up

Hello all.
I have been mostly in bed, some laying on either side reading or watching tv, but mostly kind of sitting up with LOTS of pillows behind and around me. I get up and walk a lot too. Looking at all the things I need to tell my dh and kids to do. . .lol! We dont have a recliner or other comfortable chair, so my bed is pretty much it. Glad you are doing well.
Unread 10-24-2006, 01:49 PM
Sitting Up

I have been spending most of my time sitting or lying on the couch. I was a bit uncomfortable the first few nights until I put my body pillow on the couch and slept on that. It made a world of difference. I have been rather restless and have been trying to sleep some in the bed but it is harder for me to get out of the bed than the couch and although it feels wonderful comfy it doesn't have the support the couch does so I wake up with pain in the bed. So I only sleep about 4 hours in the bed at a time. I can finally start to sleep on my left side. I wasn't able to post surgery until last night. I missed that so much as I usually sleep on my left side. I was tired of sleeping on my back or right side. It is a slow process. The restlessness at night is bothersome though. I generally take a warm bath when I get that way but can't do that for another 4-6 weeks. Might have hubby rub my legs tonight to see if that helps.

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