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Unread 11-02-2007, 12:21 PM
How much help needed after LSH

I'm scheduled for LSH/BSO on 12/3 and am wondering how much help I will need afterwards. My dr tells me I should go home the next morning and will have lifting restrictions and need help, but how much help will I need?

Currently I am 5 1/2 weeks post op from lung surgery and needed more help than I had. My DH always seemed to think that I was doing better than I was.

I am extremely emotional right now and am worried about everything. How will I get everything ready for Christmas, take care of the kids (12 &14), heal properly?

I'm hoping the LSH/BSO isn't as painful as the last surgery, but the unknown is frightening.

I'm sure the emotions and stress are getting to me, but I seem to either be crying or angry at everyone. I feel like I am losing my mind!

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Unread 11-02-2007, 01:10 PM
How much help needed after LSH

Hi Katy,

I also had a LSH and it is still one of the best things I ever did for my long term health. So..I hope those our reassuring words right now.

With my LSH...I was able to get around slowly the day after surgery. I just needed some help getting out of bed for the first day or so. I can suggest keeping a chair by your bed for a few days. Really helped me.

It was the little things I needed help with. Like..someone getting a glass of water for me so I did not need to get up from the couch...or preparing a meal...or even getting the TV remote when it was across the coffee table. Just ~ask~ if you need something. A LSH is *major* surgery so it is important to get the help you need. We only have one chance to get it right in our stress that to your DH.

Since you are 5 weeks post-op from lung could be a little slower going. So just let your body do the talking. Generally, a LSH has a faster recovery time since it is a less invasive hyst. I actually went back to work at 2 weeks with my Dr's okay (3 weeks would have been nicer) and I got a greenlight for all activites including sex and the gym at 6 weeks.

Hope that helps.

Sending best wishes~

Unread 11-02-2007, 02:57 PM
How much help needed after LSH

I just had an ablation, D&C, and Tubal two Mondays ago. I can't offer you advice about the LSH. I can however offer you this: what I did was make double the amount of dinners and freeze half of it. My DH was able to come home from work, pop it in the microwave and we had a meal. It was easy for him to fix and clean up after. As far as Christmas, you could start shopping now and wrapping gifts too. You could even decorate the tree on Thanskgiving if you wanted. I think it's all about what you're willing to do early. I wish you luck!

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Unread 11-02-2007, 02:59 PM
How much help needed after LSH

I should have mentioned. My kids are 10 & 14 and they did quite well for themselves. At that age, they are more than able and willing to help out.
Unread 11-02-2007, 10:21 PM
How much help needed after LSH

I had my LSH 4 weeks ago today. I feel great. I went back to work at 2 weeks. When I went to my post op 2 week appointment, my Dr. said I could do anything I felt comfortable doing. I still am not lifting anything heavier than 10 pounds and not moping or vacuuming. I will probably keep those restrictions on myself for 1 more month, just to make sure everything is all healed up inside.
The best advice I can offer is to just listen to your body.
Unread 11-03-2007, 07:01 AM
How much help needed after LSH

Thanks everyone for the helpful suggestions and sharing of your own experiences.
I have done some Christmas shopping already and figure that I will do at least some of the rest online. I will definitely make some meals for the freezer.

I worry because I am always the person at home that takes care of everything and I think the DH and the kids are so used to me being OK that as long as I am not actively whining, it is assumed that I am fine. I will have to make sure that I 'ask' for help in the 1st few days, weeks. :-)

Thank you so much, you all have really helped calm me down.

Unread 11-03-2007, 07:43 AM
How much help needed after LSH

i didnt need any help but i spent 48 hrs in the hospital instead of 24 or less. i think that made a huge difference. i drove the day i came home and life basically was back to normal for me from the day of discharge. i waited to lift and go to the gym but was cleared by my dr at 2 weeks. you might want to make some meals ahead of time or go to costco and buy meals that can just be heated up. i would think after lung surgery (which i imagine would be extremely painful), the lsh wont be too bad for you. good luck

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