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  #1  
Unread 11-20-2007, 10:21 AM
household activities post op advice

hi everyone i am new here... I have just now reached the beginning of week 4 after my total abdominal hysterectomy (cervix and uterus removed...ovaries stayed). I am frustrated at how i feel pretty good one day and then very tired and in pain the next.... Exactly what household activities should i be doing at this point? As i am very stubborn and hurt my stomach yesterday changing the cat box.... any advice is greatly appreciated
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Unread 11-20-2007, 10:24 AM
household activities post op advice

There is a link in the post op section that says which chores are off limits. I know it is hard to sit around, but it is much better to take it easy for a few more weeks than to get hurt. Please just try to relax.
Janelle
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Unread 11-20-2007, 03:28 PM
household activities post op advice

Jazper - I'm 7 weeks out this thursday - my advice is to do nothing! The very most I have done so far is wash up a few dishes - cups and glasses - no pots/pans and wipe down the counter tops and bathroom sink! I am lucky that I don't have to do all the other stuff - don't get me wrong the house is an absolute disgrace but DH trying his best and I'm letting him! The last 2 and a half weeks I've really come on and I swear its coz I did nothing!!!

Roxy01
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Unread 11-20-2007, 03:45 PM
household activities post op advice

I am 2 weeks out wednesday and I did a load of dishes my first day home. I also walked out and fed the goats LOL it is just a coffee can full of food so no big deal and it was nice to get the fresh air.

I have a hard time doing nothing and if I want to I do it if I am tired I don't.

Take what your body tells you is enough and stop. Don't feel guilty if you can't finish.
I can't see how sitting on couch doing nothing is good either though personally I think it will make going back to work or life that much harder.
I am on my feet for 7 1/2 hours at work so I want to keep up some stamina
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Unread 11-20-2007, 03:52 PM
household activities post op advice

it is ok to load the dish washer -- one dish at a time -- carry smaller loads to the washer -- light dusting but no stretching to get that last cobweb.

still no vaccuuming -- sweeping you may find hard -- changing sheets may be a task-- if your matress is heavy.

start by going slow and small and build up to carrying the whole load of laundry and a stack of plates.

do not feel guilty if it takes all day to do something -- you are still healing inside --even if the outside looks good.

Good luck on your recovery.
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Unread 11-20-2007, 04:10 PM
household activities post op advice

jazper, I know what you mean! I am 4 weeks out today and I have been feeling better too. I still haven't touched the vaccuum or the broom. I have began cooking dinner, but I let my boys move the water filled pots and do the dishes. I have SLOWLY done a few loads of laundry...one piece of clothing at a time into washer, same with transfering them into dryer and taking them out of dryer to put them away.
I guess my motivation for limiting myself is that the Dr told my family that there is a big possibility that the bladder sling will not keep because it was a mess in there (I am waiting for my release to work appointment to ask him details on this), so I am scared that the smallest thing will undo something. I barely started driving this last week.
Only a couple more weeks until we resume to normal, hang in there!
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Unread 11-20-2007, 04:12 PM
household activities post op advice

I'm with Roxy. Don't do anything if you can help it.

My doc said no lifting, no vacuuming, no sweeping, no exercising other than walking. I was able to pretty much stay with that for the full 6 weeks and I had no problems with my recovery at all.

I did find that if I over did it my body would rebel. So I knew when to rest. It might take the next two days to recover but as we've all been told, we only have one chance to make a good recovery.

I'd do as little as possible for as long as possible and give your body the time it needs to heal.

Good luck.
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Unread 11-20-2007, 04:41 PM
household activities post op advice

It is hard to stay put but necessary.

I find that doing two things in one day is a no-no. DS and I stopped at the grocery store for a very few items, then to the library. Now? I'm on the couch with dh fixing dinner, utterly exhausted.

I'm not going anywhere tomorrow.
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Unread 11-21-2007, 02:17 AM
thanks!

thanks all for the advice... i really appreciate it... I guess i keep overdoing things because i feel i am not doing my part in the house... my husband already works 12 hour shifts.... But i am going to take it easy until i see my doctor again the best i can lol.
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Unread 11-21-2007, 02:24 AM
household activities post op advice

onelilredrose:
wow .. its really nice to meet someone that is so close to surgery days as mine was oct. 22nd. Why is it they say not to sweep? I have been sweeping my floor as the broom is light... i havnt mopped or vacumned. ive been doing the dishes and cooking nearly everyday now... im staying away from the laundry as i am too afraid of hurting myself by carrying it.... I went into work at week 2 for 4 hours twice that week.... at week three I fealt terrible and had to miss work... I made it in today and after the 4 hours my stomach was very swollen... sure is frustrating when its been so long after surgery and there is still so much more healing left to do I really hope you heal up well and quickly
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