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TVH - Disney World 4 weeks later...no cancellation insurance! TVH - Disney World 4 weeks later...no cancellation insurance!

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Unread 12-03-2007, 01:35 PM
TVH - Disney World 4 weeks later...no cancellation insurance!

Hi everyone, I just found this board today and now I am more terrified than ever! I avoided the internet because I was scared of getting false information but I couldn't resist...anywhooo...I am having my TVH on Dec. 14th and have a family trip to Disney World (12 people) planned for Jan. 15th. I didn't realize the recovery was so long! My family is concerned that after 4 weeks I won't be able to walk those long days, but I refuse to miss it! Should I just plan on a wheelchair? Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
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Unread 12-03-2007, 01:57 PM
TVH - Disney World 4 weeks later...no cancellation insurance!

Definitely plan on a wheelchair, and plan also on no exciting rides. The nice thing about a wheelchair at Disney is you get preferential treatment in line, so it's not a bad thing at all if you have to have one! Get a doctors note just in case, and get there early to reserve one.

Make sure you get enough rest and nutrition, and listen to your body. With all those people there's plenty of help, so at least you will only have to worry about yourself overdoing it.
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Unread 12-03-2007, 02:11 PM
TVH - Disney World 4 weeks later...no cancellation insurance!

everyone recovers at such different paces...i'd count on not walking the parks 4 weeks after a tvh. were you offered a less invasive type of hysterectomy? a tlh or lsh? i'd say 4 weeks might be okay with one of those but not sure about the tvh. good luck and do whatever it takes to have a good time. be careful on some of those rides.
wishing you a speedy recovery
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Unread 12-03-2007, 02:39 PM
TVH - Disney World 4 weeks later...no cancellation insurance!

I am coming up on 3 weeks from LAVH, BSO, A/P repairs. I returned to work today and am doing fine. At this point, I think I could do a park, but I'd just wait and see the doc right before you go to see what he/she says. Mine released me for light duty and driving after only 6 days. I would plan on a wheelchair for backup...like the previous poster said, it could get you some great perks in the lines. Some people are still having trouble at that point, but I'm feeling great. I just told someone that if I didn't see the stitches, at this time I would feel like I hadn't had anything done at all! Keep the trip planned, have a wheelchair ready to use and HAVE FUN!! Don't know if I'd be ready to ride, but I can't stand the rides anyway. Good luck!
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Unread 12-03-2007, 02:44 PM
TVH - Disney World 4 weeks later...no cancellation insurance!

Thanks so much for all of your information. This is actually my third trip in a little over a year so the rides aren't that big of a deal. It is just the first time my entire family has gone together in 7 years. I just assumed I was getting a TVH because i wasn't told otherwise...I know that it won't be abdominally but I am not sure of the other options. I think when you hear you need a hysterectomy all of your questions don't come to mind immediatly to ask the doctor.
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Unread 12-03-2007, 04:25 PM
WDW after 4 weeks

For the sister who is heading to DisneyWorld after your surgery. I second the motion of the sisters who advised you to use a wheelchair (or ECV). You may decide you can walk, but the distances will be much farther than you remember. If you can get a temporary handicapped parking sticker to us (A Doctor's note will allow you to get one from motor vehicles)...that will allow you access to closer parking, and in the handicapped areas there are free wheelchairs that will get you through the gate to where you can rent a wheelchair for the day.

You should go to the Guest relations area with your Dr's note and have them give you a special access access card.

Also, be aware, that despite many people's assumptions, a wheelchair DOES NOT guarantee front of the line access. It depends on many things, such as the type of attraction and how busy they are; If you are traveling with 12 people, they will only allow a couple of them to remain with you. The rest often will have to wait in the regular queue line. I also suggest you make use of the "family" restrooms, which are easier access than the regular ones.

Wishing you a safe and enjoyable trip and a speedy recovery!

FL Rabbit
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Unread 12-03-2007, 05:01 PM
TVH - Disney World 4 weeks later...no cancellation insurance!

Hello Perdita!

I had my TVH for a grade II prolapse and big nasty fibroids on 10/29. Felt great at week two. Doctor released me to do whatever I felt up to doing (including back to the gym), except sex. No sex until week 6.

I've had NO BLEEDING and limited pain in recovery. I'm sure it depends on your phsyical state before going in and your exact condition, but overall the TVH procedure will allow you to heal up WAY faster.

Now, I'm not usually the roller coaster rider...typically I end up being the "bag holder" at Disney, but I'm at week five and could have held up just fine if I had gone on Disney trip last week. However, as with any major surgery, there is always the chance of complications so I would prepare yourself accordingly. Better to be a bit conservative until you know how you feel. I had my family on hold for everything for the six week mark, until I was for sure I was better and had doc's blessings.

Best wishes!!
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Unread 12-03-2007, 05:09 PM
TVH - Disney World 4 weeks later...no cancellation insurance!

Oh my!! I would definitely plan on using a wheelchair at least part of the time...........you may be ok to walk around for half the days........but I can't imagine........I was pooped at Disneyworld, without just having had major surgery!! And I recently went on a few shopping trips, 5 weeks post op, and after 3 or 4 hours of walking around, was absolutely exhausted!

Listen to your body, bring lots of ibuprofen and ice packs!

Oh yeah, and have fun being with your family, whether it's on wheels or on your feet, or both!!!

Good Luck!
Christine
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Unread 12-03-2007, 06:51 PM
TVH - Disney World 4 weeks later...no cancellation insurance!

I am traveling with (2) 3-4 year old boys, (2) 10 year old girls and (2) 13 year old girls. I also have my parents, husband and brother and sister in law to help. I love rides but I prefer to see my 4 year old ride than his 13 year old sister...she just runs off with her cousins! I was at Disney World in May with my family of 4 and in October of 06 with my family and some friends. I had an IUD inserted just 4 days from my trip (trying to stop the constant bleeding) and it punctured my uterus and had to be removed the next day. I was fine walking around but I am not a "pad" girl and couldn't use tampons so that was my only issue with the trip. We also do the parks early, go back for naps and then go to Epcot every night for dinner. I will DEFINITLY use a wheelchair at Epcot, it takes about 30 minutes just to get halfway around the place. We are staying on site so we will use the monorail or bus systems while we are there which will prevent the long walks from the parking lot. I am so used to pushing a stroller through the crowd it will be hard to be out of control (my ebay screen name is ocd*mommy - I think that letting my husband help is the HARDEST part of anything!) Thanks so much for your advice and if you think of anything else please let me know. Thanks so much!
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Unread 12-03-2007, 07:33 PM
TVH - Disney World 4 weeks later...no cancellation insurance!

When I took my mom, every time we tried to get one of those little scooters, they were out. Every single day LOL. My mom started chatting with some people while waiting for us, and they suggested renting one for a week. I guess you could google it or look up in the phone book online. But they said it was much easier then having to deal with trying to get one there. Disney only has so many and well, ever see how many disabled people are in there? My poor mom had to hobble on her walker all day every day. I know she didn't have as much fun because she would say 'Go, ahead and I'll rest" Poor thing!

That's the one thing I am glad about, my mom has a handicapoped sticker that she will let me use. She'll have to be with me but she probably will be anyway. She said the doctor could get one for me but I would hate to have to go to the motor vechicle office. Hmm? I wonder if I should now.
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