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LIght housework? LIght housework?

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Unread 12-09-2007, 08:43 PM
LIght housework?

Hmmm..... interesting. My never told me it was OK to so I am going under the assumption that I'm still under that particular restriction.

You are still very, very early in your recovery. Of course, there's nothing stopping you from going and getting the vacuum cleaner out of the closet -- but I hope you won't. Consider this comparison:

Your recovery is sort of like a newly-poured cement patio. Oh, after a few hours, the patio looks all fact, it's even dry to the touch. But if you walk on it too soon, you'll mess it all up. And you can't patch it -- no way. You have to wait for it to dry, then tear it all up, haul the old cement away, and start all over again.

Similarly, your body needs true "rest" to heal. Yes, you are supposed to be doing walking. At least 10-15 minutes per hour when you're awake, in fact. But anything more strenuous than that, and you risk internal injury. Your internal stitches are still healing, and the stress put on them by lifting, bending, reaching, and twisting could do serious damage and even send you back to the hospital with complications, which would certainly not be a good thing.

My doctors told me that the worst thing I could do after surgery was housework -- and they made sure to tell me this in the presence of my dh, who would not allow me to so much as lift a gallon of milk for six weeks, bless him. The docs particularly warned me about carrying things around, laundry (too much bending, reaching and twisting) and vacuuming (you're not just pushing the vacuum, you're pulling it, too).

Also remember -- once the restrictions are lifted, it's not like you can magically lug around 50 pounds. You have to *ease* back into your routine, not *dive* back in.

I wish you continued good healing, and I hope you can be patient with yourself. The (((sisters))) have given some very sound advice. I know it's hard to let it all pile up, but trust me -- the housework will wait.
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