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Unread 07-18-2001, 06:32 AM

HI Everyone, I am 8 days post-op and I am feeling fine. I had a TVH on the 10th. I am getting cabin fever so badly. I have been getting out a little, but after a scare at the grocery I've been being more careful...also reading some of your comments on recovery. I do not want to have anything go wrong now. I am a teacher and school is just around the corner and I'd love to start the school year in the right way.
My husband has offered to take me to a movie this weekend. Do you think that this would be too much to handle? I've been trying, but it is so difficult to lay around all day. I think that having little to no pain is sometimes a bad thing....I feel fine, so I think that I can do it all and then the rug is pulled out from under me and I have got to find a place to lay down. I have the swelly this from sitting and walking to much or not enough? I thought that my stomach was swollen from gas, but now I am think that maybe it is because I am doing too much??? I'd love to be able to fit into my clothes!
Any suggestions would be helpful
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Unread 07-18-2001, 06:43 AM

Hey Marralee,
I know where you are. I'll be 8 weeks post-op this Friday and I'm just getting back to normal. I don't know if I could've sat through a whole movie. I got too uncomfortable just sitting and walking around didn't help much either. Laying down relieved the pull on my back, but I didn't want to do that all day either. You might feel like it, but I don't know how much of the movie you'd see. Maybe there something that's not quite as expensive and not as long as a movie you could do. What about just getting out for a ride or a visit with some friends at their house so you can get out? I just didn't feel like being too far from my couch/bed that early.

Also, the swelly belly is probably from overdoing. I've also read on the site that just sitting up utilizes muscles and we have to exert.

I know you'd love to be able to get out and run!!!! Just take it easy and you'll be good as new before you know it. I'm glad I didn't do too much. I did take it easy completely the first two weeks, no driving or any cleaning. But I did pick up my 20 or more pound grandson on a regular basis. He always needed me to love on him!!! (RIGHT)

Just don't push yourself too soon. You'll need to find something to occupy your time. Maybe there's something for school you can do.

Take care and rest,
Unread 07-18-2001, 06:52 AM

Marralee, I think going to the movies this early in your recovery would be a mistake. You'd be sitting in one position for quite a long time and you'd have no place to put your feet up.

Maybe you and dh could have a nice quite dinner someplace and come home with a couple of rented movies instead. You could relax more, put your feet up and just enjoy the movie and each other.
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Unread 07-18-2001, 11:33 AM

Hi, Marralee,

First of all - the swelly belly and fitting into your clothes. Well, I was about 8 weeks post-op before I could fit into my jeans and casual slacks. Til then it was drawstring pants - which I hate! So - don't mean to depress you, but that was my situation.

As for the movie - my dr cleared me to ride and hour and a half to our timeshare at the beach on my 7th day post-op. I didn't have any problems; I was still on my prescription pain meds, so I took one before we left, and as soon as we arrived, I rested. We're all different, though, so it's hard to say how you would feel trying to sit through a movie. My dr pretty much told me to do what I felt like (except no sex, tub baths or lifting).
Anyway - good luck with your recovery. The time will go quicker than you think!
Unread 07-18-2001, 01:08 PM

Hi Marralee,

I went to see "Totally Blond" with my 16 year old daughter this weekend...I was just past the 3 week mark. I did OK with the sitting down part...the seats were comfy and I moved my legs around a bit. The part I didn't count on was that the movie was showing on the giant cineplex screen, meaning I had to walk up 2 flights of steep stairs. I made it up OK (slowly), but was a bit worried throughout the movie that if I had to go to the bathroom I'd have to make that trek again. Luckily I didn't, but I probably wouldn't have gone if I'd known about the stairs. It was a cute movie though, and a great distraction. I was glad I went.

Unread 07-19-2001, 04:39 PM

I'm going>>> I'm so tired of sitting around being fragile. I don't see how sitting in a movie theater could be that bad. After all, I can get up and leave if I don't feel well. Thanks guys for the comments. I can't wait until all is better and life is back to normal!

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