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Unread 01-13-2008, 06:57 AM
pushing carts?

i was wondering how many of you tried or did push a cart,i am 3 weeks and 2 days post op ,feel good i had a tah/bso on dec21st (large tumour on my right overy that twisted)incision was vertical.. dr. said i could drive as soon as i was off pain meds so i did that the first week home just around my town,,havent tried the cart thing ,,alot of posts here say no way ,,but i would like to know how many of you have done this at 3 weeks out?
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Unread 01-13-2008, 07:20 AM
pushing carts?

At 3 weeks I went out to the grocery store but had my DH push the cart. I could push it empty but not after it was loaded. My suggestion is to go slow & easy, don't risk overdoing - you have only one chance to heal properly. Have someone go with you and let him/her do the pushing & heavy lifting.

Unread 01-13-2008, 07:23 AM
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Fan -

I did at just over 2 weeks on accident (wasn't thinking) when DH walked away from it and the cart 'stopped' me since it took effort and I realized what I was doing.

You should be doing nothing with wheels (vacumm, carts, strollers, etc) until your Dr oks it. You don't want over a gallon of milk to end up with an internal tear.

One thing to keep in mind is your in the middle of a healing period where your stitches are disolving and your tissues might not be as healed/supportive as your stitches were that are no longer there. My aunt told me this is why the 3-5 week period is so prone to 'I must have overdone it's'.

Please don't push things.

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Unread 01-13-2008, 07:28 AM
pushing carts?

I pushed one at about 2-3 weeks out, but it didn't have much in it and I was basically just using it for support as we walked and shopped. I didn't have any adverse effects from it. But I wouldn't push one during that time if it contained very much or was hard to push even a little bit. In fact, I'm still being careful of it.
Unread 01-13-2008, 07:31 AM
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well i know some store have carts that are super heavy and big other are lighter,,but i know probably some of you out there have done it ,maybe not say it but have,,trying to get a couple things and hold them in your arms while trying to get to the checkout is a real trip,,then people are in front of you so you have to stand there holding the stuff,,so i go to the store everyday for the 3 or 4 things i can hold,,not doing the vac yet even though i need to i have cats but i will wait have my last appt on jan 22nd ,,they said come back in 3weeks after i got my staples out which was 1 week after surgery,,
Unread 01-13-2008, 08:47 AM
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i think you just have to use common sense here. i've had many abdominal surgeries and ive never been told not to push a shopping cart and its never been on my post op release papers. if you arent sure, call your dr's office and ask. i wouldnt suggest loading a shopping cart to the top with heavy items, basically because you'd have to bring them into the house. you should be fine to do some light shopping.
Unread 01-13-2008, 09:09 AM
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A hysterectomy ~ particularly abdominal ~ is major surgery, with the initial and vital healing taking place in approximately the first 6 weeks. Full recovery then takes anything from 3 months to a year. If you knew just how many hundreds of internal stitches you had, throughout areas that are still healing, I doubt you'd want to do anything! I was told to do nothing more strenuous than lift a mug of tea for 6 weeks.

You may wish to read our article <link> Doing Too Much, Too Soon which explains the possible dangers of doing just that!

Six weeks of rest is a very small price to pay for a, hopefully, smooth recovery. You've the rest of your life to push shopping carts around!

Please take good care.

Unread 01-13-2008, 09:57 AM
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have a canister vac and a regular vac.not going to use that monster,.sat on the floor with the hose and got up the cat litter around pan, this thing is very light,,but i wasnt pulling it just sitting on the floor with hose and brush,,
Unread 01-13-2008, 10:11 AM
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Hi Spyro

Julie and Pooodle are absolutely right. We can't stress enough that the six week healing period is not a joke or a vague guideline. Even though you're feeling better the potential for internal damage is still quite high. It may or may not happen, but who wants to take the chance when you're this close to the finish line? Trust us on this one. I didn't think I was overdoing by just doing "little things" but at three weeks I landed in an ambulance with a burst incision and abscess that set me back to square one and took over three weeks to close.

Honor your body and do it the service it deserves by allowing it to rest and recooperate to its full potential. Peace to you!

Unread 01-13-2008, 10:18 AM
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well i have been taking it easy,,would love to pick up my cats but they are above the limits at 20 and 22,,sitting on the floor with the hose and wand didnt cause any pushing and pulling,,i will ask my dr. on the jan. 22nd appt...but he told me i could drive after i was off pain meds..and these are gyne/ onocology specialists out of magee womans hospital out of pittsburgh pa.,,but i will hang on to everyones words and not do carts,,i do rest on and off throughout the day,, thanks for everyones advice

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