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Unread 01-18-2008, 11:02 PM
LAVH -- How much can I REALLY lift? (kids mentioned)

I am 2 weeks post-op from a LAVH/RSO. My doc originally said no lifting for 2 weeks, then said 4 weeks, then went back to 2 weeks. I have 1.5 and 2.5 year-old kids, both big for their age. My daughter weighs about 35 lbs, and my son about 25. Lifting them at 2 weeks sounds contradictory to other things I have been hearing/reading. Anyone else have a 2-week "go ahead"?

And if so, how do I convince my hubby *he* should still vaccum?
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Unread 01-18-2008, 11:40 PM
LAVH -- How much can I REALLY lift? (kids mentioned)

Hi, Angie. A great place for this kind of info is the Hysterectomy Checkpoints tab above. For weeks 1-2 here's the link

https://www.hystersisters.com/vb2/view_postop.htm

Below is an appropriate section:

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What is Allowed? Not Allowed?


Allowed

Picking up pillows and repositioning them-allowed
Turning on dishwasher AFTER SOMEONE ELSE HAS LOADED IT-allowed
Folding laundry-allowed
Taking short, easy walks and gentle stretching-allowed
Asking others for help-allowed and encouraged
Not Allowed

Vacuuming-NOT ALLOWED
Sweeping or Mopping-NOT ALLOWED
Carrying laundry across house to washer-NOT ALLOWED
Lifting, Bending, Reaching, Driving-NOT ALLOWED
Lying around the house all day doing nothing-NOT ALLOWED (see above)
Bending to access oven or empty litterboxes-NOT ALLOWED
Going to Wal-Mart for some bargain shopping-NOT RECOMMENDED
Pushing a shopping cart-NOT ALLOWED
Sitting for prolonged periods of time i.e. at computer-NOT ALLOWED
Opening windows, particularly the hard-to-open ones-NOT ALLOWED
Making other people's problems your own-NOT ALLOWED
Picking Tomatoes, Weeding, and other such nonsense-NOT ALLOWED
Take it easy & do not over do it!

Enjoy being a princess!
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Unread 01-19-2008, 09:08 PM
LAVH -- How much can I REALLY lift? (kids mentioned)

I would call the doctor again -- that's the first thing. And just because the says you "can" lift something doesn't mean you "should"... You still have to be very careful.

For example, my doctor said no lifting more than 20 pounds for six weeks. When I went in for my 6-week checkup, he said, "Now, this doesn't mean that you can go home tonight and lift 25 pounds and carry it around. No way." What he meant was that you need to ease back into your activities -- not dive back in.

Also, if you lift 25 pounds (you should practice first before you lift a child) and you feel pain or you "feel" it afterwards, that means it's too soon. Remind yourself that you won't get hurt if you're more conservative than the restrictions, but that you CAN hurt yourself if you try to push them. And if you hurt yourself, it will be much, much longer before you can lift the children.

So if you try to lift, but you can tell it's too soon, don't do it. Don't tell yourself, "I should be able to do this" -- just don't do it. Let someone else lift the kids.

As for vacuuming.... my doctors told me that vacuuming and laundry were the two worst chores I could attempt. Remember, with the vacuum, you're pushing AND pulling around the weight of the appliance, which is very tough on abdominals. I'd wait several more weeks before attempting that one. If you dh doesn't want to vacuum, fine -- make friends with the dust bunnies. Name them if you have to. The housework will wait, I promise.
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Unread 01-19-2008, 09:19 PM
LAVH -- How much can I REALLY lift? (kids mentioned)

At my checkup, my doc said no heavy lifting for 3 months. You have little ones so you should call your doc. asap. Take care. I too say No vacuuming!
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