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How much should I expect to be doing by now? How much should I expect to be doing by now?

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Unread 01-24-2008, 08:47 AM
How much should I expect to be doing by now?

Jan 14 was surgery date. I had vaginal hysterectomy, bladder lift, and vaginal wall repair. Due to fever, back to dr's office for test and sent home 3 days after surgery with a catheter. bed rest for last 7 days and hopefully remove the catheter today. I had hoped to be walking more and doing a few things by now. Am I just out of my mind to have thought that? Things will be great I know, but WHEN?
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Unread 01-24-2008, 09:15 AM
How much should I expect to be doing by now?

I don't think that you are out of your mind, but then again, I have similar issue. My surgery was on January 11th and I came home with a catheter. I have to keep mine until January 29th.

I try to walk around the house and my basement, but I really don't want to go out with the leg bag etc. I think that once I shed the bag, I will be willing to do more.

I don't know how you feel, but I feel tethered to the house. Not because the said so, but I just can't wrap my mind around leaving with the cath.

I'll be praying for you that you get to remove the catheter today and then feel like doing more. Blessings on you ....
Unread 01-24-2008, 04:48 PM
How much should I expect to be doing by now?

Catheter removed. Yeah. still restricted on doing things. Just walking a little. I was very anemic and I guess with the fever and infection just being extra cautious. thanks for your prayers and you shall be in mine.
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Unread 01-24-2008, 05:06 PM

I had my LSH on the same day as you. My surgery was not as involved as your and I can tell you i'm still hurting and i'm upset with myself for hurting still. It takes time. God bless and good luck denise.
Unread 01-24-2008, 05:18 PM
How much should I expect to be doing by now?

We can be our own worst enemies when it comes to taking care of ourselves!!

My biggest piece of advice is be a patient patient!! Although our surgeries may have been "done" differently I think the healing is a complicated one. I didn't drive for over 4 weeks, didn't vacuum until 6, and returned to work 1/2 time after 8 weeks, and full time after 9 - with no regrets. Stupid me moved some snow last week and paid for it for 3 days - don't do that!!

Take it easy and see this recovery time as a gift!!

Unread 01-24-2008, 06:38 PM
so when can I reasonably expect to vaccum, pick up etc.

My DDs and DS and husband are getting weary of the bump on the bed...and while everyone has food and clean underwear, that is about it here...sigh. I am anemic with a 7, and I feel like I am not going to get more energy any time soon....
did any one hear from their dr. about when you can try to vaccum, sweep, all those lateral movements to remove things on the floor that only I can see....? I can't imagine waiting 6 weeks but will if that is what it takes. I do not want to go back for more surgery...
thanks for advice
TAH except for a lonely ovary
Unread 01-26-2008, 08:09 AM
How much should I expect to be doing by now?

Hi Libby Lou
Considering the extra work you had done, the anemia and the complication with the catheter I think you need to plan for it to take you a while to get going. You are very early post op and it's bound to take you some time to get your strength back and besides, right now all your energy is going to those body parts that are needing to heal. Listen to your body and don't push past the limits it sets for you.

I was also anemic and had the repairs. I didn't leave the house for two weeks. I honestly didn't feel like it and knew I wasn't alert enough and much too sore to be driving. Getting up and walking around the house was all I could do and staying on the couch for too long could be overdoing it for me.

If you haven't read through the Checkpoints you might want to do that. They show you what to expect from an average recovery as you progress week to week. There are also a lot of good tips and information that could be helpful for you. I'm glad the catheter is out. I hope everything goes smoothly now and you'll find yourself feeling better soon.
's, Rita
Unread 01-26-2008, 10:10 AM
How much should I expect to be doing by now?

Hey there Libby Lou,
You poor baby! I send all my healing prayers to you. I feel guilty as I am doing so well that other than occasional gas pain, I have had no complications and am eager to resume my normal activities. Try to take it one day at a time.
Unread 01-26-2008, 10:26 AM
How much should I expect to be doing by now?

LibbyLou - congrats on getting the catheter removed. I'm getting closer. Yesterday turned into a nightmare for me. I posted details under the Recovery Report for January 7 - January 14th.

Things are better now, and I only have until Tuesday to deal with my friend foley cath.

I'm glad you can start your walking etc. Don't overdo it!!!

Blessings on you ....
Unread 01-26-2008, 11:49 AM
How much should I expect to be doing by now?

Renee -

Why are they leaving the catheter that long? Sorry if I have missed any posts explaining...

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