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Early recovery tips, please! Early recovery tips, please!

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Unread 01-24-2008, 02:35 PM
Early recovery tips, please!

Hi All,

I had a TAH last Tuesday came out of hospital sat, and back in yesterday and then home tonight, I had the total hysterectomy due to a tumor on my Left ovary that might be cancerous, so just to be on the safe side and to only have one op, my Doctor thought it was for the best he took all away in one hit, I am so very very sore, swollen and full of the strongest pain killers I think I have ever had in my life. I feel so spaced out, its weird. I just wanted to say hi to you all on here and ask if any one of you have any good tips for my early days after my op then please feel free to inform me.... Debbie
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Unread 01-24-2008, 02:54 PM
Early recovery tips, please!



Welcome to HysterSisters!

There are many good tips here on the site! You can find a lot of information here: Post-Op Page. If you have specific questions, you can either do a search for the topic or start a new thread.

The best advice I can give you is to follow your doctor's instructions, walk as you are able, drink plenty of fluids, and get plenty of rest! You only have one chance to heal right the first time to take advantage of it while you can! s
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Unread 01-24-2008, 03:09 PM
Early recovery tips, please!

One tip. Stay in your pj's the first couple of weeks. Once you start getting dressed your family may think that you are 'all better'. This is a time to pamper yourself and take it easy. I had a hard time with this. I was always use to taking care of everyone else. This group has been such a blessing to me. Anytime I thought I must be dying I got on my laptop and read how everyone else seemed to be going through the same things. They had the same aches and pains as I. Healing really is a long process and some have an easier time than others.
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Unread 01-24-2008, 03:28 PM
Early recovery tips, please!

I have healed very well and I think it is because I took my time. I was told to expect it to take 8 wks to recover. So I took it completely. My family insisted I wait until 6 wks to even drive. I am now at a full 9 wks and am still being assisted with the laundry, and a few of the so called heavier jobs. I still have a spot that is sensitive and some numbness, but I am so glad at this point that I had the surgery. So keep on the pj's for weeks, take naps, put on the best moisturizers you have. And then when you come back out you will look like you have been at a spa.
I scheduled hair and color appointments for the end of my 8 wks. and went to the make up counter for a redo, so when I saw my coffee group after the 8 wks break they thought I looked very refreshed.
I found doing a little math helps. Like I've been married 22 yrs x 52=1196 wks so 8 wks taken out of that for myself seems fair. Do the math. TAH/BSO no HRT
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Unread 01-24-2008, 05:22 PM
Early recovery tips, please!

I agree - stay in your jammies!! I also spent time with my laptop on the couch reading through this site - much more entertaining than TV re-reuns!

Don't rush going back to doing things - I didn't drive until my right side stopped hurting (4 weeks).

Rent old classic movies - passes time in a very relaxing way.

Enjoy being a princess for a change!!

Here's to a speedy and healthy recovery!

Tracy
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Unread 01-24-2008, 07:21 PM
Early recovery tips, please!

I found that the thing to avoid was bending over - to load the dishwasher, empty the dryer, anything. If you think you're ready to do something try it just a little and see how you feel the next day.

I really enjoyed my time at home (my kids are grown) after the first week or so.

I was able to go out to church and out to lunch by about 4 weeks. I enjoyed catching up with some friends I hadn't spent time with in a while. Also, I invited friends to come over and have lunch with me. They can pick something up so you don't have to make something. I called folks on the phone a lot. Since I've been working for the past 12 years it was nice to spend more time on my relationships.
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Unread 01-24-2008, 07:26 PM
Early recovery tips, please!

Don't do anything that your DH can do for you...Mine had never taken care of himself and I was worried that he wouldn't be able to take care of me, but he did and it all worked out well.

Be sure to stay in your jammies, have someone around the first couple of times you take a shower and put all of your belongings (meds, remote, cell phone, house phone, etc) in a basket with a handle that you can keep by the side of the bed.

My DH is an electrical contractor so he hooked up my bedside lamp and the ceiling fan on a remote for me. That was a blessing in disguise. I could turn on the fan everytime I got a hot flash and I never had to get out of my bed or my bedroom chair.

The hardest thing that I had to do was to learn how not to feel guilty for having others do things for me. My DH is still taking care of me and I plan on letting him!!!
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Unread 01-24-2008, 11:15 PM
Early recovery tips, please!

I really miss my recovery days I am usually so active it was nice to slow DOWN!!. It was like an act of God to keep me from doing anything for anyone!! But when I found out I was having surgery and I knew the best healing depended on me taking it easy I did just that, know what? I sure miss it now!! Even when I felt good enough to do something I didnt unless it was easy as pie. NO LIFTING no straining, keep your torso straight to heal properly..

I read on here about many problems ladies had and seemed to all stem from doing too much too soon.. so relax, take it easy, do your walking but for pete sake you have ONE CHANCE to heal, make sure your family knows this too. ONE CHANCE!! TAKE IT GOOD LUCK HAPPY HEALING
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Unread 01-24-2008, 11:29 PM
Early recovery tips, please!

I just had my surgery on Monday Jan 21 and the best advice I can give is to follow your Dr's orders. If your like me you are probably accustomed to doing it all yourself but this is time to let yourself be Pampered.
I hope you will recover quickly but don't overdo.
I'll be praying for you!
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Unread 01-24-2008, 11:33 PM
Early recovery tips, please!

Happy Healing Havaheart66! Yes Pamper!!!
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