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Unread 03-10-2008, 07:03 PM
Your first 'outing' after surgery

I think I was doing short errands to the post office and grocery store within a day or two post-op (letting my sweetie drive and do the lifting, of course), as well as walks around our park.

Unfortunately, at almost week 4 post-op, much more than that is still quite tiresome. I have out of town family visiting this week, and have been trying to keep up playing tour guide - and it's really wearing me out.
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Unread 03-10-2008, 07:07 PM
Your first 'outing' after surgery

First Outing

We won't count the emergency trip to the (I had an 18 day marriage to Mr. Foley Catheter and after 14 days, we started having problems - bag filled with blood - - turned out to be a UTI)

We also will not count my appointment on day 18 for my divorce from Mr. Foley Catheter and my 2 week check with my surgeon.

So, the real outing was on day 19. My favorite scrapbooking store was going out of business (nation-wide) and I HAD to go and participate in the sale because it was in it's last 3 days. Heck, I was cleared to :steer: so I jumped in the - - after the warden (my mother) left to go to a class. I logged about 150 miles on the that day. I hit both of the stores "in my area" and came home.

I think I got home about 1/2 hour before my mother. That was close and I was totally wiped out, but I was so happy The next day I stayed in the house - I knew that I was very lucky that I didn't have any adverse affects from my previous days adventure.
Unread 03-10-2008, 10:14 PM
Your first 'outing' after surgery

I ventured out for the first time for my 2 week checkup. I went to the doctor and I was exhausted by the time I got home. After that I didn't go out for 2 more weeks. The first time I drove by myself, I turned around and went back home.

Everyone is different, but I didn't go out alone without DH until 10 weeks or so.

Feel better soon!!
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Unread 03-16-2008, 06:00 AM
4 weeks post-op/Irish music & dinner

Just went out on Friday night--my husband (I don't know what a DH is so maybe he's mine) drove the 30 min. to the "pub" to meet our friends (the wife is also my doctor- the BEST).

They were late as they were playing at Gaelic Park, however, I couldn't take much more sitting. My abdomen was well supported with my foundation, however, my right groin was going from a lot of pain to numb. We made our apologies and went home.

Now I know how swelly belly works! Mine was big and swollen and it took a couple of days to recover. I will go back to little walks.

And since I'm running out of pain pills, will probably ask for more.

At least for a moment I was honorary Irish.
Unread 03-16-2008, 08:20 AM
Your first 'outing' after surgery

I've been wondering if I am overdoing it....maybe this thread has answered my question....had my surgery on Tuesday. By Thursday I was up and down the stairs once or twice a day. Outdoor walks since Wednesday (short walks) in the car last night (with my pillow) and went with my husband to Wendy's drive-through to get dinner. Don't really feel much residual effect from all of this...though I do sleep really really well at night. I wonder if it's because I had a lapro....???
Unread 03-16-2008, 02:58 PM
Your first 'outing' after surgery

I walked down the street and back day 3, further on day 4. Day 6 was my first real outing - my son drove me to the library to get more books. Of course, I was very tired, but glad to get out. The weather here in FL is perfect this time of year, so I've been doing a lot of my reading out on the pool deck. This has saved my sanity, as I am not a home-body.

I overdid it this weekend - day 11 went to an arena football game. I topped up on Ibuprofen and took it VERY easy and made it through the whole game, but it was tough. Today (day 13) was worse when I went to church without taking any analgesics. DUH! Pain shot up to level 6-ish by the time I got home and I was glad I had Percocets left!

This resting thing is hard work

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Unread 03-16-2008, 06:22 PM
Your first 'outing' after surgery

I'm in shock reading the posts in this thread! Wow, we sure do heal differently, and obviously have different surgeries. I hope I haven't been over-indulging myself and taking it toooo easy.

I had a TAH/BSO with a few extra challenges due to previous c-sections (adhesions) and my fat belly.

My Dr. didn't allow me to climb stairs until 10 days after I got out of hospital, and I was discharged on day 7!

Only did my first real outing on Friday, at 5 weeks.

I had my follow-up appt Friday and also had an appointment with my new GP. I drove part the way to meet my partner("DBF"?) and he drove the rest of the way. Did a little shopping between appts, but my fella pushed the cart most of the time. By the time I got to the 2nd appointment (gyn) I was finished off.

Doc and nurse said it was a bit early for me to be driving (and I knew that about 1/2 way to my partner). I hurried too much in the supermarket.

I have been paying for it since Friday. Things hurt that weren't hurting before. Not urgently, but I am very, very tired and sore over/on former ovary locations, and getting little stings and twinges along incision (vertical) that weren't hurting before.

So my first outing was too much, and it was 5 weeks after my surgery! I hope I'm not a wimp. My doc said I was healing well, so I guess I'm ok for how much digging around they did! And I'm an auld wan! I forget that I still have fibromyalgia, so I guess all that makes it go slower.

Happy St. Paddy's day to all tomorrow; it's a holiday for us here. It's not quite as crazy a day here on Paddy's as it is over there, but still well celebrated.
Unread 03-16-2008, 06:45 PM
Your first 'outing' after surgery

I was up and out on day 4 with a short trip to the shops with my mom. We took it pretty easy and I got some new shirts, on sale, but since mom carried them (and bought them) I got off really easy. I was driving on day 7 for short distances and it really helped my overwhelming sense of independence.

I think my favorite outing was going grocery shopping for the first time. A friend of mine was taking her motorcycle out for a spin and she met me at the store, loaded the cart, unloaded it at the check-out, loaded it all in the car, then followed me home and unloaded it. What a treasure!!!!
Unread 03-16-2008, 08:33 PM
Your first 'outing' after surgery

My first outing was to Walmart the saturday after my surgery. 4 days post op. I had my friend drop me off at the front of the store I s-l-o-w-l-y walked my way in the door and got one of those motorized carts. About 15 minutes of being in the store I was car sick from riding in the that cart. I love to go to Walmart and do my shopping but I have to say that 4 days post op was way to soon. I think I will try it agian on Tuesday. I seem to be getting around the house ok and can walk from one end of the house to the other but by the time I get to the other end and need to turn around and go back I am out of breath and in pain. Everyone that I have talked to has told me that the best thing to do is walk get the gas out and get everything moving normally, and it seems to be working. I guess I just need to take it one day at a time. I just think that the Mall would be a little much for me to handle right now.
Unread 03-16-2008, 10:46 PM
Your first 'outing' after surgery

Hi, I went for my first outing today. I have been really taking it easy. Don't get me wrong I have been around the house and the yard and such. However, I have not done anything ohter than that. Today we went and searched for curtains.......shew what an adventure that was....Lowes and Walmart. I fear I may have overdone it some. I am really feeling it a bit, but I had to jump back in the game at some point. I did take it slowly. Is it normal to feel completely exhausted and to feel it quite a bit in the abdomen, as well as some burning sensations especially in the lower left part? Thanks,

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