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Doing too much and Sleeping on your side? Doing too much and Sleeping on your side?

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Unread 04-06-2008, 04:32 PM
Question - Doing too much and Sleeping on your side? Doing too much and Sleeping on your side?

I WAS TO HAVE A TAH~BSO, but I ended up with one ovary and my uterus. I am in alot of pain still. 6 days post~op.
First question is how much is too much to be walking around? I have a walker, as they cut me abdominally. It hurts to get in and out of bed and it hurts even worse to cough. I feel like my staples are going to pop.
Question number two would be, can I sleep n my side. Or *try to* It is so uncomfortable sleeping on my back.
Oh yeah... One last thing...
Tomorrow I have to go get my staples out and I have no one to take me. A taxi would cost a small fortune because I live in the mountains. Am I pushing it by making the drive? I feel like I can do it.
I know, too many questions.
Any help would greatly appreciated!!!

Much Love to you all!

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Unread 04-06-2008, 07:40 PM
Doing too much and Sleeping on your side?

(((Ireland))) I am not a back sleeper, I like to sleep on my stomach, but due to the surgery I wasn't able too. I found that I could sleep on my side, I would put a pillow up against my side and rest my body on it. I found it to be quite comfortable actually. As far as the driving goes what did your dr say about it? My dr didn't want me driving for two weeks. Do you have a friend you could ask? Would you have someone available to take you if you postponed it another day? I wish you the best.
Lots of 's,
Unread 04-06-2008, 08:21 PM
Doing too much and Sleeping on your side?

Thank you Carolinez! I can't wait to try the pillow thing tonight. The few friends I do have work during the day. I'll try my neighbor. Otherwise, I guess I am on my own. Thank goodness I have a smooth ride and it is automatic. Thank you soooooooooooooooo much for the advice.
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Unread 04-07-2008, 08:45 AM
Doing too much and Sleeping on your side?

Have you tried driving yet at all? I drove 10 days after- took my boys to school and back but it was rough and speed bumps and railroad tracks HURT. But they're school is about a mile away- and that was all I drove for weeks. I slept on my back but I put a lot of pillows under my knees or feet for a couple of weeks, and then I started sleeping on my side with pillows supporting my belly and in between my legs. You need to get up and walk around a little so you won't be stiff and sore and get some flexibility back, the first couple of weeks I'd get out of bed to visit, to sit on the couch and watch a movie or something. I didn't want to walk around at first but the more I got out of bed and walked around the more able I was to do it- it got better every day.
Unread 04-09-2008, 09:46 PM
Doing too much and Sleeping on your side?


When you're trying to get in and out of bed or coughing, get a small pillow to press up against your incision. It will help support everything and reduce the amount of stress on your staples.

After my ovaries were removed in December (through an 8" incision), I was able to sleep on my side from my first night home (four days after surgery.) I had to sleep on my side because I have sleep apnea when I sleep on my back, so had no choice. It wasn't too bad, and like Carol, I used a body pillow to press up against my tummy and to rest my leg on while I slept.



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