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Unread 04-11-2008, 01:50 PM
having a hard time 2 weeks post op..

Hey mountaindew. How are you feeling? I hope you are slowing down a bit. I am wondering who gave you the impression that you could be anywhere near back to normal two weeks after major surgery?????

You MUST take it easy whenever you get the chance. It is hard when you've got children - I don't know how old yours are - but accept any offer of help you can. I am over six weeks post op and still can't lift anything much, can't stand for long and get very tired very quickly. We all heal at different rates but even the fasted healer needs months after a hysterectomy to get back to normal.

Slow down lady, refuse to do things your body is telling you you're are not up to, and happy healing.

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Unread 04-11-2008, 04:59 PM
having a hard time 2 weeks post op..

Mountain Dew,

Like Jenn, I also had my surgery on 3/25. I have been feeling great and guilty for not doing more around the house, cooking, getting my 5 and 7-year old girls out of the house, etc. Last week I started ramping up my activity level and still felt pretty good. Then the bomb dropped this week when I ended up having a UTI and Strep throat. Point is that even if you don't pop a stitch or start bleeding, your immune system is still focusing on healing you after your surgery. You are more susceptible to other viruses and bacterial infections because of it. I think that the Strep and UTI are a blessing (well, sort of!) because they've forced me to slow down again and take care of myself. Hopefully you can do the same without needing to go on antibiotics!

Let us know what your doctor says. Take care!
Unread 04-11-2008, 05:16 PM
having a hard time 2 weeks post op..

I was at 2 weeks post op yesterday and have been feeling great. My Dr. gave me very little info on what I could/could not do so.......I vacuumed, not the whole house but just some areas getting on my nerves where the puppy had tracked in some stuff....then I read (of course I found it after I did it)where vacuuming is a major no-no. I did not/do not feel any pain...would I know if I did something to my "insides"? Im scared to death now after reading about the healing process..... lesson learned--not doing this or much of anything else now.
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Unread 04-11-2008, 06:42 PM
having a hard time 2 weeks post op..

Don't worry. Doesn't sound like you did too much anyway. And you surely would feel it if you did. I am 4 weeks post op and today (after my 6 week post op check-up----yes, he had me come in at 4 weeks) I went to the supermarket for the first time and did some shopping. Brought the food home, cooked myself supper cause DH was working late and put everything away. Now I'm sitting here SORE realizing I did too much. It's so hard not to do stuff. You just want to get on with life. But I have to hold myself back. Just as soon as you start to feel good, you think it's over. But we are still healing inside. I had a tummy tuck at the same time so I got a double whammy! Got a hip to hip incision that has to heal---OUCH!
Unread 04-12-2008, 09:07 AM
having a hard time 2 weeks post op..

I've come to the conclusion that childbirth was a piece of cake compared to these surgeries. Then, there was a uterus, ovaries and hormones to assist in the healing. Now everything is out of wack and trying to adjust.
"wlg55" is right. If you (or family) could see how your insides look...well..
If you don't take good care of yourself now your chance of adheasions increases and you'll need repair surgery like me. When I saw the internal scars on the ultrasound I almost threw up! Take it from a girl who was in the dark. Listen to your body. It isn't lying. : )
Unread 04-12-2008, 10:40 AM
having a hard time 2 weeks post op..

Hi there I still have a hard time staying down but my family makes sure I am, it is hard I feel pretty good but then my body yells at me, I try to rest throughout the day fro sure, and by night time I am beat, it is a slow process but I agree, it is hard for us to understand when we can't see what we have INSIDE, I still have a hard time thinking I have stitches in there??????
Unread 04-12-2008, 12:16 PM
having a hard time 2 weeks post op..

How much did you overdo it? How soon did you do too much activity and what did you do? Do you think you were the cause of your adhesions?
Unread 04-13-2008, 01:20 AM
having a hard time 2 weeks post op..

Hello ladies, I have missed you gals...Well, here is the scoop. icleaned the whole house and I mean the whole house and did laundry. I also went outside and repaired my horses fence. I felt ok when I was done, but the next day was hell. I went to the doctor Friday and told him. I did all of that because I was flusterated. With all the stress, my IBS symtoms have went crazy and I was miserable and honkerblonked off because I couldn't just be normal. So I did all that stuff almost to prove...I was FINE. Well the doc checked me and I was ok as far as my incisions, but I was severly dehydrated and I had lost 5 pounds in a few days. He referred me to a gastro specialist and my thyroid specialist. I have appt. next week. As far as now, I am hurting...bad. Started taking my pain meds again. I can't eat, I can't sleep. I wish I could. I want to crawl up in bed and wake up when this is all over. To be honest, it is hard to put in all that is going on. My dh has to go to work, financially he HAS to, I had help with mil, but she left 4 days after my surgery, her father is in the hospital. I have on ds that has baseball games 3 times a week, and another 3 yr ds that has been having severe asthma attacks the last week despite all the antibiotics, chest xrays and steroids they still can't tell me why. And then is my dd who just turned one who thinks I HAVE to hold her 24/7. CAN'T A GIRL JUST GO TO BED!!!!!!
ok, sorry, i feel better now. thanks for letting me vent. Hopefully Dad will take the kids fishing tomorrow and I can get some rest. I'll update soon. Thanks for all your thoughts, I appreciate all the advice.....
Unread 04-13-2008, 08:21 AM
having a hard time 2 weeks post op..

Mountain Dew,

I am so sorry to hear about your setback. To put a positive spin on it (which is not my usual outlook! I am quite the Negative Nelly when it comes to my own life!), at least you know what can happen if you don't lie low for the next few weeks.

Having three extra bodies to take care of, let alone a one-year old who's starting to explore her world on two legs, just makes recovery so much harder. Here are the typical questions people ask a person in your situation: Is there anyone that you can have come in and chase your 1-year old around the house so you don't have to? Any teenagers or even pre-teens that could come over after school for a couple of hours? Can you pawn your kids off on playdates and really pay back the friend who takes your little munchkin? Can your DH take one more day off from work just to let you get some sleep?

I know those solutions are pretty obvious, and you have probably considered all of them, but I just wanted to throw them out there in case you haven't.

Good luck and you definitely deserve a medal after all of this!

One more thing....what in the world does "honkerblonked" mean!!!
Unread 04-13-2008, 09:17 PM
having a hard time 2 weeks post op..

Mountain Dew,

Boy do I know how you feel about not being able to do what needs to be done. I also thought that I could go back to what I was used to doing before. I lifted too much too soon I guess and now I feel like it was week 3 again. I am soo tired of this. I am almost thinking of contacting the dr and getting some pain meds. As I am told hang in there. Easy to say, huh.

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