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Unread 05-04-2008, 06:19 AM
DO NOT lift anything!

When the doctor told me this, it got me very concern. How much is too much? I'm going on my 2 weeks and it's driving me crazy. I had to go shopping yesterday and of course I took my daughter with me since I'm not suppose to lift anything, but it sure wore me out. It's good to go walking and get some exercise but I still don't have the energy. I walk around my yard and pick up trash with a stick or the grabber. Then I was wondering, should I do this or not? How will I know if I'm going over the limit? I also want to lose weigh, I'm depress.
Thanks,
Lauria
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Unread 05-04-2008, 07:20 AM
DO NOT lift anything!

Hi - you are still early into your recovery - its best if you do not lift anything for the first 6 weeks and even after that nothing too heavy. On Friday I lifted the groceries in (they are delivered to the front porch) and I felt a bit of pain after and I am 3 plus months post op.

Just be gentle with yourself - you don't want to pull anything inside that is trying to heal. As for weight loss - I have been struggling a bit - gained only about 5 pounds from lying around and it is hard to get off - because even though I walked alot pre-op I get really tired now and if I walk too fast I get a pain in my lower back. Just take your time - soon you will feel
better and then you can get back to your fitness routine.

Have a nice Sunday, Veronica

TAH - vertical incision
(kept ovaries)
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Unread 05-04-2008, 07:27 AM
DO NOT lift anything!

I've noticed when I walked alot, I can feel pain in my pelvis area. I guess I'm doing too much. I just can't figure out how soon is too soon. Thank you for helping me understand..
Is it too soon to cook anything as long as I don't lift anything? I have my family lift the pans for me.
Thanks,
Lauria
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Unread 05-04-2008, 07:46 AM
DO NOT lift anything!

Awww, your trying to do too much too soon our new friend. I am 4 weeks post op and am just now cooking a couple nights a week. There are so many good frozen dinner options out there, and bagged lettuce for salads. Try to plan out your menu's so that your only on your feet for a few minutes at at time.

It sounds like you have help at home, use it while your recovering. Instead of you picking up the trash, have your daughter do it while you sit and enjoy the sunlight. Did you know that sitting in the sunlight for just 15 minutes gives you the same amount of Vit D as drinking a cup of whole milk? Something we need after hyst for our bones.

The hardest thing for me was watching my son do the house work, the ol' men just don't clean like we do thing. But, I learned that the dust will wait, the dust bunnies will turn to herds, and my friends come to see me, not my home.

Remember, I was told, "how you heal now, will affect how you feel the rest of your life." Yea, the dust bunnies can wait!

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Unread 05-04-2008, 07:57 AM
DO NOT lift anything!

I come from a bit of a different school. I did start cooking all of our meals around 6 days Post-Op. I started driving and grocery shopping at week 2. I started cleaning and everything else, including washing our dogs at week 3. My Type A personality can't sit still.

I DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS TO ANYONE. I then devevloped terrible pelvic pain and chronic discahrge which turned out to be infections in my kidneys, urethas and a UTI, now along with some strange lumps popping up on my left breast, chest and side. So, do as the sisters say....take it easy.

Nothing wrong with peanut butter and jelly for dinner. No one will starve and your body will thank you for years to come. Good luck on your recovery.
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Unread 05-04-2008, 08:05 AM
DO NOT lift anything!

I know it is so boring and difficult to just take it easy...it seems a shame to have all this time off and not able to do anything but we had major surgery and need to let it heal.
I also wanted to lose a few pounds but like my doctor said, our body needs the nourishment now more than ever so don't stress too much about that.
One thing I noticed is that once I started wearing things other than my pjs my husband assumes I am well so I remind him he needs to do stuff.
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Unread 05-04-2008, 08:06 AM
DO NOT lift anything!

Thank you for your advice. I think I'll try to take an easy today. I let my daughter bring me the clothes to fold so I don't have to move..
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Unread 05-04-2008, 08:23 AM
DO NOT lift anything!

Hi Lauria
Welcome! The ladies have given you some very good input. I was just wondering if you've had a chance to read the Checkpoints? I think they would be a good help to you in knowing what's ok to be doing or not doing.

Listen to your body and don't push yourself if you become tired or start to hurt. It's actually good for you to be walking some and doing little things that don't involve pushing, pulling, bending, stretching and lifting. Your body needs a little time to heal up and you'll be thankful not to have the added scar tissue that often develops if you do too much.

I hope you continue to do well. Being cautious is much better than not giving thought to what you're doing. I think you'll reap the benefits in the end. Keep us posted on your progress and let us know if we can help.
's, Rita
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Unread 05-04-2008, 12:27 PM
DO NOT lift anything!

I am so spoiled I do nothing and demand everything from my DH and my DS!! Well, almost everything~~~I quote to my DH things you gals say from here about having this problem or that thing go wrong and it scares him, as it should!

My DS cleans house better than me and faster~~it has been fun watching my DH stress over what to cook for dinner, what to buy at the grocery and keeping up with the ldy I love it!! My DH retired 3/31 of this year, it has worked out great him taking care of me. I feel I deserve it. I am the Queen of this house and should be treated like one LOL!!

We need to take care of ourselves and demand that the family help out~~there are things that can go wrong for us that maybe can not be done over or fixed I am taking no chances on that!!

LOL m4849~~I noticed the same thing when I started putting sweats on instead of PJ's my DH thought I was healed! Silly man!!

Lunchlady sitting here in her PJ's and it is almost noon!
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Unread 05-04-2008, 12:40 PM
DO NOT lift anything!

thank you for pointing that out for me. I didn't realize that I am over doing things. It's hard when you can't seem to get anyone to do anything around the house. I guess I'll just have to let them figure out on their own.
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