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Unread 07-19-2008, 06:13 PM
Post-op lifting...myself???

I know most of us received post-op instruction to lift nothing heavier than a gallon of milk. Well, I just noticed that I've been using my arms a lot to haul myself around in bed, getting up and down, etc. I know I weigh A LOT more than a gallon of milk. Any input on whether I'm causing problems using my arms too much? I think I should probably be trying to use my legs as much as possible.
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Unread 07-19-2008, 06:28 PM
Post-op lifting...myself???

I know, that is hard. With my TAH and NO pain medicine I was not even able to help myself for days! My hubby would pick me up to my feet from my chair where I spent most of my time.

Also, in and out of bed was horrible. I finally got so tired from holding on to him that he used a towel and then a sheet around me! He would put it around my back and hold the front. This was WONDERFUL, no arms needed.

Then when I was stronger, I put the sheet around the foot of my bed. I would raise and lower myself. That was what I did for several weeks.

I was VERY VERY ill with a cold for two weeks and I can't take pain meds so this all made healing slow. I also had to wake my hubby up three times a night to help me to the bathroom! He is not used to waking up at night, that was hard for him, ha. Finally I could do it myself.

Just be slow when you do it. Do don't want to pull a shoulder or something. Then it would be hard for you. For a while, you just can't do anything but use your arms, they work so hard!
Unread 07-19-2008, 06:37 PM
Post-op lifting...myself???

Try not to use your core muscles when you move. Think of using your arms and stronger leg muscles to help you swing into position when getting up and around. I had a TVH on June 30th and it's hard to not use your abs when you move. Just try to be mindful and remember to rest and take it easy. I know it's difficult to just sit/lay around....believe me, I know it! I'm still being a couch potato, but it's getting better. Time will heal. Good luck. J

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