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Unread 08-11-2008, 06:41 PM
Realistic recovery, need advice

I am going nuts trying to arrange everything before my surgery which is on 08/28. My son starts school on th 18th so I think by the time I have surgery he will be settled into a routine there. However my Daughter doesnt start school till 9/08. My Dh is taking off of work and helping with me, but he does go back to work on 9/08. Will it be realistic for me to think I can start taking my kids to school by 9/08? Also there is a parent meeting on 9/02 I would love to go with my Dh, but that does sound too soon. My DR no sex or heavy lifting for 6 weeks, everything else is up to me as far as my tolerance goes. Any suggestions?
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Unread 08-11-2008, 06:54 PM
Realistic recovery, need advice

As I have learned, everyone really heals differently. My best advice would be plan for worst case and hope for best. Than it is likely you will be pleasantly surprised!!
Unread 08-11-2008, 06:59 PM
Realistic recovery, need advice

My dr said no driving for at least two weeks. I went to my son's football game(1 hr drive away) and watched from the car before two weeks time. I didn't drive for along time though, (not cuz I couldn't just didn't have too.) The parent meeting may be OK if you feel up to it. Sitting and walking will be your guide. Think about what kind of chairs it will be, and the length of the meeting.

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Unread 08-11-2008, 08:04 PM
Realistic recovery, need advice

It is hard to predict how each person will heal.

My surgery was 7/21 (TAH) and I did go to the store at about 10 -11 days out. I was just able to drive a short distance on 8/10 - about 21 days later.

If the school is not too far, you might be able to drive them there (no lifting the back packs etc.). Just in case, is there way to line up an extra 2 weeks of help from a neighbor that attends the same school that could drive?

Are you having abdominal surgery?

Good luck and I pray it all goes well for you and your family.
Unread 08-11-2008, 08:11 PM
Realistic recovery, need advice

I had my TAH on the 21st - the DR let me start driving small distances - 10 miles max after week 1. Everyone is soo different.
Unread 08-11-2008, 08:21 PM
Realistic recovery, need advice

Hi Chipmunk33...
I'm thinking that it might be too soon to take your kids to school on 9/08 if your TAS is 8/28. The first week was pretty rough and couln't imagine driving, although my doc said that I was released to drive after I stopped taking the pain meds (Vicoden) and could hit the brake easily. I have a very low tolerance to pain so maybe you will recover faster and easier than I have. I hope so! It has gotten better now that I'm in my 3rd week!
Good luck to you!
Unread 08-11-2008, 08:31 PM
Realistic recovery, need advice

I have my parents and my MIL and FIL that can take them to school and after school activites etc. But it is my DD's first time going to school, ever. She has never even been to daycare before, so I atleast wanted to go that day. Maybe I could have my parents pick us then, and drive us?
Unread 08-11-2008, 09:37 PM
Realistic recovery, need advice

Hi Kelly,

When I had my TAH, I was not up to driving for several weeks, and attending a parent/teacher conference at less than two weeks post-op would have been way too much. Everyone does heal differently, but you want to give yourself time to do just that - heal.

You can check out my journal to see my week-by-week experiences after my surgery. Just click on my name at the top of this post, then select the link for my journal. Then scroll to the bottom of the page for my post-op recovery journal.

Good luck and s,

Unread 08-12-2008, 12:31 PM
Realistic recovery, need advice

Hi Kelly, you didn't say what type of hyst you are having... or I missed it, lol. BUT, it would be a good idea to have your in laws lined up to be the drivers and you can drive with them to take your daughter to school It is too important to miss her first day!! and they will probably enjoy being there as well.

Unread 08-12-2008, 01:04 PM
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