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Unread 11-05-2008, 12:31 PM
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I have to say my LAVH was the best thing that has happened to me. I am almost two months post op and can feel such a difference!

My doctor explained recovery time as 4-6 weeks. Never having major surgery before, I figured at six weeks, I would be healed. Today, I understand healed as a term that means your incisions are strong enough to withstand normal life.

I still have pain sitting and driving for long periods of time, and a recent sinus infection with coughing fits produced some very sore muscles again! Energy has also been a big battle. I'm working full time, and sleeping very well at soon as I can get to the pillow. I feel more tired some days than I did after working 24 hour shifts.

Its a little frustrating because those who haven't been there don't understand the amount of time it takes to heal. I did not myself.

I say all of this as an up front to all of you to make sure you understand that it may take more than six weeks to feel "normal" again.

Best wishes to all of you!
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Unread 11-05-2008, 12:45 PM
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Thanks for your advice. I am getting close to the 6 week mark after a radical TAH. I had lymphnodes and ovaries removed. No cancer was found which I am thankful. Now, the menopause effects are coming.

I am a teacher and had planned to go back 11/17. This would be 6 weeks since surgery on Oct 6. I found out I can have until after Thanksgiving if I need it. I'm thinking about taking it even though I feel bad being out so long. I feel good and have been walking but I'm not sure what would happen after a long day.

Thanks for you advice.
Unread 11-05-2008, 02:16 PM
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I am also a teacher, and definitely do not feel good about being away from my classroom for a long time. Upon the advice of my doctor I have decided to stay off work for another week, which is week 7 for me. I usually get very tired after the end of a regular school, and also bring quite a bit of homework with me to work on. So knowing myself, I decided to go with my doctor's advice and take another week. At this point, I cannot yet walk fast. My incision area gets sore after either longer periods of standing or sitting. I kept my cervix, so that one keeps hurting by the end of the day quite a bit so I need to take a pain pill. I feel very protective of my tummy. I can only talk in a quite voice right now, speaking louder hurts my muscles. I am also getting over post-op anemia and low BP. So, my students, will probably be better off with an energetic teacher who can give them more time and attention. A bit more recovery time will also allow me to get back to my normal giving self.

Best wishes of recovery to all!
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Unread 11-05-2008, 02:29 PM
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My Doc said to me,and I'm sure lots of sisters have heard this

"You only get ONE chance to heal properly!"

It is my daily mantra! When I'm having a good day and do a little more, I end up down and in pain for the next 2. It's not worth having your body get cut short on healing. Your students will be there and they would much rather have "their" teacher back instead of a tired and in pain one. Good Luck in your recovery sis!
Unread 11-06-2008, 08:56 PM
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I am also a teacher, just two weeks since TAH, and right now am scheduled to return the 2nd week of Dec. I figured with the holidays right around the corner, it would be an easy and fun way to ease back in. That way, I can get my kids back in my routine, have some Christmas fun and go on our Christmas break. I'm also thinking I might just work 1/2 day my first week back- i"m sure my dr. would ok it. Good luck to all!

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