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How did you feel 3 weeks Post-Op? How did you feel 3 weeks Post-Op?

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Unread 11-11-2008, 01:50 PM
How did you feel 3 weeks Post-Op?

I tried to post this in the Post-Op section but it wouldn't let me. My family has a trip planned along with 2 other couples for 3 1/2 weeks post surgery. We're going to the Smoky Mountains which is about 3 hours away by car. My DH will be doing the driving and my good girlfriends will be there to do the chores but I'm still worried about being fatigued and not much fun. How did you all feel 3 weeks out?
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Unread 11-11-2008, 02:12 PM
How did you feel 3 weeks Post-Op?

At weeks 3-4 I was still moving slowly but was able to get out and about in the car as a passenger, wander around the shops, eat out etc but still needed a fair amount of rest time.

You may find the journey a bit much (I had only done an hour and a half journey by then) but up your pain meds for it (or take them even if you have stopped by then!) and you should be fine.

It may also help to break the journey a couple of times so that you can walk around a bit.

I think it will do you good to go and may even help your recovery!

Hugs

Katy
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Unread 11-11-2008, 03:32 PM
How did you feel 3 weeks Post-Op?

I am 31 and had an lavh/bso. I was back to work in less than two weeks. By three weeks, aside from an occasional random pain, I was perfectly fine. However, I was VERY VERY careful not to lift anything.
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Unread 11-11-2008, 05:10 PM
How did you feel 3 weeks Post-Op?

I am 53 and had a TAH-BSO, vertical incision on 10/8. I need to preface this with the point that I think I must have a very high tolerance for pain and/or my surgeon was exceptional, but I had VERY LITTLE pain at all. I think I may be an unusual case, so bear that in mind. I stopped the pain pump completely the very first night of my surgery and from then on, the only pain I had really was at my incision site when I coughed or sneezed, or otherwise strained the belly muscles. Absolutely nothing else other than that. The nurses were amazed. I had my surgery on Wednesday, was home from the hospital on Friday and back to work on Monday (I work at home on the computer, so I could take lots of breaks to rest if I needed it, but I felt pretty fine). I made it a point though, NOT to do ANY heavy work, housework, lifting etc at all (that's what kids and husbands are for...). Just did only very easy stuff and rested a lot. Got my staples out in after a week, and basically felt almost normal since then. I go for my 6-week checkup next week and expect to be released for activities.

I guess my basic point in all of this is that recovery is different for everybody and it will depend on how you personally handle those types of stressors to your body etc, and you need to modify your activities accordingly and make sure NOT TO OVERDO, even if you feel normal.
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Unread 11-11-2008, 06:43 PM
How did you feel 3 weeks Post-Op?

I felt pretty normal at 3 weeks myself too. As long as you watch the lifting, and have others to help with chores you should be fine. (Might want to avoid the bumpy roads though.) It sounds like a nice getaway!
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Unread 11-11-2008, 06:54 PM
How did you feel 3 weeks Post-Op?

I drove short distances at 3 weeks, then long distances--drove 3 hours each way on a one-day trip to my father-in-law's. Was supposed to stop every hour or so to get up and walk around, but drove straight through and did fine, just a little sore in the small of my back. (Maybe I should have supported it with a small pillow.) Mostly took it easy, but felt good enough to get out and do stuff in short spurts, then rest, then go again.
If by then you feel up to it, go slow, take rest breaks, and have fun.
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Unread 11-11-2008, 08:15 PM
How did you feel 3 weeks Post-Op?

I am currently at 3 weeks post op. I had a TVH, bladder repairs and a/p repairs and am NOT recovering as quickly as the other sisters who have posted mostly due to the stitches for the a/p repairs of the vag. I am able to walk for 10 minutes now and was unable to stand for more than 5 mins a week ago.
Michelle
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Unread 11-11-2008, 09:31 PM
How did you feel 3 weeks Post-Op?

We had a big family reunion/camping trip scheduled for a date that was 3 weeks after my surgery and I had originally assumed I wouldn't be able to go due to a very long (12+ hour) car ride. However, I felt so good after surgery that my husband and I decided to spend the money so I could fly down and meet everyone. I let everyone wait on me and rested whenever I needed to--I wasn't allowed to lift a finger the entire time. I had a blast and don't regret it one bit. The only mistake I made was driving home with my family. Ouch!!! Not a good idea to spend that long in a car so soon after surgery. Best wishes and hugs!
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Unread 11-12-2008, 12:13 PM
How did you feel 3 weeks Post-Op?

You don't mention the type of hyst you are having and that makes a big difference here.
If you are having a TAH - I'd say unlikely.
If you are having a TVH/LAVH - I'd say maybe. Some people were good to go at that point. Personally, I was still extremely fatigued and would not have enjoyed myself at all.
If you are having daVinci/TLH/LSH - I'd say likely.
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Unread 11-12-2008, 04:40 PM
How did you feel 3 weeks Post-Op?

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Originally Posted by Voo
You don't mention the type of hyst you are having and that makes a big difference here.
If you are having a TAH - I'd say unlikely.
If you are having a TVH/LAVH - I'd say maybe. Some people were good to go at that point. Personally, I was still extremely fatigued and would not have enjoyed myself at all.
If you are having daVinci/TLH/LSH - I'd say likely.

I totally agree with Voo, it's really the type your having done, I was back to work on day 15, still no lifting and I didn't take the stairs but driving and grocery shopping with help of course.
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