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Unread 04-17-2009, 09:15 PM
Question about post op care

Hello ladies! I am scheduled for a TAH/BSO in less than a week. I am super anxious for my surgery, but not nervous about it. I am, however nervous about my recovery. My DH has to be out of town a week after my surgery for a week. Just was wondering how much am I going to be able to do on my own? Or how much help am I going to need? I do have family close I would like to give them a heads up, just not sure what I need to tell them. Thanks for you help.
Meghan
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Unread 04-17-2009, 09:46 PM
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Hi,
You will definately need help the first two weeks. It is the little things that we take for granted while we are healthy. Going to the bathroom and shower, cooking, cleaning, help with getting up and laying or sitting down. And lots and lots more. Plus you'll be on meds.
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Unread 04-18-2009, 06:12 AM
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My DH was back to work the same day I came home. I did 100% fine taking care of myself. I was able to get up and fix a sandwich or soup, get my own drinks and shower and stuff. However, I was NOT able to do laundry, clean, dishes and other things. You'll need help in this area but you should be able to get up and down by yourself. The nurses actually had me doing this before I went home (on day 3).
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Unread 04-18-2009, 11:05 AM
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my mother said she went fishing the day after her tah and that people who say there is a lot of pain are just not strong, My surgery is April 28 and I know she will be talking about me just being lazy This has caused most of my preop stress to grow (she lives with my DH and I ) I am going to ask maybe she has some advise on how to handle the guilt I am sure I will have bestowed onto me. I am 51 years old and she was in her 30s when hers was done
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Unread 04-18-2009, 11:58 AM
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I don't understand people who need to denegrate others who are suffering. I would suggest your mother find some other place to stay while you recover. After my first C-section my MIL came to "help" me, and tried to get me to do laundry my first day home. I didn't "need her help" after that and sent her home. You shouldn't have to put up with mental abuse as well as recovery pain.
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Unread 04-18-2009, 12:04 PM
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Explain to her that everyone recovers at a different rate and that her being so young when she had her surgery probably helped her recover quicker.

I had a TAH just 6 weeks ago and I was one of the very lucky ones that only needed help for a few days. By 4 weeks post-op I was getting on a plane to Greece and UK.

BUT, everyone is different and every surgery is slightly different. Listen to your body. Be cautious as you only get to heal properly once.

Good luck and good healing sister,
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Unread 04-18-2009, 12:21 PM
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There is NO way I'd be fishing the next day.. I was in the hospital for 4 days. I certainly wouldn't want my mother or anyone to make me feel guilty!

Back to the original question - about help. You WILL need to baby yourself - 'pamper the princess' and you WILL need help for anything that requires bending, lifting, pulling etc. You will be able to get up and fix a meal, and get a drink, go potty and take a shower - that's about all I was able to do for 3 weeks. I am now almost 4 weeks and can do light cleaning (dusting, wiping a counter, etc.) but for the most part - I am pampering the princess as much as possible. I have had some post op complications (fevers, bladder sling & infection) and I would rather error on the side of caution... I should mention, I have had 2 C-sections, and the hysterectomy was much more difficult.
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Unread 04-18-2009, 01:58 PM
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It's kind of impossible to know exactly how you will feel after your surgery - everyone is different. My 10.5 yr old DS was home with me on Spring Break (poor kid) thru my first week of recovery. I really didn't do much more than shower and shuffle to the bathroom that first week, but I could have done simple meals if I had to.

I had many offers of help, from one taking my son for the week, to my MIL flying up from Florida to help. In the end, I thought we could handle it, and we did just fine. What I asked was for them to be 'on standby', just in case, and they were. They checked in all the time during the first two weeks, which is the toughest part, and after that I was doing much better and never needed them at all. It was comforting to know they would come and help if needed though.
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Unread 04-18-2009, 08:36 PM
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Originally Posted by Lola in MT View Post
Hello ladies! I am scheduled for a TAH/BSO in less than a week. I am super anxious for my surgery, but not nervous about it. I am, however nervous about my recovery. My DH has to be out of town a week after my surgery for a week. Just was wondering how much am I going to be able to do on my own? Or how much help am I going to need? I do have family close I would like to give them a heads up, just not sure what I need to tell them. Thanks for you help.
Meghan
You need to do more than give them a heads up, you need to schedule them in to help you. My adult son stayed with me for two weeks, he cooked, cleaned, got meds, fetched things and just kept me company in general in addition to taking me for follow up Doctor visits. You are having an organ removed from your body, it is a very traumatic thing physically and emotionally.
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Unread 04-20-2009, 09:45 AM
Re: Question about post op care

Thank you for all of your suggestions ladies. I appreciate it very much. It's so nice to have a place to chat with other women who know what's happening in the land of hyster.
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