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I want to go Camping I want to go Camping

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Unread 09-28-2009, 08:48 AM
I want to go Camping

I am 5 weeks post opp, went into the hospital yesterday due to bleeding The gyne told me that I had a hematoma and told me to just go home and relax. My husband and I would like to take the trailer out this weekend to Banff. Do you think this is wise. (My sisiter thinks I am crazy) I feel good now.
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Unread 09-28-2009, 09:11 AM
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I'm the sister in question...from the above post. I had my hysterectomy in 2003. Bella Bing has been doing "stuff" after surgery all along...housework, driving before she's been cleared by the doctor, going in to work, bending and lifting--all the baddies.

Her bleed yesterday from a hemotoma scared her family to death, and we all just want her to take it easy and heal. She says she "feels fine"...but obviously there's healing issues because "fine" shouldn't mean bleeding through three regular-sized pads in the space of four hours (from yesterday).

Any of you who camp know that you have to drive to the site (about an hour from our city); set up and unload the trailer to fix the campsite (she says hubby will do, but he doesn't do it right--like the housework, eh Bella Bing?), and bend and lift and ...sounds right relaxing, doesn't it?

I told her to post her message, because I don't think ANYBODY on this site is going to support this camping trip (incidentally, she HAS NOT been cleared by the doctor to go back to work, and she's trying to get in to see him prior to her clearance date of Oct. 15 to tell him about this latest setback).

Unread 09-28-2009, 11:22 AM
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I think you are way to early to be out doing all that myself. The doctor told you to rest, right? That means home on the couch. I would want to be home incase your hematoma acts up. You really should be resting it. You don't want it to get infected. You don't want to freak anyone out if it really starts bleeding bad although it sounds like it already is. You only have this one chance to heal correctly. If you cause adhesion you will be really sorry later. The camp site will still be there when you are really healed. I would wait.
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Unread 09-28-2009, 11:53 AM
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Bella - I am sorry, I know how much you want to go camping (I am a camper too), but don't do it. I am one of those too that thinks oh, hey, I will let hubby do it and I will just relax, but it never turns out that way.
My hubby wants to go camping and I told him that he and DD can go, but without me. Because I know that I will end up over doing it (as I already did last week).

you need to take care of yourself. The campsite will be there and you can go once you get cleared by the doctor. Take it easy and take care of yourself. Bleading 5 weeks after your surgery is nothing to take on lighly.
Unread 09-28-2009, 12:11 PM
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Misha007 - Bella Bing is going to do what Bella Bing wants to do...

Obviously, she hasn't listened to you, has not heeded the advice from her doctor and has not followed the multitude of advice on this site as it pertains to resting and letting her body heal.

You are a good friend for advising her not to go on the camping trip. I, for one, agree with what you've stated. Bottom line, however, is that it's her choice to make; she, after all is a grown woman. When she ends up sicker and in more pain than she was before her procedure (and she will if she continues to ignore sound advice), she'll have no one to blame but herself.


Bella, for every action there is a consequence. You've been doing housework, bending, lifting and probably a lot of other things we don't know about since your surgery when you should have been resting. That hematoma didn't show up by happenstance and I would consider it as a warning of things to come if you don't slow your roll, sit down and allow your body the opportunity to heal. You want to go camping. Camping is strenuous activity and is not what the GYN had in mind when he said to go home and relax. Should you start to bleed while out in the wilderness, you'll probably end up in a facility where no one knows your medical history, and the proper treatment by your own physician will be delayed because you are so far from home.

Ultimately, however, the choice is yours. SeaButterfly said it all - you have only one chance to heal correctly. Keep going in the direction you're headed, and you will blow that chance...
Unread 09-28-2009, 12:13 PM
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Bella Bing. I have been accused of trying to do too much already too, even though I consciously try to spend a lot of time resting, I think that maybe when we feel ok we over do it just a little bit and then pay the price for it the next day. My thought is, you only get one chance for an excellent and complete recovery and you don't want to blow it, or have to have an additional surgery to fix some damage you caused to your insides while you were supposed to be healing.

Stay home, girlfriend. On the couch. In bed.
Unread 09-28-2009, 12:42 PM
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Oh BellaBing,

You are getting such good advice though only you can choose to or not to listen. Reread mscleo's post to you I feel the exact same way too.

If you let your body heal in it's own time properly the life ahead of you can be full of living life. We all care about you but you need to truly care about yourself. Think too of how guilty your DH would feel if out in the middle of nowhere you started bleeding far worse and he couldn't get you proper care soon enough, (you finish the story) I wouldn't want to put that on my DH for anything.

We've tried and you sister has tried---but it's all up to you...
Unread 09-28-2009, 12:43 PM
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Wow...I am really surprised you would even think that camping would be a good idea. But since you haven't been listening to your doctor about restrictions after surgery why do you even ask us?
Unread 09-28-2009, 01:09 PM
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I am going to see my gyno this Thurs at 9:45 and I will tell him all the things I have been doing. Sorry, but I feel so good and then after I do the things (wrong things) I know that I feel sore the next day. I have always had a good pain tolerance but I know now that I should rest. My husband agrees with me and tells me that I should watch my Waltons DVD's instead. We decided not to go. Thanks for your letters
Unread 09-28-2009, 01:14 PM
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I am so glad you are not going. I was really afraid of what might have happened to you. It is hard to be good when you feel so well but please continue to take it easy. You will be so glad you did in the long run.

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