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Does Stress Affect Recovery? Does Stress Affect Recovery?

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Unread 11-24-2010, 02:30 AM
Does Stress Affect Recovery?

My hysterectomy (LAVH) was on November 17th, a week ago. My father went into the hospital before then, and he's been in the hospital about 2 weeks. He is now in ICU for some intestinal issues and is having more surgeries for them. I'm so worried about him and don't even know if I could travel in the event of an emergency. (We live about 19 hours away by car.)

I'm so stressed out about his recovery, his issues. He's completely sedated so I can't talk to him to comfort myself and I feel helpless.

I'm really wondering if this stress is going to make my recovery longer. I've been taking it easy at home otherwise, but emotionally it's just killing me.

Does this sort of stress make healing harder?

I wanted to edit to add since feeling so stressed, I did start spotting. Nothing dark, just pink, which I also know is very normal...
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Unread 11-24-2010, 05:29 AM
Re: Does Stress Affect Recovery?

personally i don't think stress is good for recovery.

Unread 11-24-2010, 10:09 AM
Re: Does Stress Affect Recovery?

We are all dealing with stress in some form or another. There is just so much which is out of control.

I can only pray the following prayer and hope God hears.

"Let us not be anxious for anything, but in everything by Prayer and Petition make our request known to the Lord and the Peace of the Lord which trascends all the understanding will guide our hearts and mind in Jesus, the Lord"
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Unread 11-24-2010, 10:26 AM
Re: Does Stress Affect Recovery?


Have you let your doctor know what is going on? S/he may have some helpful suggestions for you and could help you prepare in case you do need to make a long trip.

Stress negatively impacts our general health so it makes sense it could affect one's recovery as well.

My goes out to you and your family right now!

Unread 11-24-2010, 12:17 PM
Re: Does Stress Affect Recovery?

Renu, I loved that prayer!

I do think there is no formal study on stress, but I really feel so drained that it can't be helping. I will call my dr. in case I need to leave quickly. It's been so difficult to even think of that scenario, but I'm preparing myself for it just in case.

Thank you so much for the kind words!

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