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Back to cleaning after 1 week?? Back to cleaning after 1 week??

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Unread 09-06-2011, 10:26 AM
Back to cleaning after 1 week??

I'm having LSH done. I'm very fit but I want to make sure I heal properly. My cleaning lady thinks I'll be cleaning within 1 week for her but I'm worried I won't be able to in only 1 week. I told her I won't be seeing my doctor in 2 weeks that I should really wait and see what he says first. I usually dust and scrub the floors(kitchen,living room,bathroom) on my hands and knees. I think I should wait at least until the doctor says I should right? cause even if I feel good I'm still healing in the inside. Thanks!
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Unread 09-06-2011, 10:52 AM
Re: Back to cleaning after 1 week??

You absolutely need to heal. My doc told me 4-6 weeks of heal time. I'm having a total hyst. You could set yourself back if you don't.
Unread 09-06-2011, 11:01 AM
Re: Back to cleaning after 1 week??

I would definitely wait until you see/talk to your doctor. Usually the recommendation is NO pushing, pulling, lifting over 10 lbs.(incl. laundry, vacuuming, mopping) for 6 weeks. I see my doc tomorrow for my post-op and I will be clarifying what I can and can not do regarding cleaning and housework, as I am on my own after today.
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Unread 09-06-2011, 11:05 AM
Re: Back to cleaning after 1 week??

Thats what I told my cleaning lady. She'll have to wait. I don't want to take the risk and have to wait longer for recovery. Thanks!!
Unread 09-06-2011, 11:21 AM
Re: Back to cleaning after 1 week??

Best of luck to you!! I agree, wait at least until after you've seen your doctor. I'm also having an LSH and my GYN/surgeon recommended at least one week off.
Unread 09-06-2011, 11:23 AM
Re: Back to cleaning after 1 week??

I know my surgery is going to be different than yours but yes, the internal stitches will be hanging around, per MY doctor, for roughly 8 weeks and for some, even longer.

For me, I didn't even CARE about cleaning or trying to pick up small things until his weekend..............19 days post-op.

I'm now starting to feel better and have more energy. I did do a little cleaning (mirror in bathroom, countertop & faucet). I have been walking around more and bending. Saturday, I felt like I'd been punched in the stomach over & over by a professional boxer or like I did 5,000 situps. lol

I was just really sore, internally.

I'm gonna try to dust today.

I understand what all of the ladies mean by "listen to your body". Its hard to understand when you haven't had surgery. You might feel like doing small things but the next day, you will probably lay on the couch and nap for a few hours.

Please take it SLOW. Even though we have different types of surgeries, the bottom line is, we are all having our uterus' removed and we all still have the same internal stitches mostly.

Unread 09-06-2011, 08:53 PM
Re: Back to cleaning after 1 week??

My experience was that there was no way I was cleaning anything after a week. My doc said no heavy lifting.
Unread 09-06-2011, 09:58 PM
Re: Back to cleaning after 1 week??

I echo everything that's been said here. There's no way you'll feel up to cleaning after a week, and you need to be very careful about lifting, bending, pushing, etc. for at least the first few weeks.

I didn't do ANY cleaning for two weeks. I had a cleaning lady come right before I went to the hospital to give the place a really thorough cleaning, and I had my mom and a friend help me the first two weeks. I didn't even wash a dish.

After two weeks I started to do things like handwash the dishes (no loading/unloading the dishwasher because that's too much bending), fold the laundry after someone else did it, etc.

After three weeks I was able to use the dishwasher and do the laundry *except* for carrying the laundry baskets, which my friend did for me. A month in I'm still getting help with vacuuming, cleaning the cat box, cleaning the bathroom, etc.
Unread 09-06-2011, 11:26 PM
Re: Back to cleaning after 1 week??

Er, cleaning things for the cleaning-things-person should genuinely be at the bottom of an exceptionally long list of not-doing-it stuff.

The thing is, it doesn't seem like you know you've overdone it until your body's already thrown for too much of a loop. This, in my humblest opinion, is not a risk worth taking. Give yourself permission to do less and heal more.

You deserve the best healing you can get. Perhaps, if it's not part of what she usually does, you can give the woman who cleans your house a few extra bucks and a "my doctor said I couldn't": ultimately, it seems like money well spent.
Unread 09-07-2011, 08:50 PM
Re: Back to cleaning after 1 week??

NO WAY!!!! I am a fit person as well and my surgeon instructed me to do nothing for at least 2 weeks. At that time I can start walking more but absolutely no running for 6 weeks post-op. I am 1 week post-op and am itching to get moving, but know that I have many more weeks and months of internal healing that needs to get done. Please do not start back too could set your healing back and cause other issues...and I know you don't want that!

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