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Unread 12-19-2001, 06:07 PM
Need advice about post-op activity

My TAH is on 1/29 and I have a question may sound strange that I am anxious about this now, in light of everything else going on (pain and bleeding and surgery around the corner), but my parrothead DH and I (even a bigger parrothead) have always attended the Jimmy Buffett concerts in Orlando in late Feb/early Mar and I am wondering ... how possible is it that I will feel up to a concert evening out 4-5 weeks post op? Please help me out here ladies!! As always, we would get a hotel room near the arena and take a cab to the site, so there would be little additional physical stress (I think). I just don't know if at 4-5 weeks I will be feeling like going out for a few hours . I absolutely do not want to jeapodize my recovery, but I would kind of like to enjoy an evening that my DH and I look forward to each year. ( I promise the pillow wild jumping around or indulging...just want to hear my favorite music!)

Thanks for your advice!


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Unread 12-19-2001, 06:19 PM
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Ask your Dr. about this one. Everyone's different. My Dr. says I can go back to my part-time job at 4 weeks, but if I don't feel up to it, my boss says someone can fill in. FLEXIBILITY.

It's hard to tell where you'll be in four weeks. Get the expert's advice on it - - besides ours! Your doctor is your best resource.

Good luck!
Unread 12-19-2001, 06:21 PM
Need advice about post-op activity

Hi There!

(don't mind that guy up there; he's just overzealous)

....The only thing I can tell ya here is that if it were ME, I know that I would not have gone at 4 - 5 weeks. Some women would, I'm sure, but I know how I felt, and I wouldn't have felt up to it. It's a tough call - I think you are going to have to wait and see how you feel at that time. long as you PROMISE not to jump into the MOSH pit! (As IF! right?)

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Unread 12-19-2001, 06:38 PM
Need advice about post-op activity

That would have been a hard one for me. When I was 4 weeks my DH took me out to dinner for my birthday...what a mistake. I paid for that for 3 days. I would say listen to your doc and your body on this one. And I hate to tell ya BUT sometimes our bodies lie!!

Best wishes! Maybe you could get the video this year if they tape it.


Unread 12-19-2001, 06:54 PM
Need advice about post-op activity

I do daycare in my home and plan on going back to it 5 weeks after surgery (Dec 28) is this a mistake??? Only have 1 baby and the others I don't need to lift, Thank you for any advice.
Unread 12-19-2001, 08:22 PM
Need advice about post-op activity

I went to the Packers/Vikings Monday night footbal game, but I was almost 6 weeks post op, and about to go back to work. I did fine (the worst part was sitting in the cold November rain).

One question I have is how far do you have to travel for the concert? My excursion to Green Bay was only about 1/2 hrs. by car.

This will be a tough one to decide - it is just so hard to know where you will be in your recovery.

Best of luck.
Unread 12-20-2001, 03:56 AM

Originally posted by diane31
I do daycare in my home and plan on going back to it 5 weeks after surgery (Dec 28) is this a mistake??? Only have 1 baby and the others I don't need to lift, Thank you for any advice.
It depends on the person, but my dr has told me absolutely no lifting for 6 weeks. According to everything I've read you're only 40% healed at 6 weeks. I take care of my grandson while my daughter is working, (right now he's 7 months and 22#, when I have my surgery he'll be 9 mos and who knows how heavy) my dh and ds are each taking a week off to take care of him, then my mom, sil's, and friends are each taking a day a week to come and help with him. How big is the baby? That needs to be taken into account. Just don't push it! Remember you only have one chance to heal right!
Unread 12-20-2001, 05:37 AM
Need advice about post-op activity

I would not make any definite plans until AFTER surgery to see how things go and how you are healing. You will also need to be released by dr. to do these things.

I know that I couldn't of gone to a concert or gone back to work at 5 weeks.
Unread 12-20-2001, 08:22 AM
Need advice about post-op activity

Diane, I am tired just thinking about it! Phew!! Of course, I am 50 and although I don't consider that to be really old, I do notice a difference in my energy level when with my 4 y/o grandson who is VERY active and all boy. As Dot said it's very important to wait for your doc's release for going back to work and all normal activities. I know alot of ladies who even after being released still did not feel up to going back to work. I was one of them. I did go back at 6 wks. but for only 2 days a week until the 8th week. Very honestly, I was very exhausted those first few weeks back.

One of the things my doc and the nurses at the castle told me was that I would probably start feeling really good at 2 weeks and think I could do normal things, do them, and find out the next day it was a mistake. I think this is so true in hysterectomy recovery. When my doc released me to go back to work he also added not to let anybody rush me to go back even though he had released me. I thought that was so nice of him.


Unread 12-20-2001, 08:54 AM
Need advice about post-op activity

Hi! This forum has been so helpful! I just finally now got around to registering. I'm 5 weeks post op, LVH on 11-12-01. Feeling great! When I was not quite 3 weeks post-op my favorite band, U2, came to Tampa. I wasn't sure if I'd feel up to seeing them either at that point. Tickets went on sale the Saturday after my Monday surgery. By that point I knew everything had gone well, I was feeling good, and I went for it! I figured I could sell the tickets if things took a turn for the worse. The show was about an hour drive from our house. I ended up driving my teenage son and I. I just took it easy the day before and the day after the show. It was FANTASTIC! I am so glad I didn't miss it. We had great seats, but we ended up standing and singing the entire show. Everyone's different though, so it probably is a good idea to wait until after the surgery to buy the tickets.

I'm 42 and I don't know how many more chances I'll have to see U2 live, so I'm glad I didn't miss it. I go for my 6 week post-op Jan. 2, and then it's back to the crazy routine. This site has been a wonderful source of information, and I'm so grateful it's here. The pre-op message board was especially helpful as a guide in what to expect. Good luck with your surgery. The waiting really is the worst part.


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