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Unread 11-28-2011, 08:40 AM
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Not necessarily. It can be fatiguing but in my case it's not painful. But it's tiring. It's so weird and hard to explain, lol. With a haircut, after being cut up and burned (cauterized) and stitched all up inside, I cannot imagine sitting in a chair, leaned backwards over the sink while he washes and conditions my hair. That's my favorite part (generally) but I imagine I'd feel like i was being pulled apart inside. There are some positions post-op that are not comfy and that would definitely be one of them.
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Unread 11-28-2011, 08:45 AM
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Sitting for long periods of time post-op can be uncomfortable! If you think about it, sitting is really a kind of exercise for your pelvic area, pressure bearing down on it with nowhere else to go. Not painful, just not comfortable. (And it's astonishing how tiring it can be to simply sit.) I went back to work full-time just after 4 weeks, and if I'd had a sit-down job, no way could I have handled it. Maybe give yourself a trial run at home to see if you can sit for that length of time (better to find out there than in the hairdresser's chair!)...
Unread 11-28-2011, 08:55 AM
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I thought I would chime in on the haircutting issue. I had a color/cut about 7 weeks post op. I had a TAH so was healing from the external incision and it was difficult to lean back for the hair wash/condition. Since I still was not able to use my stomach muscles to hold my body and the chair for washing is strangly shaped and does not hold my body well, it was very uncomfortable. I would not suggest a long visit the hairdresser early on. Just my two-cents!
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Unread 11-28-2011, 11:05 AM
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Thanks everybody...... Better to be forwarned!
Unread 11-28-2011, 01:00 PM
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The very first trip out was to see my doc for my 2 week check up. The ride was uncomfortable even though I was only about 10 min from her office. I used a travel pillow between my belly and the seat belt. I drove also but was told not to drive for at least 4 weeks. My hubby was suppose to take me that afternoon but her office called that morning to tell me I needed to come in that morning because her baby was sick and she was going to be leaving asap. After that, I didn't drive for about a good 3-4 weeks. I did walk around outside a little every day.

I didn't even attempt WalMart until about the 7 week mark & I was exhausted and my hubby went with me and pushed the buggy. I now have been by myself twice since my surgery and it still hurts a little to push the buggy. I eventually end up pulling it and that doesn't seem to cause me to strain my abs.
Unread 11-28-2011, 07:21 PM
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I'm 20 days daVinci post op and I had the ok from my dr to drive the first week. I went to run a short errand 7 days out and felt ok except it's hard to turn at the waist. At two weeks post op I felt good enough to go shopping for about 1/2 a day and today I returned to work full time. I think it's key to get up and walk as much as you possibly can. I think I went for a walk up and down the hallways at 3 hrs post op. Hope this helps.
Unread 11-28-2011, 08:14 PM
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Originally Posted by grandmallie View Post
well I probably wont go anywhere until 2 week post op, except out on the deck, but on the 17th of december we plan on driving down to florida for 2 weeks, so we will see how that goes
That may be a bit ambitious - just two weeks post-op is not a lot of time to take on such a trip. But, I hope it works for you. If you have to cancel, do not feel bad. You will know it when you get there - be sure to listen to your body.


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