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can someone explain how much to walk and when? can someone explain how much to walk and when?

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  #11  
Unread 12-28-2011, 04:08 AM
Re: can someone explain how much to walk and when?

Walking as much as you can reasonably manage really is good for you. My formula was to have a good walk each day and have some lie-flat rests for an hour or so, and at other times just mooch around rather than sitting. I increased the amount of walking each week.
Now (at 4 months) I am back to my up-hill walking and getting my good leg muscles back! Hoping to cycle to work again soon, but need stronger leg muscles for that than what I've got so far. I feel fantastic!
You will gradually get your pre-op. stamina back, but don't push it beyond what your body tells you! . Having good rest periods is as necessary as getting exercise.
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Unread 12-28-2011, 06:58 PM
Re: can someone explain how much to walk and when?

My doctor wanted me to walk as much as I could without pain. Walking helps with getting your digestive system moving again. It seemed like more short walks was better/easier than one longer walk. I started just walking around the exterior of my apartment building and then worked up. I learned the hard way to not walk further than you can walk back. I did that the second week and it took forever to get home because I had to walk very, very slowly. The advantage of walking around your house or block multiple times is that it's easy to stop if you feel too much pain or tiredness.
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Unread 12-28-2011, 07:57 PM
Re: can someone explain how much to walk and when?

I had a da Vinci with everything out 10/20. I was encouraged to walk almost immediately-I did my first lap of the hospital hall about 5 hours after surgery. I walked every two hours until they released me. I have stairs as well. My DR is quite conservative and she still allowed me 4 trips/per day( 2 ups, 2 downs). I just took them very slowly and deliberately. I am certain this helped with the gas pains-I had them 3 days then gone. I went shopping at two weeks and by shopping I mean walking as my hubby pushed the cart. I had to stop in the butter aisle for a minute to rest but made it without too much discomfort. Listen to your body. Too much inactivity can be as bad as overdoing. Take care : )
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Unread 12-28-2011, 09:13 PM
Re: can someone explain how much to walk and when?

I've never been in shape, so I guess that's why I am asking such a dumb/silly question. I finally went out today. Had son drop me off at nail salon, sitting there for an hour and half was ok till the end. Then I went into drug store for apx 10 minutes. Tomorrow I am walking outside for sure after seeing how much you all walk, and I've lost 20 lbs from preop till now, and I do not want it gaining back.

Now how long can we not push a grocery cart that I see you all mention? Thanks!
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Unread 12-28-2011, 10:25 PM
Re: can someone explain how much to walk and when?

I pushed a heavy cart at Sam's Club at about 5 and half months post-op and I was sore for a week. It took me at least another month after that before I didn't have to worry about lifting or pushing. I wouldn't try it anytime soon in your case.
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Unread 12-28-2011, 11:18 PM
Re: can someone explain how much to walk and when?

I was told not to drive for 4 - 6 weeks unless I rang and got the all clear with him first. But I decided that I would start driving at 3 weeks for necessity and because I have an automatic car and was going stir crazy. Walking is a different matter, I go a short distance but then find I am getting a bit weary and sore. I also wouldn't suggest Line Dancing as I forgot myself this morning and did a bit of a dance around the kitchen with my daughter....yikes, paying for it now..lol
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Unread 12-28-2011, 11:40 PM
Re: can someone explain how much to walk and when?

Week 2 Day 1 post-op and I finally felt up to taking my pup on our regular 2-mile nightly pack walk. Took us an extra 20 minutes at a MUCH slower pace than usual and I was kinda done at mile 1.25 but it was worth it as I was worried that maybe I haven't been walking enough. That was 3 hours ago and I'm feeling fine. No pain. No urge to take any meds. So far, so good! <fingers crossed>

Been driving since Day 6 though. But I don't do either without the support of my binder. I don't leave home without it.
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Unread 12-29-2011, 08:25 AM
Re: can someone explain how much to walk and when?

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I pushed a heavy cart at Sam's Club at about 5 and half months post-op and I was sore for a week. It took me at least another month after that before I didn't have to worry about lifting or pushing. I wouldn't try it anytime soon in your case.
Danni, thanks for this - I really appreciate seeing these reminders, because I think it's hard to remember that the 6-8 weeks recovery is initial recovery, not complete, and for me, the pushing/lifting is something I have to be mindful of... it's finding that balance of activity and rest that is proving a challenge.

Kathy, my rule of thumb with walking and being out and about, was if I felt I could go another half-hour, I'd stop and call it a day. (I need to remind myself of this even now!)
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Unread 12-29-2011, 08:43 AM
Re: can someone explain how much to walk and when?

I'm a runner so this slow pace is funny to me but I'm glad I'm able to move. I started walking the second day after surgery down the hospital hallways. At home I would do about 2 walks a day in my home while wearing my iPod. It gave me the feeling of running laps. The second week I tried the driveway and then down the street a bit. Just don't over due it. I could tell when I overdid it (a little pink discharge was my cue) and just rested afterwards. Doc said that was totally normal. Now 16 days after my surgery the Hubs and I go to my indoor track and I walk slowly around as he runs. We have switched the turtle and the hare identities. He's loving it.... I was told no pushing carts or vacuuming until after 6 weeks. Be careful and listen to your body. Good luck!
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Unread 12-30-2011, 08:54 PM
Re: can someone explain how much to walk and when?

I don't know if it was aftereffects of painkillers, but the first ten days home from hospital I felt easily able to get around our neighborhood... a slow walk to the deli for coffee, etc. I would walk around 20 minutes total a couple of times a day. I even chose to walk to my local doctor for the post-op checkup... it was around 10 blocks each way, and a significant hill was involved.

I didn't have any problems but now that it is almost 3 weeks post-surgery, I find myself needing to stop and rest now and then on the short walks. Don't know why but bottom line is to respect wherever your body is at the moment. Recovery isn't a perfect straight line.

We live at the top of a hill, so ANY walk can start off easy but I have to remember that I'll be walking uphill to get home again. I feel much better when DH drives me to a Target or supermarket and all the walking is flat, with plenty of stops along the way.

I still have over 3 weeks before returning to work and I am hoping to be able to walk for at least 45 minutes at a time by then. (My job is a 35 minute walk from home, if I choose to do it. Barring inclement weather, I think that is a great opportunity to keep myself moving during the rest of my recovery.)
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