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So....if recovery isn't all that painful... (kids mentioned) So....if recovery isn't all that painful... (kids mentioned)

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Unread 02-10-2012, 05:37 PM
So....if recovery isn't all that painful... (kids mentioned)

then why do people tell you that the first two weeks are so rough. I have read so many who have not taken pain meds after the first day or say that they felt great after surgery. Then, I read that you need all this extra help. So, which is it?

My surgery is next Wednesday. DH is taking the rest of that week off and the following one. Then, MIL is coming to stay with me so she can take care of the kids. I was expecting that I'd be pretty much just laying around for 2.5 weeks and walking around the house every hour or so.

Will I feel well enough by week 3 to make dinner? dust? or should I ask DH to take half days that 3rd week?

I'm so confused about the recovery because I keep hearing from some that it's so easy and they feel so great early on, and then others that I should have all the help I can get.

Any insight would be appreciated!!
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Unread 02-10-2012, 05:55 PM
Re: So....if recovery isn't all that painful... (kids mentioned)

I am 10 days post op and the last 10 days have been tough. Not really painfully rough but emotionally rough with some pain thrown in..

I think better to be prepared then not with the help.. You do not know how you will feel physically or emotionally early on.

Best wishes to you..
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Unread 02-10-2012, 06:01 PM
Re: So....if recovery isn't all that painful... (kids mentioned)

I can only speak for myself. Recovery was not very painful. I had the Davinci surgery. Even in the hospital, pain was never more than a 3. And I did not take the vicadin they gave me after coming home, for occasional discomfort, i took advil. i was shocked i felt as great as i did, but there is some discomfort and some gas, bloating and dull aching.
Every day, all of that will get better and better - but just b/c you fee great on the outside, major recovery is going on internally, so you have not lift anything and get plenty of rest for optimal recovery. Yes, you're likely to feel good enough to make dinner at 3wks - just dont do anything too strenuous or lift anything. Good luck!
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Unread 02-10-2012, 06:48 PM
Re: So....if recovery isn't all that painful... (kids mentioned)

I agree with the other comments.

I felt great after the op, and took no pain meds at all, even though I had a TAH

Hubby took the first week off, mainly because HE had done the research, and found I was supposed to take it easy and not do anything strenuous for weeks.

Knowing what I am like he wanted to be there to tell me to sit down and rest again, not to pick anything up at all, not to bend over to feed the cats. etc etc

I had a nap every afternoon, because I got really tired, and did not always sleep well through the night. This was from a combination of night sweats, and lumpy tummy that stopped me getting comfortable sometimes
A folded over soft towel under the tummy can be good here, as it stops all the internal organs flopping over to one side!!
The temptation when you feel great is to get back into the swing of things far too soon.
This is a major op, and a lot of important organs have been taken out. The others are moving round to fill the gaps. There are internal stitches that not only have to heal,. but they need time to strengthen as well

Accept all help gratefully.
Don't try to do too much too soon
Big damage can be done inside if you do
By doing this you will continue to feel great, and not put your recovery back weeks.
Make the most of it ladies, and get waited on. I reckon we deserve a little pampering after this, don't you?
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Unread 02-10-2012, 07:56 PM
Re: So....if recovery isn't all that painful... (kids mentioned)

Better to have the help and not need it, than need it and not have it! I am 12 days post op and have 3 kids from ages 2-7 and though i am not in pain, it is uncomfortable to be on my feet too long. I am doing small things like heating up some food or putting yogurt and granola in a bowl, but certainly do not feel like cooking yet. I have been sitting and watching the kids play, while someone else cooks and cleans. I think I am concerned about carrying something heavier than i Should or reaching and pulling something internal, so am just taking it verrryyy slow and easy.
Best of luck to you and don't rush healing!! Hard for moms, but also a nice valid reason to have some much deserved R&R!
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Unread 02-10-2012, 08:06 PM
Re: So....if recovery isn't all that painful... (kids mentioned)

I also have 3 between 2 and 7 as well. MIL will be here and I am worried she will be like, "why the hell am I here if you aren't in pain?" So I think I might have to hone up on my acting skills so she won't think I can do more than I can.
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Unread 02-10-2012, 08:13 PM
Re: So....if recovery isn't all that painful... (kids mentioned)

Wow I'm blown away by some of the comments above. My pain level was an 8 or 9 if I didn't take prescript pain meds for the first 2 weeks (& I've got a high pain tolerance). And when I tried making dinner at 3 weeks just would just stand in the kitchen and cry because I couldn't bend to get stuff out of the fridge and the pan was too heavy for me to lift. So we're all very different. And then when the pain subsided it was replaced with aches and overall discomfort and soreness so that I couldn't sit or lay in any position for more than a couple minutes. And then there is a lot of fatigue and needing to sleep. So the bottom line is you won't know for sure how much help you will need until you're post op and find out what recovery is like for you.
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Unread 02-10-2012, 08:17 PM
Re: So....if recovery isn't all that painful... (kids mentioned)

I totally agree with sugarandspice. I am 19 months postop and still have some problems. Everyone is different and heals at different rates. At 6 weeks I could not even walk 50 feet without lots of fatigue and pain. I can assure you that those who have a not very painful recovery are not the majority.
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Unread 02-10-2012, 08:21 PM
Re: So....if recovery isn't all that painful... (kids mentioned)

Ah, yes, and I should also note that I'll be having a vaginal vault suspension to correct a prolapse, which, I think, will be my biggest hurdle in terms of pain. I am on rest for 3 full months while my body develops enough scar tissue to support the suspension.
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Unread 02-10-2012, 08:27 PM
Re: So....if recovery isn't all that painful... (kids mentioned)

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Originally Posted by countryliving45 View Post
I totally agree with sugarandspice. I am 19 months postop and still have some problems. Everyone is different and heals at different rates. At 6 weeks I could not even walk 50 feet without lots of fatigue and pain. I can assure you that those who have a not very painful recovery are not the majority.
I'm 6+ months and still taking anti-inflammatories and Tylenol 3. Swelly belly is definitely present and accounted for. Can't wear any of my pre op pants. So the effects of surgery can really persist. I'm very glad for the ladies who have had such amazing recoveries. I'm knocking on wood and hoping that's how it goes for all my pre op sisters.
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