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  #11  
Unread 02-07-2002, 01:06 PM
I'll be going to the library

It is cold here in March, and surgery is scheduled for March 7th. I am going to go to the library and get videos on things that interest me. Different countries, do-it-yourself projects...etc. They have the Deepak Chopra tapes too. You can keep them three weeks, so I'll occupy my time being a couch potato with a remote close by. Oh, and I'll be reviewing the post-op boards right here!

Good luck,
Bev
soon to be a
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  #12  
Unread 02-07-2002, 05:47 PM
Passing time during recovery?

Ha! I remember those days well! My TAH/BSO was June 6, and I had off until Sept. 4, as a teacher. What did I do? Hardly anything, and I am a very active person. I concentrated only on me. Princess Lesley will break it down for you:
1. TV - Jay Jay the Jet Plane(Kid show), The Wedding Show, Exchanging Places, Young and Restless, Bold and Beautiful, and Fox New Channel
2. Computer - Hystersisters and Travel Web Sites
3. Books - NONE (This is shameful because I am a teacher and reading specialist.)
4. Catalogues - Tons of them!
5. Walking - A little further outside each day until I fell. I got up and kept going with a giant bruise. After that I slowed down.
6. Food - Ate every type of jello there is. Drank tons of water and cranberry juice. Lost 17 lbs. and have kept it off!
7. Phone - talked to Mom a lot!
8. Sex - LOL
9. Friends - Wrote a few notes
10. Squirrels and Birds - Fed them peanuts all day!

Enjoy your mindless days off!!!!!
  #13  
Unread 02-08-2002, 01:49 AM
Passing time during recovery?

Well, I'm 6 days post op. and I started reading a book in the hospital but didn't finish it until yesterday. My concentration wasn't what it should have been, and I slept alot, but now I'm on the 2nd book and should be done with that shortly. I'm also watching TV, but I've started doing things around the house.

I found I can load the washer (I have a setup in the laundry room where I can sort it all on shelves, so if DH sorts, I can wash and dry without a problem.) DH then carries the laundry to the bed where I can sit and fold without exertion. I'm also doing a lot of "kitchen table cooking" where I peel potatoes and mix things and then have DH put them in the oven or on the stove or whatever. That way we won't starve! *hehe*

I have a cross-stitch project that I started last summer, and I'm going to start working on that next week (my eyes still have a little trouble focusing on small things, thanks to the pain pills). I've planned my garden, wrote thank you notes, and starting next week I'll be doing our taxes. I'm also cleaning out drawers one at a time (they are at waist level) and I'll be doing the waist high closets probably next week...DH will lift things for me if necessary.

I'm also thinking about doing some stenciling in our laundry room. I can get DH to paint it some weekend, and then I'll just stencil at waist high around the room, or have my mom spot me on a ladder in a couple of weeks when I have my balance back. Might do the guest bathroom too, if laundry room turns out OK. I figure stenciling will be OK because it isn't heavy lifting.
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  #14  
Unread 02-08-2002, 04:38 PM
Passing time during recovery?

Hyster sisters of course!! What wonderful friends I've made. I am blessed to have a laptop though. Sitting in a chair is an activity and is very painful during the earliest part of your recovery. So, if you have a computer at a desk the sisters visits might be short. IMHO, I didn't have any concentration right after the operation in the hospital. I brought books to the hospital and never read them. Started reading a lot when I got home. Napping takes up plenty of time when you first return from the castle, as does passing gas and getting your bowels reconstituted. Along about week 2.5 I started looking for the real things to do, the photo albums, hystersisters, books, hystersisters, walking, hystersisters...
  #15  
Unread 02-10-2002, 08:29 AM
Passing time during recovery?

Rayna,

Yes, I made it back to the US and have almost gotten over the jet lag. That can be quite a chore given the 14 hour time difference. We're trying to do a bit of shopping/preparation before Weds. - new pajamas, slippers, books, crafts etc. I figure I deserve some new pj's to walk the hospital halls with! I go for my bloodwork tomorrow and that's probably when I'll start getting nervous. I've chosen not to think about things too much these past few days - I guess I did loads of thinking while in China and just don't want to right now!

I hope all is well with you - I will be sure to post on the post-op board when things are done.

Kristine
  #16  
Unread 02-10-2002, 01:06 PM
Passing time during recovery?

Rayna,
I am not a "crafty " type person at all, either.
It seems to me that under the effects of post-op pain meds, you could turn out some "interesting" crafts!

I'm renting a hospital type bedside table, and will attempt to work on photo albums-I have photos back to 1986! I've got them organized in files by year to help make the process a bit easier.

Scrap-booking requires scissors, so albums seemed safer!
maybe the prescriptions should have warnings-

"DO NOT OPERATE SCISSORS WHILE TAKING THIS DRUG"

"USE OF HOT GLUE GUN NOT ADVISED"
  #17  
Unread 02-10-2002, 02:08 PM
Drugs, Brain fog, and ?crafts?

Hi Sweetiedarling! Hi Kristine!

I love your post about crafts, scissors, and glue guns!! It is so cute!! I am not exactly safe with those when I am clear headed! I, too, have tons of photos to organize. Unfortunately, they are not in orderly files. We have a cedar chest full of photos from my late inlaws. I could probably fill all my days just sorting and scanning those. Thanks for the ideas.

Kristine, I will be praying for you. Just keep us posted. Take care and God bless. You have been in my thoughts and prayers.



Rayna
  #18  
Unread 02-11-2002, 09:49 PM
Passing time during recovery?

HI RAYNA,

I'M GLAD TO SAY I JUST EARNED MY PRINCESS TITLE. ONE THING I'VE LEARNED A FEW DAYS AGO WHILE I'M AT THE HOSPITAL...
DON'T BOTHER BRINGING A BOOK OR MAGS TO READ. I DID AND IT JUST SAT THERE FOR I CAN'T EVEN CONCENTRATE NOR FOCUS MY BROWN EYES INTO DOING MUCH BUT LOOK AT THE TV DUE TO THE PAIN MEDS.

THEY HAD TO TAKE THE PUMP (MORPHIN) AWAY FROM ME FOR IT DOES'NT MATTER IF I'M AWAKE OR NOT I KEEP PUMPING AWAY. IT'S THE REFLEX YOU KNOW...

VERY GOOD SUGGESTION... PHOTO ORGANIZING!!! THAT'S THE WAY!
I HAVE A FEW SUGGESTIONS TO GO WITH IT:
- DON'T FORGET THE INFOS ABOUT THE PHOTOS.
- WHEN WAS IT TAKE
- WHO WERE THE PEOPLE IN THE PHOTOS
- WHAT IS THE EVENT, HAPPENING
- WHERE WAS IT TAKEN, ANY SIGNIFICANCE
- ANYTHING YOU REMEMBER ABOUT THE PHOTOS
- JOURNAL, JURNAL, JOURNAL
- DON'T FORGET! USE A PHOTO PENCIL IF YOUR WRITING IT AT THE BACK OF THE PHOTOS OR ANY ACID FREE PEN

THIS IS BEST TO DO TOO ON OLD PICTURES. WHY????
FOR GENERATIONS TO COME.
THE WORST THING ABOUT LEFT OLD PHOTOS.... NOBODY KNOWS WHO THE PEOPLE IN IT 'COZ NOBODY BOTHERS TO INCLUDE ANY INFO WITH IT.

CURIOUS NOW? I USED TO TEACH PHOTO PRESERVATIONS AND CREATIVE SCRAPBOOKING. I STILL AM ONCE I GET BACK ON MY FEET.

ANYWAY, IF YOU HAVE ANY MORE QUESTIONS OR HELP LET ME KNOW. BE GLAD TO HELP.

BY THE WAY...... I DON'T SELL ANYTHING. JUST WANT TO HELP.
JUST CLICK ON MY EMAIL OR SEND ME A PM. GOOD LUCK!!!

****MARY****
  #19  
Unread 02-15-2002, 07:26 AM
Passing time during recovery?

Thanks for all your well wishes and prayers. I got a bit of good news and ended up not having the operation after all. My doctor wanted to do a conization and operative hysteroscopy first given that my diagnosis from the Hong Kong doc was an AGUS smear. My US doc explained to me that they needed to determine if there was cancer first before taking out my uterus because if there was, he said that radiation would be easier to administer if there was a "target" there instead of just radiating the entire area. He performed the procedures on Wednesday and I got the results Thursday - no cancer! The pathologists think I have endometriosis that settled in my cervix hence the AGUS lab results. For right now, it appears that the endometriosis was excised but may return after a few months. Depending on how severe it becomes, I may be headed down this road again in the near future but at least it won't be because of fear of cancer. I'm now trying to heal after my procedures that he did do - had a wicked post-anesthesia headache and am anxiously awaiting a productive trip to the bathroom!

Thanks again to all of you and to this website. You just don't know what it meant to me to not feel alone during this whole process.

Kristine
  #20  
Unread 02-15-2002, 05:00 PM
Passing time during recovery?

Hi Kristine!!

That is wonderful!! I have been thinking about you. Thanks for letting us know! Take care of yourself as you recover. I am sure your peace of mind will speed your recovery. Then you can :



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