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Is a car trip 6 weeks post op pushing it? Is a car trip 6 weeks post op pushing it?

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Unread 05-11-2002, 09:35 AM
Is a car trip 6 weeks post op pushing it?

I have a question for all of you. I know each person is different, but I need some help.

My family has a reunion in Iowa on the 4th of July. (I know, hot and sticky, huh?!) IF we go, we need to drive. It will be two days to get there, stay two days and then drive home for two days.

I may already know the answer to this, but am I a crazy woman for thinking I can do this 6 weeks post op? I have four kids; a 10 year old, 5 1/2 year old twins and a 2 year old. My mom and dad will be taking their van, so we'll be caravanning (pardon the pun) and splitting the kids up in the van.

Please be honest, tell me like it is!
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Unread 05-11-2002, 09:45 AM
Is a car trip 6 weeks post op pushing it?

Hi, Kjm,

I was feeling well enough, at six weeks postop, to take a long car trip. But we're all different, and you may or may not feel up to it. I think it's wise to take a "wait and see" attitude. It might be best not to commit to the trip, until you see how you're feeling at that point.

It's also important, of course, to get your doctor's permission before you make big plans for travel.

After a hysterectomy, women have an increased risk of DVT (deep vein thrombosis) for about six months. This means that, when you travel, you need to plan on stopping every hour to get out of the car and walk around. Stopping every hour will make your travel slower, so please consider that if you do decide to take the trip.

You also need to stay well-hydrated, which means drinking lots of water, with frequent bathroom stops.

These are some things to think about. Again, I'd suggest waiting to see how you're doing, before commiting to a long car trip at six weeks postop.

Best wishes,
Unread 05-11-2002, 01:03 PM
Is a car trip 6 weeks post op pushing it?

I'm now 7 weeks post tah/bso and really felt pretty good from 4 weeks on although everyone varies in their recovery time. I don't think you will have any problems at 6 weeks provided you don't lift any heavy luggage, can stop and walk around at regular intervals during the day to prevent blood clots and allow yourself plenty of 'downtime' to rest. You will still get tired easily but otherwise based on my personal experience be able to make the trip.

All the best with your surgery and enjoy the family reunion!

Best wishes,
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Unread 05-11-2002, 01:14 PM
Traveling post-op

Hi Kjm,
While you should ask your Dr, I must admit I took a little trip to Iowa 5 weeks post-op (4hrs there and 4 back). We stopped often and I brought alot of water with us. I felt fine but I did get very tired coming back. (We were purchasing another vehicle and had to drive back with my mom for company.) I think IF you feel good enough, stop often enough, drink plenty of water, get rid of plenty of water, and ask the doc it shouldn't be a problem. (Did I include enough precautions?)
While you're there have lots of fun, see lots of people, and enjoy your trip tremendously!
Unread 05-11-2002, 03:24 PM
Is a car trip 6 weeks post op pushing it?

You may want to read through some of the links I found when I did a search for "car trip" and read many different responses to the same type of question.

I am sure that would have been too hard for me at that time. I would have been sore and miserable. That's me.

II recommend that you exercise reasonable caution and plan an "out" for yourself if it becomes apparent that it is not working in your best interest. If this would not be possible, I would be very reluctant to make the committment. Don't be too brave if you think it might prove to be too much.

Hope you have a great time if you are feeling up to it.
Unread 05-11-2002, 03:58 PM
Is a car trip 6 weeks post op pushing it?

This post has brought up something I'd kind of put on my back burner. For me, it's not a car "trip", but returning to work at 6 job *is* in the car....I am a home care nurse, drive from home to home all day, and now that I think about it, it makes me wonder if driving around all day, and getting in and out of the car several times, will be too hard? I'm glad you posted this question, cuz it has made me think.

Unread 05-11-2002, 08:43 PM
Is a car trip 6 weeks post op pushing it?

Two days each way, in the middle of summer, with little kids....hmmmm....sounds like fun.

At six weeks, you may be able to do this, but I think you will NOT have a great experience. Personally, at six weeks I was feeling well, but tired extremely easily. The idea of sitting for that length of time....I don't know. Sitting puts a tremendous amount of stress and strain on your internal's considered an activity.

All I can think is that you will be really really wiped out from this. Talk it over with your doctor, and I guess you'll just have to see how you feel as you get closer. There's no way to predict in advance, unfortunately! If it were me, I think I'd pass.

Unread 05-13-2002, 12:00 AM
Is a car trip 6 weeks post op pushing it?

I agree with the main theme of the responses so far, which is that everybody is different. One thing I have noticed about traveling in any vehicle is that it also depends on the vehicle! And the condition of the road the vehicle is traveling on.

You might want to figure out (as much as you can anyway) whether the route you would be traveling has stretches of road that aren't in great condition. Even at seven and a half weeks post now, a bumpy road can really make my tummy hurt. I've also ridden the bus lately (no car right now darn it) and WOW those things can really throw you around. Ow!

Does the car/van/SUV you will be riding in have good tires and shocks? That makes a difference too, if it has less than great suspension you won't be as comfortable and will feel every little jog and bump on the road.

Whatever you decide to do, just be really careful, take a pillow to sit on and another for your tummy (between you and the seat belt), drink lots of water, take frequent stretch/stroll breaks, etc. And be sure to take along some OTC pain stuff like Advil or aspirin or Tylenol, just in case you get some aches along the way.

I hope you have a good time if you take your car trip!

Unread 05-13-2002, 07:29 AM
Is a car trip 6 weeks post op pushing it?

At your stage, sitting for too long a period is overdoing. I know I could not have made a 2 day road trip at 6 weeks post op.

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