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Unread 05-16-2002, 02:34 PM
Post Op princesses!

Hi Ladies, this is our 4th week anniversary. Tell me, how are you doing?

I'm driving but still get very tired. My body definitely tells me when I've overdone it.
Sleep is normal too thank goodness.

Let me know how you are. Thanks
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Unread 05-16-2002, 03:34 PM
Post Op princesses!

Hi Lisa!

It is great to know you are doing well!! ME TOO!!

My surgery was 4-26 (TAH/BSO - took everything and did bladder, rectal, and vaginal repairs). It was a VERY slow beginning, but every day gets better. I have been driving for about a week. My husband and I have been out to eat and on short shopping trips. As of today I have almost no visible vaginal drainage. My incision still drains some and looks GROSS. Tomorrow, I have my 3rd Post Op with the Gyn. If all goes well, I plan to keep my 3 year old grand daughter overnight this Friday.

I can't believe how good I feel. It was such a miserable beginning (to recovery). I would never have believed this much improvement so quickly!!

Unread 05-17-2002, 02:12 AM
How we feel

I am at about 3 1/2 weeks after a LAVH. I, too, get tired on short trips. I was feeling really good after my two week check up, except for two bladder infections and the medicine that went with them, and my doctor said I could go back to work this past Monday.
So I called my boss and told him I would be back on Monday. Well by Monday, the new antibiotics for the infection had made me sick, nausea and such, and I had to call the nurse and we decided on another week off. So I called my very understanding boss, especially since I helped him find an intern to work in my absence, and told him I would be back until next Monday.
However, here it is Friday morning and I still can't make it through short trips to the store without feeling sick. And I think I have another infection, waiting on the test results. I know the nurse will give me more time off if I ask, but I'm just afraid my boss will be disappointed in me.
What should I do, princesses?
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Unread 05-17-2002, 05:51 AM
Post Op princesses!

I am four weeks post op too and doing well. Week 3 was the roughest with all the pain twinges that started. This week I am doing better - if the bladder spasms would just go away!!! I've been driving since week #2 as well as doing small household chores. Had my post op appointment this week too -- the Dr. says I should feel great in two weeks when I report back to work. Although I've gotten used to being home, I think it will do me good to be back into the swing of things and around people (besides my teenagers when they get home from school). I got a refill on pain meds just in case I need them after putting in 8 hours -- I'm scared!! At least I no longer feel like I'm carrying around a bowling ball in my tummy like I did before my surgery. Doc said I was a mess in there!!

Hasn't really sunk in yet that I'm "period and pain free". Life is going to be wonderful!!!

Best Wishes,
Unread 05-17-2002, 06:55 AM
Re: How we feel

Originally posted by Lisa Durham
I know the nurse will give me more time off if I ask, but I'm just afraid my boss will be disappointed in me.
What should I do, princesses?

I think you should put yourself and your health first, disregarding what anyone may think or be disappointed in. Your health and recovery means more than the opinions of others. Always.

I needed 8 weeks. Eight weeks is what I took. Was there disappointment? Yes. Did I care? Nopity! Did it work out better in the long run for everyone involved? Yes!

Be honest with yourself and with the nurse/DR. If you need the time then you should certainly have it. Something else you may not have figured into this equation: the nurse/DR may not even want to release you to return to work after examining you, without you even having to ask.

Best wishes and Big (((HUGS)))
Unread 05-17-2002, 07:10 AM
I agree with Toonces

I am 3 weeks pre-op today and though I'm feeling better...I am not ready to go back to work. I was told first by my dr 6 weeks, and then when in the hospital, he said it may be 8 weeks. There is a part of me that is disappointed because I am a teacher assistant, and work with 3 and 4 year olds, and really want to see them before summer break. The other part of me that is healing is scared of going back too soon and a little relieved. It was heart breaking to leave my babies for 6 weeks, but I can't jeopardize my health if my body isn't ready. My supervisor told me if I'm not released before the kids go then I can go up and see them and say good-bye the last day. My dr told me he did extensive work on me...because of adhesions it was worse than he first thought. On May 29th I go back and then we will discuss my going back to work.
Unread 05-17-2002, 08:16 AM
Post Op princesses!

I had my TAH/BSO on 4/22 and returned to work 4 hours a day after 2 weeks, and now, week 4 am back 6 hours. I am doing great, but wonder if I am overdoing it. The swelling is coming back, and hardly any of my clothes fit. I may make today a short day of work.

As far as disapointing your boss, he would probably rather have you come back when you can be there mentally as well as physically. If you go back too soon, you will slow your recovery and could cause problems that require another extended absence. If you are not mentally ready to be back, how much work will you actually get done, or will errors and inefficiency make it pointless?
Unread 05-17-2002, 08:36 AM
Post Op princesses!

I went back to work after 6 weeks . When I got back to work my bosses all told me if there was anything I needed just ask. Well I have taken several 1/2 days off and then developed a bladder infection and trook more time off. They were all so understanding, and they want me to heal, and get better. They miss the fact that I'm not doing any overtime but they really missed me ahile I was gone.

Take all the time you need. If you do too much too soon you will run yourself down and that is when those nasty infections take over.
Unread 05-17-2002, 08:56 PM
going back to work

thanks so much for all of your caring, informed responses. I talked to my boss today and he was very understanding. I forgot about the Memorial Day weekend holiday coming up on Monday too. So I won't have to go back to work until Tuesday. I should feel much better by then. Thanks again for helping me get up the courage to take an extra week off.
Unread 05-17-2002, 10:41 PM
Post Op 4 Weeks

Hi Everyone,

I'm 4 weeks post op also and I'm doing just fine. I've been
driving short distances on secondary streets, but not on the
busy main roads and interstates. I think I need another week
for the highways.
I feel great and glad I had the surgery--no more cancer fears
for now. LOL I still have a slight discharge, but gyn said it
could take up to 6 weeks to clear. My incision is fine and looks
good. No major problems. I'm still drinking lots of water and
resting. Driving tires me, even for the short distance.
I still have a little discomfort with BM's, but not too bad.
I'd like to hear from other Princesses from April 19th. I have
been thinking about all of you and hoping your doing as well
as I am.

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