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Unread 05-22-2002, 01:27 PM
Keeping fit during recovery

I walk 3-4 miles a day and do weight training several times a week. All this exercise benefits my bones (I have osteoporosis), waistline (vanishing as it is) and my emtional state! But with all the restrictions on physical activity I know I'll be subject to after my July 8 TVH I'm wondering how I can stay fit during recovery.

I haven't had my gyn pre-op yet, so I don't know what the dr. will say about moderate walking. But in the meantime any suggestions from other fitness buffs among the punctured princesses will be greatly welcomed.

Chuckies
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Unread 05-22-2002, 01:36 PM
Keeping fit during recovery

Hi, Chuckies,

Although healing and recovery are the first priority for a Punctured Princess, you're in luck. Most doctors approve of walking, as an approved activity, for their postop hysterectomy patients.

I wouldn't recommend walking four miles a day immediately after your surgery, of course. My doc told me to spend the first two weeks after my hyst reclining, with my feet elevated.

In the early stages of healing, it's best to confine yourself to the following activities: resting, drinking water, walking, and resting. At first, you may be challenged by walking around the house, between naps.

Check with your doctor about limits for walking. My doctor emphasized the importance of increasing my activity, slowly and gradually.

Lifting weights is generally a no-no for the post-op princess. Check with your doctor on this one, too.

Best wishes,
Helen
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Unread 05-22-2002, 01:42 PM
Keeping fit during recovery

Thanks for the good advice, Helen. I notice you mentioned drinking lots of water. I keep seeing that in lots of the advice the punctured princesses give. Besides flushing the anesthesia and other drugs out of your body and promoting urination to perhaps ward of a UTI, are there other reasons?
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Unread 05-22-2002, 01:53 PM
water

Some meds the doctor may send home with you give you dry mouth Might want to keep some juice around for variety!
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Unread 05-22-2002, 01:59 PM
Keeping fit during recovery

Chuckies, Prior to my TAH. I went to the gym 5 to 7 days a week and weight trained 3 to 4 times a week. I did all sorts of cardio from walking to spinning. I was so afraid I would loose muscle tone and endurance post op BUT............Priority is healing. Limitations depends on your Dr. Mine knew how I was. The first week I was only allowed to walk around the house. Week 2 I was allowed to go for short walk s around my neghborhood. After got the okay to drive (2 weeks post op) I drove to the gym. And walked on the tredmill. I was only allowed to walk till my 6 week check up. At my 6 weeke check up I was given the okay to do everything EXCEPT things that caused stress and strain on my abdominals. I still have to be careful for a "few more months and sit ups are out of the quesstion for a few months. I have done ALOt of cardio now and have started back weight training with low weights. Well I hope this has helped.Take care. Angela (TAH 3/28/02)
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Unread 05-22-2002, 02:03 PM
Keeping fit during recovery

Thanks, Angela. This does help. and ahving a treadmill at home will be a plus since my nice but nosy neighbors don't need to know my business! Now if only I can figure out a way to explain the lack of hikes to my Golden Retriever. Maybe he would like to go on the treadmill, too.
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Unread 05-22-2002, 03:51 PM
Keeping fit during recovery

The water also helps to get and keep the bowels moving. That can be challenging for awhile after the surgery. The water helps.
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Unread 05-22-2002, 03:56 PM
Keeping fit during recovery

Chuckies, I was going to suggest slow walking on a treadmill. That's what I hope to do. Last night I walked on it at a pace of 2 mph to test how slow that feels. Considering I have pneumonia, I figured it was going to still be too fast a couple of weeks after my surgery but doable. I'll start with a nice slow dull pace of 1 mph and work up after a couple of weeks. I figure 5 minutes at a time should be too bad. I know how it feels to be biting at the bit to get back in shape. I can't wait to feel better so I can start getting this old body back where it used to be. I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired and out of shape!!!!!!!

TC
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Unread 05-22-2002, 04:25 PM
You read my mind...

This one of the next questions I was going to post,.. I have a treadmill at home too, and was hoping my resrictions won't keep me from it for too long... as it is, with all my current problems, I haven't used it much lately,... just can't muster the strength, or motivation........ am I just being lazy? I've already put away my ab buster, and my thigh master... hurts my tummy too much lately with all the , dare I say again,.. problems. I can't wait to start feeling better post-op so I can start taking care of me again.
Does anyone know about how long before the hot tub is safe to use? I rarely get to use our's anymore with all the problems too, but I'm hoping that as soon as it's safe, it will help with the aches and pains post-op too,........ I recall all too well how wonderful it felt after working out, or gardening, etc.!! Anyone have a take on this one? My MIL has used her's post-op, and it helped ALOT with the aches and pains, but I don't know how soon she got to use it again,.. guess I should ask her, huh.
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Unread 05-22-2002, 04:32 PM
Keeping fit during recovery

One of the things my Doc mentioned, I don't know why, was I could shower til my heart's content, but not sit in the tub of water. I'll have to ask him again when I get ready to go to the Castle. I don't have a hot tub, but I do have a baby pool (all mine, no little children here) and I love to lay in the water and enjoy the relief from the hot hot hot summer sun.

TC
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