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Unread 05-30-2002, 01:14 AM
tahnee

without knowing more about your surgery, it really is difficcult to say wether you will be able to handle the trip. as others have said, it will depend on how far the drive is. will you be able to lay in the back of the motorhome on the trip? at three weeks post-op i was doing really good. i made sure not to overdo it and avoided the three week wall. it takes great conviction to not do anything. we are all so used to doing and going that it's difficult to stay put and let others do for you. if you are having a lavh i think it would be feasible to go. but i also think leaving your young children at home would be best. you won't need to be worrying about them, you'll need to be worrying about yourself. if you are disciplined enough to NOT DO ANYTHING while you are there, i think it would do wonders for your morale. but i think it would be a good idea to have an escape route if it becomes to much. meaning a way for you to leave if you became to uncomfortable. also, i'd pack the pain meds. and a chair with lots of cushions. when i started venturing out, siting was the singular most uncomfortable aspect. there are a lot of us that have been able to resume limited normal activities at two-three weeks. do go post with us in post-op, we would love to share our experiences with you. remember at three weeks you'll still have stitches inside, so will not have full range of motion. if the time comes and you don't feel up to going camoing, why not make alternate plans with you and your husband? reserve a motel room for the night and go out for a nice dinner maybe a movie. or to a fireworks display. i'm sure the two of you could use some time together, most of us do. especially since before surgery we havn't been the closest because of all the pain/yucky stuff. when i first saw your post i said, to myself, no way!! but i was thinking a tent, a car, bumpy roads, rough terrain to walk around, cooking on a campfire, sitting in lawn chairs or at a picnic table. you may just be able to pull it off with a few modern conviences. and you'll have family there, other than your husband to help you out. you'll still need to walk, so i hope there will be a flat surfaced area where you will be able to do that. oh yeah, have you asked your dr. what he/she thinks about the idea? it so sounds lovely, i wish i could have gotten away like that. the stir crazy bit gets old, just staring at the same old scenery. good luck with your decision, i know you'll make the best one for you and your family.
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