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Unread 07-11-2002, 07:42 AM

When is it safe to start vacuuming? I am a little over 6 weeks post op and I really would like to vacuum my house and my pool my way. I was thinking of doing it today but I thought I would check with the girls.

I had a TAH/BSO and I am feeling great now. I start back to work in a couple of days. I feel like I could do it but I don't want to mess anything up with my insides?

Thanks in advance.

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Unread 07-11-2002, 07:49 AM

Hello Jackie!
I had a tah/bso on April 12 so I am a little over 12 wks. Not to scare you but vacuming is the one thing that still bothers me. I can vacum my pool without any probs but when I vacum the house I still get a little tender and I want to hold my belly when I walk. Sometimes I still have the heating pad out at night. I had an excellent recovery. No complications, I run a daycare center and started keeping my kids at 4 wks, just without the lifting. I had help for that. Sex doesn't bother me, but running the vacum does! GO FIGURE! lol, I told my husband I was off sweeping forever!! LOL I still do it but I just don't do more than one room a day. Hope this helps! Email me anytime! Good luck!

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Unread 07-11-2002, 07:51 AM

If your DR has released you for all activities, it should be fine. If not, don't do it yet.

A word of caution here! Do only one room if you have the DR o.k.! Then, tomorrow, maybe another room..... Don't get carried away. I was pretty sore for the first few times I vacuumed. You can hurt yourself, too, if you don't start out gradually and build up to having the whole house "your way" again.
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Unread 07-11-2002, 08:03 AM

Hi Jackie, I too had a very nice and easy recovery. I basically did nothing but rest and walk. So when released, I was anxious to get back into everything. Unfortunately, vacuuming was the one thing that bothered me even as far out as 4-5 months. I could feel it pull for some reason and it was not a comfortable feeling. So I just didn't do it until I felt better. Around the 5 1/2 month mark, my DD had gone back to college and DH was at work and I had company coming. We have dark carpet and a large dog that sheds white hair. So, I decided to give it a try. At this point I could actually sweep without any discomfort what-so-ever. (DARN). I could sweep the pool with no problems and I could ride the riding mower with no problems. Vacuuming was the worst for me. Just try it slowly and pay attention to your body's signals. If it hurts, don't do it. Take care!
Unread 07-11-2002, 08:09 AM
Thanks Girls

I will put off vacuuming for quite a while. I don't want anything to deter me from starting back to work on Monday.

Have a good weekend and thanks again.

Unread 07-11-2002, 11:17 AM

We are all different I guess. DR gave me the go ahead to vaccuum at the 3 week mark, Mine is self propelled. I haven't had any problems at all.

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