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Forget the house! Prepare yourself!

I am 2 weeks and 3 days post LAVH (ovaries in ). Being LAVH means that my recovery has been easier than for example a TAH, however, like earlier posters have said this is MAJOR ABDOMINAL SURGERY and needs to be respected, which I sometimes did not. I have had a few laparoscopies over the years, and an ablation, and the same 3 little tiny scars which would fool my brain into not accepting what really happened...just because I didn't have a large dressing with drains etc..., does not mean that I did not have major surgery. I don't mean this to scare anyone, the first few days for me were a piece of cake ( of course I was forgetting that I still had meds on board from the hospital ), and I went in with a heavy period and came out with no bleeding! Wohooo! I thought. Yesterday, I bled...nothing worrisome but I had pain too...occasionally over the last couple of weeks I would have a bout of extreme exhaustion even after a full night's sleep... I'd be thinking, "why is this happening"? Duh!!! Surgery! And this time an organ was removed! So, even if things are going well, you want to keep it that way and rest. Take as much time off from work as you possibly can...even when things are going well, you still need it.

Some suggestions on preparation:

Like a nut, I went through and cleaned the house thoroughly and did all the laundry ( I live with men ). I did dumb errands.
What I should have been doing was preparing my body! You know your body, what do you need? I tend towards constipation, so I should have paid more attention than usual to my diet and perhaps started Metamucil or stool softeners pre op ( you might want to ask your doc about this ) and made sure I got lots of fluid so things will move easier post op. This has been the worse part of my recovery.

Read the older postings here and take it easy! You'll see that there are a lot of us multi-tasking "super women" around and we usually regret it. Leave the dirt alone, it's not going anywhere!

I would recommend purchasing an abdominal binder either from this site or elsewhere. You'll appreciate the support, especially if you're a side sleeper! I am purchasing mine today and I could have used it right when I got home.

Pack lightly for the hospital...and I mean light...especially for a vaginal approach. They tend to kick us out earlier, either same day or next. If you ended up needing more time, family or a friend can bring you extra stuff. I brought my: health card ( I'm Canadian ), depending on where you live, you may need an insurance card. And I brought a set of keys and that's it!

I also wore comfortable, old cruddy clothes to the hospital and wore the same ones home. Turf them to the laundry asap on returning home ( I work in a hospital, enough said )! A couple of pairs of undies and tooth brush and tooth paste.
Shower at home! ( Like I said, I work in a hospital), you won't be there that long. Use their nasty hospital gowns...you'll probably have colorful antiseptic on your skin afterwards anyway. If you use a second hospital gown for your back, you really don't need a house coat.

Prepare your family for your recovery...explain to them that you can not lift, vacuum, or wash floors or scrub heavy pots. You can not reach down and strain yourself to scrub a tub either. Maybe assign chores to kids ahead of time and tell them that you expect these things done in a timely manner, not according to their time ( if your progeny are males, they can live with a remarkable amount of filth for a long time-it's a gift they have ). You might mention in a subtle way to hubby that if you do too much, that will only proloooooong your recovery time which makes it take looooonger for you to get back to normal pre-op "activities" if you know what I mean. Hey, whatever works!

I hope this has been somewhat helpful. This site has been incredibly helpful to me. Listen to your hystersisters that have been through it, and, if you take care of yourself, it will make your recovery easier. Best of luck!!
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