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My personal experience tips

I’ve been keeping a little list so I’ll add it here
My personal experience tips:
Avoid the following for at least a couple weeks:
* Bending over
* Reaching up for things
* Twisting suddenly
* Squatting (I thought I could bypass bending over by squatting to pick things up. Nope. Less painful, but caused swelling)
* Driving. You May be cleared at 2 weeks, but that does not mean you’re ready. The bumps and sitting position were very uncomfortable even at 3 weeks. As a passenger, you can shift your body or recline the seat as needed. As a driver, you are stuck in one position and have to be fully alert. Never drive while taking narcotic pain meds. Your reactions are even slower.
* Heavy cleaning like vacuuming, mopping and carrying loads of laundry

Things that seemed to help:
* Walking. The more I walk, the better I feel. During the first week, increase the amount you walk little by little. Walking really helped release the tension throughout my body and helped with swelly belly
* Sleep naked if you can, or with just a T-shirt. It was nearly impossible for me to reposition myself once I got in bed, but getting into bed would crinkle my pjs. I couldn’t just lift my hips to straighten my pjs so I ended up ditching them and slept so much better
* Lift with your legs. Even when lifting something that doesn’t seem heavy, the bending and picking it up would cause pain. I learned to bend my knees, straighten my arms and just lift with my legs and not my arms

Other observations:
* This recovery is not as easy as I was led to believe. When I researched online, places like WebMD and Mayo said you should feel back to normal within a week after a laparoscopic hysterectomy. Pfft. Not even close. Weeks 2-3 were actually the hardest. I wasn’t in severe pain, but I was achy and spotting and just blah. A few days before my 3 week mark, I started to feel like myself again.
* Wait to go back to work as long as you can. Once you go back to work, the expectation of co-workers, family and even yourself is that you’re 100%. I can work from home and went back to work 3 days post op. I was miserable. Sitting for extended periods puts a lot of pressure on your core and vaginal cuff and can actually impede your healing. I have a feeling this was a big contributor to my miserable weeks 2 and 3.
* When you do go back to work, set clear expectations with your boss. Let them know you may only be able to stay 3-4 hours the first week.
* This surgery is about SLOWLY returning to normal activities. Even though you may be cleared for exercise, take it very slow. At 5.5 weeks I went to the gym and used the treadmill. I kept a moderate waking pace for 30 minutes and spent the next day in pain. Not severe pain, but uncomfortable swelly belly and aches. The second time I went, I went a little faster and for 40 minutes and the pain lasted two days.
* Do not follow any instructions except for your doctor’s. Someone on here who had surgery the same day as you might be cleared for something, but that does not mean you can do it too. We all had different types of surgery, are different ages and have different medical histories. Everything on here is based on personal experiences and given as advice only.
* This is not a recovery you can push through the pain. It’s a rest harder not push harder. You only have ONE chance to heal the right way.

Read the recovery articles on here. They are an excellent resource!
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