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Unread 10-19-2002, 04:34 PM
Getting ready for the castle

I am having my surgery on Oct 22. Which is this Tuesday. I'm not really worried about the surgery. My greatest fear is what is going to happen to my house when I'm at the castle and not able to clean when I come home. I've spoiled my family. Has anyone out there been able to get up and moving within a couple of weeks or so. I understand that lifting is out of the question for awhile, but what about dishes, sweeping, etc. Some ladies from my church has planned to bring dinners at night and also they have planned to have come and stay at the house to help everyday while my dh is at work. I've been asked about how long I will need them. Do any of you have a suggestion of about how long would be good? Again, I know that everyone is different.

Thanks for the help

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Unread 10-19-2002, 04:58 PM
Getting ready for the castle

Hi Amycolleen,

Welcome to Hystersisters!!

I'm glad that you found us and posted, even though I am sorry that you're facing surgery.

Please go back into your profile and enter your surgery date so you'll appear on the calendar and receive our special greetings for that day.

Have you read the post-op hints yet? Here's a link to one that talks about light housekeeping and what's allowed and what's not: Hysterectomy Recovery No No's

Please read the rest of the hints and talk to your husband and children about how they can help you out. A hyst is major surgery, and you only have one chance to recover properly from it. I see from your profile that your children range from 11 to 2. The older ones can do alot to help you out, and I'll bet even the 2-year old could fold clothes, pick up toys, etc.

I don't have any little ones at home any more, but I'm sure you'll hear from other sisters who can give you some idea of how long you might need the ladies from your church to be there during the day time. It sounds as if you'll have some terrific support when you get back home.

Please keep on reading and posting questions - you'll be in my thoughts and prayers.


Unread 10-19-2002, 05:35 PM
Getting ready for the castle


Welcome to hyster sisters. I am 3 weeks post op from a tah. From the operation to now has been quite an event. I would suggest that you keep the help duration open. Don't set a specific date for it to end. I am feeling much better pain wise, but I am exhausted some days. Let your kids help. Talk with them now before the surgery and explain what kind of help you need. Both my 8 & 10 year olds have been super helpers. They complain but they understand.

Remember to take it easy after the surgery. You don't want to end up back at the castle because the house needed cleaning. Its not worth it. Accept all the help given with a smile and a thank you. Read through the information on this site to help you understand better what the recovery time is like.

Best wishes

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Unread 10-20-2002, 03:05 PM
Hi, Amycolleen!

s to you! Please make sure you don't overdo because your family is used to you doing so much around the house. You shouldn't expect everything to be done in the same way you'd do it yourself. It's OK if things are done differently, partially or maybe even not at all. The *most important thing* you can do during your recovery is **not** housework - it's taking the best care you can of yourself. Try not to stress out about housework. The early weeks of your recovery are very important and you don't want to set your recovery back because you've done too much. As far as how long you'll need help, that's all individual - hopefully you'll be able to have some help for as long as you need it. My dh was able to stay home for the first week and that was a great help to me.

I had a laprascopy-assisted vaginal hysterectomy so I didn't have the long abdominal incision like some ladies (I had three small incisions), but I still had pain and I had to be careful what I did. I felt so good by the end of week one post-op, that I started doing dishes, etc. Reaching up into cupboards, resting my stomach against the counter edge while doing dishes and (can you believe this?) reaching over the tub to wash down the tiles absolutely did me in!! The doctor said the pain I then developed sounded like I had pulled some internal stitches near the incision site by my navel. I felt worse at three weeks post-op than I had four days or so after surgery! Please do not overdo no matter what - it just isn't worth it. Your priority (and your family's priority) should be to take care of you and get you on the road to improved health and a better quality of life.

Hope all goes well for you,


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