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Unread 10-09-2020, 06:52 PM
Living alone, don’t want people in my house

I am anxious about having a full hysterectomy and being able to recover alone at home. I have never had surgery before, and have no idea what to expect. I am a hoarder who lives in a very cluttered house. Can’t bear to throw anything out. I also do not take “no” very well, and will most likely over exert myself, because I am stubborn and will not ask for help. My relations have not been told yet.
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Unread 10-09-2020, 07:58 PM
Re: Living alone, don’t want people in my house

Hi Augustic to HysterSisters!

I am so glad you found this site.

All of your feelings, fears, emotions and anxieties are completely normal. This is one tough surgery to face and digest.

Having surgery is scary. The doctors and nurses will take good care of you, they will watch over you and monitor you very closely. Probably at no other time are you the center of such attention. . All medical staff in the OR have gone through extra training and education just to be there. Here is an article that may provide information:
If Your Hysterectomy is Your First Surgery | Parts 1, 2 and 3

As you probably already know, having a hysterectomy is MAJOR SURGERY. While recovery is different for everyone, you really need to think in terms of weeks and not days. You will be very tired and could be quite sore. You will not be bedridden, but you will need to rest much. You will have lifting restrictions - 10 lbs for 6 weeks and 20 lbs for 8 weeks is common. You will not be able to drive for 2 or 3 weeks, maybe more. You will be able to do minor items around the house, but much will be left undone - like house cleaning. You should also let the doctor's office know that you live alone, and you will need someone to drive you home from the hospital.

If you do not want anyone in your house, recovery alone is doable with some planning. Think getting all of your supplies ahead of time (several weeks worth), meals in the freezer, lots of easy to cook meals (oatmeal, prepared frozen lunches, etc.), paper plates, plastic ware, etc. Can you have a neighbor, family or friend look in on you? Or at least call you? Here are articles:
10 Tips for Recovering at Home Alone After Hysterectomy
Living Alone and Recovering from Hysterectomy


I live just with my DH, but here is what I found useful (some may not possible due the pandemic):
-Meals in the freezer that can be put in the microwave
-Easy foods for breakfasts and lunches
-Loose fitting clothing
-Prepare your recovery corner with pillows and blankets
-Plan entertainment for your brain
-Small pillow to hold against your tummy for coughs and sneezes (or pet visits)
-Super clean your house
-Get your hair cut

Just know that you are not alone in any if this. We will be by your side throughout this process.

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Unread 10-10-2020, 04:11 AM
Living alone, don’t want people in my house


In light of the pandemic, at a time when health officials are urging us to avoid contact with anyone outside our homes, I think that not wanting anyone in your house is perfectly legitimate, and if people want to check in on you, they can always do it virtually. I would also suggest a medication app to keep track of your pain medications, extension cords for plugging in your electronics, and a tote bag to keep everything organized. We also have many sisters who have recovered on their own, who can offer their tips, and I also suggest that you check our "Hints From Members" forum for more tips. Wishing you all the best for a successful surgery and a smooth recovery!
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Unread 10-10-2020, 01:20 PM
Re: Living alone, don’t want people in my house

i would have been perfectly fine to take care of myself after surgery. plan ahead..make soups/meals that are easy to heat up. if you have pets that need walking, get them taken care of for a few days. theres no need to over exert yourself, just follow your post op instructions and try to walk/move as much as you can.
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Unread 10-17-2020, 10:04 PM
Living alone, don’t want people in my house

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I am anxious about having a full hysterectomy and being able to recover alone at home. I have never had surgery before, and have no idea what to expect. I am a hoarder who lives in a very cluttered house. Can’t bear to throw anything out. I also do not take “no” very well, and will most likely over exert myself, because I am stubborn and will not ask for help. My relations have not been told yet.
You can prepare as best as best you can by making things easier to reach, I recommend watching Michelle Kenways videos on excesses post hysterectomy. I wish I would have seen this and practiced because you will injure yourself just trying to get out of bed. The least amount of injury you can prevent the better. Don’t twist at the waist and bend over! I had a very hard time with my recovery, I used a walker which helped tremendously! Even when I went out in public because you get very tired wry quickly. I have always been the person who does things for myself and never asked for help but this surgery changed all of that! It humbled me and made me learn that I cannot to everything myself and that it’s ok to ask for help. I am 1 year 1month and 1 week post hysterectomy and still have problems doing things like I use to. Just take it easy on yourself. HysterSisters has been amazing for me and I know it will for you too. Goodluck!
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Unread 10-18-2020, 12:03 AM
Re: Living alone, don’t want people in my house

Well, I am going to do the best I can without help. If I injure myself, so what?
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Unread 10-18-2020, 04:28 AM
Re: Living alone, don’t want people in my house

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Well, I am going to do the best I can without help. If I injure myself, so what?
The injury Wildforlife is hinting at is a tear to your vaginal cuff. That is an emergency requiring immediate medical attention so that you don't suffer bowel evisceration or bleeding out. By following your post-op guidelines, you can lower your risks of that happening. And yes, recovering on your own is possible - you've received some great suggestions already.
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