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What did you do with your kids??? What did you do with your kids???

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Unread 04-09-2003, 05:55 PM
What did you do with your kids???

I'm scheduled for LAVH/RSO and am wandering what did everyone elso do with their kids during their recovery.

My kids are used to being on the go all the time. I've already thought about movies but I need some ideas for things that they can do by themselves that won't require alot of my attention.

Also those of you with young kids, how did you explain your surgery to them?

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Unread 04-09-2003, 06:09 PM
What did you do with your kids???

I'm still pre-op until 4/21. I have 6 children, but only 3 are small (ages 21 (until 4/17); 20; 17; 4; 2.5 & 14 months). My 17 yr is homeschooled so will be here to help. My dh is taking 2 days per week off (+ weekends) through the Family Leave Act to help, my 17 yr old will take over 2 days per week and my MIL, friend or mom will come at least 1 day. My older kids of course know all that's going on, the little ones are just too young. We will just tell them mommy has to go see the doctor to get her tummy fixed and leave it at that. They have no concept of time, so I don't even bother to explain I'll be gone 2.5 days.

Family is bringing meals for us, so that's covered. Dh and my older kiddos will take care of cleaning and laundry.
Unread 04-09-2003, 07:06 PM
What did you do with your kids???

I had tvh 12 days ago and I have not had any help for the last three days. DH had to go back to work on Monday and everyone else thinks I should be recovered by now. I have twins that will be 9 this month and a 5 year old. One of the twins has ADD and that makes homework a two hour nightmare every afternoon. They have been really good and helping a lot. The hardest times are getting them up and ready, taking them to school and picking them up after school (they get out at different times).
I am just taking it day by day and praying every day that it will get easier as I watch my house turn into piles of messes around me
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Unread 04-09-2003, 07:06 PM
What did you do with your kids???

My DH was great (and still is) with running the kids around. I have 2 DS - ages 6 & 10. I explained to them that I was having surgery and the part of my body where babies stayed until they were born was being taken out. I told them ahead of time where my incision would be. I explained a little more to the 10 year old, since he had recently been asking more questions about sex and reproductive organs. I kept my explanation to terms we had used in other conversations. After surgery, I let them see the incision.
Unread 04-15-2003, 07:26 PM
What did you do with your kids???

My DH is going to take his vacation time of 1 week off after my surgery. Most likely my surgery will fall on a Wed, so he will take wed and thurs night off (his reg scheduled nights to work) and then the next full week as well. Then my mother plans on coming and staying with me days to help with the kids for as long as I need her to.

I have a DD -7, DS-6 and DS-3. I told them I would go to the hospital and the doctor would put me to sleep with special medicine and take the booboo out of my tummy. DH had been really insensitive and told them the doctor was going to cut me open and cut it out, so I had to assure them that Daddy knew nothing (which is pretty true in this case) and stress that I would NOT be cut up. Once they knew it wouldnt hurt to get it fixed and that I would sleep through it, they were ok. I did warn them that my tummy would hurt a little while it healed and they couldnt jump on my lap. But they are used to it being that way now. I told them how much better I would feel once it was all finished and how I would only feel better and better every day. This made them happy.

Just use words they can understand, and try to keep it positive. Avoid any words like cut, blood, needle, and things like that which scare small children. Of course if they are older, you can use a bit more detail.
Good luck!
Unread 04-16-2003, 08:00 AM
Thanks for advice

Thank you for all the advice. My surgery is in less than a week. I'm nervous. I went for all my lab work and now the waiting is the worst part. I'm trying to stay really busy and that seems to be helping.

Unread 05-25-2003, 03:09 AM
Kids to grandma/aunt

Since we live far from family, we decided in advance to send our five year old and eleven year old to visit with extended family in California. It has been wonderful. They have been having a BLAST, and I have been able to rest/recover while they are away. Hubbie has also been able to focus on me, and his tremedous work load. I also have a dear friend who is driving 3 hours to be here when the kids arrive home and will be staying for a few days to get them settled. We also worked out a previous childcare swap with our friends so that my kids will be taken care of while I am still recovering. (My turn was BEFORE my surgery.)
Good luck and best wishes.
Unread 05-25-2003, 04:37 AM
What did you do with your kids???

Hi, i had vaginal hysterectomy on the 28th April, we have 4 kids ages 14,13,9 and 5. dh took 2 weeks off as i ended up being in hospital for 9 days because of a blood clot being discovered. when he went back to work last monday, oldest son took the 5 year old to school and 13 year old brought her home. dh has been doing all the meals and tidying up.
wishing you all the best, julie from England.

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