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unsavedtrash Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 01:32 PM
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home from the hysterectomy
and I am HIGH and BORED! THe surgery went off without any problems and I did my short post surgery stay in the hospital. Now I am home and for the first time in a long time, I have nothing to do. Of course, I'm not supposed to do anything but I have come to the realization that I can not "just sit" for long periods of time. My SO is ready to strap me to the recliner because I keep finding reasons to get up. I argue that the doc wants me up walking and she glares at me. I know I am overdoing but I am bored.
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BarenakedLady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 01:33 PM
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1. Well I'm glad it went well.
Wishing you a speedy recovery.

:hug:
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Whoa_Nelly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 01:39 PM
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2. Glad it all went fine!!
So empathize with being bored and the wanting to get up and do things...been there, done that!

After my hysterectomy in '91, kept getting up, moving around, enjoying friends that were coming by...and then BOOM! It hit me big time! Blood pressure dropped, was suddenly very weak and dizzy. And because of being up and at'em so soon after surgery, it took the energy out of me for several days...and the boredom was horrible, even while recuperating from my post surgery folly.

So, stay put as much as possible. Doc had told me that the anesthesia takes time to leave the system, and was not surprised by what happened.

REST!!! Be the Queen of Boredom and Bedrest! And ask for leg massages...really helps! :hug:
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SeattleGirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 01:40 PM
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3. I'm glad it went well, but PLEASE be careful.
My mom had a hysterectomy when I was in high school. She was used to doing and going and such. Doc told her to pretty much not do anything (except yes, she did ahve to get up and move around.) Well, she decided to take a load of laundry out of the dryer, and she started bleeding pretty badly. Had to be rushed to the hospital. That "learned" her.

Not trying to freak you out or anything. Just saying that even though you may be bored out of your skull at times, DO WHAT THE DOCTOR SAYS, for your own sake.

And, get well soon.
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sarge43 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 01:50 PM
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4. Have the SO get you all those movies you've been meaning to
Edited on Fri Dec-15-06 02:08 PM by sarge43
see or all the books you've wanted to read, brew a nice pot of tea (green or white is best), fix your favorite snack and relax.

You've just been through a major physical trauma; don't screw around with good fortune.
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Pool Hall Ace Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 02:17 PM
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5. I am so glad the surgery went well
but please listen to your doctor! :hi:
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bigwillq Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 04:23 PM
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6. Glad things went well.
All the best in your recovery.

:hug:
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some guy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 04:42 PM
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7. I am happy the surgery went well
do please take things slow and easy; let your SO pamper you :)

:hug: for a speedy recovery so you can be not-BORED as soon as possible.

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BlueIris Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 08:38 PM
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8. Glad you're feeling decently. Continued best of luck with your
everything--especially your health.
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yellowdogintexas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 10:06 PM
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9. so drink lots of water to flush the drugs out, and then you will
have to go to the bathroom a lot so you can walk.

Don't lift anything though, just easy going walking. You will suddenly tire out for no good reason up to 4 weeks after the surgery, esp if you had an open incision. If you had it done with a lap, your recovery will be quicker.

Sleep whenever you feel like it, you need it.

Read, play cards, computer games, whatever. You DO need to not sit in the same position all the time; you risk having a blood clot form which is quite dangerous. So migrate from the lounge to another chair, to a different chair, to the sofa, back to the lounge chair, etc. After about a week, you should think about a walk around the block, twice a day. Then two times around the block twice a day. I spent my recovery walking my daughter back and forth to school starting about 2 weeks after I was home from the hospital.

If you have a treadmill, that is nice, again after about a week or so being home.

I had an open incision, so I was very sore and getting in and out of bed was real challenge, but I did a LOT of walking around the hospital before I was discharged, too.

from a medical website:

Since hysterectomy is a major operation, discomfort and pain from the surgical incision are greatest during the first few days after surgery, but medication is available to reduce these symptoms.

By the second or third day, most patients are up walking. Normal activity can usually be resumed in four to eight weeks. Each patient is an individual, so the pace of recovery will vary.

Sexual activity can usually be resumed in six to eight weeks.

During recovery, you may need to rest frequently at first. Plan ahead and ask friends, neighbors or relatives to help you when you get home. It will probably take a while to feel peppy.

Many women find that special exercises can help them recover faster and feel better.

You can discuss both presurgical procedures and your recovery, including useful exercises, with your doctor.

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prolesunited Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 11:36 PM
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10. I think HIGH is the operative word here
Believe me, once you start reducing your pain meds, you will be VERY sorry if you start doing too much too soon. In fact, perhaps you should try tapering now so you can get a true sense of the major trauma your body has been through.

Just ask my husband, I was very frustrated with what a long and slow painful recovery it was, but if you try to rush it, you will end up paying for it. I know someone who ended up with a lot of internal scare tissue because afterward and she later had to have surgery to try to remove some of the adhesions.

Take it slow and take plenty of naps. Best wishes on a healthy recovery.
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Generic Brad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-16-06 12:05 AM
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11. Welcome back!
I am very glad to hear you came through your surgery fine. Take it easy, please.
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