8 days out of vaginal prolapse surgery..wondering about bending and cooking.

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I have a bad uti and was put on stronger 79 day antibiotic. It seems like every time I turn around I am dropping something and bending over to get it. Also cooking, unloading dishwasher and putting away dishes ..a lot of pain at times. Not so much with these activities but during the day and especially at night. Feel a bit better today with new antibiotic and pyridium. Do you think I am doing too much with these activities? Feels like I sit around most of the day watching tv. Also had extreme pain in left butt cheek and leg after surgery and needed walker for a few days. I am 68.

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    hi there Suzanne, just want to mention something first that may help with your UTIs. I had them as well...shocklingly and condistantly .. for a couple of years ... especially before my cysctocele surgery (which was four weeks ago) . I was always going to the doctor and begging for antibiotics because I was in so much pain with it all until I got onto Hiprex tablets which you can get over-the-counter here in Australia from the chemist without a prescription . I was the one who actually showed my doctor this remedy that I found on my own and he was happy for me to go on its long-term if I needed to . Also if you’re looking for something else ...D-mannose powder rescued me on many occasions as well with cranberry . ( high dose ) so I hope that may help with any further UTI issues.

    I started driving a few days ago out of desperation because my husband is brain injured and in full time care so I have no one to help me get groceries etc. So I understand what it’s like to want to drive a bit earlier . I just want to say that it really wasnt until right on the four week mark that I started to feel a lot stronger with the driving and lifting things just 1 to 2 kg at the most. I know as a woman there is so much to do and you have to bend and lift like you said. I seem to be always bending and lifting things off the floor as well . I think you just have to try to be conscious when you’re bending down to the floor . I always put one leg back so it’s not scrunching my tummy up as much and just to be a little bit mindful of the weight that you are lifting. About the driving, yeah when I first started a few days ago I just went very carefully and made sure that I didn’t slam my foot on the brakes. I think the real problem is the other people out there ... it’s quite unpredictable so maybe if at all possible get that hubby of yours to drive you around a bit ! taking care and hope all goes well with your healing 😃

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    Hello suzanne

    Were y ou not told to that bending,lifting is a no no for up to 6 wks.

    You cause your healing tissues to strain and could very well csuse your prolapsr to fail.

    For the first few werks you should be resting and gentle walking.

    Do you have any help?

    When you bend you cause a lot of downward pressure.

    I bought one of those grabbers and found it fab.

    Im younger than you (50) and had a pain free recovery from tvh and anterior.

    Good luck x

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    Hi Suzanne,

    Sounds like you are carrying on life as normal after your op. You need to simplify and change your life for a few weeks and rest as much as possible. Eat easy simple meals to keep the washing up down, wash your few dishes in the sink so you don't need to bend to fill or empty the dishwasher. Don't bother with house work who cares if things don't get done it's only for a few weeks. You have had surgery, you need time to heal, and it doesn't just take 6 weeks like they tell you, it takes months to heal properly.

    I wore the same stretchy yoga trousers for 6 weeks and just washed them through by hand every few days and dried them over night. I filled my freezer before I went into hospital so that I just needed to defrost and heat up meals each day with minimum effort.

    I am 62 and had a hysterectomy and anterior repair in May this year. I had no real pain after the first few days, and no infection. It takes longer to recover at our age, our ligaments and things are not the same as before the change. I expected everything to go back to what it was before the prolapse but realistically that's never going to happen. Nearly 5 months on now and I'm still not comfortable. I have had to accept that things have changed and it's going to be discomfort, pelvic floor exercises everyday and no heavy lifting for the rest of my life.

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    HI suzanne,

    i wrote a lengthy reply but for some reason it’s taking time to be moderated. I just want to say after reading a couple of other replies to your issues that i think you just need a bit of assurance ( as I did too ) and to look after yourself be kind to yourself and don’t expect too much of yourself for these few weeks. I don’t think you should stop trying to do a few things .. like others have said . some people can wrap themselves in Cottonwool but that’s not the case for everyone and you just have to do the best you can. so just give yourself permission to take it easy if you can and you will heal okay. God bless

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    you really shouldn't be doing any of that so soon after your surgery. Do you live alone or can you leave those jobs for someone else to do?

    at this stage you should be mostly resting & lifting & bending should be avoided for at least 6 weeks.

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