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Can anyone tell me when it is safe to bend down?  How about just a slight bend to get something out of a cupboard?  I am keeping a journal so when I have my op (hopefully in February) I will know exactly what I can do and what I cannot!  I am planning it like a project and hope to come out the other end 100% fit, with all problems solved (fingers doubly crossed!) Warmest Wishes, Jacqui 

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    it depends if you are cut, i had a vaginal hysterctomy, i had everything out apart from my overies, Had my op on the 22 september and been great, you forget that you shouldn't lift anything for a while, Im just going back to work 5th jan tomorrow but still have to be very carful not to lift anything too heavy as it takes at least 6/9 months before your fully recovered, I hope all goes well for you and good luck

    suzie

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      Hi Susan, so glad you are recovering well, good luck at work tomorrow, ease yourself in gently.  My surgeon said I would have a vaginal hysterectomy providing all is as planned, he is going to stitch my bladder back, sort out my cystocele  and anything else that needs sorting out (thank goodness).  It seems recovery is better with a vaginal hysterectomy so I have my fingers crossed for that.  Have a good day at work tomorrow.  Warmest Wishes Jacqui 
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      Hope that all works out for you Jacqui... vaginal is MUCH MUCH better... still will be sore, but I think a lil' easier to heal than the belly cut.

      Hope the plans are carried out, and it will be a smooth thing for you!

      Keep us posted!

      Susan.. I'm off to work too tomorrow!  Here we go!!  Let me know how you felt after your first day!

      Mary smile

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    Ok Jacqui... I can share my thoughts..

    Had a full abdominal done on Nov. 11th.. 22 staples put in..

    I was in the hospital 2 days.. home that night... SO MUCH PAIN TO GO TO THE BATHROOM... needed to start "stool softners"...

    Dr. told me take 2 at bedtime, it did help the next day... I did that for a few weeks.

    Have the pillow ready.. CAN'T COUGH, LAUGH OR SNEEZE.. and even with the pillow you will feel "something", but not as bad.

    I stayed downstairs, made a "makeshift" bed... everythng I needed and more by my side:  slippers, magazines, computer, water, pad & pen to write down pills/times.. crackers.. it helped!

    Now I realized to sit up and get up.. OH NO... NOT GOOD.. I called doc... she said to stay on your "side" and "LOG ROLL" off... so you roll sideways and get up.. BOY DID THAT HELP!  I am a pro-log roller now!

    Bending... I can tell you... I moved my 91 yr old father in with me just a week before my operation (he is dying of cancer)... I have to LIFT his legs at night to get him in bed (also on the main floor, made the dining room a bedroom)..

    When I tried to bend and lift... OH BOY... BAD... BAD PULLING FEELING.. I called doc... she told me how to bend..

    She said IF I needed to bend... to wait really until the 2nd week, and then to SQUAT, and LEAN forward to bend... I tried it... HELPED A LOT!

    There is LESS PRESSURE when you squat and lean to bend to get something... if you just bed over you are working your abdominal area.. but try to SQUAT and lean a bit... I am still doing that now to help my dad, or other things...

    That's cool you have a journal.. wish I did one too.

    Amazing process this is.. something NONE OF US HERE will EVER forget!

    Fingers crossed with ya!  All the best!  Mary - USA

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      Hi Mary,  grateful thanks for your help.  Your doctor sounds amazing.  So sorry to hear about your father, and  poor you having to care for your father when you are going through recovery, and you are having such a tough time.   You seem to have everything well organised though, just be very careful.  It is very hard isn't it when we all just want to be fit and active again and get on with life!

      Funny enough I have been practicing log rolls, excellent way of getting up.  I have been watching Michelle Kenway on YouTube.  She is a physiotherapist specializing in the pelvic floor and how to strengthen before and after the operation.  I use her video as my coach when I am doing my kegels.  She seems to push me that bit further, hopefully it is all helping.  She is worth a look on YouTube at PelvicExercises.com.au 

      I have written down the squats in my journal, all ready for action.    

      I have to take movicol every day because I have diverticulitis, so I have been told to take 2/3 each day after the op.  Nothing worse than that bathroom pain!  

      Thank you so much Mary for sharing your journey with me, I wish you all the luck for the future, and give your father a hug from me.

      Warmest Wishes Jacqui 

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      smile  thank for the kind not Jaqui...

      I will tell you..... dad fell out of bed 2x,  the 2nd week at my home... of course, that was my FIRST week home from hospital sad

      I LEAPED off the couch to get him, forgot about me.. and WOWIE ZOWIE did I feel it... you CAN'T lift a person up off a floor.. no way!

      I also did cleaning and cooking... and well... TOO MUCH sad

      I split open in 2 places  sad  I was scared.. thought something was going to come out, lol... but it was just the incision.. I guess they sew internally too... she had to "re-seal" me with Silver Nitrate... omg.. it was BLACK GOO!  reminded me of the filler they use on cracks in the road, lol..

      But I am Italian... I am a worker bee.. miss my daily work outs... I am not where I should be right now, but ... it will come smile

      Sounds like you are ON THE BALL with things... I think that helps BIG TIME!  Who would want to be clueless!??!

      I am giving my dad a hug now, from my friend "Jacqui"  smile   He is not doing well at all.. he has stage 4 stomach cancer... and he was given 3-6 months in sept... I see him declining... but I am glad he is with me... 91 .. .how awesome is that!?!? 

      It's too bad so many people have to have operations to "repair" themselves, or diseases... makes me sad... but we have to get stronger, the strong will survive !!!!  

      Hugs from the USA  smile

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      Hi Mary, so sorry to hear about your father falling out of bed.  It must have been a big fright for you, and gosh you did a lot of damage to yourself.  Trouble is you have no choice do you, you are coping with a very difficult situation.  Good job you are a very strong person.  Fingers crossed your wounds heal up quickly and you can get back to looking after your father.   Please be careful won't you, it must have been so frightening when you split open.  You are right it is very awesome that your father is 91.  Gosh he must have seen some things in his life span.  Take care both of you, and enjoy the time you have left with him.  You are a very brave lady.  Lots of hugs from England.  
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      Thanks Jacqui!

      Not sure if I am very strong...but I "try" smile

      I went to work today, first day, 2 months off..

      WOW.. I was exhausted by end of day... of course, no breaks, no lunch.. I was TOOOOOOO busy... I had some veggies at my desk..

      I did get those side pains from sitting so much.. I have to get up tomorrow and move a lil'.

      My dad was in the airforce, WWII.. yes.. the stories are incredible!

      From war, to working in a tobacco field, to shining shoes!  Unbelievable..I am enjoying every day with him... and they are getting to the end.

      When I came home from the hospital, my dad cleaned my incision.. he took care of me!  It was awesome!

      Thanks for the kind note!  Helps to know i have some friends, no matter where in my corner smile

      Mary - USA

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      Hi Mary, sounds like you were doing too much at work, take it easy and pace yourself.  It brought tears to my tears thinking of your dad cleaning your incision, how lovely, make the most of every day with him.

       Remember to take your breaks at work.  The work will still be there for another day.  You need to build up your strength gradually.  Lecture over now Mary.  Must have been amazing hearing about your dad's time in a tobacco field.  Lovely hearing from you.

      Love to both of you, take care, Jacqui  

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    I didnt bend down for the first 3 weeks then after that just bent the correct way with legs bent,you need to listen to your body and dont force it to do something it cant, I guess everyone heals different and depends on extent of hysterectomy carried out, good luck for Feb.but expect weeks before you should do anything, I had a travel kettle for 4 weeks as wasnt able to lift the kettle

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      Many thanks Luisa, obviously this is going to be very slowly, slowly, I think some pampering should be high on my list, and not rush anything.  Hope you are recovering well.  Warmest Wishes Jacqui 
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    Hi, I had a LAVH (vaginal) hysterectomy and I bent down to pick something off the floor at 2 days post op, no problems just so long as the object you are picking up isn't heavy.
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      Would like to add that obviously we are not all the same and whereas I could do this, you may not be able to, I didn't have any pain whatsoever after my surgery, I was very lucky and have remained so.
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      Yes, I count my lucky stars, I read some of the horror recovery stories on here and feel slightly guilty, I didn't need any pain relief right from waking up from the anaesthetic and haven't since coming home either, I actually think my surgeon waved a magic wand and didn't cut me at all! lol the trouble is it is very easy to forget I have had major surgery 3 weeks ago and I catch myself sometimes about to lift or pull something heavy, fortunately I have stopped just in the nick of time, my husband goes beserk at me.
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      Hi Phoebewhite, your recovery sounds wonderful, hope I am as lucky.  You must have done your preparation work very well.  It seems that our bodies tell us really what we can and cannot do.  I just don't want to do anything silly and ruin all the good work hopefully that the surgeon has done.  

      Warmest Wishes Jacqui 

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      I hope you have a stress free recovery too Jacqui.

      I didn't do much prep at all, I read articles and also the bumpf the hospital gave me, I did buy things such as peppermint tea and gentle laxatives because you really do not want to get constipated, this can cause all kinds of problems, and the tea was to help with wind pain, but if you eat plenty of fruit and veg you should be ok and drink plenty of water as well.

      Phoebe.

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      Hi Phoebe, I'm well stocked with Movicol from the doctor.  I have to take this because of Diverticulitis, have been told to take 3 a day until I get back to normal.  I eat loads of fruit and veg and drink lots of water, because I don't eat anything manufactured, or wheat, sugar or Lactose.  All to do with getting my bladder in as good shape as possible for its repair.  Also I have got down to 2 lbs below my ideal weight (surgeon said this is the best weight for the repair to hold!) so I am hoping this will all help the recovery.  This site is brilliant, I have met so many lovely people like yourself all eager to help a 'newee' like me along.  Take care Jacqui 
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      You seem very well prepared Jacqui, good for you.

      I have also 'met' lovely people on here, I couldn't have got through things without their support, I have a hubby and 2 grown up sons so not terribly helpful although they do their best, so to be able to talk to ladies who are in the same boat is great, I was diagnosed with grade 1 endometrial cancer and was able to talk to some woman who had the same diagnosis so really did not feel on my own, I have been given the all clear thankfully but I am here for anyone else in a similar situation.

      Phoebe.

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      Hi Phoebe, thank goodness you have had the 'all clear', you must have been through hell.  It certainly helps a lot to talk to other women and hear of their journey through this difficult time.   I had to try and get as prepared as possible as I am my husband's 24/7 carer, he has very bad heart problems, plus S.A.D. and depression and hates anyone else near him but me, but he is being very supportive and wants me to have the op so I am feeling better.  I don't want him doing too much during my recovery and upsetting his health so we are going to try and help each other.  I've decided anything we cannot do we will just laugh and say 'oh well, we will try tomorrow' - what else can you do!  

      Warmest Wishes 

      Jacqui 

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      What a wonderful attitude you have, it's good to have a positive attitude it helps agreat deal, my husband also has heart problems though not as bad as your hubbys, but I can't let him do too much either, we got into fits of hysterics when he first had to put/take off my T.E.D. stockings, (my surgeon wanted me to wear them for at least 2 weeks after surgery) He couldn't do it, I think it took about 15 minutes to get the darn things on it was so funny, If you have to keep your TED's on will you have someone to help you as you won't be able to put them on and take them off yourself it comes under the heavy lifting unbrella.

      Phoebe x

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      I'll agree with that too... I had a TAH.. 22 staples, straight down the abdomin... SO MANY don'ts.. forget the do's sad

      My dr. told me if I HAD to lift, to  "squat and LEAN FORWARD"... it helped a LOT.. I am now 8 weeks, back to work and STILL doing the squat & lean...

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      OH phoebe... don't you even feel like that... because EVERYONE on this site has gone through a MAJOR OPERATION..

      We are all different.. you may hear us talk about feelings/symptoms...but we ALL went through something VERY MAJOR.

      Some had more issues than others.. but that's why we are here.. to listen to EVERYONE... and back us up, make us feel better and take it one day at a time until we are ALL back to ourselves!

      To me.. we ALL are in the same boat here... thank god I am not sailing alone smile

      Hugs from the USA  <3>

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      Hi Phoebe, sorry to hear your husband also has heart problems, they give us plenty to worry about don't they, these lovely husbands of ours.  He! he! I can see it taking all day to get these T.E.D. stockings on and off, perhaps Rosie our Shih Tzu could help give a tug or two.  She always has her nose into what is going on!  I've got visions of Ian and I rolling about the floor with this darn stockings in fits of laughter and not getting anywhere!  Hope you cannot damage the stitches by laughing!  Perhaps I could just walk a lot to keep the blood pumping in my legs, sounds a lot easier!  Enjoy your day.  Jacqui 
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      Hi Phoebe, I have this mental picture now, of you in the middle and a dog on each foot, pulling in the opposite directions, ouch!  Sorry cannot stop laughing.  What sort of dogs have you?  Aren't they just the best company? They certainly give you lots of love and cuddles.  

      Strange thing today, one of my friends remarked that I will have to inject myself in the stomach every day to stop clots, haven't heard of that one before, did you have to do this?  I am a complete coward so do not fancy that at all, and Ian's hands shake, poor Rosie could end up with said injection!  This is so lovely, I feel I can ask anything on this site, isn't it great?  Speak to you soon. Jacqui 

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      Ha ha that would be funny, I have a German Shepherd and a Border Collie, they made such a fuss of me when I came out of hospital I really missed them, whenever hubby visited me, my first question was always 'how are my doggies?' Then I'd say hello dear how are you? Lol

      Yes I had to inject myself with heparin each morning for I think 4 days, I found it easy to do, believe me once you've had your operation you will feel like you can do anything because all of the other worries will have gone.

      Best wishes

      Phoebe

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      Hi Phoebe lol  

      Your doggies sound adorable.  I think our hubbies know where they come in the pecking order bless them!  

      You have cheered me up about the injection.  You are right after coming through the op and everything, what is an injection really .......!

      Have a good evening

      Jacqui 

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