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I've just found this board and have been reading previous posts for a while, it's so interesting to read your experiences - both good and bad - so that I can prepare myself.
I'm having an anterior and posterior vaginal repair and a TVT-O to hopefully sort out stress incontinence. I'm 40 and have had these lovely issues since giving birth 2 years ago to my third child.
I'd really like to know if there's anything I should think of taking in my case. I'd bought some pyjamas and was then told I'd need a nightie because of the catheter....what did you wish someone had advised you to take?
Secondly,I know everyone is different, but what I'd like to know is how early you felt comfortable going out after the op?
My surgery was supposed to be last Friday so I wasn't too worried about things we'd booked for 4 weeks post surgery. Now I'm faced with going out just a fortnight after surgery (to see a singer an hours drive away) and a comedian (about half an hour away). I'm thinking realistically how comfortable I'll be being in a car, if I have to queue at all, toilet trips, etc...after reading posts on this board I think I'm being a little optimistic, even though I'd just be sitting?
I've also got a holiday booked (it's been booked before I got my surgery date). I'm supposed to be going to Egypt with my 2 oldest (13 and 10) 6 and a half weeks after surgery. It's all paid for, so I can only hope that I'm well enough to lay on a beach for a week and let the kids wheel the suitcases, but it may be wishful thinking.
Also, as I've got an active 2 year old I wondered if any of the other mums on here with little ones have any advice on how to protect yourself against knocks etc - I know I can't lift him etc, but if he wants to cuddle up with me on a night time, am I best off resting a cushion on me so he doesn't catch me? Any advice gratefully received.
As it's been a really long 2 years trying to cope with this, and then asking for surgery, I know it's not going to be plain sailing - any general advice for a newbie would be really appreciated, thankyou.
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