OMG it takes HOW long?!posted by: Vixen
- Week 3-5: Still no lifting (the absolute *biggest* no no in the recovery of this surgery), no household chores, continued bed rest with your feet up, slowly trying to increase walking distances at increased intervals- as able, with rest in between. [Hysterectomy Toolbox: postop] leading to increased fatigue and a feeling that you are losing ground. This is a major turning point in internal healing, but to you it will feel like hitting a wall: more fatigue; more abdominal discomfort just when you thought you were really getting on top of things."
- Week 6: Clothing still doesn't fit (OH JOY! ....groan), you can operate a motor vehicle (as long as you aren't still taking narcotics that might interfere with driving- awesome, count me out then), you can resume sexual relations... "This is not the occasion for circus sex" (bwahaha....snort..oh trust me!), you can do more around the house, be on your feet for longer intervals but still no lifting more than 5-8lbs.
- Week 7-8: Your clothes still may not fit (not feeling much chance for a 'bikini body' this summer but on a good note- I LOVE sundresses! Which I will be living in for the next 6 mo.....), you may get clearance to go back to work as long as it's not physically demanding (uh...have they not met me??? My LIFE is physically demanding! Doh!), you may return to a fitness program that doesn't stress your belly (swimming= GOOD, running/aerobics= BAD).
And there you have it. Look at me all full of fancy schmancy facts! Probably the most positive aspect is that since the surgery and switching one of my narcotics, I'm a lot more lucid. Prior to the surgery I was run down, extremely weepy, in a constant daze, barely coherent and honestly felt like a psychotic crazy person. I had also become very home sick, which wasn't helping my frame of mind. It took one phone call and my incredibly sweet mom booked the first flight she could. She stayed with me the week following my surgery. When I wasn't sleeping (I slept A LOT my first week home), we talked, read, watched movies, drank tea.... It was incredibly nice to spend that time with her and most definitely did my heart good. Not to mention she adores SM and couldn't stop gushing at how amazing he is to me, how well he's taken care of me through all of this and how happy we are together.
SM is back at work, kiddos have taken their finals, our temps are back up to the 80's with the sun shining through the open windows, school wraps up next week leading into a summer filled with family visits, a wedding, swimming, sun soaked days spent reading and whatever else the summer months brings us. I feel as if life is beginning to move forward again.....
~ xo Vixen