Elizabeth, I think Gemstone offers some really good advice. It there anyway you can get a port a potty, I don't know if that is what this is called or not, but it will go right over your existing toilet and make it higher, they you may be able to get up and down on your own. My MIL had one after all of her surgeries so she could use the bathroom on her own. We helped her in and out of the shower, but she always dressed and undressed in the shower. I would attach ribbon with a safety pin to each side of your pants and then you can pull your pants up on your own. But if they are saying you need 6-8 weeks to recover, take it, you will be healthier in the long run, especially since they are cutting through the abdominal wall, and that will take a lot out of you. I had laproscopic surgery done for my gall bladder and it was 6 weeks before I could return to work, not normal for most but that way for me because of my job. So take your time and heal, just focus on eating right and maybe ask your doctor when it's ok to start walking. Hope everything goes well on the surgery and hope you come out cancer free. Congrats on all of the weight you have lost. Keep up the good work.
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Fitness Minutes: (33,610) Posts: 12,335 12/4/08 12:14 A
Elizabeth, I have no real suggestions other than to advise you to continue to get in the best possible pre-op shape possible. The healthier you are going in, the faster your recovery. Perhaps your medical provider could suggest some pre-op exercises that would work--maybe a consult with a physical therapist or something like that might help. A PT is likely in the best position to advise you on post-op exercises. An Occupational Therapist might also be able to offer some suggestions. You've done a spectacular job steering your ship so far, so it would seem to me that if you continue to strengthen as you have, perhaps it will go easier for you.
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Fitness Minutes: (10,960) Posts: 414 12/3/08 11:59 P
Okay, I normally swing most things on my own and I have been making excellent progress. 6 months 72 pounds. On January second I will be having a hysterectomy because of ovarian cancer. They can not do it lapriscopicly (???) because of the extent. So I will have a nice cut in the belly.
I have been doubling up on my crunches and my side bends hoping to stregnthen the muscles so I will heal quicker and get back to basics sooner than expected. I do not want this to put me completely down for the full 8 to 10 weeks like they said, I understand that exercise during that healing time isOUT!, but are there any things I can do in the next 30 days to help those areas out and make it easier for me to heal and get around more on my own instead of having to ask my 2 teenage sons to help me to and from the bath room and uo and down on and off the potty? That is a bit embarassing. i know that there must be a solution. If you ahve any ideas please throw them my way.
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