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Old 01-14-2020, 08:58 PM
 
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I recently had hysterectomy, today was my first day out of the house. I attempted to go in a grocery store but immediately got “out of myself” and woozy which ended up with me leaving. Has anyone else experienced this after surgery and being “couch ridden” for 5 days? I just want to start feeling normal again!
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Old 01-14-2020, 10:24 PM
 
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I recently had hysterectomy, today was my first day out of the house. I attempted to go in a grocery store but immediately got “out of myself” and woozy which ended up with me leaving. Has anyone else experienced this after surgery and being “couch ridden” for 5 days? I just want to start feeling normal again!
Hard to say. Everyone heals differently and everyone processes the aftereffects of anesthesia differently. You've been doing nothing around the house except being on the couch for those 5 days? That in itself can have quite an effect on its own. A grocery store could just be sensory overload. Give it time. Maybe do something less vigorous for short periods each day and build up to a shopping trip.
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Old 01-14-2020, 10:30 PM
 
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How long do they hospitalize for a hysterectomy now? Eons ago I was in for 10 days! (would’ve been 7 but I had a bladder infection). I didn’t go out once home for at least a few days. Being in bed much of the time weakens you quickly, so I’m not surprised it was too much for you. Try briefer outings and re-build your stamina. It will come back.
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Old 01-14-2020, 10:58 PM
 
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I tried to go to the mailbox on day 5 (after 2 nights in hospital) and could barely make it. I couldn't cross the street at all since I wasn't moving very fast.

The important thing is that you did it and next time you'll do better.
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Old 01-14-2020, 11:48 PM
 
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Be patient with yourself. When I had mine in 1994 I was in hospital for 5 days. It took me about three weeks to feel more like my old self. The anesthetic just knocked me for a loop. They also did a spinal block and told me not to drive for two weeks as it would take that long for the block to completely wear off. All I wanted to do was eat and sleep. Normally I'm a Type A person but I wasn't for awhile. Now I know why the doctor signed me off work for 6 weeks - I thought I'd be back in a flash but I needed the whole six weeks. I was 47 at the time, so age could be a factor either way, too.

I had the whole midline incision version, not the bikini line incision, as I had severe endometriosis, an ovarian cyst, a large fibroid pressing on my spine, and they did an appendectomy while they were in there. So your experience may vary from mine as to the magnitude of the procedure.

Pace yourself . . . don't be overly ambitious. When my mom had hers, she came home from hospital and immediately went to the garden to handwater all her potted plants. That just about finished her off for that day. So be sensible about what you do, especially where lifting or dragging objects is concerned. It will pay off in the end.

Hope you're back to your old self soon.
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Old 01-15-2020, 12:09 AM
 
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It takes time especially the older you are. Mines been decades but I remember it took longer than I thought. Our minds are ready to go, but give your body a bit more time. It was a big operation
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Old 01-15-2020, 12:56 AM
 
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I had a laparoscopic robotic hysterectomy last year and I was pretty out of it for a few days. Like others have said, just lying low on the sofa and then moving around can make you feel woozy. So can pain killers and anesthesia. I don't know how old you are, but I find that the older I get, the longer it takes for anesthesia to leave me. I slept a whole lot for the first few days home (after one night in the hospital.) Just take it easy - you'll be feeling better soon.
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Old 01-15-2020, 11:23 AM
 
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When I had my hysterectomy, I was home bound for about a week. Except I would take small walks outside. And when I say small walks, they would be slow little walks to the end of the driveway, and back. I don't think I was even driving till the second week, I think. I think you way over did it, going to the store.
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Old 01-15-2020, 11:28 AM
 
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I'm curious...were you cleared by your doctor to get out and drive?
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Old 01-15-2020, 11:51 AM
 
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I recently had hysterectomy, today was my first day out of the house. I attempted to go in a grocery store but immediately got “out of myself” and woozy which ended up with me leaving. Has anyone else experienced this after surgery and being “couch ridden” for 5 days? I just want to start feeling normal again!
OP, do yourself a favor and have your groceries delivered (ideally) or pick them up curbside if possible. It's a huge help at times like these, and the cost is often minimal to nothing for your first few orders.
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