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Old 05-02-2013, 10:50 AM   #1
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6 weeks off

Currently recovering from Umbilical Hernia surgery so I have the next 6 weeks or so off from work, the weather this time of year is perfect,not too hot and not too cold.

And I'm stuck here in the house, perfect weather to be out roadtrippin but driving the car is totally out of the question

I used to joke about how nice it would be to be off for a few months in the summer,this isn't quite what I had in mind.

Anyone here go through this? how long until i can reasonably be out and about and back to driving my baby again?
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Old 05-02-2013, 11:18 AM   #2
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Haven't gone through it but just want say "wow, that sucks!" Hope it's sooner than later that you're up and around.

But maybe we'll see your post count go from 216 to near Adams in the next 6 weeks!
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Old 05-02-2013, 11:26 AM   #3
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Thanks.
haha, you just might. I look at some of the post counts on here and I can't believe some of them.

Honestly I'm here pretty much everyday but usually I'm digging through all the info on this site from over the years as most questions a person might have about the camaro have been addressed already.
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Old 05-02-2013, 11:52 AM   #4
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Must be torture!!

Good luck, hope you recover fast!
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Old 05-02-2013, 11:57 AM   #5
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My hernia surgery was ~10 days until I could sit comfortably. Once you can sit I think you can drive. I did.

Walking took longer before I wasn't in pain so depending on your plans you have to consider that.

Best to ask your surgeon though. Are you scheduled for a post-op?
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Old 05-02-2013, 12:01 PM   #6
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Must be torture!!

Good luck, hope you recover fast!
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Old 05-02-2013, 12:04 PM   #7
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My hernia surgery was ~10 days until I could sit comfortably. Once you can sit I think you can drive. I did.

Walking took longer before I wasn't in pain so depending on your plans you have to consider that.

Best to ask your surgeon though. Are you scheduled for a post-op?
Ya I go back in on tuesday for my post-op, they called me yesterday to check in with me,make sure I was doing ok.

I can sit fine and walking is kinda ok,not great but not horrible. But so far sleeping (laying down) is impossible. I've had to sleep on my couch because it has a slanted back not unlike a hospital bed.
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Old 05-02-2013, 12:09 PM   #8
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i have not had that but i my dad has had several back and neck surgeries that were supposed to keep him from driving. unfortunately he is stubborn at not doing things.
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Old 05-02-2013, 12:31 PM   #9
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I imagine that if you are not taking the pain killers he might release you to drive.

If you are going to stay in motels I would call ahead to find out if they can supply a recliner in the room.

Ask your Dr. for a temporary handicapped pass. They write it as a prescription and you go to your village/city/township/county/state and get a pass for your car.

Most museums can supply a wheelchair if you need it.

National parks are always nice to drive through. Twisty 2-lanes, gravel paths, acorns bouncing off the roof; very pretty
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Old 05-02-2013, 01:33 PM   #10
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I had the same surgery a year ago and I was pain free after 2 days. I had it done in a hospital that only does hernia surgeries, you could tell *who had groin hernias because they were all bent over walking very slowly. I would say I was 100% after a week, best of luck in your recovery.

PS, I was driving the day I got home after my 4 day stay in the hospital.
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Old 05-02-2013, 02:58 PM   #11
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I had the same surgery a year ago and I was pain free after 2 days. I had it done in a hospital that only does hernia surgeries, you could tell *who had groin hernias because they were all bent over walking very slowly. I would say I was 100% after a week, best of luck in your recovery.

PS, I was driving the day I got home after my 4 day stay in the hospital.
Similiar experience, out-patient surgery, couple of days of laying around at home and I was good to go.....

Good luck .......!!!
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I don't know about that in particular, but I was out for 2 months with a back injury once. I literally saw everything there was to see on TV. It was about 4 years before a TV program or movie came on that I hadn't seen.

My advice, find some hobbies, books, whatever to keep you from going insane
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Currently recovering from Umbilical Hernia surgery so I have the next 6 weeks or so off from work, the weather this time of year is perfect,not too hot and not too cold.

And I'm stuck here in the house, perfect weather to be out roadtrippin but driving the car is totally out of the question

I used to joke about how nice it would be to be off for a few months in the summer,this isn't quite what I had in mind.

Anyone here go through this? how long until i can reasonably be out and about and back to driving my baby again?
The main factor for when you can be back to driving depends on how long you stay on pain meds. I had the same umbilical hernia surgery around 6-7 years ago ... was out-patient, though was pretty well zonked out for the next day or two. It was a few more days before I slept in bed (probably a total of 5-6 days from surgery - was too difficult to try to lay down or to sit up). I slept in the recliner. Think I took meds for 2-3 days and then shifted to Advil).

Around 4th day, I was good on steps.

One word of caution ... do NOT sneeze if at all possible! I did on day after surgery and thought that pieces of me might be wedged into the vaulted ceiling in the living room in spite of attempting to grab and hold all my stomach together prior to it.
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Yep a year ago. 2 wks for ACL reconstruction.


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Old 05-02-2013, 06:50 PM   #15
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I had umbilical hernia repair last October. I was in bed for 2 days and back to work (mechanical design engineer so desk job) on the 6th day after surgery.
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Old 05-03-2013, 03:24 AM   #16
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The main factor for when you can be back to driving depends on how long you stay on pain meds. I had the same umbilical hernia surgery around 6-7 years ago ... was out-patient, though was pretty well zonked out for the next day or two. It was a few more days before I slept in bed (probably a total of 5-6 days from surgery - was too difficult to try to lay down or to sit up). I slept in the recliner. Think I took meds for 2-3 days and then shifted to Advil).

Around 4th day, I was good on steps.

One word of caution ... do NOT sneeze if at all possible! I did on day after surgery and thought that pieces of me might be wedged into the vaulted ceiling in the living room in spite of attempting to grab and hold all my stomach together prior to it.
Ya good advice. Don't have to worry about that so much, they are making me wear this strech brace-belt kinda thing until I go back for my follow up visit. (can only remove to shower)
The meds they have me on are oxycodone w/apap (basically percocet)
so the pain isnt so bad but they have made using the bathroom kinda interesting to say the least.
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Old 05-03-2013, 03:28 AM   #17
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I had umbilical hernia repair last October. I was in bed for 2 days and back to work (mechanical design engineer so desk job) on the 6th day after surgery.
6th day? holy crap! I have to do some heavy grunt work where I work so there is no chance of that.

The messed up thing is the actual hernia didnt hurt at all, I had to have the surgery and now it hurts
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