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  whisperingcomet

A few weeks ago, well 19 days ago, I had a very lengthy surgery. The surgery lasted about 7 hours. I am still sleepy, I am less sleepy each day, but still require/enjoy a couple of naps each day. I am walking a mile or so each day, and doing light housework (which is the only kind I ever do) and even push mowed my small front yard this morning, about a 15 minute job. I am no longer taking any type of pain meds.
I have heard that it takes a while for anthestic to leave your system, but dang, I am sleeping my life away (or have I just got lazy)?
Is this normal? When will I wake up?
I will check for post right after my afternoon nap

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DeDe54

Oct 3 @ 12:38PM  
I have surgery 3 times in 5 years, and after everyone, it took about 2 wks for me to get back to my normal sleep patterns. The doctors told me it would take that long, however, I did notice that, even though the surgery is over, the pain meds made me sleep too. So, Whisper, bear with your body, you will get back to normal. Keep active, and that does help alot. It does take a while for the body to get back to normal after any evasive action on your body.

Glad your back and pls get better soon!!
Pudge2you

Oct 3 @ 12:46PM  
Well I got a Vidalia right here for you!! ... huh? she asked for what? Oh! My Bad...
dmbradley1978854

Oct 3 @ 12:51PM  
I highly doubt that any of that crap is still in your system effecting you. What I do believe is that surgery and initial recovery greatly taxed your body in most ways with respect to what allows energy, tissue and muscle development.
roger54

Oct 3 @ 12:54PM  
It's not just the drugs working their way out of your system, your body has been through a major invasive trauma and will take time to recover. You may also notice a change in what and how often you eat. Your body needs fuel to repair its self. Just listen to it and you should be fine. good luck and get well soon
ladybootscooter

Oct 3 @ 12:57PM  
Yeah all of what they said plus, don't over do it! Walking is good, light exercising is good. Not so sure about the lawnmower tho! Give your body time to heal and you'll be able to stay awake in no time! Hope ya feel better soon!
maxximuss1967

Oct 3 @ 1:01PM  
I had both my arms broke and repaired last year it took about 3 weeks after surgery to feel wide awake, sometimes doing nothing can make you tired as well
sepsl45677

Oct 3 @ 1:05PM  
I can help....
Ewe_Wish

Oct 3 @ 1:10PM  
I am facing surgery yet this month and the one thing they cautioned me about was not making any plans to do anything for the first four weeks on my own. And a lot of it is just recovering from the trauma of the surgery more than the pain of the surgery.

Everyone reacts differently to anestestics, and it can stay in your system for a long period of time. Especially if your easily medicated.

Hope you get to feeling like yourself again soon!
DeDe54

Oct 3 @ 1:43PM  
Yea, what Dayna said!!!!!!!!!!
Lisa46

Oct 3 @ 1:46PM  
Hey Dayna want me to come get you and you stay with me during your recovery??
Ewe_Wish

Oct 3 @ 1:54PM  
Hey Dayna want me to come get you and you stay with me during your recovery??
Oh, Lisa, That is so sweet of you. obviously no one has told you how bitchy I am when im not feeling well....................... No i need to stay home, my cats would miss me too much. But i do appreciate it........
WillMac

Oct 3 @ 2:28PM  
Listen to DeDe, 'whisperingcomet'. I am a medical profession, have been for several years. And I too, have had 4 surgeries in the last 6 years, each patient is different; and the anthesticia will have different effects on each patient. Something that helps one patient, may have little or no effect on another patient. Just ride that wave lil momma, and you will get back to where you need to be sooner or later.........and no, you're not lazy.
maggiemae1969

Oct 3 @ 3:03PM  
Just takes the body time to recoup ..... sleep well and dont feel bad about it, the rat race will be in full swing again all to soon
straightup_9

Oct 3 @ 3:08PM  
Actually, what you are going through is quite normal....during your initial recovery period, you body adjusted to doing nothing....now it must adjust back to your normal routine....which is much harder. Try shortening your "naps" a little more each day, until you can go with out one....yes, you will be tired.....but your body WILL adjust...There may be a touch of "lack of mental stimulation", also...try doing things you have to think about as well as your regular mundane things...
hopon

Oct 3 @ 5:19PM  
I am the surgery queen, and it will take a while for your system to get back to normal..... and if you aren't getting enough rest, it will take even longer
asnet

Oct 3 @ 5:46PM  
• Yes, it's normal. It takes time. You will recover.
"Talk with your doctor." (ROFL)
It has little to do with whether or not
traces of the anesthesia drug are still in your body. Nap away. Don't fight it.

• My surgeon told me I would have sudden, overwhelming weak spells or faintness for "awhile."
What's "awhile?" Up to three months. When that happened,he said ... not if, but when ..
as for example when outside taking a walk, sit down on the ground immediately, wherever you are,
xcept in traffic, and wait till it goes away. Then walk home slowly and take a nap.

You probably shouldn't be pushing lawnmowers around, or carrying any real weight.
Groceries,for example. My surgeon said I should not try to carry anything heavier
than a quart of milk for about a month after major abdominal surgery.
Stress and strain on the internal and external wounds can interfere with
the healing process, and stretch sutures.

For everything you always wanted to know about anesthesia, but were afraid to ask, go to

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/anesthesia.html.

And, as usual, talk with Your Doctor, blahblahblah,
especially NOT the one who didn't tell you what you needed to know to begin with.

Nurture your curiosity and respect your own common sense.
Ask questions. Get answers. If you can write bogs, you're probably fine.
Good luck.
StraddleMyNose

Oct 3 @ 7:13PM  
Hopefully you will get back to normal sooner rather than later. Continue getting well!
whisperingcomet

Oct 3 @ 9:03PM  
I would like to thank each one of you for your kind words of encouragement.
good night, for now

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