Vickie....take it easy.
I am First sorry to hear you have went through this as i have too! but take 6-8 weeks before doing anything to over exert yourself or lifting anything....you should rest as much as possible and know that you CAN NOT go swimming until 6 weeks. you may think it is closed all the way but it really isn't so just know that waiting is better so you do not end back up in the hospital. I wish you the best and take care ~M.