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Nov 5, 2019 02:44PM
Ask for non child proof tops on your pills or have someone open the tops and lay them on top of the bottles. Get/make hourly calendars so you can track your meds. Lanyard for your neck for showering. I moved a side table in front of my night table so I did not have to reach back to get anything. Wedge pillows for sleeping. I ordered a group that all can zip together from Contour Living. We do not have a recliner. I waxed everything I usually wax or shave two days before surgery. I cooked lots of meals and froze them. I stocked up on protein drinks. I used Core Power. No caffeine so no chocolate or coffee. Hand sanitizer and alcohol wipes!!! I totally agree without Yogatyme, do not overdue it. Your drains cannot come out until your output is down. And you need to heal. Follow these instructions from your doctor to the letter.
The expanders are not the best, but remember it is just a moment in time. I had pre pectoral reconstruction. The fills actually made them less uncomfortable. Fills did not hurt at all for me. Front zip sports bras were my friend. I used the Jockey brand which I bought online from Amazon. They were soft. Oh, ask your surgeon if they are sending you home with a surgical bra. If so, ask for at least one extra, even if you have to purchase it. Some surgeons do not use them...
Recovery room, no tips. You will slowly wake up. You hopefully will not be in pain. Then they let visitors back after a while, in my case. I do get the shakes from anesthesia but although strange, they do not hurt. I use a Scopolamine patch which I put on the night before surgery so I don't vomit from anesthesia. I also have total IV anesthesia, no gas (called TIVA) as otherwise I am sick after anesthesia. Learned this from previous surgeries...
I had one night in the hospital and was ready to go home next day. I was up and walking. I brought slippers, iPhone, long phone charger, lip balm, zip up exercise jacket and loose yoga pants to go home. Shoes that can slip on. Hair brush, bands to put my hair up. Tooth brush and tooth paste, hospital did have that tho. Mints to suck on. And advanced medical directives just in case...
Nurses were great with pain control. I tend to stay on full pain meds for 48 hours post op, for my big surgeries, and then start alternating with Tylenol.
Move things you need at home to where you can reach them without having to reach up or bend down too far. This includes clothing in closets, dishes, silverware, glassware, medications, toiletries, shower items, etc....
My surgeon wanted me on 220 mg zinc sulfate daily, 500 mg Vitamin C every 12 hours and a multivitamin. Obviously, check with your surgeon!
This may not be as bad as you fear Elcart! Hopefully you will have a smooth recovery and a nice aesthetic outcome! Good luck and keep us posted!
ATM Gene Mutation, Deletion. IDC w/Lobular Features and Focal Mucinous Features. Pre Pectoral Reconstruction. Hysterectomy
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