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Dec 2, 2013 03:14PM
Someone on Nov thread asked about getting ready..here are some thoughts, hope it helps:
I took stuff to the hospital like my tablet, and never used them. Didnt bother with slippers, wore the socks they give you.
-- by the second day my hair was gross, I jokingly asked nurse if there was something they could do--- she brought a shower-cap-hair-washer---what a marvelous invention. Put it on my head, massaged for a few minutes-took it off, my hair was wet and clean. Brilliant!!!
Have a small pillow or sweatshirty thing to hold to your chest on ride home. To cushion the shoulder seat belt. or, I rode in the back, with lap belt.
Have things on counter at home- you wont be able to reach up. Have bottles open, etc, or hopefully a helper for a few days to reach and do things for you. You wont be able to lift even a coffee mug, let alone a full one, for a bit. Have paper cups or I used a light weight rubbery commuter mug for awhile.
Have your helper help you up from bed-- put their arm behind your back and shoulders and lift you up, then you can swing legs over and get out of bed.
Have tons of types of pillows to make the best nest for you. Behind your back, under your arms, maybe under your knees...all to help you try to sleep. Itll be back sleeping for quite awhile! Some people swear by recliners.
Fill your pain prescription beforehand. Youll want it when you get home.
Ask about any arm excercises you can start doing and when. Ask nurse how to strip your drains. Take colace or miralax stuff even a few days prior-- all the pain meds will make you really constipated.
Read the threads about getting ready for surgery.
Have button front shirts to wear for first few weeks.
If you cannot shower til drains are out, have a plan for washing up- maybe get a type of wipe or butt washer cloth thing to be able to wash with. Your helper will probably have to help you at least for a few days.
Ask the dr or- I ended up putting some gauze pads taped over where the drain tubes exited my body. Dabbed a bit of neosporin there also. Felt more comfortable even psychologically, having that area covered and not against my shirt. Also pinned it (around the tube), a few inches down from there to my shirt, and then put the bulbs in the drain belt pockets...so they were dragging least possible.
ok that didnt work as a link, but Its for the--- surgery before during and after thread, which can be found easily, go to: all topics and its in the tests and treatments section. Theres a ton of great info in that thread about the whole surgery process.
Run Towards Not From --we can all do it...on FB and www.runtowardsnotfrom.com
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