Cleaning my second floor bedroom today. I am a little sad! I am thinking of my recovery where my time will be spent on th main floor. How long will it be after surgery until I can go2 flights of stairs to my own bedroom? When will I be able to sweep hardwood floors? I dread the dust and pet hair that will accumulate when I am recovering. Any advice?
I think it depends on your doctor and your type of surgery. I'm having a laparascopic hysterectomy and my post-op instructions say that I can climb stairs right away. But it's not an issue for me since we have a one story house.
That would be a good question for your pre-op visit.
Stair were quite difficult for me for the first few weeks. I took over my son's bed on the first floor for three weeks. Once I got settled in his room with the TV, laptop, night stand stocked with everything I needed, I was happy in there. I was closer to everyone else so it was easier to yell for someone when I needed something. My biggest concern was needing to use the bathroom which is on the first floor. I didn't want to be up and down a lot. If you can go up and stay up, then it might be fine. Again, like someone else said your doctor will have recommendations about stairs.
Get someone else to sweep for a few weeks. You will need to rest as much as possible for several weeks. Don't be afraid to ask for help.
I had no stair restrictions and was sleeping comfy in my bed the day after surgery. However, I would definitely check with your doctor because they all seem to have their own "do's" and "dont's".
Best of luck on your surgery and hope you have a very uneventful recovery!
Same here I slept in my bed the first night, but my Doc didn't want me up and down the stairs for several days by my self, my DH asked me not to use the stairs if he was not home and he would follow me up and walk in front of me down them the first few days, just to make sure I had my balance. I cheated, used them when he was not home, I just took them slow and held the hand rail. Just take it easy
It seems like 5 to 7 days of not doing the stairs is about normal for what most doctors say. The sweeping you will want to get someone to do for you because you probably will not be able to do them for 6 weeks. You do not want to twist in any way until you are checked & released from your doctor. Best wishes to you.
Well stairs for me are going to be a problem. We live in a tri-level home and the bedrooms and bathroom are upstairs. Just living area, kitchen and dining area are on the main floor. My plan is when I get home from the hospital is to go upstairs once and stay there for a week. My DH will be with me that first time. Sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do.