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Unread 12-31-2002, 07:42 AM
Pre Surgery tips

My surgery was 11/26. After having 2 relatives in the hospital this summer
I took my experience w/ them this summer to "plan ahead" for a hospital stay.
**I made sure I had travel size toiletries with me.
**No need for robe, since theylet you were a hospital gown on backwards to keep your tush covered.
What I did do was buy a pj top w/ front buttons in a very complimentary color
to wear. Really helped me feel better when visitor came--bottom half was
always covered w/ blanket so that didn't matter. It was also nice for when
I got chilly.
**Make sure you have lotion, chapstick, and some type of hard candies available due to
dry skin and mouth.
**I didn't buy "old lady underwear" as some suggested, but did by my
thigh hi undies 1 size larger! My incision was 13" inches and buying nylon
w/ lace and wide waistband helped.
**I also selected my loosest fitting sweats to wear home.
**I planned to sleep in guest room while recuperating and got this prepared
ahead of time. Clean sheets, extra pillows, side tables to put things, nearby
selection of reading materials, changed the bed placement for easier TV
watching, and since it was before xmas, I actually decorated this room so I
had nice surroundings!
**take a walkman if possible--really helped to block out noise early in the AM
**find some dry shampoo--clean hair can do wonders!
**I can't be without makeup! So, I took Revlon 3 day mascara (it just colors
and doesn't come off), a pale lipgloss and a very natural pink blush. Really
helped me feel better.
**I was really scared to death about the surgery (both parents/grandmother died
from post surgery complications in past 8 yrs). I let Dr know of my fears before
hand and nurses know after. I wanted them to know WHY I asked so many
questions! ASK questions--many fears can be alleviated this way!

Hope these suggestions help! Wish I had found this board before my
CindiM TAH/BSO w/ OvCa IIIc
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Unread 12-31-2002, 08:18 AM
Pre Surgery tips

Thanks very much for the pre-op tips.
surgery is on the 14.01.03 and i am gratefull for any positive advice

thanks Sandyxx

Unread 12-31-2002, 08:22 AM
Pre Surgery tips

Hi , great tips! thanks for sharing them
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Unread 12-31-2002, 08:24 AM
Pre Surgery tips

Thanks so much, Cindi! Wonderful tips! Hope you have a restful, complete recovery and a fantastic 2003!!!

Sandi, you'll do great! You'll make a gorgeous !


Unread 12-31-2002, 12:39 PM

Dry Shampoo? :confuse:
Where can I find some? And how do you use it? Oddly enough, one of my concerns is how am I going to wash my hair. I had decided that maybe I should just take a ball cap. My surgery is Jan. 13th, and I am trying to get everything together this week, so I can rest next week.

Thanks for the Tips!
Unread 12-31-2002, 02:55 PM
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Hi Single,
I see that we are in the same state. Simpsonville is just a jump outside Greenville, SC.

Dry shampoo can be found at your local beauty supply store (Sally's Beauty Supply), or large size pharmacy like Eckerd's or CVS. Just ask them for dry or waterless shampoo. They should know what you are talking about.

Haven't seen this suggestion anywhere but I could not have made it without a chair or stool in the shower! Being a penny pincher, I placed a small plastic outdoor table in the shower and boy did that help! I made sure the legs had non-slip bottoms.

Best wishes for a relaxing castle visit and quick recovery to all...

Unt Bunny
Unread 12-31-2002, 03:49 PM
3 day mascara?!

OK -- also being one who can't go w/out makeup, I was intrigued by the Revlon 3 day mascara! Does it smudge at all? I use Avon wash-off waterproof mascara because it doesn't smudge, but it won't last a night's sleep.

As for the shampoo thing -- when do they let you shower with a TAH/BSO? Will I just be able to sponge bath while in the hospital?

Thanks for all the great ideas -- I'm going in on Friday, and I need to get my act together and pack!

Unread 12-31-2002, 05:13 PM
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I forgot about the stool in the shower! Hubby was going to try lawn chair
or plastic step stool he had, but I didnt' need it. What I did use in the
shower was my net back scrubber! My back broke out from laying flat in
hospital and sweating so it helped with that. AND, it's great to get your
the bottom of your leg and feet and any other hard to reach places!

Other thing I found: stitches in my "new bellybutton" were supposed to
"melt". They don't w/ body gel--they need REAL soap!

About showering. My surgery was Tues 6PM. I got to shower on Friday.
I was told to wash incision. The bandages were still on my drains and they
just changed them after I was finished.

Unread 12-31-2002, 06:34 PM
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Shower after surgery - I could have taken one the day after surgery, but I didn't feel up to it. Had sponge baths instead. Surgery was on Tues, waited til I was home for my first shower, Friday. It was a short shower, I wasn't ready to stand for too long.

If makeup makes you feel better, by all means take it, but every hospital has different procedures. My preop instructions were written out and crystal clear: "Do not wear make-up, nail polish or jewelry the day of surgery. You will also be asked to remove dentures, partial plates, or other prosthesis before surgery." They did tell me I could keep my wedding ring on; they would tape it during surgery. Every room in my hospital has a large wall clock right under the TV so I didn't have to worry about a watch.

Just my own personal opinion: I preferred to be as "natural" as possible, because even with all the new high tech equipment I believe if there is a chance they can spot a potential problem by being able to observe my nail beds or the color of my face, etc and not waiting for the machine to tell them something may be wrong then I wanted to give them that possible early warning time.

Also since I was in the hospital to have surgery, I must have been sick, and it's better to look sick, so family and friends remember that you're recovering, if you look too good you may lose the sympathy and extra help! That's one of the reasons to stay in pj's at home for as long as possible.

Best wishes!

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