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Our "Must Have" List Preparing for Hysterectomy

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Must have list to prepare for hysterectomyAre there any "MUST HAVES" that I should purchase from the HysterSisters Store or from anywhere?

Here are some suggestions from the HysterSisters members:

"The two things I have found most "needed" for me during my recovery are my body pillow and a plastic cup with a lid and a straw. The pillow I purchased a couple weeks before surgery, but the cup was given to me by the hospital. It's been a lifesaver. The straw is so long that I'd actually have to try really hard to spill this thing. I hardly have to lift it from the table to drink from it."

"An ice pack came in handy. The ice pack has worked wonders with the aches and the random hot flashes I've been getting."

"A few pair of big underpants. The mesh ones from the hospital were nice enough, but they got itchy for me after a while. Fortunately, my old "period" underwear from before I lost weight were still hanging around in the drawer. Swelly belly sneaks up on you at times."

"Support underwear - The kind used to get rid of bulge. I found when I wore them, my "swelly belly" felt supported as I walked or climbed stairs. Make sure if you get them, they are sized to accommodate your belly snug, but not so tight that they would hurt."

"Love the abdominal binder! I daughter used it for her c-section and it was perfect for my hysterectomy. "

"A grabber to pick things up for you off the floor and lots of pillows to get comfy in bed!"

"A bell for next to my bed - I rang it to call for help!"

"Gas X and lots of water."

"Loose fitting night gowns - nothing around my tummy felt good."

"A basket full of lip balm, hospital papers, tissue, water bottles, phone, pad of paper, pen, a place to write down when I had last taken my pain meds."

"The perfect pocket binder at the Hysterectomy Store is great. Comes with an ice pack that can be frozen or heated. It felt awesome!"

"A tummy pillow! Hold it against your belly to cough or sneeze and snug it against your tummy any time you need extra support or protection."

P.S. The Hysterectomy Store has most of these items, carefully selected just for the hysterectomy patient.

This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

07-27-2011 - 09:26 PM


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