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First Week Tips After Hysterectomy
From the Hysterectomy Recovery Articles List
What kind of tips will help me during the first week after surgery?
The HysterSisters have shared many tips that they found to be helpful during the initial days of recovery. You could find these helpful, too!
PAPER AND PLASTIC WARE
Paper and plastic ware will be your friend! In the initial days of recovery, use paper plates, plastic cups, forks, and spoons, and keep napkins handy. Once you have used them, they can all be thrown away—no washing required! This makes clean up quick and easy, and saves you from having to stand and clean dishes and towels.
DIET AND DRINKS
Hopefully you have frozen meals
you can heat up for a quick, hearty meal. You can supplement those with fresh veggies and fruits. Yogurt and healthy cereals are easy-to-fix choices, too.
Right now, drinking plenty of fluids
is just what the doctor
ordered! The fluids will keep you hydrated and flush your system. Try to avoid excessive caffeine and too many sugary drinks, but you can vary your beverages with juices, tea, and water. Consider blending up vegetable drinks and fruit smoothies, too.
To stay ahead of your pain, be sure to follow your doctor’s instructions and take your medications on schedule
. It is also a good idea to keep a dose of your meds and a drink close by in your recovery spot. This way, if you fall asleep and miss your next dose, you have quick, easy access when you wake up.
YOUR TENDER BELLY
If you have incisions of any kind and your belly is tender, swollen and achey, adding some extra accessories can be a life saver. An ice pack and a belly binder
or the HysterSisters Pocket Binder
is a perfect help. A tummy pillow
is extra helpful when traveling or just getting comfortable on your bed or couch. The HysterSisters tummy pillow comes with a pocket and 2 ice packs.
ACCEPT HELP AND REST
When family, friends, and acquaintances offer to help, let them! There will be a lot of little things that they can do for you. From washing a load of laundry, mopping the kitchen floor, and running the vacuum, to running errands, going to the grocery store, and driving you to appointments, there are a lot of tasks that others can help you with.
Right now, your job is to rest
. Let others assist
you with your chores while you focus on healing. You only have one chance to do it right!
YOUR PROGRESS REPORT THREAD
There is a Progress Recovery thread
dedicated to a week of surgery days. You can join the thread that includes your date so you can connect with others who are at your same stage of recovery. Knowing that there are others experiencing what you are can be comforting during the initial weeks of recovery.
You can also look through the Hints from Members
sub-forum for other tips and suggestions shared by our HysterSisters.com members.
Following these tips can help you rest and recover so you will be back on your feet soon!
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.
11-20-2013 - 05:08 PM
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