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Unread 01-21-2002, 02:35 PM
Getting in and out of a mini van

I'm scheduled for my hysterectomy on Jan. 30th. I was thinking how difficult will it be getting into the van after my surgery. I now pull myself up with the handle. I don't want to pull any stitches and make things worse. Did anyone else have trouble getting into a van? Do you have any suggestions?
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Unread 01-21-2002, 03:03 PM
Getting in and out of a mini van

Don't know what kind of van you have, but I have a Nissan minivan & it was much easier to get in and out of it than it was my mother's car or my husband truck. I would try to avoid going anywhere the first couple of weeks if you can. I know you have to ride home in something from the castle though. Other than that or if you have to go to the dr, I'd stay put. No matter how "easy" someone tries to take the turns & bumps, it's still hard on your insides.
Unread 01-21-2002, 03:29 PM
Getting in and out of a mini van

Hi there!

I'm with Pam on this one. It was so easy to just kind of slide into the seat of my minivan - as opposed to stepping and bending to get into a car. However, I have seen ladies who are on the short side have a little more trouble getting into a van. If you are using a handle now to get in, chances are you are using your tummy muscles too - which is a big no-no right after surgery. Next time you get in the van, try to be concious of whether you feel your tummy muscles as you get in. That may be the answer for you. Any activity that involves tummy muscles is off limits right away! Other than the ride home from the castle, you will want to stay put for a week or so anyway. It will drive you crazy, but even a short car ride can wear you out.

Best wishes!

Unread 01-21-2002, 03:51 PM
Getting in and out of a mini van

I got in and out of our SUV pretty easily, but I'm with Pam...riding in any vehicle is very hard on you for a couple of weeks after a hyst. I think you should do just fine getting in to ride home from the castle. Have your pillow with you though to soften the bumps on your belly!

Best wishes to you! s

Unread 01-21-2002, 04:14 PM
Getting in and out of a mini van

I used my Hyster Sisters pillow between me and seat belt for the first couple of weeks and it worked GREAT.
Unread 01-21-2002, 05:44 PM
Getting in and out of a mini van

My husband has lots of experience getting patients in and out of vehicles, and he had this helpful hint for me to get into our SUV...

Stand with your back to the seat, then step up (running boards are a godsend, but if not, just step alittle more "up") with someone right there in front of you...then sit down, and sort of slide around to face front. Not too hard. Be sure you bring your tummy pillow to go between the seatbelt and you.

If you don't have nausea problems, take a pain pill before you leave the castle...and hope for a smooth ride. I agree with the are very suseptible to all kinds of things post-op, so help your body stay healthy and hide out in your house for a couple of weeks. You definitely don't want to pick up any "bugs" that would require coughing, sneezing, or -ing!!!

My doctor wanted me in the house for two weeks minimum, except for my check-ups with him.

Good luck!!!

Unread 01-22-2002, 06:16 AM
Getting in and out of a mini van

I had no trouble getting into our Toyota Sienna, but I am tall.
Unread 01-22-2002, 06:49 AM
Getting in and out of a mini van

I'm debating between my Thunderbird, which is low, and my husband's pick up which is high. I'm tall, but the truck is still a little bit of a climb. Is this one of those times when I should flip a coin, or just wait and see which one he brings to come get me?
Unread 01-22-2002, 06:56 AM
Getting in and out of a mini van

I have an Explorer and my husband drives a Windstar-I made plans from the get-go to come home from my Jan 10 surgery (LAVH-LSO-already had the rt ovary out 2 yrs ago) on Jan 12 in the van-it was a LOT easier than trying to climb up into my SUV! I used a small blanket to 'pillow' my stomach from the seatbelt, and went straight to bed when I got home-about a 30 minute drive for us. Doing great ever since. Best luck on your surgery and hope for a quick and uneventful recovery!
Unread 01-22-2002, 07:31 AM
Getting in and out of a mini van

A crazy idea that might just work.

How about a sturdy yet light weight step-stool creatively jerry-rigged so you could raise and lower it by yourself (without bending) when you are up to driving? Before that your "chauffeur" could handle it.

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