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Unread 10-23-2021, 11:44 PM
Re: What to expect with Outpatient Hysterectomy (LAVH RSO) on 11/16

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Hi Brocky,

As I’m stocking up on the various supplies, I was wondering what the wedge pillow was used for? Do you recall an approximate size?
I’ve seen a few mentioned as helpful for recovery, but not why. I know they are used for head / back, legs, side support and who knows what else. I want to make sure my search is for the appropriate item.

Thank you again for the detailed list, both about your surgery day and helpful items!
Hi, just saw this post. I ordered a 24x24x7 wedge pillow from Amazon. I use it for both head and feet.
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Unread 10-24-2021, 06:48 AM
Re: What to expect with Outpatient Hysterectomy (LAVH RSO) on 11/16

Lots of beneficial items and pre planning have been listed below, but in terms of top 5 I could not have done without the following:

Paper and pen for recording meds. I left hospital with different medications to be taken in different douses and different time intervals. Not being able to think straight for a few days having a list of meds, doses and times that I could tick off meant k didn’t have to think about it.

Bedside table prepared with accessible sockets on an extension lead. Set this up before I went into hospital so I had easy access to phone and chargers, kindle, tablet, drinks and snacks.

I went for a V shaped pillow rather than wedge shaped. Mainly because I already had it from when I had my twins. It has helped me through tough times. Still using it as it is alleviating back pain and provides support if I want to lie on my side.

Stool softener. I didn’t have any and by day 6 was in a bad way.

My husbands recliner chair and foot stool. I have taking it over much to the disgust of our dog who likes to sit in it during the day. I cannot sit on our sofa for long or an upright chair as both give me back pain.

Finally, not a physical thing. I wish I had really understood just how tired I would be. I was told, but it doesn’t sink in until you are there. I have learnt through experience that if I feel good, like today, to celebrate it but not use it as an opportunity to sort out the freezer (don’t ask) Relax, take it easy, literally put your feet up, don’t expect to have much concentration, binge you tube and Netflix and pamper yourself. Don’t push it, let your body guide you. As a bit of a control freak that has been hard!!

Xx
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Unread 10-24-2021, 07:35 AM
Re: What to expect with Outpatient Hysterectomy (LAVH RSO) on 11/16

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Originally Posted by Rody Dendron View Post
Lots of beneficial items and pre planning have been listed below, but in terms of top 5 I could not have done without the following:

Paper and pen for recording meds. I left hospital with different medications to be taken in different douses and different time intervals. Not being able to think straight for a few days having a list of meds, doses and times that I could tick off meant k didn’t have to think about it.

Bedside table prepared with accessible sockets on an extension lead. Set this up before I went into hospital so I had easy access to phone and chargers, kindle, tablet, drinks and snacks.

I went for a V shaped pillow rather than wedge shaped. Mainly because I already had it from when I had my twins. It has helped me through tough times. Still using it as it is alleviating back pain and provides support if I want to lie on my side.

Stool softener. I didn’t have any and by day 6 was in a bad way.

My husbands recliner chair and foot stool. I have taking it over much to the disgust of our dog who likes to sit in it during the day. I cannot sit on our sofa for long or an upright chair as both give me back pain.

Finally, not a physical thing. I wish I had really understood just how tired I would be. I was told, but it doesn’t sink in until you are there. I have learnt through experience that if I feel good, like today, to celebrate it but not use it as an opportunity to sort out the freezer (don’t ask) Relax, take it easy, literally put your feet up, don’t expect to have much concentration, binge you tube and Netflix and pamper yourself. Don’t push it, let your body guide you. As a bit of a control freak that has been hard!!

Xx
Rody,
This is super helpful.
I have typically tracked my post surgical meds on my tablet, but it sounds like I may be loopy enough to need paper to see at a glance.
I appreciate the emphasis on being tired. Having surgery the week before kicking off the holidays is a strange thought. I have all gifts done, they will be wrapped before surgery. Meals are being prepared so that I truly can take time to recover. (You know I’d love to hear the freezer story. I’m sure we all have similar crazy stories we could share of “don’t do after major surgery”j
I’ll remind my HH of your advice as well.. A month out, I could still be very tired.

Wishing you continued recovery and health.
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Unread 10-25-2021, 08:05 PM
Re: What to expect with Outpatient Hysterectomy (LAVH RSO) on 11/16

Please ask your doctor before taking any medication - OTC, prescription, herbs, or otherwise - both before and after surgery. Everyone is different, and every doctor is different.

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