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Unread 10-12-2004, 05:40 PM
Showering post-op question (shower chair?)

I just spent some time with a friend of mine who had similar but not the same surgery. She recommended a "shower chair".

It's kind of expensive - if I'm not going to need it. What are your thoughts? Did you need support in the shower?
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Unread 10-12-2004, 05:53 PM
Showering post-op question (shower chair?)

I really dont think it necessary to purchase a shower chair. One day post op after a TAH I was asked to get out of bed and have a shower. I was quite unsteady on my feet and felt very weak so was very happy to use the hospital plastic chair. I asked my husband to stay in the bathroom with me in case I needed assistance drying myself.

By day 2 I had a shower on my own with no assistance at all and stood without needing to sit down.

I am now 1 week post op and have been home for 3 days and feel absolutely fabulous. I can do easy chores around the house and am walking pretty well upright with little pain or discomfort. I am only taking about 2 panadols for pain relief each day.

If you are uneasy maybe you could borrow a plastic garden chair for the shower when you get home, but I would be very surprised if you would be needing it.

Good luck for your op!
Unread 10-12-2004, 05:57 PM
Showering post-op question (shower chair?)

I wouldn't spend money on the chair. I showered alone the day after surgery in the hospital taking it slow,
Once home I would take a shower every other day with no problems. Just wash hair and body and get out. Was so refreshing! Maybe certain ages need chairs in the shower, I am only 50.
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Unread 10-12-2004, 06:12 PM
Showering post-op question (shower chair?)


I used a plastic patio chair in the shower for the first week after I came home (sitting on a rubber bath mat so it wouldn't slip). By sitting in the chair and propping my leg on the side of the tub, I could shave my legs. It also helped when those unexpected waves of fatigue would overwhelm me.


Unread 10-12-2004, 06:15 PM
Showering post-op question (shower chair?)

HI Sisters!!

I showered standing up in the hospital and have been showering on my own ever since....even shaving my legs during week 1.

I wouldn't spend the money on a chair. But, the idea of a garden chair is good if you are nervous!

Take care,

Unread 10-12-2004, 06:15 PM
me too patio chair

I used a plastic patio chair for the first few days when I returned, until I felt strong enough to stand. I would not invest in a chair; a mat under it will secure it and then you can take it out and use it in other ways. For example, I also use it with a big pillow on the seat to sit and blow dry my hair.
I hope you feel great soon!
Unread 10-12-2004, 06:22 PM

Thanks... good idea...
I have plenty of patio chairs!

You guys ROCK!
Unread 10-12-2004, 06:24 PM
bless you

Hi Chixfly,
You'll be in my prayers. You'll be OK!
Love, LCP

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