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Unread 01-03-2006, 07:27 PM
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Ok so I'm scheduled for next week and I have a silly question. I was wondering what is the best one peice of advice I could have to prepare for to do to make life in hospital or at home better?
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Unread 01-03-2006, 07:57 PM
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This is one of my favorite Pre-Op Article's ! Making sure that the area's you are going to be living in are cheerful, is a must. Also, do you have help? I was fortunate to have meals brought in for two weeks post-op. (my know my dh is wonderful but he lacks cooking skills ) Resolve now to not let a little mess bother you because others never do things "just like we do". I learned that dust bunnies don't attack

well so your body can heal. My go with you.

Unread 01-03-2006, 08:13 PM
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First of all, I had vaginal repair 4 weeks ago - hysterectomy 23 years ago. I would start taking stool softeners now and see if they do the trick. Continue up until your surgery and then afterward. Purchase nice soft toilet tissue and some wet feminine wipes. Buy various types of sanitary pads and find some that are comfortable. Most of all, convince yourself that you are not going to do too much or lift anything when you come home. It is so hard, but very necessary. Take care of yourself - you are the princess!
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Unread 01-03-2006, 08:43 PM
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I love to read, and even purchased a book and set it aside just for the hospital stay. Only I discovered that the pain meds kind of messed with my close up vision for the first few days (which, of course, were the days I was in the hospital) enough to where reading was difficult, so I couldn't read at all!! Drats!

Sleep as much in the hospital as you can. They're coming in to check you ever hour or two, so you can never sleep longer than that anyway. So sleep when you can -- day or night.

Take a shower as soon as they allow it!! It feels a bit undignified as they assist you and you feel like the ugliest thing on earth at the time, but once that warm water flows over you, it's GLORIOUS!!

Take a nightgown that's about knee length. They'll be checking your incision at least once daily, maybe more. Wearing anything else makes it difficult for them to get a good look, and makes you move more (something you'd rather not do, especially the first 24 hours).

Ignore the phone.


Make every effort to sleep in whatever position you're used to, even if it's a bit painful to get there. If you do manage to get in your favorite position, you'll get the best sleep you've had since before the surgery!!!

Ignore the phone.

Drink lots water all day and night.

A small glass of apple juice will help with the constipation.

These are the things that I learned and found most helpful! I'm sure our sisters have many more! I hope the best for you.
Unread 01-03-2006, 08:45 PM
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If you like to read - have plenty of books when you get home. My best friend gave me a ton of books, including a trilogy - really helped to pass the time - also - a heating pad. Laying on the sofa, reading, drinking tea and water and using a heating pad - helped me tons.
Unread 01-03-2006, 08:57 PM
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For the castle, I would suggest bringing comfy slippers and a warm robe. Once you are home, I would suggest keeping two resources close at hand. Your doctor's phone number, just in case, and hystersisters on the computer. Both should provide you with the comfort you need as your travel your road to recovery.
Unread 01-03-2006, 09:16 PM
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Hi codynlevi!

I think Pre-Op Checkpoints has the best advice on the site, but you might also find some helpful information in Hints & Tips.

Many s and Best Wishes,
Unread 01-04-2006, 08:57 PM
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The day before your surgery pamper yourself and spend time with your loved ones. I got my hair cut and highlighted before hand and I was so glad that I did not have to look at my roots and gray hair when I was recovering.

Unread 01-04-2006, 09:54 PM
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The best advice I would have given myself if I could go backwards is DON'T stress about the surg... second) even when you feel fabulous and that you don't have a good reason to lay around anymore, realize you are still healing internallly. I pushed myself to hard to often and wish I could have smartened up.. In the hospital all I did was read magazines, sleep and snack. (only in two days). good luck and be true to yourself!!

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