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Unread 02-20-2006, 06:25 PM
Stairs, recliners and beds

I'm having a TVH in less than two weeks. I know I'm not supposed to climb stairs too much, but I can't get into my house without going up 13 stairs! So....how difficult is that going to be? Also, I'm trying to decide whether to set up my "space" in my reclining chair or my bed. I think the recliner might be more comfortable with the options of sitting up or laying back, but I'm a little concerned about raising and lowering the footrest and getting in and out. Any advice? Is the bed better or worse?

Thanks for your input, sisters!

Maureen
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Unread 02-20-2006, 06:43 PM
Stairs, recliners and beds

Hey Maureen, I had a LAVH last Wed. I have been pretty comfortable in my own bed. I have not been able to lay back in a recliner, nor would I be able to raise or lower the footrest at this point. I find laying "sort of" on my side with a small pillow under my stomach feels the best. I have also been sitting in a small rocking chair and can get up and down out of it fine after a few days. I'm not really in pain, just very sore. Hope this helps. Emily
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Unread 02-20-2006, 06:44 PM
Stairs, recliners and beds

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Originally Posted by Mosie7
I'm having a TVH in less than two weeks. I know I'm not supposed to climb stairs too much, but I can't get into my house without going up 13 stairs! So....how difficult is that going to be? Also, I'm trying to decide whether to set up my "space" in my reclining chair or my bed. I think the recliner might be more comfortable with the options of sitting up or laying back, but I'm a little concerned about raising and lowering the footrest and getting in and out. Any advice? Is the bed better or worse?

Thanks for your input, sisters!

Maureen
Maureen,
I had my TAH, this past Monday. I got home Thursday evening and I have been sleeping in the recliner since Friday because of fluid retention.(feels like I am drowning when I lay flat)
I have had to have some help getting covered up and with the footrest, but I have done okay by myself also. (it's according if the bladder is full) Now the stairs I live in a Bi level duplex but my room is downstairs. I am having my mom stay with me to get my son up for school the next few days.(been pretty lucky with the hubby's schedule) I'm not attempting stairs for atleast another week. I go in for my checkup next Tuesday and going to ask then.
If I were you I would either talk to DR and ask him/her about the stairs or see if you can have someone to stay with you so you don't have to go anywhere. I would be camping in for a week or so if it were me...........that's what I am doing anyways.
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Unread 02-20-2006, 06:45 PM
Stairs, recliners and beds

I am about 3 weeks post op TVH. Stairs are ok so long you take them slowly and not too frequently. I was comfortable in my bed with several pillows. The recliner was ok, but it was a bit difficult to put the foot rest down. I have had a good recovery so far, very little pain, good mobility, just get tired quickly. Each day I am able to do a bit more, but I am still following doctors orders for a successful recovery. Good Luck with your surgery, and feel free to send me a message if you have any other questions.
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Unread 02-20-2006, 10:55 PM
Thank you all!

You girls are so helpful! Thank you for taking time to respond to my posts! It's good to hear what feels comfortable for each person. I'm planning to get up the stairs into the house and stay there for a while! I guess I'll see how I feel about the recliner vs. the bed. Right now I don't like the thought of being shut away in the bedroom (I'm a really social person usually), but maybe I'll feel differently about that once I'm home!!

Maureen
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Unread 02-21-2006, 06:35 AM
Stairs, recliners and beds

All the best in your upcoming surgery.

When you come home from the castle, remember to look after yourself well.

One thing I did prior to my surgery was test out different furniture. I would get on and off pieces of furniture, trying to see if that action requires any use of my abs. Then try again, using my arms to help push me out of the chair, the bed, etc.

You could always try this for yourself. It could help you decide what might work best for you afterwards.

Keep well and let us know how you do.
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Unread 02-21-2006, 07:49 PM
Stairs, recliners and beds

I was so glad to see this thread. I have been wondering about these same questions, especially when I raise or lower the recliner's footrest. My surgery is scheduled for next tuesday - I can see that I am getting anxious.
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Unread 02-21-2006, 09:51 PM
Stairs, recliners and beds

I've had a couple of abdominal surgeries, and I'm always alerted by everyone ~ no stairs, no vacuuming, no lifting! It's because of the stitches. I had my hubby carry me up our stairs when I came home. 13 steps is a lot after you've just had surgery. What did your doctor say? I see you are having A/P repair done also, so you'll have a lot of stitching inside as well. Hope all goes well for you, Maureen.
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Unread 02-22-2006, 06:37 PM
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Pinklady -- I understand the anxiety! Isn't it funny how many strange questions come to your mind the closer you get to your surgery? I keep thinking, "Oh yeah, I won't be able to do this or that in another couple of weeks!" Usually when I get stressed, I don't think I am because I'm not feeling the stress emotionally, but my back will "go out". Today I can feel it in my back, so I know I need to RELAX and not worry so much! Your surgery is scheduled on my birthday (sort of -- I'm a leap year baby). I'll be thinking of you!

Maureen
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