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Unread 10-28-2006, 12:40 PM
? regarding sleeping in air bed

I will be having a hysterectomy soon and sleep on a select comfort air bed. This bed lets you pump air in or out depending on your comfort level. I was hoping someone has one of these beds and can tell me if I will be able sleep on it and get in and out. Im guessing the firmer the bed the easier it will be, any help will be greatly appreciated. I also want to say what a wonderful site, alot of my questions have been answered here. I will constantly be on this site and will post when my actual surgery is once I talk to doc next week.
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Unread 10-29-2006, 01:21 AM
? regarding sleeping in air bed

I haven't had my TAH yet (December 5th and I'm feeling apprehensive) but last December I had an abdominal surgery to remove a cyst and my left ovary and tube and my experience for sleeping after leaving the "castle" was impossible in a bed. I tried numerous times but could not get comfortable even to sleep in my bed (Temperpedic)for an hour. I had to sleep in my recliner downstairs which also had it's drawbacks because I kept getting stuck fully reclined and my tummy hurt when I tried to get the footrest down so I could go to the bathroom. Thankfully my Mom is coming up for *one month* to help me and my family during my recovery. Thank God for Moms!!
Unread 10-29-2006, 01:47 AM
? regarding sleeping in air bed

We use a king size Sleep Number 5000. I am a "75" normally but have been sleeping on "60" lately so still on the firm side of the scale but a little softer. If I wasn't in the recliner that is! I did have about 10 days of insomnia in the beginning but I blame myself for that. The first day home, I slept so much that I wasn't sleepy. So I stayed up all night watching my pile of movies. Ditto the next day. And the next. Finally I realized I'd reset my internal clock! Until tonight... but my DH is snoaring like a freight train so I got up a bit ago to get a sip of water and check msgs. Best wishes ~
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Unread 10-29-2006, 03:03 AM
Firm it up!

We had bought a good quality air mattress bed (the type you buy as a spare bed), thinking I could sleep on it since we didn't want to risk my dh rolling into me. It was far too bouncy when we set it up, so he slept on it after my sx. Our bed is very high and I needed a step stool to climb down! I would also suggest propping yourself up on pillows to avoid pulling muscles in your side as I did trying to get up and out of bed.
Best wishes.
Unread 10-29-2006, 01:00 PM
? regarding sleeping in air bed

We have a select comfort bed. My side is set at 70. I was perfectly comfortable sleeping in the bed when I got home after surgery. Getting up is a little difficult, but it would be from any bed, because you can't use the abdominal muscles. I pulled myself up with the help of the bedpost. Hope you have an easy and uneventful recovery!
Unread 10-29-2006, 05:45 PM
? regarding sleeping in air bed

I have the Sleep Number 5000 (cal king) and I have not had any problem getting in or out of it. You will learn how to get in and out of bed while in the hospital and just do it the same way. If it is to high use a little step to get in.
Good Luck and speedy recovery.
Unread 10-29-2006, 09:48 PM
? regarding sleeping in air bed

I am 10 days post-op from a TAH and I have been unable to tolerate laying in my bed at all. I tried once a few days ago and within 30 minutes I had to holler for my mom to come help me get up. The pain was too much and I couldn't get myself up. I've been staying in my recliner since I got home from the hospital. I miss being able to lay down and sleep in my bed but for now, I just can't tolerate it. The recliner is more comfortable and easier to get out of, though I sometimes need help to move the recliner into a sitting position. If you have access to a recliner or can get one prior to surgery, I would definitely suggest you use it. It's been a life saver for me.
Unread 10-29-2006, 09:50 PM
? regarding sleeping in air bed

i am like Tricia. could not sleep in hospital bed. was so glad to get home to the recliner on fri the 27th. slept in it for the last 2 nights. don't know when i will try laying flat again. thank goodness for recliner chairs!
Unread 10-29-2006, 11:13 PM
? regarding sleeping in air bed

We have a sleep number bed. I haven't had any problems sleeping on it. I just slept on my side with a pillow tucked under my tummy for the first week or two. I love this bed.

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