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What to stock the house with? What to stock the house with?

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Unread 02-12-2007, 12:29 PM
What to stock the house with?

Hi there everyone! I have a question to those of you already through this and about to go through this...do you have any suggestions of things that I may want/need at the house after I get home? I want to do some ahead of time prep as I have a house full of children (3 girls!) and I would like to not have to worry too much about it afterward. If you can think of some things you wish you planned for..or if you are about to go through this..suggestions of things that you are anticipating..I would really appreciate the input!
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Unread 02-12-2007, 12:45 PM
What to stock the house with?

I would suggest...

paper plates and plastic cups
get all your drinks in smaller containers.... gallons jugs of kool-aid and tea are heavy....

thats all I can think of now..... best wishes
Unread 02-12-2007, 12:50 PM
What to stock the house with?

I stocked up on soup and ice cream. Sandwiches just didn't cut it for lunch, but for some strange reason soup has. Ice cream has been wonderful!!! I have 4 pints of Ben & Jerry's in the freezer. Guess this is all the "comfort foods"
Best of Luck with your surgery!
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Unread 02-12-2007, 01:47 PM
What to stock the house with?

Being a single mother, I bought things that my DD can cook. Some frozen foods, mac and cheese.. that sort of thing. Lunch meat and bread.. I bought 8 lbs of hamburger and froze it this morning.
Unread 02-12-2007, 01:49 PM
What to stock the house with?

Bottled water, cranberry juice, soup, crackers, juice, gas-x, advil, snacks, frozen dinners if at all possible, stuff for sandwiches, chips. Basically things that are easy for you and your kids to fix without alot of prep.
Unread 02-12-2007, 02:20 PM
What to stock the house with?

You need to get a 2 week supply of groceries, you won't be able to drive for that long. Stock up on stuff easy to prepare...lunch meats and frozen dinners. Fruit, crackers, peanut butter, bread and milk, juice.
Unread 02-12-2007, 02:20 PM
What to stock the house with?

don't forget to get things to occupy your mind while you're resting: books, dvds, crossword or soduko puzzles, knitting or crocheting, etc. if you feel up to it, your girls would enjoy playing cards or board games with you. some new toys or books for them could be a reward for all the help they will be giving you.

good luck!
Unread 02-12-2007, 02:54 PM
What to stock the house with?

You are all my heroes!! I really mean it! I am going to take your suggestions so far and make it so! I am lucky in that my DH is taking the week off after my surgery..so he will be around the house (possible moping but heh I'll take it!) to help if I need something desperately. I just really want to have things sorted out and ready. I'm sure you all can understand.. Anyway, was reading thread about the 'bowel cleanse'..if you are looking for a good hearted chuckle..I suggest you check it out!
Unread 02-12-2007, 03:13 PM
What to stock the house with?

This will probably sound odd, but get some kind of a "slick" fabric night shirt or gown, maybe something satiny polyester or nylon. When you first get home (or even in the hospital) and are sore and swollen with little use of ab muscles, it helps a LOT for turning over as well as getting up and down if what you're wearing doesn't drag against the bed sheets and wind around you.

Then judge all the rest of your preparation by how much adult help you'll have, and how often you'll have it. You probably need at least several days worth of quick and easy food, plus enough clean clothes, towels and linens that you won't have to deal with laundry right away.

You'll be up and around pretty quickly, but won't want to be on your feet for lengths of time right at first. And bending and straightening activities are usually restricted for a while. And don't be afraid to ask friends and family for help if you need to... after surgery isn't really the time to work on your Wonder Woman image anyway!

Best of luck with your surgery!!!

Unread 02-12-2007, 03:16 PM
What to stock the house with?

Make sure you pick yourself up a heating pad, mine received alot of use.

I had lists all over my house. What I did was write down everything that I used in one day, and then I made sure that I had a good stock of everything that I touched. I am a little bit different, because I live alone. My daughter had to return to college a week after my surgery, so that stocking up was great.

Make sure that you pickup a few packages of granny underwear. You are not going to want anything tight close to the incision. I also had five pairs of comfy pj's, so laundry was low on the list. If you have any pets, stock up on food for them also, especially if they have finicky tastes.

I also suggest zantac, dulcolax and tylenol.

Related to housework, give your house a good going over a few days before you go in. Don't leave it all to the day before the surgery. It can be overwhelming if you do that, trust me on that one....

Having a hand-held shower head is heaven, along with a plastic lawn chair to put into the shower for that first week. A bed tray is great, I picked one up for $10.00 at bed bath and beyond. Macy's has some incredible clearance sales going on for warm, fuzzy, comfy pj's.

Good luck!

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