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Unread 03-25-2007, 08:54 AM
Bedroom upstairs

Hi Sisters,
I am scheduled for TAH on 3/29/07 and I was wondering if I'll be able to use the stairs once I come home. My doctors instructions say stairs once a day.
Any advice?
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Unread 03-25-2007, 09:06 AM
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I have the same situation ... my bedroom is upstairs. DH thought maybe I should just stay downstairs in the family room for awhile to avoid the steps. I did that last summer when I had foot surgery, but this is a little different. There is no way to shut out all the noise ... the piano is downstairs, the computer that has games and music loaded on it, not to mention the big TV in the family room that my DH and teenagers watch.

I'm going to "scoot" if necessary upstairs to the bedroom when I get home. I'll have a TV and computer and be close to my bathroom and shower, and I can shut the door to all the household noises if I need peace and quiet. They'll just have to bring me food and water for awhile!

I know this probably doesn't answer your question, but wanted to let you know others share your dilema! Good Luck!
Unread 03-25-2007, 09:15 AM
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I also have my bedroom on the second floor and had a TAH (vertical incision) on Feb 12. I had no problem going up the stairs and down when I got home. I was much more comfortable in my own bed! I just took it slow, held onto the railing and only went up at night and down in the morning. It will all depend on how you feel, I had a plan to stay downstairs if needed, I was glad I did not need it!
Best of luck to you, I was very lucky and had a perfect recovery (so far) and wish you the same!
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Unread 03-25-2007, 11:20 AM
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I was in the hospital for a week - had op on Wednesday, out on Tuesday. Was told I could do stairs, no problem - and there wasn't. We bought a portable TV for the bedroom as I had imagined that I would be lying in bed watching it for hours - have never even switched it on!
Good luck!
Unread 03-25-2007, 12:03 PM
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Hey Sidney44!!
I wouldn't worry too much as long as you're not doing them 10 times a day!! For atleast the first couple of weeks I would just minimize your use of them.I agree with Maggie May,you will feel so much better in your own room.Make sure you plan ahead for what you'll need for a good portion of the day.I have heard that some women even loaded up a cooler with snacks and stuff.Keep it beside your bed.Make sure you have everything like the remote,magazines laptop,kleenex,phone etc...Remember that this is only temperary and once you feel strong enough you will be able to do more.Don't push it and listen to your body sometimes it speaks quite loudly.

Take it easy
Unread 03-25-2007, 12:14 PM
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My bedroom is also upstairs and that is where I went, I wanted to be in my own bed so that I would have peace and quiet when I wanted it and I would navigate the stairs to join the family when I was tired of peace and quiet. I took it one stair at a time. I also was fairly self contained in my room, I had an ice chest full of juice, water, and snacks. Looking back I could have just set up a mini fridge, but the ice chest worked well. I had a chair with ottoman, my tv and tons of dvd's and books. I actually enjoyed my little sanctuary. Always listen to what your body is saying, we all feel differently after surgery and heal at a different pace. Best wishes to you.
Unread 03-25-2007, 12:48 PM
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I made sure I only went upstairs if I absolutely had to which, in the end, turned out to be just to go to bed! But, to be honest, as long as I took it very easily ~ one step at a time ~ it was no problem.

As ((whippet)) said, as long as you're not doing it 10 times a day, don't worry! As with everything post-op ~ rest, patience and being sensible will win the day.

Unread 03-25-2007, 03:38 PM
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I'm so happy to read everyone's responses...I am scheduled for a TAH/BSO May 14th and live in a colonial...bedrooms upstairs. The thought of camping out in our great room isn't that inviting to me. All I want to do is just get upstairs and into bed once I am out of the hospital. We have a small refrigerator left over from my son's college days, along with a small TV/DVD player, and with my stacks of mystery novels, I should be all least until I get antsy and need to get moving. I'm so happy to hear that tackling the stairs right when you get home isn't impossible as many make it seem.
Unread 03-25-2007, 04:39 PM
one other suggestion

Just one other suggestion here. Try to time that last hospital pain med for about 1/2 hour before you leave. That way, you'll have max pain control for the trip home and up those stairs.

I had/have a small refrige upstairs. Loaded it with jello, ensure, lots of water and cranberry juice. Had other easy snacks at bedside table. Used it A LOT that first week. I was able to handle the stairs fairly easy from the get go because I had only a vaginal incision. But still got tired very quickly just from doing the motion.

Take it easy and good luck this week! See you on the other side. LJC
Unread 03-25-2007, 06:32 PM
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I liked being upstairs in my own bed at night & had no trouble with the stairs, but I felt better if I was downstairs during the day since I could move around from couch to chair and ambulate better that way, rather than being in bed so much. I made sure I planned things out & gathered things I'd need so I wouldn't have to make repeated trips up/down the stairs. Hope you do well too.


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