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Climb stairs to bedroom? Climb stairs to bedroom?

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Unread 07-13-2008, 07:51 AM
Climb stairs to bedroom?

I'm having a full hyst. with abdominal incision and trying to figure out if I need to set up a bed on the first floor. I'm wondering if it is possible to climb stairs when you first get home? I'll be in the hospital for two days. I really like my sleep number air bed on the 2nd floor but it is king size so there's no way to move it downstairs into a small family room. Since I have back problems, the air bed is about the only place I can actually sleep without getting up and moving every few hours. I thought about an air mattress but those are so low, and I know I won't be able to use it. Also I must be missing something - what are the terms you're using for various types of surgeries? What is a Da Vinci, etc.? Thank you.
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Unread 07-13-2008, 09:45 AM
Climb stairs to bedroom?

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Originally Posted by KatyGr
I'm having a full hyst. with abdominal incision and trying to figure out if I need to set up a bed on the first floor. I'm wondering if it is possible to climb stairs when you first get home? I'll be in the hospital for two days. I really like my sleep number air bed on the 2nd floor but it is king size so there's no way to move it downstairs into a small family room. Since I have back problems, the air bed is about the only place I can actually sleep without getting up and moving every few hours. I thought about an air mattress but those are so low, and I know I won't be able to use it. Also I must be missing something - what are the terms you're using for various types of surgeries? What is a Da Vinci, etc.? Thank you.
I have stairs to get into my house, once your in everything is on one floor. My doctor told me to use the stairs no more than twice a day for the first few days home. Is your kitchen and bathroom on the first floor? If kitchen is on first floor, maybe you could have someone pack you a cooler wth some drinks and snacks in it to keep upstairs with you. About abbreviations: go to Quick links at top of page and scroll down to abbreviaitions. TAH stands for Total Hyst- removing uterus and cervix. Good luck with your surgery!!
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Unread 07-13-2008, 09:50 AM
Climb Stairs?

Hi Katy! I too will be having a TAH and also have an upstairs bedroom. Dr said it would be better if I didn't go up for the first few days, not even one step at a time putting both feet on the riser before going on to the next. I couldn't do that after my last C-section either so was downstairs for about a week. Truly it was the smartest thing to do; you'd be surprised how you use abdominal muscles going up and down stairs, and you don't want to compromise your incision.

I'll be sleeping on the futon in the family room because we don't have a bed currently set up in the downstairs bedroom. Not great, but sufficient; I will probably leave it folded for back support as well as to minimize inconvenience for the rest of the family.

As we get to (kindly!) dictate the terms of our surroundings and though the biggest challenge may well be getting some real quiet when we need it, I don't think I want to be left entirely out of the loop as would be the case were I upstairs in my own comfy bed.

I did go to Bed Bath and Beyond to get one of those pillows with arms so I can have good support for reading etc. You might also purchase a body pillow for support for your tummy, or even get a Tempur-foam type mattress topper for the other bed!

Wishing you all the best and a comfortable recovery!
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Unread 07-13-2008, 09:56 AM
Climb stairs to bedroom?

My bedroom is also on the second floor. I didn't feel like doing stairs for a couple days after my TVH. I also didn't sleep on my side for a couple days. I set myself up on my couch in the living room. I have a bathroom downstairs, kitchen and TV so I was pretty well set up. I also have a friend that is 4 weeks post-op TAH and still can't sleep on her side. I wouldn't suggest an air mattress on the floor. I think that would be very hard to get onto and back up again. You might check into renting a hospital bed for a short time.
Best wishes for your surgery & recovery.
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Unread 07-13-2008, 10:46 AM
Climb stairs to bedroom?

After my c-sections I stayed downstairs for about a week. We kept the baby in a bassinet down there too but had a monitor that my DH could here so if I needed help he would come downstairs. After the first day or two I did go up for a shower and then would lay down for a bit before going back downstairs. Stairs are bad with tummy incisions. Oh, and I just slept on the couch. I couldn't sleep on my side for a very long time after the c-section and I expect the same with my hyst. I'll be sleeping on my back....
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Unread 07-13-2008, 11:10 AM
Climb stairs to bedroom?

I would check with your doctor. I live in a condo and it's 16 stairs from the main floor to the bedroom. I was told I could use the stairs but only 2 times a day to start. At about 3 weeks I finally made it down the additional 16 stairs to the basement to get to my computer. I just took it slow and did just fine. The DaVinci is the robotic system used in some facilities to do a type of laproscopic/vaginal hysterectomy.
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Unread 07-13-2008, 12:10 PM
Climb stairs to bedroom?

KatyGr,
All doctors give different advice so ask your DR what he/she thinks. I had a TAH (total abdominal hysterectomy) and was told not to go up and down more than 2 times a day. My bedroom is also on the second floor and I knew I would be most comfortable there. I stayed in the castle for 3 days. When I got home I had no problem SLOWLY walking up and down the stairs. To be honest I averaged about 3-4 times a day. Everyone is different! Listen to your DR AND your body. Take care!
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Unread 07-13-2008, 03:46 PM
Climb stairs to bedroom?

for the first week after I got home I was pretty much upstairs but it was easier for me to use the bathroom in my bedroom vs the one on the first floor. We set up trays and my husband and I ate dinner together in the bedroom. He was able to work from home for the first week as well so I had someone here with me all the time to get me snacks, drinks etc.

Once I was able to come down the steps I just took it slow and had no problems. I had a vertical incision not sure if that is different or not.
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Unread 07-13-2008, 04:49 PM
Climb stairs to bedroom?

We have stairs also. I have to make it up there because there is no main floor bathroom. We have one in the basement and upstairs..I didn't design the house. Ha
I'll just have to stay up there a while I guess. Dh will be home for the first week.

Another thing is it's pretty hot here right now and the only AC is in our bedroom. The central air went out after only 2 weeks of buying the house. UGH

Ruth
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Unread 07-13-2008, 05:53 PM
Climb stairs to bedroom?

I understand the question, I have to go down stairs to get into my apartment. I am planning on getting down any way I can and staying there.
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