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Preparation for my TVH.. Preparation for my TVH..

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Unread 09-06-2001, 07:34 AM
Preparation for my TVH..

How do I get the house ready? Should I start now? Are there any lists I need to make? Should I deep clean so I'll feel better then?

Any suggestions, tips, ideas??

Thanks!!
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Unread 09-06-2001, 07:52 AM
Preparation for my TVH..

Hi,
I can only tell you what I did. I did clean pretty well before hand, but I am one of those people that can't stand clutter etc. I waited to do a lot of it until the week or weekend before surgery so it would keep me busy and it would be freshly done. I also made sure the sheets were washed and the dust bunnies gone. I washed all the windows also. One thing that came in handy is making and freezing meals. Then when anyone would ask what they could do to help I told them they could bring over a meal. I didn't have to cook for 3 weeks, I had enough frozen and help from friends that it was wonderful. You will get a lot of ideas off the pull down menus on the home page of this site. Check them out. Or go to the chat sometime, the women there are always ready to give some more ideas. Take care.
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Unread 09-06-2001, 08:46 AM
Preparation for my TVH..

I also recommend going to the home page, towards the bottom of the page you will find pull-down menus for Ladies in Waiting.

You will probably want to do a pretty good cleaning job. I am fortunate in that my husband does most of the housework (he is absolutely anal about cleanliness), but that's a bit unusual. Especially the rooms you will spend the most time in (your bedroom, the living room), you will NOT want to lay around recovering while looking at messes!

Some other things to think about:

Once you're at home, you'll need to have some comfortable clothes to wear. I found men's pajamas very comfortable, because the large, drawstring waists came up well above my incision, and the button-up tops didn't have to go over my head (hard to get my arms up). You will probably want to have large, "granny-panties" in a size or two large than you normally wear (you will be swollen and sore!).

Have plenty of no-preparation foods on hand, like fruit, soup, cereal, snack bars, etc. I had absolutely no appetite for a couple of weeks, and my frantic husband finally convinced me to drink some Ensure, which went down ok. You may want to have some of that in the fridge for times you just don’t feel like eating, but need nourishment.

Also, buy PLENTY of juice! You will need to drink LOTS of liquids when you get home to help with the gas. I got bored with the same type of juice, so my husband bought lots of different types, and put them in small containers for me (I found it difficult to lift and pour large containers for awhile). Don't drink anything carbonated, and don't use a straw (makes the gas worse).

I also found a shower chair very helpful. Standing up long enough to shower wore me out! You could also use any plastic chair that will fit in your shower.

VERY IMPORTANT: have anything you might need at waist-level. This includes toilet paper, pads, clothing, cups, food, plates, etc. Believe me, you will NOT want to bend or reach for anything! The house may look cluttered for awhile with everything sitting out on counter tops, but it's worth it!

Hope this helps!
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Unread 09-06-2001, 12:14 PM
Preparation for my TVH..

Ditto to all the cleaning! I deep-cleaned for days before my surgery, and spent the night before getting everything organized and going through all the boxes in my closet for what was the third time that week. (I couldn't sleep anyway, because I was so worried!)

One thing I wish I had done differently: I would have taken down all the boxes of old photos and left the boxes beside the couch. (Not stacked one on top of another- no lifting that way!) I would have gotten new photo albums, and spent some of that abundant free time on the couch sorting through and labeling all those photos. I only thought of that about 3 days after my surgery, and of course I couldn't lift and carry the boxes then or drive to the store and buy photo albums.

Go to the library, and check out a huge stack of books you've always wanted to read, and some extras. If you're into needlework, stock up on supplies for some quick projects - maybe you can get a jump on making Christmas gifts. I wouldn't count on spending hours at the sewing machine, though. Remember, just sitting will be an activity for awhile, so things you can occupy yourself with while "lounging" around are just great.

-Kim
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Unread 09-06-2001, 02:33 PM
Preparation for my TVH..

Kim

That is funny. I have decided that while I am off I am going to sort out our large amounts of photos never put in books. I figure it was something I could do. Hubby is really happy about that, he is not so happy that he will be painting our bedroom while I am off He is a shift worker so he will be home with me a lot. He figures I will drive him nuts if he doesn't do it. He's right

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Unread 09-06-2001, 02:58 PM
Preparation for my TVH..

I saw the title, and had to come over and visit everyone! I started organizing some things a few wks before my surgery, and then I began cleaning about a week or two before. I made sure that the whole house was free of those nasty cobwebs that linger in the corners of the room because I remember a Princess complaining that she was staring at one for two months during her recovery! The last thing that I did, like the day or two before, was the bathrooms, dusting and going over the main floors. Keep in mind that you will not be able to vacuum for many wks after surgery, so if you can steam clean now, go for it!
When you go to the store, pick up those little things that you will need....chap stick, gas-x, body lotion, stool softeners, and yes...panti liners for that spotting after surgery.
I wasn't able to concentrate on much of anything after surgery, due to the anesthesia, which take a while to leave your system, so I favored magazines with lots of pictures over reading. Keep a calendar nearby and believe it or not...I colored!
One more thing...you may find yourself more sensitive to smells!! Cath, you may want to see if dh will do the painting for you BEFORE your surgery. You would then be able to enjoy it while resting.
I wish you all the best!!!
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