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Surgery scheduled (scared, impatient, excited?) Surgery scheduled (scared, impatient, excited?)

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  #11  
Unread 09-30-2011, 02:58 AM
Re: Surgery scheduled (scared, impatient, excited?)

Hi there,

I am 2 1/2 weeks post op. My surgery went very well but recovery has been slow and painful but I know it will get better. After surgery remember to keep up your pain meds and REST!!

I found nighties rather than pjs were excellent after surgery then once I got home from hospital I have been wearing big pjs with soft waistbands. I still cannot wear undies even two sizes to big so have stolen some of my hubbys jock. Perhaps if I had purchased boy leg undies two sizes bigger I might have managed but normal ladies undies the legs bothered me cause everything is soooooo swollen down there that even if the waist is good the legs hurt...

I bought myself the grabbers people mentioned and never used them so sneakily gave them to my nieces on a visit (much to to their mums disgust). I have a little computer stand beside the couch to hold all the things I need, water, tissues, lip balm, magazines and home & mobile phones in easy reach.

I also bought some little steps so my dog can get up on the couch as you cannot lift after surgery. They took a while fornher to get used to but they are a godsend.

I wish you luck and patience. The waiting is the hardest part I think but it will be here before you know it and you will then be on the road to recovery.

I didn't have any discharge to speak of and took great pleasure on the weekend of packing up all my pads & tampons and handing them over to my sister! Very liberating!!

Xoxo
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  #12  
Unread 09-30-2011, 09:05 AM
Re: Surgery scheduled (scared, impatient, excited?)

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Originally Posted by ladycabbie View Post
All I can say is stock up, get help with the kids and if you have a loving husband that is wonderful. If single you will need someone to help you. Everyone's ride is different and some better than others but the end result is what to hope and wish for. I wish you all the best and hope you skate on though but if you have issues we are ALL here for you with our support.

Remember these tips:

Get a back scrather from the Dollar Tree!

Go to WalMart and buy one of those grabbers you see on TV - you'll need it! $9.95 AND Worth every penny

Get a manicure! and a pedicure

Get some new magazines! and a few good books

Something soft to throw when angry! or you can throw the books...lol

Buy some saltine crackers for the nausea and for when nothing tastes like it used to!

Might want to buy a new Bible - you will be calling on GOD and JESUS more than you have before!

Make sure someone in your house can cook, clean and wash clothes or it will be waiting for you when you least expect it!

Clean your bathroom and clean it good - you will NOT be in the mood to do that for a while!

You will have a home health nurse so investigate the agencies in your area! I did not expect that one.

Nothing will taste right for several days after surgery - so eat what you want now! It will be a while before it tastes like that again

If you have a cat - get someone else to do the feeding and litterbox! Remember NO BENDING applies here to - I forgot

If you are totally a "TYPE A" person, you just might be prone to throw a fit or two....maybe 3 or more...I know I have.

Don't expect anything because it isn't what you expect!

DO NOT go to work before 6 weeks if you DON't have to - I went back too early and if you work for men they DO NOT understand you are in pain - Don't get me started on men!!

Pushing a vacuum is NOT as easy as it used to be!

Stairs are the enemy!

Crying helps the healing process....yeah right!

Your mother does not know what you are going through - she only thinks she does!

After surgery - Walking through WalMart is not recommended - use those wheely things and don't care that people are looking at you!

Buy a thermometer if you do not have one!

Stock up on tylenol,advil or aleve!

If you have to use padding after surgery but some sanitary pads or incotinence pads they are slimer than the ABD pads.

And what I have learned since my surgery is that I am alergic to tape - they used a lot and it will tear your skin up.

Hope this helps...some was in humor, the rest take to heart.
Wow, Thank you so much!!! Luckily my husband is an amazing man, still a man but he tries I know he will cook, do dishes and laundry, now whether he vacuums, sweeps, mops and cleans the bathroom that is a different story.

I plan to get the mani and pedi a day or two before!

I have my kindle stocked up.

I have an old cat-dog toy that has a bendy tube for a spine (makes AWESOME cracking noises when your angry!)

There will be fits... Oh yea, there will be

Im a SAHM, so thats a good and bad thing

My mom actually does... She had a Hysterectomy from endo too (which is weird because Im adopted)

Thank you again for the wonderful advice! Did you use a binder after your surgery?
  #13  
Unread 09-30-2011, 09:09 AM
Re: Surgery scheduled (scared, impatient, excited?)

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Originally Posted by endo takes all View Post
Hi there,

I am 2 1/2 weeks post op. My surgery went very well but recovery has been slow and painful but I know it will get better. After surgery remember to keep up your pain meds and REST!!

I found nighties rather than pjs were excellent after surgery then once I got home from hospital I have been wearing big pjs with soft waistbands. I still cannot wear undies even two sizes to big so have stolen some of my hubbys jock. Perhaps if I had purchased boy leg undies two sizes bigger I might have managed but normal ladies undies the legs bothered me cause everything is soooooo swollen down there that even if the waist is good the legs hurt...

I bought myself the grabbers people mentioned and never used them so sneakily gave them to my nieces on a visit (much to to their mums disgust). I have a little computer stand beside the couch to hold all the things I need, water, tissues, lip balm, magazines and home & mobile phones in easy reach.

I also bought some little steps so my dog can get up on the couch as you cannot lift after surgery. They took a while fornher to get used to but they are a godsend.

I wish you luck and patience. The waiting is the hardest part I think but it will be here before you know it and you will then be on the road to recovery.

I didn't have any discharge to speak of and took great pleasure on the weekend of packing up all my pads & tampons and handing them over to my sister! Very liberating!!

Xoxo
Thank you! I will have to look at nightgowns.... I am not a big fan, I was hoping PJ pants would work but maybe just in case hubs isn't there to help me dress.

I am not a patient person at all! I am trying though and I do know that having this time is a good thing. I am able to come to terms with it all and prepare my husband and kids and have my help planned out.

Thank you again for taking the time to respond. I hope you a fast and perfect recovery and your in my prayers
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  #14  
Unread 10-08-2011, 09:00 PM
Re: Surgery scheduled (scared, impatient, excited?)

KatieS83...
Glad you found this site! Welcome! I'm a fellow Army sister that wishes you all the best! DH is on recruiting duty...wish we were back at Bragg though! I had my dVinci done 26 April by a civilian doctor. Had a few complications due to the anesthesia and ended up staying at the hospital for 8 days. Healed up nicely now. Please try to do as much as possible around the house before hand, and write down any "directions" for your DH. He will end up with man brain and that's not a good thing. Also, is your DH taking leave to help you? If not...convince him! You will be grateful that he is able to be home to help. Do not over do it. This is your time to heal properly...don't end up back in the hospital. You might want to cook a few thaw and reheat meals, or cheat and buy some easy to make meals. Take the pain meds on a schedule, don't wait till you can't handle the pain. Have a heating pad handy...it helps with the pain. Short little walks around the house, even if it means walking around in circles helps. Gradually work your walks to a little further each day. Buy some Gas X...it's worth it's weight in gold let me tell ya! Keep paper and a pen handy in case you think of something, or to even write DH a note letting him know you took your meds at such and such time...so he doesn't wake you just to find out if you need any only right after you took some and fell asleep. (I hated to be woken up for that). This is a great group, ask away. Pretty sure we have an answer for you.
  #15  
Unread 10-09-2011, 01:37 PM
Re: Surgery scheduled (scared, impatient, excited?)

Hi there! Its alwayss good to see another Army wife We have never been to Bragg, we've been at Gordon, Lewis and now Campbell. So far I am loving Campbell but that may be because we bought a house, lol. Glad you healed good! My husbands command is giving him 2 weeks to take care of me, we all agreed it was for the best since I am getting a TAH. Luckily hubs is an awesome cook so no worries there. I am going to have to suck it up and scrub the WHOLE house before I go in. I am writing all your tips done, Thank you so much. I didn't even think of a few of those
  #16  
Unread 10-09-2011, 03:21 PM
Re: Surgery scheduled (scared, impatient, excited?)

Im a late November surgery too!!
I have taken alot of what the sister's have said, gotten all the bowel prep stuff, got myself a pillow pet,kindle loaded up and some circle word books..
I will be on my own the day after I return from the castle,hubby has to go back to work, but I have to say he does a great job around the house, if I can prepare some stuff ahead of time for him to heat up, he should be fine..
We can only take it one day at a time and that will be my plan once I come home..
financially it is going to be rough if I have to be out more than 4 weeks,but I will TRY and not push myself
good luck and healthful healing to all my sista's out there ((((((((((((((hugs))))))))))))
  #17  
Unread 10-09-2011, 04:35 PM
Re: Surgery scheduled (scared, impatient, excited?)

Hi-
Just wanted to say that the hospital usually says no nail polish for surgery, so you may want to hold off on the mani and peti. My DH bought me a couple of pretty colors of nail polish and I painted my fingernails (no toes though, bending is bad) when I got home, made me feel a little better when I felt really crappy to look at my pink fingernails
Merr
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