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Tips for setting up new bed for after surgery Tips for setting up new bed for after surgery

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Unread 10-14-2011, 07:07 PM
Tips for setting up new bed for after surgery

Hi all, I am buying a twin bed today to put into our office/guest room. I am going to take that room over for a few weeks. I was just wondering if it is better to have the bed lower to the ground or higher? I'm just thinking about getting in and out of bed.
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Unread 10-14-2011, 07:18 PM
Re: Tips for setting up new bed for after surgery

Not sure about height but I do know they will teach you at the hospital how to get up and out of bed without to much pain, good luck, I ordered a hospital bed through my insurance, so I can higher my head or raise my feet, DH said he,d rather me raise the bed than raise he'll. My opinion would be the higher the bed the easier because you Can swing your legs over the side and be close enough to standing position, if it was low you'll be using stomach muscles to lift yourself up, hope this helps, my surgery is Nov 28, wish you well. Cat
Unread 10-14-2011, 07:54 PM
Re: Tips for setting up new bed for after surgery

I have a bed that is higher and I found it much easier...I could swing my legs in and's about at hip height for was actually easier to get in and out of bed that to get on and off of the "throne"...if you know what I mean!

I would also suggest, lots of pillows and blankets of various thickness along w/a fan...your body temp will fluctuate throughout the night and all of those things helped me!

Best of luck on your surgery and recovery!
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Unread 10-14-2011, 08:26 PM
Re: Tips for setting up new bed for after surgery

Talking about the "throne". My husband bought me one of those toilet contraptions that go over the toliet with handlebars to hold on to when lowering and raising oneself. It was soooo great!! I really recommend it. You can get them at a drug store that sells surgical supplies.
Unread 10-14-2011, 09:30 PM
Re: Tips for setting up new bed for after surgery

Higher! Post-surgery I thought I'd lay on the LR couch for a change of pace, but early in my recovery it was too difficult to get myself up as it is fairly low (vs. my bed). I felt like a bug must feel when evil children knock them over on their backs and they struggle to get up (sorry to all the bugs I did that to).
Unread 10-14-2011, 10:56 PM
Re: Tips for setting up new bed for after surgery

That's funny. I can picture myself as the bug for sure. I assumed higher but thought I would ask while I could
Unread 10-16-2011, 11:59 AM
Re: Tips for setting up new bed for after surgery

Set up my healing room yesterday. Slept in there to try the new bed. Think its going to work just fine! Have a little water fountain for relaxation and all my stuff in there ready to go. Tuesday is my day to head to castle. Just stressing about getting sick at this point.
Unread 10-16-2011, 04:19 PM
Re: Tips for setting up new bed for after surgery

Hi Alyeska95,

I also had a LSH...and I might suggest...putting a chair next to your bed. It really helped me get in and out of bed the first fews days...after my hyst.

And keep a comfy pair of slippers next to your bed. Something that slips on-and-off very easy.

Sending best wishes ~

Unread 10-16-2011, 07:45 PM
Re: Tips for setting up new bed for after surgery

I had an LSH, and have a low bed, and it was a struggle to get out of bed those first few days. So I guess that's another vote for 'lower', haha!! Ask the nurses at the hospital to show you tips on getting in and out of bed . . . they don't automatically teach you.
Unread 10-16-2011, 11:23 PM
Re: Tips for setting up new bed for after surgery

I have to agree. Lots of pillows! They really helped me support myself to sleep. I bed is higher and I think it requires less stomach muscles to get out of. Good luck with everything.

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