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Unread 11-07-2011, 08:07 PM
Newbie!!! Looking for ideals

Hello all, I just had my 39th bday on 11/4 and found out on 11/3 that i have to have a tah on nov.30th

need ideals on what i will need these first few weeks home. I also have a 4 yr old daughter. I was looking @ your ideals for a party. but i dont have a lot of friends cause im new to NC... please share
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Unread 11-07-2011, 08:14 PM
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Welcome! Some things I found helpful right after my surgery: heating pad (a absolute lifesaver and I still use it every day), gas x (you will be gassy after surgery and it gets painful), Miralax (to help get your bowels moving post op), lots of meals in the freezer and clean your house very well before your surgery (because you won't be able to do housework for a few weeks). Do you have help lined up for your 4 year old? I would buy some new stories and DVDs to read/watch with her after surgery. That way you can spend one on one time with her without exerting yourself. Keep in mind you won't be able to pick her up for a while. Wishing you the best.
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Unread 11-07-2011, 08:41 PM
Re: Newbie!!! Looking for ideals

Sugarandspice is right on! A meal plan and prepared meals will be so helpful. I know it sounds crazy, but the "grabber"- the crazy thing that helps to reach stuff up high or on the floor (often used by older folks) is the best $10 dollars ever spent. For a while you won't care about stuff on the floor, but ... It saved my sanity. I have joked that being at home for recovery is somewhat of solitary confinement. Be careful not to do too much as it can be difficult. Having things you will need moved to counter height so you don't need to reach or bend is helpful as well. Best wishes and good luck!
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Unread 11-07-2011, 08:50 PM
Re: Newbie!!! Looking for ideals

to HysterSisters!

Here is a must have list for recovery compiled by some of the women on this site. For me, I needed:
-a pillow to protect me from unexpected cat jumps to the lap and for sneeze/cough support;
-books, tv remote, dvds for entertainment;
-comfy loose fitting clothes (your belly will be swollen and sore for some time);
-slippers;

BEWARE: You will need help with the household chores (cooking, dishes, cleaning, shopping) as well as taking care of your daughter. You will be VERY tired post-op. Showering and getting yourself to the couch will be an accomplishment for the first few weeks. You will have lifting restrictions (probably no more than 10 lbs for 6 weeks) , driving restrictions, and activity restrictions.

Good luck with your upcoming surgery....

(((HUGS)))
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Unread 11-07-2011, 09:02 PM
Re: Newbie!!! Looking for ideals

thank u all so much do i need to buy a panty girdle or something or do they send u home with a wrap for belly?
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Unread 11-07-2011, 09:04 PM
Re: Newbie!!! Looking for ideals

Coloring books and arts and crafts like loop-weaving are good bed-top activities for little ones, if she likes to do crafts. My daughter was 4 when I had knee surgery and she loved to be my nurse. She could get me an apple or a bottle of water, and she could bring me the phone if I needed it, and hand me things I couldn't pick up. She's still proud of being my little helper when I was sick and looking forward to taking care of me again.
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Unread 11-07-2011, 09:11 PM
Re: Newbie!!! Looking for ideals

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thank u all so much do i need to buy a panty girdle or something or do they send u home with a wrap for belly?
Didn't get sent home with anything to wrap around my belly. I couldn't handle anything at all touching my tummy except the heating pad or my nightgown anyway. My tummy was so sensitive and I had my surgery vaginally. I just recently have been able to ride in the car without holding the seatbelt away from my belly.
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Unread 11-07-2011, 09:14 PM
Re: Newbie!!! Looking for ideals

I did not get sent home with a belly wrap. They do sell them on this site, but I never used one. It is a personal choice.
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