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Getting in and out of bed? Getting in and out of bed?

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Unread 12-04-2011, 04:22 PM
Getting in and out of bed?

Well, here is a question that is really worrying me: how do I get in and out of bed post-op? My bed is fairly high and has the head elevated about 7 inches. My legs are short and I have to climb into the bed and work my way up the incline. Do any of you have suggestions on making this any easier? I am going to experiment with my kitchen step stool, but there is nothing to grab to pull my self up.......sheesh......maybe I need to cancel this darn surgery!!!! Also, I have fibromyalgia and osteoarthritis which keep me achy and sore....wondering if things will be unbearable after.....My surgery is Tuesday,Dec. 6th......I have nothing packed and I am trying to clean/organize things!! Ahhhhhhgggghh!!!!! (I think I need a hug....)

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Unread 12-04-2011, 04:50 PM
Re: Getting in and out of bed?

Aw honey...I'm sending you a hug!

I did not get "into" bed for several nights after getting home from the castle.

Several sisters here said they slept on the couch and I did the same. It was uncomfortable to turn over I knew I would be staying on my back. I did this for a few nights.

Then I slept on top of my bed with a blanket over me.

I knew when I was ready to get into bed under the covers.

You might want to stay on your couch longer than I did. I slept well there and I'm sure you will too.
Unread 12-04-2011, 04:58 PM
Re: Getting in and out of bed?

Thanks for the "hug" and advice. I sleep in my recliner for 3-4 hours some nights now, so I will probably do that DH is renting me a lift recliner that will hopefully make my "up and down" easier...I had a terrible time when my gallbladder was removed, and it was laproscopic. I know I can't stay still for long, so maybe I can benefit from the boost! I am overanalyzing every aspect of my recovery again..... Thanks!
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Unread 12-04-2011, 05:15 PM
Re: Getting in and out of bed?

Sending Hugs your way, morningangel

I feel your pain, I am 4wks post op and for the first 3wks I slept on the couch, for the same bed is to high and it was easier for me to get comfortable on the couch. After 3wks I couldn't stand it anymore and I wanted to sleep in the bed with my husband. I used one of my daughters step stools to climb on the bed on to my knees and then crawl up to my pillows.
Unread 12-04-2011, 05:30 PM
Re: Getting in and out of bed?

I was thinking the same thing...I am also short in the poot and my bed is fairly high...I am thinking recliner and couch for awhile...then bed...

It is getting closer, huh? You are a day before me...I go in Wednesday...I am a bit hubby and kids have done a great job getting the house and things ready...I did make the decision today to go ahead and take off Tuesday...that way I can have a day to just "get myself ready." My sub told me today she is ready to take I am going to let her.

We are going to do great...let's just get this surgery over with so that we can begin our healing journey!! =)
Unread 12-04-2011, 07:14 PM
Re: Getting in and out of bed?

The couch is where I have been for the last couple of nights as well. While I was in the hospital they actually sent me to ocupational therapy. Getting into and out of bed techniques was one of the first things we went over. They really do help.
Unread 12-04-2011, 07:21 PM
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Good luck to you! I hope things go beautifully for us all! I am working on getting the house ready, with the family's help, of course. I am so ready to have this behind me!! Take care...I'll be looking for your post-op posts later in the week!!!
Unread 12-04-2011, 07:24 PM
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I will ask about occupational therapy...with this fibromyalgia, everything is a brand new challenge! Thanks for the info!
Unread 12-05-2011, 01:11 AM
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I hooked my yoga strap to the foot board and kept it within reach, in case I needed to pull myself up. I haven't had to use it since the 2nd day post op, but it was handy.
Unread 12-05-2011, 04:22 AM
Re: Getting in and out of bed?

There is a technique for getting in and out of bed that they should show you at the hospital - easier than for me to describe!
I too am short and my bed at home is higher than the adjustable hospital bed. However, I never slept on the couch or in a recliner - it was late winter over here when I had mine and I wanted my warm bed.
It was not easy getting in and out of bed and I did it very gingerly for quite a long time strictly as i had been shown.
I sudddenly realised how much better I was when I found my self diving in the "old" way!

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