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Unread 12-05-2011, 02:49 PM
Single - will I need help when I get home?

Just found this site, my surgery is Wednesday and feeling like I haven't thought to much about recovery. I'm only supposed to have to stay overnight in the hospital. I know it's different for everyone, but can someone give me a general idea if I'll need help when I get home? My sister lives close and is going to spend my first night home with me. I'm used to doing things on my own but I've never had any kind of surgery so not sure what to expect. I have friends and family that will come by but don't want to ask for help if I'm not going to need it Thanks!
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Unread 12-05-2011, 02:50 PM
Re: Single - will I need help when I get home?

Forgot to say it's a LSH.
Unread 12-05-2011, 04:05 PM
Re: Single - will I need help when I get home?

It's good that your sister is spending the first night with you.

One thing I've learned here is that everyone is different and every recovery is different.

It sounds like friends and family will be available if you need help and that's really good.

I could not bend down to pick anything up off the floor (knew I was not supposed to) and did not do this until cleared by dr.

I also didn't dare pick anything up that was heavy for at least a few days...including half gallon of juice or milk. And my hair dryer.

There might be some things that you don't realize you can't do until you actually try to do them.

So please alert friends/family that you might need help.

Again, it's great that your sister is available the first'll be getting the hang of things then
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Unread 12-05-2011, 04:08 PM
Re: Single - will I need help when I get home?

Everyone's recovery is different..mines was WONDERFUL and while I did have the help I didn't really need it. Just take slow steps and do what the doctor says. Good luck!
Unread 12-05-2011, 07:13 PM
Re: Single - will I need help when I get home?

It wouldn't hurt to have some help! If you don't need it you'll have someone to visit with.

My sis came and stayed a week but I had alot done on my surgery. She was great getting me ice, drinks, picking up things I dropped and managing the laundry, etc. Before she left she cleaned bathrooms, stripped beds, dusted, etc. That lets me rest up without feeling panicky about the house!
Unread 12-05-2011, 07:36 PM
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I wasn't able to make any meals for a couple weeks. Not able to do laundry, take out garbage, grocery shop, vacuum, clean the bathroom for 2 months. No bending at all for several weeks at least. I was able to shower by myself but DH had to dry me off the first couple times I showered.
Unread 12-05-2011, 08:41 PM
Re: Single - will I need help when I get home?

My Mom stayed with me the first day I was home which was nice. I was able to get around after that and make minimal meals if I had to. Everyone is different, though. I had an open hysterectomy. The one thing I couldn't do for the first week was take care of my 2 year old so he stayed with his Dad.
Unread 12-06-2011, 05:05 AM
Re: Single - will I need help when I get home?

I coped largely on my own and had everything out via a large vertical incision. I had 5 days in hospital which did help.
I had made a lot of preparations. Frozen meals, making sure that all the stuff I needed and used a lot was brought down to a reachable level. If you can get a reacher/grabber that will help. However, I squatted quite a bit, using my leg muscles and arms to pull myself up, NOT my abdominal muscles.

You will need help with vacuuming, cleaning the shower and maybe the laundry. My sister from out of town did that for me for a couple of weeks (she was not living with me but with her son and family). Then I asked a neighbour to vacuum for me (I paid her) and didn't do it myself for about 5-6 weeks. My brother who lives not far away did other stuff for me, like lawn nowing.
But from 6 weeks on I have done everything, carefully. Not carrying heavy shopping bags or anything heavy for some time.
It depends, I suppose, on the type of surgery, any complications and our overall fitness, perhaps. But it is essential to be careful, take plenty of rest, etc.
The more you can do to prepare beforehand, the easier it will be.
IMHO it is doable on your own by and large. No one ever slept over with me or helped me shower, even from day one. The hospital lent me a shower stool which was great! I only needed it about 10 days, but it helped with washing my legs and was a reassurance in case I felt faint, but I never did.
You will be OK and you will find ways of coping, without pushing the boundaries too far.
Unread 12-06-2011, 11:56 AM
Re: Single - will I need help when I get home?

My husband brought juice boxes to the hospital because you never have enough liquids, but since you won't be there long, be sure to have some at home. He also put liquids in 16 oz. water bottles to make it easy to pour and reach.

If you have a stool you can put in your shower, that would be helpful, especially until your stitches/staples come out. I was unprepared since I didn't have my surgery until I was already in the hospital. I brought home a few pair of (ironically) maternity underwear since my underwear are mostly bikini style otherwise.

Thankfully, I was able to stay with my mother-in-law the first two weeks, which was amazing!

Take it slowly, and again, everyone is different!
Unread 12-06-2011, 12:02 PM
Re: Single - will I need help when I get home?

Agreeing with all the above. Lifting and pushing aare to be avoided at all cost, even the large carton of milk is too much. Hvae someone to call in but keep your independence. I stayed on my own after the first 3 days. It was good to have people calling in and getting a bit of shopping but in generali was able to look after myself, washing dressing etc. Let someone else hang out the laundry. I do wish you well and hope your recovery is uneventful, try not to worry or stress Look after yourself

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