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Any good tips or ideas? Any good tips or ideas?

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Unread 12-29-2011, 04:46 AM
Any good tips or ideas?

Hello

Im wondering what I should do to prepare or any good tips or Ideas that I might not of thought about, The only thing I have done is got some reading books and a puzzle book.

Would be good to chat with anyone else, for any tips or ideas .

Hugs
Amanda xx

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Unread 12-29-2011, 06:51 AM
Re: Any good tips or ideas?



Whilst you're waiting for any replies, you may wish to check out our <link> Hints from Members sub-forum (also accesssible at the top of the Pre- Op forum) which is packed with tried and tested tips.

Enjoy!

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Unread 12-29-2011, 02:29 PM
Re: Any good tips or ideas?

Hey Amanda,

I am sure someone will come along with a great list of all the little things we need to prepare. Some made mention of the HUGE house cleaning before going in to the castle. Said to pay particular attention to your recovery room- windows & mirrors too. How annoying to look at the same streak for a week without being able to clean it? Would drive me crazy!!!!!

-cooler by your bed, couch, chair w/ drinks and snacks
- extension cord to end table for laptops, phone, etc. so you don't have to reach for outlets.
-thank you notes nearby so you can tell everyone how much you appreciate their support
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Unread 12-29-2011, 06:16 PM
Re: Any good tips or ideas?

Heating pad was the one thing I could not have managed without post op. I looove my heating pad!
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Unread 12-29-2011, 06:22 PM
Re: Any good tips or ideas?

Hi,
You didn't mention what type of hysterectomy you will be having. That will make a little bit of a difference to your recovery.

I made lists for everything. I prepared for the worst and hoped for the best. I culled through the forum and got many ideas from other ladies.

I made a list for bedside needs. I put together a cart with computer, cell phone, heat pad, pencils, pens, reading glasses, kleenex, books, puzzles, movies, fan to cool the hot flashes, water bottle (with extra water nearby to make it easy for my husband to refill), beef jerky, trail mix, nuts, crackers, tuna (easy foods that didn't need refrigerated), chap stick, aromatherapy items, walkie-talkies so I could get ahold of my husband when he was somewhere else in the house, socks for my feet and plastic forks/spoons and napkins. I kept medications nearby for ease of use. I used my cart for over 6 weeks because there were good days and bad days. My husband did an awesome job helping me to set up the cart to hold my computer and all my other needs.

I made a list to get my little dog set up for easy care. We ended up putting a hook on the wall to hang his leash. He spent 4+ weeks on his leash so I could easily get him outside to use the bathroom without him running off or needing to pick him up.

I made a list of easy foods that I could get from a nearby refrigerator and that my husband could fix. This included: Lean cuisines, etc, pot pies, hot dogs, turkey burgers, hamburgers, pizza, frozen meals (soups, chili, stew), canned meals, yogurts, jello, snack fruits and puddings, Ensure drinks, V8, juices, beef jerky, lots of crackers. This plan worked out very well for us. I shopped a week before my surgery. I also loaded up on frozen meats and vegetables + foods and snacks my husband liked so we would be ok for a few weeks without needing to go to the grocery store. That turned out to be a good plan for us.

Finally, I made a list of what bills needed paid and what needed cleaned at home and did a thorough cleaning and laundry a couple days before I went to the hospital. Also, put a pillow in the car so you don't forget. You'll need it for the ride home.

It seemed like over-much to do this much preparing, but in the end it worked out perfect for us.

You'll do great. You have a couple weeks to start pulling everything together. Best of luck to you on your journey. Keep us posted.
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Unread 12-29-2011, 06:24 PM
Re: Any good tips or ideas?

Heating pad is a must! A variety of pillows and cushions to support your body to be most comfortable while you rest! A neck roll pillow works great for supporting the tummy.

One last thing, the strength to voice what you need, and to take good care of you.

Hugs,
Terri
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Unread 12-29-2011, 06:39 PM
Re: Any good tips or ideas?

For my partial hyster, I made sure all meals for ccoked and frozen for 3 weeks, bills paid, no appts unless for my prcedure for 2-3 weeks! Made sure the house was cleaned real well, and all major laundry! I set up my lap top in my room with phone and TV. i loved drinkign straws too! Make sure you have prunes and milk/magnessium and stool softners for constipation. Add Aleve or motrin to take in between the pain meds!Try to not let anyone ruin your recovery cause it will hurt you in the long run! REST!! i have 4 kids, so my list is major, LOL!
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Unread 12-29-2011, 06:41 PM
Re: Any good tips or ideas?

Here is one tip that helped hugely in the first few weeks of my recovery. My doctor's resident who assisted with the surgery told me this tip. Before you make a movement such as trying to get out of bed or standing, take a deep breath and as you breathe out, make the movement. She told me that you can't tighten up your stomach muscles while breathing out and the pain is much less than it would be otherwise.

The other tip I picked up on this site was to use damp heat for gas. Heat up a damp towel in the microwave until hot, wrap it in a dry towel and place on where you are having gas pains. The damp heat apparently draws the gas out. I wish I had known that for the pains I had in my shoulders.

Hope these help.

PS. Be aware that drinking straws make you ingest more air and can contribute to your gas issues.
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Unread 12-29-2011, 07:48 PM
Re: Any good tips or ideas?

I bought a pack of big brief underwear and am glad I did. My normal bikini ones agervate my insision. Also be sure to have several pairs of stretchy pants. I'm a week post op and belly is still very swelled.

My list
panties ~ big briefs
Yoga pants
chap stick
lotion
Motrin
Stool softener
Pads
a good book or two
Note pad & pen ~ to keep track of when I take my medication
  #10  
Unread 12-29-2011, 08:38 PM
Re: Any good tips or ideas?

Stretchy pants and big panties are a must! 4 weeks post op and still cannot fit into my clothes thanks to swelly belly.
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