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

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  #11  
Unread 12-30-2011, 07:57 PM
Re: Any good tips or ideas?

Passing the time: I am an avid reader and thought this would be a good time to catch up. The first week home I was too tired and fuzzy from the medicine. After I cut back on the medicine it was still hard to focus for longer than 20 minutes. Solution: fired up the laptop and signed up for free 30 days of netflix. I could watch movies on my schedule and not have to worry about returning them.
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Unread 12-30-2011, 08:41 PM
Re: Any good tips or ideas?

Definitely have stretchy pants on hand and lots of them. My surgery was 2 weeks ago, I have lost 3 pounds (I had a very enlarged uterus and ovary), and yet my tummy is still so puffy and tender I cannot wear jeans.
  #13  
Unread 12-30-2011, 10:45 PM
Re: Any good tips or ideas?

In Hospital:

1. Earplugs, joined by a cord to block out noise.
2. A satin-type eye mask to block out light.
3. Juice boxes or something sweet to drink (you may get a dry mouth) if you're allowed it, just to sip on from time to time.
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Unread 12-31-2011, 04:45 AM
Re: Any good tips or ideas?

I had a cart set up lie everyone else. Hard candy was a plus after surgery, my throat hurt and was dry from breathing tube. After I got home to help with gas pains I tried to sit up a much as I could. It gave se relief from my shoulders. Going to have to try the damp heat today. And I walked around the house with a pillow held to my tummy. For getting in and out of bed roll to your side prop your elbow under you use top arm to pull you up.. My husband has been great about helping me walk around and making urge I take my meds every 4-5 hours. For the first few days and keeping my water bottle filled. As far as meals and care of the kids, my inlaws are here. And they are taking care of that for me..
Oh,, I also asked for a couple more pairs of the stretchy underpants I wore at the hospital.
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Unread 12-31-2011, 07:56 AM
Re: Any good tips or ideas?

I had a basket that I called my "toy box" and in it I had magazines, books, videos, hand lotions, thank you notes, my iPad and any thing else I could use on my couch. It was left on the couch so I could reach it well. I also TiVo'd a ton of shows and saved them to watch during my recovery. I put a hospital playlist on my iPod but really didn't use it in the hospital. I used it at home during my strolls through my house. (the kids got a kick out of that). Super clean your house, you'll be glad you did especially when visitors come. I love my HysterSister tummy binder and the ice packs feel great in it. Stool softeners, reg Motrin, panty liners and band aides were a must. But most importantly having someone to help you the first couple days at home is great. Rest a lot and focus on healing. Good luck and hugs!!!!
  #16  
Unread 12-31-2011, 08:09 AM
Re: Any good tips or ideas?

Several people mentioned having carts bedside. That seems like a great idea. My nightstand is not large enough to hold a lot. What sort of 'cart' did you use?
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Unread 12-31-2011, 11:15 PM
Re: Any good tips or ideas?

I could not pay attention to a book for about two weeks, so tv was my thing. Tummy pillow is a must. I have been wearing same 5 pants for 4 weeks now and wish I had bought more. Slip on shoes...pads for spotting and to cover incision esp for TAH.
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Unread 01-01-2012, 04:56 AM
Re: Any good tips or ideas?

I got an extra tv tray stand.. Cheap and easy to fold away when finished..
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Unread 01-01-2012, 05:52 AM
Re: Any good tips or ideas?

WOW What great tips and ideas from you all I will start making a list and get prepared , Im having a TAH so know I will be recovering for some weeks , It doesn't help the fact that Im disabled aswell so moving around is difficult for me I use a walking stick everyday so at least I have something to lean on to help me..

I will definatly use heat pads and constipation relief also the hot towel tip, I already have a puzzle book and about 6 reading books that I havn't read yet so I will wade through them.
I have a tv with dvd and video player in my bedroom and my laptop on a side table and I have found out my desk fan. I must admit the idea about ear plugs for hospital is a great I will get some of those and hopefully sleep ok ( apart from the nurses waking you up for blood presure checks )
I have my big baggy jogging bottoms and my over large pants packed and I will be taking my V shaped pillow with me into hospital...

I have lots to do and get sorted out so must get busy


Once again Thankyou all so so much , Im worried sick about this op but hopefully you have all helped in my recovery .

gentle hugs xxxxx
Amanda
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Unread 01-01-2012, 06:05 AM
Re: Any good tips or ideas?

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Originally Posted by goldenlife View Post
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.

Thankyou for your reply it has lots of things I'd not even thought about I have a small dog and not even thought about letting her outside and getting her in again so great tip xx
Also Im going to do myself a box of all nice things next to my bed and adding the pillow for the car trip home i'd not thought of and chap stick.

I have done some stews and frozen them and bought some ready meals , I have 3 kids 19,18 and 12 so there old enough to do things themselves but I will also have my wonderful boyfriend with me,,,

I will keep you all posted
hugs xx

Amanda
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