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Unread 01-07-2012, 11:23 PM
Long drive from hospital? Any tips?

I have and hour and half drive from the hospital has anyone had a long drive and can give me some advice or tips on comfort issues for the trip?
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Unread 01-08-2012, 07:54 PM
Re: Long drive from hospital? Any tips?

I didn't have a long drive home but it would probably be a good idea to have some pillows to arrange around you during the trip. You can tuck them, lean on them, sit on one, etc. to help yourself be more comfortable. You might want a small pillow or folded towel between your tender tummy and the seatbelt.

To keep your circulation going, you will probably want to make some short stops so you can get out and take a slow gentle walk. I hope some of the other ladies who had a longer trip home from the hospital will stop by and share their helpful tips.

Best wishes for a successful surgery and smooth recovery!

Unread 01-09-2012, 01:47 PM
Re: Long drive from hospital? Any tips?

I haven't had my hyster yet, but I did have 2 laparoscopic surgeries the same distance away from home that you are talking about, 1.5 hours away. I took 2 pillows, one for my tummy and one for my head. I laid the seat all the way back and turned on my side. This actually helped with the gas pains a lot. Then I just closed my eyes and relax. If I fell asleep, that was even better because it made the trip seem shorter.
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Unread 01-09-2012, 06:50 PM
Re: Long drive from hospital? Any tips?

Make sure you are on top of your pain meds before making the trip! That was my mistake
Unread 01-09-2012, 07:44 PM
Re: Long drive from hospital? Any tips?

Thank you all for you tips I'm sureI will use all of them as they are all great ideas thanks ladies! I knew I could count on you to help :-)
Unread 01-11-2012, 10:45 AM
Re: Long drive from hospital? Any tips?

I had 1.5 hour tip home after surgery. I did make sure the nurse gave me pain meds about 30 minutes before I left. Hubby picked me up in his work van. So I had to sit up right. I would of loved to recline the seat back, sat on a pillow. I did put a pillow between seatbelt and tummy. And reminded hubby not to hit every pot hole. Good luck with surgery and recovery. You'll do great.
Unread 01-11-2012, 05:59 PM
Re: Long drive from hospital? Any tips?

I had a drive of 2 hours in my husbands truck. I had a pillow for under the seatbelt. The hospital gave me an ativan before I left to help with motion sickness and between that and the pain medication I just kind of dozed.
Unread 01-11-2012, 06:49 PM
Re: Long drive from hospital? Any tips?

I had a lap previously 2 hours away. The drive was within hours of surgery and I did (in my opinion) great. If you think you may get sick in the car, ask for a scopolamine patch. I had mine put on right before surgery and did not get sick once. Make sure you take your pain medicine. Pillows. Maybe some music to help you relax on the ride home.
Unread 01-11-2012, 10:16 PM
Re: Long drive from hospital? Any tips?

For me, the worst part was getting in and out of the car. Took a while. Also hard to position once in. I took the front seat, reclined all the way back. Hated the potholes (New York, baby!) but the curves and brakes were worse. All too late I discovered that if I grab and (lightly) hold my belly it takes away the jerking motion and the pain. Best wishes !
Unread 01-11-2012, 10:20 PM
Re: Long drive from hospital? Any tips?

Thank you again ladies sounds like I'll be having a smooth trip thanks to all these tips......or so I hope! :-)

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