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Unread 02-03-2012, 12:45 PM
Pet Pillows

I keep reading that a pet pillow was very helpful. Is this really a necessity? Don't they give you pillows at the hospital?
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Unread 02-04-2012, 12:52 AM
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I used my mini pillow pet for several weeks to help support my tummy. It was great in the car and even in bed I'd tuck it under my swollen belly.
Unread 02-04-2012, 02:57 PM
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Unread 02-04-2012, 02:59 PM
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Hello princess... I found my pillow pet money well spent! Still using mine and 2 weeks post op! It doesnt have to be pillow pet but, you are gonna need some kind of small pillow! The hospital did not give me a pillow but did supply me with ab binder (another must)! I have ab incision so all the extra protection helps....really needed for seat belt and walking! Good luck....see ya on the other side....air hugs
Unread 02-04-2012, 04:30 PM
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Since no one has said this yet, i will. I just needed the pillow pet like a toddler needs her woobie. Sure it came in handy for coughing/sneezing/laughing, but it just made me happy and it comforted me. Mine is a bumble bee : )
Unread 02-04-2012, 04:38 PM
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You will need a stomach pillow to sit up, stand up, sit down, walk.... I took it with me when I went for walks in the mall, christmas, lunch with friends, the store. Everywhere!

I was given a "pillow" at the hospital that one of the nurses made with towels and tape and "hug me" written on it. I am forever grateful to the nurse who made it! But don't count on your hospital giving you one; take a stomach pillow with you.
Unread 02-04-2012, 05:53 PM
Re: Pet Pillows

It doesn't have to be a pillow pet, but a small pillow of some sort will be a great aid to you. When you have to cough, sneeze, or laugh, you will want something to press against your belly for at least a few days.

I have one of the small pillow pets (parrot). It is about 9"x9" when it is is unfolded and sort of flat, and it is perfect to use in the car. I put it between my belly and the seat belt, and it takes the pressure off my belly. Not to mention, I have cute little parrot face staring up at me.

At the hospital, I had a larger one with me too (the dinosaur). If nothing else, they make great conversation pieces, and the nurses loved that I had a sense of humor about things.
Unread 02-04-2012, 05:57 PM
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My nurse made me one too with my name on it. I LOVE my pillow pet - just like Sharona 19 said - I got pretty attached to it! lol It just makes you feel 'held in' when you are walking or coughing or doing anything that makes your belly move!

The adorable face on my Wally the Green Monster pillow pet made me smile when I was resting during my recovery. Still use it when I rest after work. I highly recommend having one.
Unread 02-05-2012, 10:51 AM
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I did not get a pillow or any replacement in the hospital. I had my pillow pet waiting for me at home and had a different one for the car that stays in the car all the time (even before this surgery). I got my pp as a gift - the one recommendation i have is don't get one with a big animal head - that get's in the way later. I still use mine 3 weeks after surgery to keep my cat off my stomach - those little paws can dig deep.
Unread 02-05-2012, 01:57 PM
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I was asking the same question before my surgery two weeks ago, since I did not even know what a Pillow Pet was. I had already spent enough money on various aids for my recovery time, and did not want buy the pillow pet. It is not a necessity for recovery. The idea is to have a small fairly flat pillow that can be used between the seatbelt and your tummy, and or to help you gently hold your belly when coughing or sneezing, and suchlike.

I personally am not much of the "cute stuffed animal" type of gal, so I use a small flat decorative cushion from the living room (about 10 inch square) For seatbelt protection, I folded up a spare sweater into a kind of soft longish pad, that works perfectly.

The one thing that I find the most useful is the long-handle "grabber"

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