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Ask your Dr a lot of questions in your pre-op to help you figure out what you will need for your recovery Ask your Dr a lot of questions in your pre-op to help you figure out what you will need for your recovery

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Ask your Dr a lot of questions in your pre-op to help you figure out what you will need for your recovery

I have read a lot of great tips in here, but before you spend a lot of money on things like grabbers, binders, hospital beds, etc, talk to your dr in your pre op appt to see what your restrictions will be so that you will know what you will need. I have the normal restrictions: no heavy lifting or heavy exertion, no driving til released, no sex. The driving restriction was lifted after 1 week as I wasn't taking any pain meds. I am allowed to go up and down stairs as much as I want as long as I don't carry anything and use the handrails. My dr said the danger wasn't in going up and down, but in falling. I have no restrictions saying I can't bend over or reach for things, of course I use common sense and don't spend the whole day bent over or reaching, but I did it occasionally from the day I came home. She also instructed me not to stay in bed, but to walk around as much as possible, and that I should be able to walk a mile within a week of surgery. I followed her advice to the letter, and have so far had a great recovery, I am about 2 1/2 weeks post op from a TAH with both ovaries removed. I can basically do whatever I want except for the few things listed above. Based on my experience, here are some things that helped me.

1)If you have your surgery in the summer, sundresses are the best! I wore one to the hospital thinking that I wouldn't want a bunch of stuff around my waist when I left, and it was one of the best decisions I made! Flip flops were great for the feet, easy to put on/off, and cushy to avoid too much jarring when you walk.

2)I do wish I had a couple of pairs of underwear which covered more (my incision) It doesn't matter much when wearing dresses, but a couple of times I have wanted to wear pants and they were irritating to my incision, which was sutures under the skin with superglue on top and no dressing or anything. I did buy the Olga ones from this site, and they are good. Also a size larger than normal might be good, as mine feel fine in the morning, but get tighter as the day goes on.

3)I wish I had brought a sanitary pad or 2 to the hospital, as the ones they gave me were awful!

4)I only stayed overnight at the hospital, but a light robe is great, especially if you will be staying longer.

5)I wish I had taken some mints or gum as my mouth was extremely dry after the surgery, and no amount of fluids drank changed that.

6)My dr told me that for best results, to be sure that they got me out of bed later in the day, after the surgery. I had to pester them a little to get that to happen, but I found that I got up with little pain and was able to walk around comfortably. I also pestered them to take the catheter out and the iv asap so that I could walk around more easily.

7)Make some plans for when you get out of the hospital, since you won't be able to drive for awhile and don't want to go stir crazy sitting around the house. I made plans to get out walking around someplace with someone for every day until I could drive, which kept me sane :-)

8)There are a lot of postings from people who are having problems or complications. Don't assume that you will have them, you probably won't! I didn't read any of those types of posts before my surgery, because if I had, I would have chickened out!

9)You will probably get tired easily. Relax for awhile when you do, and then try to do just a little bit more the next day.

Good luck, I feel a lot better since I had my surgery, and am sorry that I put it off for so long!
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