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Unread 11-26-2017, 03:05 PM
Upcoming hysterectomy 12/21: Preparing my Recovery Spot


My surgery is scheduled for Dec 21, so I have a few weeks to go. I am a planner, so I am in the process of getting things together, or at least making a plan for what I want/need done.

There are 6 stairs that lead to my bedroom, so I am wondering if I should make another room my Recovery Spot? As I would have to go up the stairs to go to the bathroom and then back down them to get back in bed. Are stairs an issue?

Also, any other ideas, suggestions or must haves to make recovery go as smooth as possible is definitely appreciated!!

Thanks in advance!
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Unread 11-26-2017, 03:31 PM
Re: Preparing my Recovery Spot

I am 4 days post op and I have no issues climbing my 14 stairs. Just hold the handrail and take it very slow.
Unread 11-26-2017, 08:36 PM
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For stairs you'll need to go with what the doctor recommends, of course you probably realize that .

My house has only one bathroom and it is up 14 stairs. It really wasn't that big a deal. I was walking slow anyway. Use the rail and pay attention to where your feet are.
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Unread 11-27-2017, 07:37 AM
Upcoming hysterectomy 12/21: Preparing my Recovery Spot

I live in a split level house, so I had no choice; I just took it slow, held onto the railing for support, and avoided carrying any large or awkward items. And while we're on the subject of going to the bathroom, I would like to recommend picking up a few items to combat the dreaded constipation. Regular walks have always been my top tip for this, so be sure you have a good, sturdy pair of walking shoes, which can also help with your footing on your stairs. Helpful grocery items to have on hand include peppermint tea, prunes and prune juice, dried apricots, frozen cherries or blueberries, ground flaxseeds, whole grain cereal, and magnesium rich dark chocolate and pumpkin seeds. Also look for something to elevate your feet while youre on the throne, like a Squatty Potty or a low stool; this can help to prevent straining, by properly aligning the rectum so the poop can pass through more smoothly. While you're out shopping, also be sure to pick up some loose fitting clothes to accommodate my old nemesis Swelly Belly , and a few small pillows to protect your belly when coughing or sneezing. It would also be a good idea to clean your house from top to bottom, and fill your freezer and pantry with easy to prepare meals and snacks. Also check our "Hints From Members" forum for more suggestions. Best wishes for a successful surgery and a smooth recovery!
Unread 11-27-2017, 01:16 PM
Re: Upcoming hysterectomy 12/21: Preparing my Recovery Spot

I would honestly ask your doctor. If it's feasible for you to 'camp out' somewhere where you can avoid stairs, your doctor may prefer it that way. I understand some people have no other choice, but those who do may be better off. I know that was the discussion w/ my doctor. I'm scheduled for the 13th of Dec and her advice was: avoid stairs if you can, otherwise only once a day for the first week. Meaning if your bedroom is upstairs but the bathroom is downstairs, once you go downstairs, plan on staying there until you are ready to go to bed. I'm fortunate enough that my bedroom, master bath and family room are all upstairs, so I'm planning on going up them when I get home and not coming back down them for a full week. For my benefit, it will also be a pet free zone, so I don't have to worry about our kitties trying to lay all over me or our St Bernard who thinks he's a lap dog, jumping up in my lap.

Good Luck to you!

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