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Unread 02-27-2003, 08:07 AM
Shoes and socks

Ok soI know it's silly, but If I can't bend for a month and my DH has to go back to work after 3 days how do I get my socks on and tie my shoes to go on the walks I need to take??
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Unread 02-27-2003, 08:24 AM
Shoes and socks

Hi there!

I don't know if I did things the right way, but here's how I managed:

Socks - I laid down on the bed and bent my knees and feet up to a point where I could reach them, and I'd then put my socks on. Rather than bending at the waist (to bend forward and over) I was bending at the hips by bring my legs up to my arms.

Shoes - I had slip-ons I would wear when no one was around to help me getting shoes on and with tying laces. If you don't have any this style and you live close to a Payless Shoes, they should have something suitable that isn't too expensive.

Best wishes to you!

Unread 02-27-2003, 08:38 AM
Shoes and socks

I also wore a lot of slip-ons. I wasn't moving NEARLY fast enough to need running shoes on anyway
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Unread 02-27-2003, 07:48 PM
Shoes and socks

I only had difficulty putting socks & shoes on for the first couple of days. Of course, I didn't leave the house for 2 wks, so I wore slippers all the time around the house. But, the socks weren't a problem for me, but I have kind of long legs that I could bend pretty easily.

This might sound paranoid, but my friend's mom used to work in a hospital, and she never wore her "work" shoes into their house because she said hospitals are filled with so many germs. So, I got a real cheap pair of slippers that I wore in the castle, and dropped them in the waste basket on my way out.
Unread 02-27-2003, 07:58 PM

That is one question I haven't asked but wanted to know! I live* in socks! Even with slippers, sweats and lounging....I always have to have socks on....keeps my feet warm. (maybe with the coming hot flashes I wont care! LOL!)

more ideas for putting them on!.....please!~

I appreciate the idea of throwing slippers away as you leave. I was going to take my beloved fleece slippers but now I will find something cheap to take with me and dump them as I leave! Thank you!!!
Unread 02-27-2003, 09:43 PM
I guess it depends on...

...the type of surgery you have. I had a TVH/BSO and was able to cross my leg over the other knee and reach my tootsies to put on socks and shoes. The grabbing stick (don't know the technical term; you can get one at a well stocked pharmacy or medical supply house) was handy to get the shoes up off of the floor into my hands.

Frankly, if I needed to go anywhere or do anything outside the house, I mostly just put on my Birkenstocks. I believe they go with any attire short of an evening gown

Unread 02-28-2003, 07:41 AM
Shoes and socks

I had a lot of trouble putting on socks -- between the swelly belly and incision, I just couldn't bend down far enough. Think some of it has to do with the type of incision - I had a verticlal one belly button to pubic bone. I found a pair of furry lined slippers and also tried using one of the Grabbers (as seen on Tv - but I got mine at Bed Bath & Beyond)...but eventually just gave in and asked for help pulling on the socks. I felt like A Big Girl when I could finally put on my own socks.
As for shoes - mules, slip-ons, clogs, backless slippers. Walmart has some practical, warm -albeit it ugly- slippers for cheap. Figure I'll sluff along in them now and happily throw them away with my grannie panties when this is a distant memory!
Good luck -- and one thing to consider doing beforehand - get yourself a nice pedicure with happy colored toe-nails! Even though I couldn't reach them, I knew they looked nice!
Unread 02-28-2003, 12:26 PM
Shoes and socks

For the first couple of weeks chances are the little walks you need to take will consist of couch to bathroom and back, or couch to kitchen and back. For a really long walk couch to bathroom to kitchen and then back to couch.

I had a bikini incision, and except for when I came home from the hosp, I don't remember needing any help putting shoes and socks on.

and one thing to consider doing beforehand - get yourself a nice pedicure with happy colored toe-nails!
Unless you ask, don't bother with the pedicure before surgery. Every DR, hosp, and OR has their own policies & procedures, but a lot don't allow polish of any kind, either finger or toes. It would be a shame to have happy toes and then be handed a bottle of remover before you can go into surgery.
Unread 02-28-2003, 01:42 PM
Shoes and socks

I had my hubby put my socks on when I left the hospital. At home, I didn't go out for a few days at all, so only wore scuff-type slippers. When I did go out again (about 5 days post op), I was able to carefully put on my own socks. Just sat on the side of the bed, lifted my leg over the other leg and put them on. No problem. But I'm very independent; hate asking for too much help. You should have seen me putting a bra on when i broke my arm a few years ago--by laying it out on the bed, lying on top of it, fastening it with one arm in the front, then twisting it around to the front! Would have been hysterical if I taped that!!
Unread 02-28-2003, 02:41 PM
Shoes and socks

Just a note about the pedicure suggestion - ask your hospital/Dr for their policies. Our little local hospital said that nail polish was fine as long as it wasn't real dark- they use finger monitors that can read right through the polish except for the very dark colors and even then they only take it off one finger.
I'm not one to have regular manicures/pedicures but it sure did a lot for my psyche to see the nice hands and feet, made me feel a little feminine... plus they last so long when you're a pampered princess!!!

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