Hi girls, I have my surgery next week! Just wondering if anyone had any advice with recovery?! And wondering what to take with me to the hospital!?
Any help is much appreciated!
So for the hospital bag I took –
Button up pjs,
Trackies & leggings,
Button up top,
Slip on trainers,
Toothbrush & paste (I took electric was easier)
Hairbrush, hair ties,
Bottle of water, crisps, chocolate bar, sweets (you might want these after your op, perk you up.)
Cough sweets (didn’t need them but you might have a sore throat after the op)
Chewing gum (in case can’t brush teeth)
Baby wipes & femfresh wipes,
Sanitary towels (just in case)
Roll on deodorant,
Slip on Slippers,
iPad (for entertainment, you’ll be waiting around a while)
Or magazine / books,
As for advice for recovery I’d just take every day as it comes, do plenty of resting and feet up. The first few days I felt amazing like nothing had changed but the drugs were definitely still in my system after a few days I felt really down and sad (post op blues) they lasted about 2 weeks. Don’t push yourself to much, I pretty much lived off my other half helping me. I spent most of my time on the sofa watching endless Netflix, didn’t wash my hair for like a week & just lived in pjs.
Don’t expect to much from yourself and don’t feel disheartened if you can’t do something as easily like you used to .. also meal prepping is a good idea, or having stuff that you can easily put in microwave etc i lived off noodles for a good while! Make sure you eat plenty of protein, vegetables etc this will help with your healing. And drink plenty of fluids, I was drinking about 3-4 bottles a day.
When it comes to sleeping you will need to be upright for at least the first 2-3 weeks, so definitely invest in a v pillow it’ll help massively. I’m 5 weeks post op and I can’t only just lie on my side a bit..
Make sure that you’ve got things in reaching area so for example pulling stuff down so they’re on the kitchen surface, mugs, plates etc.
Try to get out the house as well even if it’s a just a little walk down the road and back, trust me you’ll get cabin fever ?
I hope that you’ve got a lot of support around you and people that care and will come see you or at least message or something cause that’s what you count on when you feel so down! Your mates.. and you might even find out who your true friends are, I know I certainly have! Haha..
Hope you’re not worrying too much about the op, you’ll be sound ? they’ll take care of you in hospital ?
If you need any other help or question just ask away, xxx
Thank you so much. It’s getting close now so just panicking that I haven’t got everything I need ?
My other half is off for the first week so he will he helping me as much as he can, he’s been so supportive, it’s been amazing. My friends have also been amazingly supportive!
I’ve got two weeks off work, so I’ll just be taking everyday as it comes. I’ll go for little walks as I don’t want to be stuck in the house 24/7 ?
I’ve got a v pillow ready at home for when I get back! I’m not looking forward to sleeping upright but got to be done! Recovery is a long process which I am looking forward to because I know the end result will be much better than what I have now ?
I am so so looking forward and I cannot wait!! Xx
Haha, I can well imagine you are panicking but don’t be ?
That’s good that your OH is off with your for the 1st week, you’ll be surprised how much help you need ? but at least you’ve got a great support network around you!
That’s good that you’ve got 2 weeks off work!! Sleeping upright is a pain but it gets better ? deffo agree there beaut, proper excited for you ❤️ Xxx
How much time did you have off work?!
I think I’ll get used to it after a few nights ☺️
How long did you wait before driving again? ?
5 days to go ?xx
I’m still off now with having complications and not healing as well as I should be, meant to be back Monday 4th but nurse says I still need another 3-4 weeks worth of appointments so won’t be back till end of March .. I’ve got to go to Liverpool on 18th March to see my surgeon again.
But 6 weeks was meant to be the time off but looking at 8 weeks now.
As for driving I only just got a new car last night after not driving for 2 & half years, so just Over 5 weeks and it was easy to drive.
So maybe try after 2 weeks? It’s all in your arm movements really lol. I’m so excited for you hun, let me send you this pic from last night I couldn’t believe the difference xxx
Won’t let me send ?
That’s crazy that you’ll be having nearly 8 weeks off work! But you will need it if you’re having complications, better to be safe than sorry ?
Maybe try sending me the picture through private message!? Might work that way! Xx
That’s very true beaut, my boss doesn’t mind anyways. I looked at sending pic through private message and I have no idea how to do it ? xxx
Let’s see if this one works ?
Oh my god wow!!! Look at that difference ?? that’s amazing!!
I’m currently waiting in the hospital now ? excited!! Xxx
Good luck beaut ❤️
I’m so excited for you as well,
Drop me a message when you’re done xxxx
Still waiting at the moment!
Thank you so so much! I will ??xxx
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