Going it alone!

H.A.L.A B.
on 11/20/20 9:18 am

I was doing it alone. I had to have someone to take me home, and they had to sign that they would be with me overnight (for safety). I was in the hospital 2 days. Once I got home I was able to move around *though slowly) to get my own drinks, etc. For the first few days post op I slept on a recliner. For probably a week. I had one cat at that time and she was trying to "take care of me". I had to make sure I had a pillow on my belly because she would insist on sleeping on top of me. Flat pillow, just enough layer between my incisions and the (small) cat. At that time she was in/outdoor cat, and she made sure she did all her "business" outside the house (no need to clean the litter)

Hala. RNY 5/14/2008; Happy At Goal =HAG

"I can eat or do anything I want to - as long as I am willing to deal with the consequences"

"Failure is not falling down, It is not getting up once you fell... So pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and start all over again...."

Chacha831
on 11/30/20 7:39 am

Oh, I will have to ask my doctor's office about the possible need for someone to sign an agreement to stay with me that first night. That never even entered my mind and we haven't covered my hospital stay and all that yet. Thanks for bringing that up. I plan on sleeping on my recliner too and as for my cats, that will be a challenge and a pillow will be a must.

H.A.L.A B.
on 11/30/20 9:12 am

BTW - having a pillow in the car for a trip home when you need to wear seatbelt - is a must. I started driving 24 hours after my last dose of narcotics pain killers. For me it was app 1 week after surgery. I still ad t use a small pillow to place on my belly between my belly and the seatbelt. Stopping slowly was not an issue, but knowing that I may have to "step on the breaks" in case someone pulls in front of me or things like that, was a cause for concern. I left that pillow in the car so I would not have to remember it every time.

Hala. RNY 5/14/2008; Happy At Goal =HAG

"I can eat or do anything I want to - as long as I am willing to deal with the consequences"

"Failure is not falling down, It is not getting up once you fell... So pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and start all over again...."

Citizen Kim
on 11/20/20 12:49 pm - Castle Rock, CO

I came home after 24 hours to a 13 month old child and husband continued working after driving me home. It really wasnt difficult at all. I was out walking the baby in his stroller on day 3.

Proud Feminist, Atheist, LGBT friend, and Democratic Socialist

Chacha831
on 11/30/20 7:41 am

Wow! That is a quick recovery. I am hopeful for the same.

White Dove
on 11/21/20 3:17 am

The only restriction I had was not to lift anything that weighed more than 10 pounds. I bought milk in small cartons, laundry pods instead of heavy detergent bottles, and used small pots and pans, and a Magic Bullet instead of the heavy blender.

Running a vacuum cleaner is a lot of strain on your newly healing body. Getting a robot sweeper would be a good idea if you have carpets.

I had surgery on a Tuesday and went home on Thursday. I was off pain pills and able to drive. I rested on Friday and was doing cooking and light housework on Saturday. I went back to a desk job on Monday. But I could have gone back to work on Thursday if I had needed to.

Real life begins where your comfort zone ends

Chacha831
on 11/30/20 7:45 am

Thanks for your insights. Good tips for ways to lighten the lifting load and makes me think of other items in which I can do the same. Glad you had a quick recovery!

MKMGirl
on 11/23/20 4:28 pm

Sorry that you have to go through your surgery and after alone. Maybe a close neighbor can check in on you? Or drop off any necessities at your front door that you find you might need?

Chacha831
on 11/30/20 7:52 am

I am going to try and stock up on what I need and have medicines express mailed. I do have one neighbor that I will ask to be on stand by should I need anything when she goes to the store. She has kids so I hate to ask but she is the only one I remotely know.

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