Draclvr in Hospital!

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Re: Draclvr in Hospital!

Postby JKEerie » Tue Sep 20, 2016 9:32 pm

That's why you press that pillow against your tummy. Do you have anything near your bed you can grab onto? Before I got a bed rail for my Mom's bed I used a two step ladder next to her bed. She'd grab the rail and it helped until the bed rail that we ordered online that fit between the mattress and box spring arrived.
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Re: Draclvr in Hospital!

Postby Jude » Wed Sep 21, 2016 1:19 am

Wow, I just read this thread. Best wishes, Draclvr! I'm glad you are home. :)
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Re: Draclvr in Hospital!

Postby draclvr » Wed Sep 21, 2016 8:32 am

Yes and now I' cussing because I left my pillow upstairs!

My goal for today is to start eating a little bit and to get a shower! They said I could shower as long as I don't wash the surgical area - which is essentially y entire abdomen!
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Re: Draclvr in Hospital!

Postby Diat60 » Wed Sep 21, 2016 9:13 am

Sorry, Drac, but I can't help laughing at the mental picture of you trying to shower without getting your tummy wet. You'll have to face backwards and hope for the best! Sounds like your doctor had a trying time (tried this, then tried that). So good to hear you're home so quickly.
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Postby LadyKestrel » Wed Sep 21, 2016 9:35 am

I'm glad you're home, Drac. Easy does it now. I guess you could wrap a plastic bag around your middle to shower, but an edge-of-the-tub bath might be easier. Well, except for the getting down and up again.
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Re: Draclvr in Hospital!

Postby draclvr » Wed Sep 21, 2016 9:39 am

I wouldn't be able to sit of get up from the edge of the bathtub! I can shower, but I just can't scrub the abdominal area. And I'm going to do like you said, DIat, and just face away from the spray. Just getting my hair washed is the big thing!
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Re: Draclvr in Hospital!

Postby Val » Wed Sep 21, 2016 9:52 am

Masking tape and plastic seems logical Drac. Perhaps you should try that AND wash facing away from the spray! Good luck. ♥
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Re: Draclvr in Hospital!

Postby draclvr » Wed Sep 21, 2016 10:23 am

They said it was OK to get it wet - just no scrubbing. Like I would even THINK about scrubbing! Egads! I have 5 small incisions where they did the laproscopy and they don't bother me too much. It's the lower ones that hurt like mad.
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Postby LadyKestrel » Wed Sep 21, 2016 12:12 pm

Heh. I edited my post about the edge of the bathtub after thinking about it. A shower is definitely the best option.
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Re: Draclvr in Hospital!

Postby JKEerie » Wed Sep 21, 2016 12:59 pm

I'm surprised they let you go upstairs, Drac. I was restricted from stair climbing for two weeks. However, since my computer was on the second floor and I lived alone...like that was gonna happen! I just took it really nice and slow and all was well.

As to the bathing...I could just picture someone using plastic bags and duct tape to keep their surgical area dry! A nice hot shower and clean hair will do you a world of good.
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Re: Draclvr in Hospital!

Postby draclvr » Wed Sep 21, 2016 1:42 pm

I was pretty surprised they let me go up and down stairs too. But it really isn't a problem. The shower was a success - and you're right, JK. Clean hair and a hot show and feel... well, better anyway!.
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Re: Draclvr in Hospital!

Postby Jude » Wed Sep 21, 2016 2:08 pm

My house is set up so that the kitchen is on the 1st floor, while the bedroom, "computer" work room, and bathroom are on the 2nd. So, I couldn't not take the steps even if I slept on the couch downstairs because the toilet/bath is upstairs, and I couldn't stay upstairs because the kitchen/refrigerator is downstairs. I don't think that doctors always consider real life situations when they give their orders...
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Re: Draclvr in Hospital!

Postby draclvr » Wed Sep 21, 2016 4:57 pm

In fact, that was one of the things they asked me - how the house was arranged. I was kind of surprised! This is a 100+ year old farm house, so all the bedrooms are upstairs. We added a bathroom up there too, so it all works out.
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Re: Draclvr in Hospital!

Postby JKEerie » Wed Sep 21, 2016 5:39 pm

When I moved into my second...and hopefully last house...I chose a ranch. Two bedrooms and two bathrooms...one for me and one for Mom. Even the laundry room is on the first floor. So the basement is for storage and my workout equipment.
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Re: Draclvr in Hospital!

Postby Winfrey » Thu Sep 22, 2016 8:21 am

The stairs might be a good thing... get those muscles moving and working, they seem to want you to do that right away. Just don't over do it. So and easy ... I know that is just not you! I hope this was the reason for the pain and you don't have to deal with diverticulitis too!!!!
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