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What could you have not lived without during recovery...

TatiyanaTTatiyana Posts: 194
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:25 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
The list on this site is amazing =D> (Love It!!), but I don't have the time or $$ to do all of it. What would be the things you absolutely would not want to do without from hospital to recovery?


  • After much reading, I was really concerned that I didn't have a recliner to sleep in after my 2-level ACDF. I read a lot of posts on this forum that suggested a "wedge pillow". I paid $40 (including shipping & handing) and bought the pillow that was 12". I don't know what I would've done without it. It allowed me to sleep in a reclined position (getting in and out of bed was challenging, but the pillow made it easier), and I could also prop myself up a little more to watch TV!
  • Definitely my grabber and the raised toilet seat!
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  • I love my laptop computer, it is easy to handle and kept me occupied. I have books, television shows I taped in advance to watch later and my grabber. I was given one to use and it helps. I know this one is personal but we are all here going through the same things so here it is...a toilet tongs. It will help you reach your bottom because you cannot bend too much post fusion. Also, make sure you put your most used items in a reachable position. Pots/pans on the countertop, refrigerator items on top shelves. Whatever you don't have, don't worry, you will feel so good in a couple of days it won't matter. Oh, and have someone to stay with you for some time. Best Wishes
    P.S shave your legs before you go!
  • I agree with laptop. I took my to the hospital too because they had free wifi but I was too doped up to use it only once or twice. I used it and still use a lot post op to occupy me. I did shave my legs and I had someone put my hair in braids because I wasn't able to wash my hair while I was in the hospital for 4 days and I didn't feel like it when I got home for a day or 2 and I'm used to washing my hair everyday. I brought my own nightgowns with buttonup in the front and my own comfy robe and underwear. I was not expecting to wake up to a cathetar and no undies. I couldn't wait to get that thing out and get my panties back on =))
  • I love the shaving legs reminder..
    I have to ask what are toilet tongs and where do you get them... or are they "hand crafted"?
    Might be a good project for my hubby who just got laid off .."Hey can you make me some toilet tongs?" =))
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  • My husband found them at Walmart in the kitchen supply area! What a guy! They were regular tongs that I wrapped toilet paper around and wahlah!!! It takes a little finesse when releasing the soiled paper though. Try 'em before the surgery to get a hang of it. I also bought some flushable baby wipes to "freshen up with". Good Luck to you and remember to have someone with you from pre-op till the next day to make sure you have what you need when you need it.
  • my grabber (have 2 or 3 around the house), my laptop and my laptop caddy that pulls right up to me when I'm reclined in my sofa. It is an adjustable desk on wheels that pulls over my chair and can be tilted for the best level. I can be on the Internet every minute if I need to be (for distraction.)

    And definitely my recliner, and if I hadn't had one, I would have rented one for a month or so.

    Good luck!!

  • Believe it or not can be purchased online are relatively inexpensive and will save your family from having to help you out in that area and from complete embarassment if your two daughters are the only ones home. Try googling Medical Supplies.
  • okay, I am going to ebay toilet tongs and start practicing.
    My family will LOVE this one. Especially my husband who still thinks farts are funny. :))(
  • steps for my small dog to make it up and down to the couch, bed, and chair so I could hold him. The elevated toilet seat....that sucker's a loooooong way down when you are freshly post op. =D>
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