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Those who have had surgery please help with prep shopping list

Im looking to go in for perm, cervical not paddles in August. Im 56 and live alone. Im trying to prepare and have been reading board for almost a year. (Stuff keeps happening) I just bought a 4 wheeled extra large grocery cart.

What kind of pillows for on the couch and/or on bed? A wedge pillow? Soft or firm? I remember from trial I could not get comfortable. My surgeon buts battery at the bra line???? Ideas?

Clothes: Button from the front best? Or just very large and over the head? Im female.

He said arms straight out for 6 weeks along with no bend or lift., so Im redoing Kitchen and bathroom so all is at arms length. Home health care????? Am I overdoing it? Any suggestions PLEASE!


  • AllMetalAAllMetal Posts: 1,189
    edited 07/06/2013 - 2:14 PM
    I've not had this procedure (I'm assuming a SCS?) and I've not had any cervical surgeries. I would suggest sitting any heavier items you like to use in your kitchen (Ie, crock pot, I love mine as it smells up my house) pots and pans you use most often on your counter top. Just makes things a little easier even if it looks a little messy for awhile. Do you cook for yourself? If so, write yourself a note to get out anything you'll need from your freezer (like meats) to leave in your fridge the morning of your surgery so you don't have to go digging through a freezer. If you live alone thing you probably already buy smaller quantities, but you certainly want to be sure to have drinks/milk etc in smaller containers (you don't want to be dealing with a gallon of milk). Be sure to leave toilet paper/paper towels/wash cloths/towels in easy to reach areas as well! Sometimes those are the things we put in the back of cabinets. Again, sink counter would be easiest, just might look cluttered. Be absolutely sure to have good shower mats.

    As far as pillows, again, not been through this surgery, but been through plenty others. I actually love pillows, so I just bought a variety. Different shapes/sizes/firmness. I found I used different things in the car/ on the couch/in the bed. Might want to be sure you have a light blanket for your couch as pain meds tend to make me sweat/chill/sweat/chill.. and you won't want to have to go back and forth from the bedroom. Ok, so that's all I can think of right off the bat. Might want to consider some silk PJs to make sliding in and out of bed easier.

    I'm sorry you will be by yourself when you come home. Anyway a friend or family member could spend the first night or two with you?
    33yo mom of two. My surgical history...preadolescence scoliosis, kyphosis, and a hot mess.... 5 spine surgeries and lots of items added I wasn't born with (titanium, peek, surgical steel). Guess cremation is out. TSA loves me.
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  • Im going nuts trying to find a commy one
  • jellyhalljjellyhall Posts: 4,345
    edited 07/21/2013 - 12:58 PM

    I wondered about getting a bed wedge before my cervical fusion because I had read of many people having problems sleeping in a bed after this type of surgery.

    In the end, I found one online that looked quite good, but I didn't order it. I decided that I would wait and see what my needs were after surgery. If I had needed it I would have asked my husband to order one and managed until it arrived. After surgery, I found that I didn't need it and could sleep on my side using my existing pillows.

    Good luck with your surgery :-)
  • My suggestion, if you can, find help for first week. You really will have trouble with every thing you do. I was able to sleep while medication could keep my pain in control but other than that it was tough! I don't think it can be done alone. Anyone else agree?
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  • 24 hours I guess till I make it ok. Thanks for being candid

  • just curious how ur doin?

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