Preparing Your Home Before Surgery

Knowing that I had to rest for a few weeks, I knew that I had to make my house comfortable so that I wouldn’t feel compelled to get up and clean.  Even though I’d have people over to help and stay with me, I didn’t want to burden them with my mess. I also wanted to make sure that my bathroom and bedroom would be easy for me to get around.

Preparing Your Home Before Surgery

Home tasks

  • Clean dishes – get plastic utensils and plates.
  • Do laundry – ensure you have enough underwear, socks, pajamas
  • Grocery shopping
    • Fruits – apples, bananas, dark berries
    • Veggies – kale, spinach…leafy greens.  You’ll need to replenish your iron post-op due to blood loss
    • Oatmeal or other fiber-rich foods: fiber will help you poop
    • Plain yogurt + apple sauce (eat for snacks)
    • Eggs – make hard-boiled eggs for breakfast
    • Soup – make your own soup.  The canned soups have too much sodium and will contribute to your swelly belly
      • Canned tomatoes
      • Veggies
      • Seasonings – basil, pepper, a little salt, cumin, garlic, onion, etc.
      • Ground turkey

Bedroom

  • Clean your nightstand as you’ll need a place to put your meds and snacks
  • Have water next to bed for meds and to help soften your stool. Drink LOTS of water.
  • Have crackers/nuts next to your bed as you’ll need to eat something before taking meds
  • Power chargers next to bed to charge your phone.
  • Pillows – body pillow, neck pillow
  • Chair – to help yourself get in and out of bed. You’ll be using your feet and hands to push (not pull!) yourself up.
  • Stepping stool – it’ll help you get in and out of bed.

Bathroom(s)

  • Hand towels – put in the bathroom so you can give yourself a towel bath and wash your face
  • Chair – to put things on or if you need to sit down as you wash your face, brush your teeth, etc.
  • Clean your bedsheets – I’ll be in my bed for most of the time and want to make sure I’m comfortable.
  • Panty liners – you might still have leakage. Panty liners will do and I would suggest the cotton liners vs. plastic; the latter will irritate your butt after a couple of days.
  • Feminine hygiene disposable wipes (Target) – to wipe your nether regions to prevent bacteria from growing (smelling) as you won’t be able to shower for a few days.

Miscellaneous

  • Chair with wheels for when you can’t walk around. You can at least wheel yourself around
  • Grabber tool – to help you grab things

Getting Ready When You’re on Your Own

If you are alone without any help, consider having groceries delivered to you.  Lots of grocery stores offer that service. You’ll only be doing it for the first 1-2 weeks.  Or, you can consider getting an Amazon Prime membership (or 30 day trial) so you can have things delivered to your home. It costs a little extra for produce, but again…you’ll only need it for a couple of weeks.

Make sure you have 1-2 people that you know you can call to come help you out and check up on you – either once a day or a couple times a week.

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