You are finally released and heading home. This is where the fun starts. Most likely, you just want to a place to lay down (sitting upright may still be uncomfortable). You should just head straight to your recovery space to relax. Continue to do your breathing exercises with the volumetric exerciser, walk around and drink plenty of water. The road to recovery will be steady and every day the swelling in your stomach will go down. This recovery time is a good time to reduce or eliminate any bad habit foods you wanted to such as cutting out coffee or fried foods. Use this time as starting point. Milk all the attention you can get and follow up with your doctor a week after you are home.
Sleeping. Your back is probably sore and you just want a new position. When you feel a bit more comfortable, use a body pillow between your legs and hug in closely to alleviate any discomfort of laying on your side.
Sleeping. Your back is probably sore and you just want to be in a new position. When you feel a bit more comfortable, use a
body pillow between your legs and hug in closely to elevate any discomfort of laying on your side. Also, for the first couple days, make sure you don’t fall asleep with anything in the bed or with a child (or even an adult who moves a lot in bed). You don’t want to run the risk of them hitting you in the stomach.
Walking Around. Take baby steps and hold on to banisters or walls. You don’t want to accidentally slip or trip.
Going to the Bathroom. Since you don’t have the luxury of having the hospital bed to help you up, you will need some assistance from someone to help you get out of bed. Even sitting on the toilet, you will need someone to help sit you down and get you up.
Showering. Getting into the shower is a big task. Especially if you have a tub. Again, ask someone to help you get in and out of the shower. Another good tool is a small step stool. You wouldn’t imagine how hard it is to lift your leg up to get into the tub. You should also have a
slip guard in and outside the tub.
I found this cute shirt called “PiMP“. I feel like it signifies what you went through with surgery and recovery.