Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Post-Op Preparation

Fortunately, I had nearly a month to prepare my house for my recovery. I obtained all the necessary equipment (walker, cane, bath bench, etc.), laundered and removed all the throw rugs, and made sure I could move about my house with the walker when I returned from the hospital. I practiced using all the devices and found what did and did not work. 

By practicing, I found obstacles that would have been frustrating to handle after the surgery and devised ways to eliminate or reduce the problem areas. For example, the bathroom doorway was not wide enough for the walker with the door in place, so I took the door off the hinges and stored it in the guest bedroom. 

My hairdresser loaned me a device with handles that slipped under the sofa cushions. It would allow me to safely get up off of the sofa. Even though the device was adjustable, my sofa was still too low to allow me to stand without bending my operated knee. I had to find a way to raise the sofa.

Since my sofa has five legs, I could not use the bed risers I already had. The guy at the lumber yard suggested cutting a fence post (3.5 inches square) and finding someone to router a hole for the sofa leg. I came up with an easier solution - a Mason jar lid, nailed to the block, and it worked like a charm.
fence post blocks 
Mason jar lid nailed to the fence post block
sofa on the fence post risers and the handy handles loaned to me
by my hair dresser. 
While the solution is not the most attractive, it is working great. I can safely get on and off of the sofa by myself. If I had not prepared my home for my recovery, I would have been miserable and frustrated.


17 comments:

  1. You are a clever lady!! I am glad you prepared so well..bravo!

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  2. Great idea! I remember my Dad raising the sofa cushions after his broken hip. You were smart to think of all these things BEFORE your surgery!!

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  3. You my dear are amazing! We can all learn from you example.

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  4. I am so impressed. I would have never thought to do these things. The mason jar fence post legs are ingenius. I've never seen handles like the ones that your hairdresser loaned you either. I can imagine what a huge help they are. Blessings, Betsy

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  5. Nancy, you continue to be a super teacher. You have taught the rest of us to think ahead. Most people don't want to think past the big OR. The hardest part is not the Operating table for the patient. The only gift/suggestion I had for a friend who had back surgery was to give her the BEST waterless shampoo I know of. It gave her a few days of easy hair care.

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  6. Amazing! I would have missed so many of these same types of things, thinking *I* was prepared. Good for you!

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  7. You were prepared! That is a good thing, soon you will be all back to normal :)

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  8. How resourceful. There's an awful lot you can do with Mason jars and lids.

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  9. Very clever. I think I see a Quilter's problem solving mind at work here.

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  10. Good job! All that prep really pays off for those of us who have limited movement. Four years ago, I broke my right leg, so I was completely unprepared, and the aftermath was a mess!

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  11. It is the rare person that thinks like you do. Good job!

    A lot of people only think of the worry BEFORE the surgery and don't think of the movement limitations after.

    I know I spent a lot of time sleeping in the recliner after my surgery because laying flat really HURT! I didn't think about when you lay flat you STRETCH you abdominal muscles.

    Wish I had had YOUR foresight.

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  12. Very clever solutions! All of this prep should make the healing go faster.

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  13. Good for you for thinking ahead and trying your devices out. I'm sure having things work to your advantage has helped you make progress. Keep up the good work. (I'm assuming you are in PT now and working like a dog - ARF!)

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  14. You have been very sensible indeed to plan things in advance like you did. Most of us wouldn't even consider these things ahead of time.

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  15. I am impressed! Your practical ideas are genius!
    These things will help you heal faster, too, I bet!

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  16. You are a girl after mine own heart! I love your preparation and it's exactly what I would think about to get ready for recuperation. Good for you. Hope it's going well.

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  17. That's Wyoming ingenuity for you! My hubby still contains a lot of that in his DNA. I don't think I had it to begin with!

    Hope your recovery is progressing nicely! xo Tammy

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