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Old 01-03-2007, 12:52 PM   #1
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Surgery on 1/10. Need advice about getting help

HI all,
Quick question. I am having my ACDF (C5-C7, allograph) on Jan. 10th. My husband has a mandatory work conference he has to attend from Jan 16th-21st. I know its not the best timing, but I wanted to grab the first make up date for my surgery, since the blizzard cancelled my last one. Can you tell me if I will need to hire a person to come in to help me or will I be OK on my own starting 6 days after the surgery? (not a nurse....just a home-helper person). I have no kids at home (empty nester..I am 50.) and my ex husband will keep the dog for me (since we share her for the last 8 yrs. haha dont ask). It will just be me here.
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Old 01-03-2007, 02:28 PM   #2
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Re: Surgery on 1/10. Need advice about getting help

You should be alright, but you should have someone that can help you in an emergency, and drive you if you need to go somewhere.

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Re: Surgery on 1/10. Need advice about getting help

I had my surgery on a Thursday, came home Saturday, and was self-sufficient by Sunday. If anything you may need a friend or relative to be "on call" if you need something from the pharmacy, the store, etc.

Just make sure you are prepared for his absence - things like make sure milk is not in a gallon jug but in a size you can handle, all the foods or meds you may need are within reach without needing to bend too much or reach too much, etc. Since he's only gone 5 days you shouldn't worry about housework, laundry, etc.
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Old 01-03-2007, 07:59 PM   #4
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Re: Surgery on 1/10. Need advice about getting help

It's just the food and bathroom trips that you have to face. I got little meals pre-made in tupperware and just did "heat and eat' mode. You will not need to do any housework during this time. Just focus on finding a comfy position to lay down and lounge.

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Becareful of stairs! if you have an upper level bedroom perhaps make your new found bed on the couch and look out for area rugs. I did okay with stairs, but it can still be a bit scarry, use the railing! You might be a little weak after surgery, especailly depending on how much you are doing. Don't push yourself too hard, listen to your body.

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Old 01-04-2007, 05:16 PM   #6
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Thanks so much for all your input! I really appreciate it alot

 
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