When you have surgery you want to make sure you are as comfortable as possible. This was the first surgery I have ever had and learned a lot before so I had the items on hand post surgery. You want to make sure you have a someone to help you out on the first day because the worst part is the shoulder pain and it hurts to move.
I did a lot of research before having surgery for endometriosis and here are the top items you will need to keep you comfortable during the recovery period. I hope you find this article beneficial and please leave a comment on what helped you recover. As endometriosis warriors we can all help each other!
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- I have so much anxiety about everything including thinking I may get a flesh-eating bacteria! So I used antibacterial soap every day following the surgery. I am currently nine days post-surgery and still using the soap. I am really big on using organic products – however, this is one time I made an exception and used Dial soap.
- I have the Sunbeam heating pad linked from Amazon that covers the shoulders and back. It really came in handy because the most pain was in my shoulders the first couple days. I used this every minute and it was the only thing that seemed to help the pain in my shoulder.
- I have the one shown in the Amazon link. I LOVE this ice pack because you can reuse them so many times. They remind me of the ice packs when I had when I was little. Also, you can put the ice pack right on the area without having another towel as a layer because it does not get too cold. The great thing about this ice pack is that you can twist the lid off and put ice out of your refrigerator or ice cube maker and twist the lid back on. When the ice is melted, it does not leak.
- So many pillows! I have a bed of pillows to prop me up, hold my shoulder in place, and to put under my legs. I used the pillows I had, nothing special. Just surround yourself with a lot of soft pillows. You will also need a pillow for the drive home to put between your stomach and the seatbelt. Lots of pillow! This is a must and if they have inspiring words, even better!
- I have a blanket we call the Game of Thrones blanket because it is furry and soft. I love it and know you will too! You must put the furry side on your skin to get the full effect of this blanket. It’s like a shaggy dog snuggling up with you but without the dog smell!
- A 48oz water bottle! Water is always essential even when you are not having major surgery. I hope everyone has a one, but if you don’t please get one and drink your weight in water every day. Not only will you feel better, but you’re also the skin will look good too! I have the 48oz. Bubba and I find I drink more water because of the size of the straw. You also don’t have to worry about refilling it a ton of times and that is what you want after having surgery.
Fruits and Vegetables
- Lots of fruits and veggies. I believe eating fruits and veggies heals the body from the inside out. I also plan on incorporating more in my routine to stay healthy. Also, most fruits and vegetables on Weight Watchers is zero points, so it is a win!
- I needed another way to get vitamins because drinking other sports drinks tend to have more calories. Vitamin water helps me stay hydrated and gives me a break from drinking plain water later in the day. What I do is drink all my water in my 48oz bottle and then I can have a treat that is something else, like tea or vitamin water. I then follow my little treat with another full bottle of water to ensure I get enough. My favorite is the lemon.
Adjustable TV Tray
- YES! My husband thought I had lost my mind when I bought this a couple months ago, but it has turned out to be the best thing ever! I was able to put my meds, water, food, and other items by me. This allowed me to relax while having everything at arm’s length. I use this table all the time. AND my husband has even stolen it from me for his laptop.
- I had bleeding five days following surgery. So I would definitely have some on hand. I had light days and used a medium pad at night. The bleeding was not that bad. However, since I did not want to move all the time, I opted for heavier right after surgery until I could wear a lighter pad longer.
- I have the most comfortable pants and this is what I brought to the hospital to wear home and the days to follow. I did wash them! But they were my go-to pants. If you don’t have any super comfy pants, find some. I have had these specific pants for over ten years. I also wore stretchy yoga pants and that helped my stomach feel more secure.
- This is also a must. I bought Ugg slippers a couple years ago and my dog ate them. Paying a hundred dollars for slippers was not in my budget. When I was researching slippers I discovered Koolaburra slippers by UGG. The same comfort but at half the price! I love mine so much and glad I bought them before surgery. Remember comfort is everything so make sure you have some slippers.
- With all the meds given at the hospital, you can become constipated. I took Colace until I was able to have a bowel movement. This happened on day 2. I was diligent eating the right foods and drinking enough water. Being constipated sucks so make sure you focus on eating foods that will help.
Books, movies, or TV shows to watch
- Make sure you have plenty of stuff to keep you busy. I go stir crazy so I made sure I had tons of shows to catch up on. Real Housewives, Netflix shows, documentaries, and any movies you have been wanting to watch.
What I did not need:
- I did not need Icy Hot patches or anything similar. The pain was so bad there is no way anything like this would have helped.
- GasX – I asked if this would help the shoulder pain and I was told it would not so I did not even bother. I don’t like taking a lot of things so I did not feel this was necessary.
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