Thoughtful Details for Post-Surgery Recovery
October 13, 2010 10:23 AM Subscribe
What sorts of things made your surgery recovery period more comfortable? My partner is undergoing laparoscopic surgery to have her gallbladder removed soon. Help me make a list of some things I can do to take better care of her and make her life easier as she recovers.
posted by Lieber Frau to Health & Fitness (38 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
As far as surgeries go, I'm told this one is pretty minor with a speedy recovery time, around a week or so. I'm taking time off work to help her out. I'm looking for advice with situations that her doctors didn't prepare us for. For example, if she finds it difficult to walk up the stairs to our apartment, what are some ways to make that easier? Or, should I get the bathtub extra clean in case she won't be able to stand long enough to take a shower?
I'd also love advice about thoughtful details, like, "It really helped ease my mind to come home to the smell of cookies baking in the oven after my surgery", or "My girlfriend vacuumed like crazy so that the couch I was to inhabit for a week wasn't covered in cat hair".
Possibly relevant: We're in Chicago. We might be housebound for around 5-7 days, which is tough for us because we like to get out of the house and explore the city. I love cooking and she loves it when I cook or bake for her. We usually go to the gym every other day and she's annoyed we won't be able to do that.
Personal stories from your surgical recovery period are absolutely welcome.