You had a minor laparoscopic abdominal surgery. What supplies did you find most helpful? What items did you think you needed but ended up regretting?
I will be having a minor abdominal surgery soon. While there is always a chance that “minor” could become “major” let’s focus on minor here.
Bonus points if you lived alone, because that will closely match my situation. I’ve done a bit of Googling on this, but most of what I find includes scary stories about the surgery being converted to a laparotomy, and of the findings being more serious than I’m hoping for. And also finding some things that are expensive and/or have no long term benefit to having (see below). I’d prefer not to buy anything that isn’t needed. I do have enough time to scope out Goodwill for some larger items if they really are necessary.
This is the list of what I have or plan to make/get so far:
- Water in .5 liter bottles to keep by bedside
- Casserole/lasagna in servings in the freezer to thaw and reheat on a schedule
- Gatorade and ginger ale
- A 4 slot pill organizer to keep track of whether I've taken my meds so I don't over or under dose on anything.
- Hard candies for throat irritation
- A pair of elastic waistband flannel pants
- A heating pad for the shoulder discomfort associated with the gas
- Ginger cookies because ginger chews are gross
- Borrowing many seasons of bad 80s sitcoms
- As many pairs of mesh underwear as the hospital will give me.
Items I see suggested but have my doubts about
- Butt wiping stick
- Toilet seat raiser in case I have difficultly lifting my butt off the seat? My abs are toast after not being able to do anything more strenuous than walking for the past 6 months.
- Shower chair (I've seen this before at Goodwill, not squeamish about scrubbing to sanitize.)
- Wet wipes for cleaning myself in lieu of showering
- A grabber stick for reaching things up high or dropped
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I've seen every previous question involving surgery. Some have been helpful, but not close to what I'm asking, because they're all about how to take care of people post surgery, or what to add in care packages for people. I'm just assembling the essentials. Most involve very different surgeries.