___ Clean your house - or have it cleaned
___ Unless you fortunate to have someone who can cook for you, shop beforehand for recovery food and treats like frozen dinners, canned soups, pudding, Jell-O, etc; or cook your own and freeze it.
___ Take out the trash, recyclables, etc. beforehand so you don't have to worry about it while you're healing.
___ Have all of your laundry taken care of before your surgery.
___ Make a "Honey Do" list (bills, thermostat settings, errands, whatever) for your caretaker.
___ Purchase all of your medications, Vitamin C and dressings beforehand in case your pharmacy is in short supply.
___ Purchase a Thermometer if you don't have one, it is imperative you check your temperature regularly for any signs of fever over 101°. Many times, a high fever is a sign of infection.
___ Place all medications either in a weekly pill "case" or in labeled containers, by day and time if need be.
___ Purchase some SinEcch Arnica Montana, Bromelain or Pineapple Juice if your surgeon approves.
___ A laptop is an awesome thing to have during recovery.
___ If no lap top, maybe a Gameboy or a Playstation/Nintendo set up near you - you will get bored. Having these items will keep you from doing things you shouldn't be doing.
___ Have lots of movies, books, magazines or videogames on hand.
___ Have someone watch your dog, cat, children, etc.
___ If you can't have them cared for, tend to their needs beforehand, i.e. put cans of food on the counter with the can opener so you don't have to reach for it. Change the litter box as well. You don't want to expose yourself to germs as well as no bending over!
___ A comfortable recliner is a
___ Have lots of fluffy pillows on hand. A good idea is to place two pillows under your top mattress where your head will be, finish it off with one or two pillows under your head so that you are properly elevated. Additionally, two pillows on each side and one under your knees can keep you from turning over during slumber.
___ Have a bucket or pail with a lid at your bedside and on the ride home
___ Have seltzer or regular bottled water with you on the way home to stave off the nausea or to cleanse the mouth after vomiting.
___ A nightstand with all of your medications, ample light, bottled water, a few packages of crackers (NOT garlic
___ Extra blankets; anesthesia can give you
___ A "go-fer"
___ Place anything you may need at hip level so that you have no need to reach or bend down. This means canned and dry goods in the kitchen and toiletries in the bathroom.
___ Have a robe and slippers (or several pair of thick socks) nearby
___ Have a few comfortable oversized shirts that open from the front on hand, as well as some sweat pants or pajama bottoms.
___ Have a hand mirror nearby so you don't have to get up to preen.
___ Make time for yourself before your surgery; pour a bath, light some candles, listen to some music - relax. Try to gather your thoughts and soothe your mind.
___ The night before (and with some surgeons, for 3 days before) you will be asked to wash your face and neck and sometimes hair with Dial antibacterial or Hibiclens soap to help rid your body of its naturally occurring Staph on the skin's surface -- you do not want a Staph infection.
___ Wash your hair the night before surgery -
___ Remove any fingernail and toenail polish so that the OR techs will be better able to determine if you are getting enough oxygen during surgery. The nails turn blue-ish from lack of oxygen and reddish with too much carbon dioxide. Although there are oximeters for this purpose, it is still good practice.
___ Talk to your spouse
___ Ask your surgeon for valium
___ "Black out" your windows
___ If you think television, video games and reading are eventually going to bore you or stress your eyes - have a discman (or walkman) on hand with your favorite relaxing CDs
___ Have fresh film or a disposable "post-op photo" camera on hand. Especially if you are considering documenting your procedure online (on a personal site or a Plastic Surgery site like this one)
___ Have your journal and a few fresh, fully inked pens ready if you are wanting to document your post-operative thoughts in writing.
___ Just in case the lights go out, have a flash light on your nightstand.
___ If you don't have a laptop and you have online friends who are
___ Have an answering machine connected to the phone next to your recovery area. Getting woken up when you just got to sleep
___ I know you may hear not to look at yourself for a few days but it is very difficult to do, I mean what are you going to do, close your eyes every time you are near a mirror? You know full well you can't not look yourself for an entire week. But remember when you do break down and peek, your features change every day so please don't get discouraged.
___ If you are choosing to document your recovery remember to take your post-operative photos.
___ Last but not least, RELAX. If you are super stressed out it can really affect your recovery. Try to remember that you will heal, you will be less sore and that you are going to look great! Just be patient.
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