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For a week now I’ve been parked in the recliner with my leg propped up on pillows as I recover from surgery. A week ago I had a Plantar Fasciotomy and Gastrocnemius Recession to help correct the Plantar Fasciitis that I had been dealing with for several years. There are some things that you can do to make the surgery recovery process easier on you and everyone around you!
How To Make Surgery Recovery Easier
- Be Prepared With Things to Keep You Busy
- Stock up on books to read. Make a visit to your local public library, bookstore or download the books on a device such as a Kindle Fire from Amazon.
- Do you have a hobby? Be prepared with supplies. I enjoy crocheting so I am working on an afghan while I’m parked in this recliner. If you don’t have a hobby but you would like to learn one, check out what Craftsy has to offer. They offer classes and kits for hobbies such as knitting, crocheting, sewing, cake decorating, woodworking, photography and so much more.
- Learn To Ask For Help
- During your surgery recovery time you will have to accept the fact that you can’t do everything on your own. You will have to ask for help and depend on others. I admit some days I feel like I’m driving my family crazy asking for this and that. If I want something to eat or drink I have to ask someone to bring it to me. If I need something that’s not within arms reach I have to ask someone to get it for me. If you have one of these grabbers they are really handy when you are trying to reach something that’s just out of reach. If I want to take a shower, I need help getting in and out of the shower. If my dog needs to go outside someone has to take him out for me. It drives me crazy that I can’t do everything on my own. I hate asking people for help constantly but it’s something I am learning to do.
- Have Comfortable Clothing
- No matter what type of surgery you have, you will probably not feel like wearing anything other than lounge clothes or pajamas for a few days. The first few days after my surgery I didn’t wear anything other than a big t-shirt style nightgown. With the cast and the lines to the On-Q Pain Ball it was difficult to put pants on. When I did finally put pants on it was difficult to put them on by myself and once again I had to ask for help. Since I’ve gotten out of my nightgowns I’ve just been wearing loose lounge pants and t-shirts.
- Take Your Medicine As Directed
- I don’t like taking pain medicine because it makes me so sleepy. But it’s so important in the first few days following your surgery that you take your medicine as directed. Don’t wait until you are in pain before taking a pain pill. Pain medicine does not take effect instantly so if you wait until you are in pain it’s going to take the medicine longer to lower your pain level. If the doctor says take the medicine every 4 hours then you need to take it every 4 hours! When I came home after my surgery I was given 4 new medications, in addition to the medicine that I already take each day. Each one is taken at different times so it was difficult to keep track of when I was supposed to take each medicine. If you have the same problem I recommend ordering this Medicine Reminder Timer from Amazon. This interactive timer will remind you when it’s time to take each medication.
- Be Patient
- Be patient with yourself and everyone around you. I’m struggling to learn that my husband or my family may not do things as quickly as I’d like for them to do it. But I’m not in a position to do it myself so I just have to sit back and be patient!