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Those who already had BA what to buy/do in prep of the BIG day

  • littleMRSpriss
  • Jacksonville, NC
  • 1 year ago

It's coming pretty quickly.  I want to be sure I have everything thought of.  Those who have already had a BA what did you use/ buy that helped you recover?  I am talking any tips you can think of -- products to get & also those to stay away from.    Let me know & thanks in advance :D

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Did not think of straws... Thanks :)
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Gel ice packs, because they are nice and flexible. Alot of the pain comes from the swelling post-op. Bendy straws, and a most excellent man slave - I mean husband or boyfriend to get everything for you and hold you up in the shower so you don't fall when you feel faint and weak.
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- Silky button front night shirt/pjs will help getting up easier (glides smoothly over sheets/blankets versus cotton). - saltines since you need to have something in your stomach when taking meds. - speaking of meds, be sure to take pain meds BEFORE it hurts. My BF set the alarm for 2am the first few nights post-op and would wake me up to have a few saltines and take my Percocet. You definitely don't want to wake up after 7 hour sleep in pain!
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STOOL SOFTENERS!!! LOL! Seriously, being constipated is the last thing you want to have to deal with after your BA. Also, I made sure that any clothes that I would need or want were out of the closet and drawers, and put on an end table in my bedroom so I wouldn't have to reach or dig for anything. I also did this in the bathroom by taking things out of the medicine cabinet and putting them on the bathroom counter. I also knew that I was going to be sleeping on the recliner end of the sofa, so I had it all set up with pillows and blankets fro when I got home. Also, in the kitchen, put anything on the counter you might need so you don't have to reach up into the cupboards.
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Oh yeah, I also forgot to add to make sure you shave your legs, under your arms, and any other "landscaping" that you might need. Especially do under your arms! The swelling from your BA will make it seem like your armpits have disappeared, making it almost impossible to shave under there, and soreness will make it difficult also.
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One thing no one ever mentions- one of those loofah a with a handle to wash your legs and your back bc trust me its very difficult. I also go a little TV tray table, bendy straws, cook food in advance, solo cups bc real cups are heavy, miralax, jello, and cervical ice packs!
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Popsicles for the sore throat you may have from the breathing tube, lots of pillows and a heating pad for your back.
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A back scratcher, stool softeners, and comfy pajamas! :)
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Check out this thread about supplies to get before your surgery.

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