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Debra JGL
06-23-2010, 08:49 AM
For those of you who've had the surgery, what were your sleeping arrangements after surgery, were you able to climb the steps when you got home to get in your bed? I'm trying to figure out if I'll be able to get up the stairs after surgery to sleep or perhaps get a bed downstairs for a while. If you slept downstairs, what type of bed/place to sleep did you use/get? Futon, couch, hospital bed, reg matress and frame? I love my bed and would like to use it when I get home, but that's probably withful thinking and I better be prepared.

LindaRacine
06-23-2010, 10:46 AM
For those of you who've had the surgery, what were your sleeping arrangements after surgery, were you able to climb the steps when you got home to get in your bed? I'm trying to figure out if I'll be able to get up the stairs after surgery to sleep or perhaps get a bed downstairs for a while. If you slept downstairs, what type of bed/place to sleep did you use/get? Futon, couch, hospital bed, reg matress and frame? I love my bed and would like to use it when I get home, but that's probably withful thinking and I better be prepared.

Hi Debra...

Although I did it slowly, I was able to climb stairs without a problem. And, I had an adjustable bed. When I have spine surgery in the future, I definitely will not do the adjustable bed thing. I think it encouraged me to spend too much time there, and was actually of very little help.

Regards,
Linda

dianeh
06-23-2010, 03:35 PM
I had no problem with stairs but was afraid to sleep next to my husband because everything hurt. I stayed downstairs in a guest room for probably a month. We tried renting a hospital bed but I kept sliding down and my arms hurt from pulling myself up so we returned it. I did find that buying a foam topper for the hospital bed would have worked. I was hospitalized for 14 days with an infection in 2008 and aside from having to adjust it a bit, it worked really well. We now have a Tempurpedic (sp?) and I love it but not everyone does.
dianeh

ShariMSU
06-23-2010, 08:49 PM
I was able to do the steps very slowly. However, we had a hospital delivered from our local medical supply store. It was $200 a month. Insurance did end up covering it. I was able to lay down those that first week or two and still be a part of life in the house. I was just more comfortable in a bed that i could raise and lower and I also worried about my husband rolling over and accidently throwing an arm across me. Also, when I was getting up to take pain pills I didn't wake my husband up. He was working and also taking such good care of me I wanted him to get a good nights sleep.
Hope that helps.

JenniferG
06-23-2010, 11:01 PM
I think a firm flat bed (no hammocking) with some kind of foam topper is ideal. Not sure about the stairs as we have a single level home.

naptown78
06-25-2010, 11:59 PM
I was able to do the stairs okay, with someone standing by at first. My bedroom is upstairs like yours also. I did not rent a hospital bed ( I think they are uncomfortable). My bed is a foam mattress also and found it to be fine for me...

ADMoul
06-26-2010, 08:27 PM
I was fine on the steps (slowly, with my husband with me) and they had me practice steps at the hospital before I was discharged. I only did the steps once or twice a day in the early weeks. I did not get a hospital bed even though my surgeon recommended it. (Did not sleep well at all in the hospital--hated it.) Slept in the recliner at first when I was at home. I am one of the few people on here who did not do well with a mattress topper. We tried it for a few weeks and it was just too squishy for me. I just couldn't move at all on it. Was much better with just our normal, firm mattress. Everyone is different--you'll find what works best for you.