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Thread: Any Suggestions??

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Chapel Hill. and Martin

    Question Any Suggestions??

    Hey ya'll!

    After finding this site you all have helped me so much! I am no down to 2 weeks till the op. I'm now packing up my dorm and getting ready for my finals.. I'll be home in Chapel Hill Friday!! woo! i don't think my last two weeks could get any fuller.

    Any ways, me and my mom are planning a shopping for surgery trip for all the supplies we might need. I'm trying to maka a list (some things that have already been mentioned) like zip hoodies and sweat pants. face clothes, brush ups. but i'm not sure what else i might want or need or will help me through the summer???

    what helped ya'll out the most or what should i get? any thoughts or ideas will help greatly! Thank you so much in advance!!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Dear Tn-- You sound so busy! My youngest daughter is in college still and will be coming home soon... I always pictured my kids as little whirlwinds of activity, and am glad I tired out from being quite that busy!!!

    What kinds of things are you wondering about? Clothes, equipment, things to help you while away the time??? If you do a "search" you'll find some info, but here are a few links that might help-- or make you chuckle.

    I personally liked the cotton PJ type pants with drawstrings rather than sweats, cuz I get hot easily-- and they are s-o-o-o-o comfy. Just make sure you have comfy-for-relaxin' type clothes. That's what I lived in for 3 months... (ok, I had enough so they got washed, don't worry! )

    If you have more specific type questions you might get a little more response. Plus I bet some people will read this tonight and get back at you...

    There are so many surgeries coming up!!! This will be a helpful thread for many, I'm sure. We're counting down with you. Hugs, Susie
    67 and plugging along...
    2007 52 w/ severe lumbar stenosis & L2L3 lateral listhesis (side shift)
    5/4/07 posterior spinal fusion T2-L4 w/ laminectomies and osteotomies @L2L3, L3L4
    Dr. Kim Hammerberg, Rush Univ. Medical Center in Chicago

    Corrected to 15
    CMT (type 2) DX in 2014, progressing
    NEW 10/2018 x-rays show spondylolisthesis at L4/L5 - Dr. DeWald is monitoring

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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    near Philadelphia
    The number-one most important item for the hospital: chapstick. Hospital air is exceedingly dry.

    Once you're home, the most important item is a grabber. Get two, because you'll need something to pick up the one you dropped.

    Good luck to you!
    A/P fusion on June 19, 2007 at age 52; T10-L5
    Pre-op thoracolumbar curve: 70 degrees
    Post-op curve: 12 degrees
    Dr. Boachie-adjei, HSS, New York

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Quote Originally Posted by Singer
    Once you're home, the most important item is a grabber. Get two, because you'll need something to pick up the one you dropped.

    Funniest post I've read in a while.


  5. #5
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Chapel Hill. and Martin


    hahahaha that was too funny! thank you! in that case i'll probably have to get about 3 or 4 lol. i'm clumsy as it is so that should be fun.

    and anything at all with clothing, equipment, helpful items. just whatever you can think of. because i probably wont think of it lol.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    Body pillow for my son was indespensible. He also made very good use of easy to slip on shoes like crocs. He also got a long handled shoe horn to help put on sneakers.
    mom of Patrick, age 15 at time of surgery
    diagnosed July 2006 curves T58 L 38

    Nov. 2006 curves T72 L38
    also lordoscoliosis

    feb.2007 curves T79 L43

    Surgery May 16 2007
    fused T4 to L1

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    new jersey
    I agree with Singer...but I had three grabbers...
    Too funny, Chris...
    My best present to myself was a huge ice pack..which Singer has now!!! I used it constantly in the beginning of recovery & always placed it on my front incision/side...
    Also, Senokot, was a wonderful product!

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