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Old 10-07-2013, 05:30 AM
Suzanne_H Suzanne_H is offline
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Default Stairs post surgery

Hi All
I am looking at having the surgery either late this year or early next. We live in a 3 storey house and I'm concerned about recovery in a house with so many levels. The bedrooms and bathrooms are all upstairs and the main living level only has a WC, no shower. My GP, who watched her mother struggle post surgery in a two storey house, recommended moving to a one storey house.
I find I struggle going up and down the stairs all day now, especially after a bad day. But am I making a bigger deal of it than it need be???
Sue
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Old 10-07-2013, 03:31 PM
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Sue, I'm in the same boat. I'm thinking of moving to my parents' one storey house for a couple of weeks post-op. Looking forward to hearing others' comments. I'm also having my op at the end of the year by the way.
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Old 10-07-2013, 06:47 PM
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Hi Suzanne

Could you set up a bed on the main level for a while, just so you can have the option of staying on either level? Then you can be in bed downstairs during the day and you will be near the kitchen and able to make yourself a cup of tea and snacks etc. Outside would be closer too, and believe me, your walks outside will be the most fun part of your day

You will regain strength pretty quickly. I found stairs not so difficult, but made sure I went very slowly, hanging on to the rails.
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Old 10-07-2013, 09:42 PM
Rodverta Braefusion Rodverta Braefusion is offline
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Hi Suzanne,

When I was in hospital, the physios had a 'staircase' in the rehab room. I told them that I didn't have a 2 storey house and therefore did not need to learn how to use the stairs. They then replied that, they make every scoli do the stairs post-op, as elevators are not always available. She made a good point. They were very easy to do, I did them daily to strenghthen my leg muscles. It was very tiring (sp?) , however, I was so excited to be able to walk without any more excruciating pain like I had before the surgery.
Christines idea of a bed downstairs is really good. You will have access to everything during the day and then only go upstairs for the night. I also agree with the outdoor walks, you will recover much quicker with a breath of fresh air. Best wishes, RB
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Old 11-07-2013, 06:18 AM
Suzanne_H Suzanne_H is offline
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Hi Girls, thanks for alleviating some my fears. No doubt I will lean on you some more before signing up. I have been choking at booking the op because of the uncertainty of whether move.... and all of the other baggage in my head!
I have been quietly following you all for a while and thank you for being so generous with sharing your experiences. It helps me no end to see the other side through your eyes.
Marsha, no doubt we will converse - commiserate - and laugh on the other side too! Good luck with your lead up to the op.
Sue
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Old 11-07-2013, 07:17 AM
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Thanks Sue. Where do you live? Have you found a specialist to operate? I am now at a stage of actually wanting to have the operation. This waiting and counting down the months is all consuming. Kind of like being pregnant... but totally less enjoyable
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Old 12-07-2013, 06:18 AM
Suzanne_H Suzanne_H is offline
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Hi Marsha
Have posted a PM re surgeon. I live on the Gold Coast but will travel to Brisbane. Sue
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Old 12-07-2013, 07:52 AM
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Hi Suzanne,
I am 3 months post op and already feel great, even went to the gym the other day. After my surgery, I had to do the stair thing with a physio and found it quite easy and even did it without hanging on. Of course you're going to feel like you've been hit by a truck after but I think if you're able to sleep downstairs and only go up for a shower then maybe it's a lot of hassle and unnecessary to move. At any rate, if you can get support to do the stairs then maybe it could be part of your post op physio. The hard thing is that everyone is different after surgery and I hope this helps and gives you another perspective. Good luck to you!!
x x renee
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