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My Post-Op Lifesavers

This recovery has been tough. I know the recovery from my hysterectomy was rough too and it definitely took a full 6 weeks to remotely feel normal but it seems like my brain has forgotten the details of that recovery making this one feel worse even though the two are probably very similar. No organs were removed this go round but there was still a lot of internal work done. I promise to have ANKON back to some type of normalcy soon!


As I’m just over two weeks post-op, I thought that I would share 3 of my lifesavers these past 2 weeks:


1- My icepack. My incision is in a rather uncomfortable spot so my ice pack has been totally been my BFF during recovery. Seriously I would marry the thing if I could. I use the ThermiPaq Hot & Cold Pack and cannot say enough good things about it. I’ve only used it for cold therapy so I can’t say how it does how but if it works half as good hot as it does cold, it would be amazing. The pack is made with a clay-based material and it reaches it optimal cold level within an hour which is really convenient. It molds really well to my body too so that is also a bonus. If you are in the market for a cold/hot pack, I recommend checking this one out.

2- My Tablet. Our new tablet came in just in time for my surgery! We had been trying to decide whether to replace our laptop with another laptop or a tablet. After going back and forth and doing a lot of research, we went with the Acer Iconia tablet! Our personal laptop is Acer and has done really well over the years so we trusted the brand for the tablet as well. All in all, we love it! It is so easy to use. I love not having to lug out the laptop to surf the net or hang out on Twitter. Since its on the android platform, we have access to tons of apps. Abby loves playing with Talking Tom! I’m not too good at the technical side of things so I will send you to my friend over at PepperScraps for a great vlog on the tablet!


3-Scrambled Eggs. Seriously, I’m not kidding. My appetite is still a little so-so so I could easily live on cereal but if I don’t get enough protein, I end up with a migraine so eggs are the perfect solution for me during recovery. Let me just say that my husband has become quite a cook which it comes to making me eggs. They are perfect. He should open up his own place that serves just scrambled eggs. Yum. Now I’m hungry!


If you are a surgery veteran, what were your lifesavers post-op?


p.s. I have an AWESOME giveaway coming up on Thursday! I am so excited!

9 comments on “My Post-Op Lifesavers

  1. Jessica says:

    My last few procedures were done on my head…so ice was definately my best friend as well!

    Last week I was in the hospital and along with my trusty ice bag…my iPad also came in handy. I recorded everything I had done, and reading blog posts was a good distraction.

    My other must have is Ginger ale! I lived on chicken noodle soup and Ginger ale last week! Now that I am home, I am definately making up for it and eating like a pig!

    • Jamee says:

      Thankfully I didn’t deal with a lot of nausea after this surgery which is a first! After my hyst, ginger ale was a staple! I think the anesthesia team pulled out every trick in the book since I got so sick last time to try to avoid it this go round!

      I hope you are feeling better!

  2. JennyBean says:

    I hope you’re feeling zippy soon. Love, love, love tablets. We have an iPad, and it’s a lifesaver.


    • Jamee says:

      My husband was especially thankful for it in the hospital! It kept him company when I was drugged! He is now an Angry Birds addict 🙂

  3. cheryl says:

    this round my favorite is my long-handled back brush. i was given a basic sponge-on-a-stick at the hospital but got a nicer brush at BB&B. it is theoretically for avoiding bending to get my feet, but i LOVE it on my back. a grabber-device and laptop tray (hospital style…slide under the couch) help too. as does propping up things like adding books under my bedside items and draping the lamp cord to make it easy to reach.

    • Jamee says:

      A back brush is a great idea! I’ve been sitting down to reach my feet and shaving my legs. Hubs brought in one of the end tables from the living room and put it next to the bed so I could have space to store things within reach. It has been great! We have a lap tray too which has been beneficial!

      I hope your recovery is going well!

      • cheryl says:

        the OT totally laughed at me when i asked about shaving…she seemed to NEVER have gotten that before. it isn’t THAT vain!!! and i can’t bend for MONTHS….luckily, i find i can handle shaving with just a hip-tilt and a bit of trust in myself to know where the leg is (and the fact that bending may cause temp pain but isn’t gonna ruin things made me feel more secure).

  4. Dana Michelle@the abundant life says:

    I definitely feel your pain! I am a few months post-op of a transplant surgery. Boy, recovery is ROUGH. I am getting through. My lifesavers are definitely my MacBook, Tivo, my Nook(e-reader), and POPSICLES! I will be praying for you as you go through recovery and if you ever need someone to lean on, I definitely can relate!


  5. Pepper says:

    When I had my last c-section we got a netbook, wish we had the option of a tablet, but it was a life savior. I hope you have a speedy recovery and that the endo does not come back. {hugs}


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