Have you considered bariatric surgery? Are you afraid because of the pain you may face? Do you think you can’t handle it? Think again.
I think the first three days after surgery are the most difficult to get through. After that, each day gets better and better.
I can give you some helpful hints that worked for me; maybe they will help you, too.
- Number one – take your pain medication on schedule. You’re not going to get addicted to it with the amount the surgeon prescribes, so don’t let that scare you. Taking pain medication doesn’t mean you are wimp; for goodness sakes, you’ve just had some major interior design! Plus, taking the medication will help you deal with the pain much better, which will allow you to move around more frequently.
- Number two – while you are in the hospital, they want you to get up and walk as much as you can. Yes, there is pain involved in doing that, BUT it ends up helping you heal up more quickly. Be a good girl/boy, and do your walking – even when you get home, do it.
- Number three – getting up after surgery can be painful. You have a large tummy that wants to drop down as you stand up and gravity takes effect. I would sort of hold up my tummy with my left hand and gently let it down, while my husband would help me stand up by taking my right hand and pulling me up.
- Number four – I placed a thick pillow on the chairs I sat on, so I didn’t have as far to move in order to stand up.
- Number five – I lived in my recliner for a few days after the surgery. I even slept in it until I was able to lay down with less pain.
One, two, three, four, five. There’s five helps on getting through the first three days.