Friday Favorites #72 ~ Ten Essentials for Knee Surgery Hospital & Home

I am the good shepherd.  The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.  He who is a hired hand and not a shepherd, who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them.  He flees because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.  John 10:11-13

Hey, friends!  I know most of you aren't dealing with this right now (and, Lord willing, you never will be!), but we all know people who know people, right?  I always like the feeling of being prepared, so decided to make up a list of things I would have found helpful, or at least given some thought to, prior to having my knee replacement surgery.  Hopefully, you'll find something useful, even if it's a gift for a loved one.  (I wouldn't mind having a new overnight bag!). I promise my posts will be more fashion-oriented next week!

1) PJ boxer shorts to use in lieu of traditional panties.  My hospital stay was over two nights.  Not a long time, but measured in trips to the bathroom seems considerably longer.   The standard hospital gown is handy, however, one night (three trips) I had a male (tech?) escort me those times.  Ya know, this wouldn't be a big deal to many women, but I appreciate keeping what little dignity my middle-aged bottom has.  The fourth time I needed to go, I did it myself with no attendant. 

2) Tote Bag.  This is technically a "no brainer," but I thought I'd add it, anyway.  My favorite quilted, zipper tote is in storage, so I used my nuuly bag, which isn't that great, but was serviceable, with a very small likelihood of anyone liking it enough to carry it off.  (Think of a small Ikea bag.)

3) Non Slip Socks.  Standard issue for hospital visits, but I've been using mine afterword way more than I thought I would.  My shoes are tight, so I use these for my PT walks.  Another thing is my foot is swollen and they cover it up, so I don't have to see it!  

Leaving hospital | At home

4) Going home outfit, skirt or dress (above, examples) with a long sleeved top or cardigan.  I had packed my pull on shorts and a t-shirt to wear for leaving the hospital.  Spoiler alert, the pockets on my shorts gapped out enough to hit the same spot as my walker rails and wanted to "catch."  Lesson remembered from previous knee-capades--when it comes to knee issues, a skirt or dress is all-around better so you don't have to pull fabric up and down over your knees or worry about unruly pockets.  Long sleeves or cardigan:  It's quite cold in the hospital and you'll have to wait awhile for your luxury wheelchair accommodations to be escorted out.  (Note:  Even though my white skirt has jean pockets, they sit close enough to the body as to not catch on hardware and I have been wearing it at home.)

5) Ice Pack Wrap.  I think some doctors will send you home with one, mine didn't.  For a good week, I used an old fashioned ice pack, then my physical therapist recommended one of these.  (Duh, right?!)  It's so much easier than filling up an ice bag over and over, plus it covers more area.

6) Stool Softener.  Eww, gross, I know!  This is another thing your doctor may write you a 'script for.  My nurse recommended this brand.  You will need it if you are taking strong pain meds.

7) Cell phone lanyard.  Surgery or not, it never fails that my phone rings when I walk away from it.  And, remember, pockets can be troublesome.

8) Walker Tote.  This.  
So many walker totes looked overly cutesy.  I'm going to make my own for my next knee replacement, using patchwork denim and don't need nearly as many pockets as this one has.  I do plan on adding a water bottle holder, though.  I liked that this tote attaches to the side, as I thought a front one may clunk around too much.

Unnecessary, but why the he๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ’ not!

9) Pajama Set.  Depending on your current pajama situation, this may not be a necessity, but I would have liked a new set, if even if to feel better lounging around in them.  My plan is to make a pj set for my next surgery using the above fabric, if it's still available at Hobby Lobby.  

10) Bada$$ t-shirt.  Leaving the hospital, I felt like the bionic woman, why not have a fun t-shirt waiting at home celebrate it?!

Thanks for joining me, I hope you have a wonderful weekend!  I'm doing pretty well.  My first checkup after surgery is this coming Monday when I'll get the major bandaging off, too.

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