If you have to have foot or ankle surgery, there are a lot of things on your mind.
You will wonder what to expect from the surgery itself, but you will also need to think about your recovery process. Your surgeon will take care of the surgery and the nurses and medical professionals will help you with your immediate recover. Once you get home, however, you are on your own and at the mercy of your family. Here are a few tips to help you recover once you are at home.
There are plenty of things you can do before you go in for your surgery that can help prepare your house, making it as safe as possible for someone who will be hobbling around on one foot. You will want to do things like remove the area rugs so you don’t trip. Make sure all of your extension cords are against the wall and not running across the room. And move your furniture so there are wide spaces for you to move through. Inspect your house and watch for hazards that you can remove in advance before you ever go in for your surgery.
If you have ever been on crutches before, you know how limiting they can be. They can also slow you down and if you use them for any length of time, they just plain hurt. If you know your recovery is going to take some time, you will want to think about how you are going to get around. Goodbye Crutches has three great mobility aids that you can use instead of crutches. The Knee Scooter, for example, is a wheeled device that allows you to kneel on the knee of your recovering leg and scoot yourself from place to place with your good leg. The Seated Scooter works much the same way only you remain seated while you scoot around. And the Hands Free Crutch straps to your bad leg and allows you to walk much like normal while retaining the use of your hands. Think through the three options and see which would fit best with your lifestyle and needs. You can rent any of the devices and have them at your doorstep within 1-2 days.
When you are just arriving home, you will definitely need help doing some of the basic things that you are used to doing without even thinking. You should arrange for that help in advance so once you get home, you don’t have to think about or worry about anything. Have friends or neighbors bring you meals so you don’t have to cook. Ask someone to drive your children to and from school for a while. Have a family member stop by and do a little laundry or cleaning for you. Create lists of errands for others to run until you feel up to it. Anything you can have others do for you will be one less thing you have to attempt to do yourself. At first, you will need to rest and simply concentrate on getting better.
The more you think about your recovery in advance, the better the process will go once you head back home after your surgery. Follow all of your doctor’s orders and arrange as much as possible before you go in. Once you arrive home, you will be glad you did.
Posted by CastMedic Designs on 11/19/13 at 07:35 PM