Your Comfort Station At Home

Simple preparation and organization of your home recovery area will go a long way towards making you safer, more comfortable and happier during your recovery. The following suggested items might be helpful to you, depending upon the type of surgery you have and your expected recovery. Review the list and apply to your situation. If any of the items are questionable, please contact the office.

For Your Bedroom or Recovery Area:

  • Bedside clock
  • Warm socks, booties or slippers
  • Night light
  • Kleenex
  • Magazines, books, DVDs or books on tape
  • Low sodium comfort foods
  • Small trash can with trash bags (at bedside)
  • Baby wipes (for quick clean-ups)
  • Loose clothes-jogging suit (easy to get in and out of)
  • Pen and paper
  • Cell phone
  • Neck travel pillow or rolled towels (use behind neck after facial surgery). If using a travel pillow, position it with the open end up so it looks like a “U.”

Suggestions for Setting Up Your Room:

  • Remove anything you might trip over, including pets (temporarily).
  • Keep phone near your bed. Keep emergency numbers handy (doctor, pharmacy, etc.)
  • Install nightlights in the bedroom and bathroom for your safety.
  • Keep an extra-large wastepaper basket near bed.
  • Have a robe and pair of slipper nearby.
  • Have a chair near your bed or bathroom so you can sit and rest when necessary.

Food & Drink Supplies:

  • A healthy diet post-surgery will aid in healing. Patients feel better earlier on if they are eating plenty of fruits and vegetables along with some protein. Drinking a healthy amount of water and juices will help flush the toxins from your system and keep GI tract going in the right direction.
  • Plenty of water and juices.
  • Low sodium soup.
  • Soft foods (mashed potatoes, scrambled eggs, etc.), for the first day or so only. THen moving on to a more substantial, healthier diet.
  • Fresh vegetables pre-cut with a healthy dip.
  • Fresh fruit with yogurt, cottage cheese with fruit or shelled soybeans.
  • Steamed or baked fish or chicken.
  • Protein drinks. There are many good protein drinks available now.

From Your Local Grocery or Drug Store:

  • Lip balm (dry lips)
  • Listerine
  • Tylenol
  • MiraLax (for relief of constipation). Just a half capful mixed with juice or protein drink after surgery every other day will help keep your system in check. If constipation does occur, using this product daily will help immensely.
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Q-tips
  • Bacitracin
  • Children’s toothbrush
  • Small can of non-mentholated shaving cream (alternate cleanser for lasered or peeled skin).
  • Ophthalmic ointment (Puralube, Lacralube or Artificial Tears eye ointment).
  • Natural Tears
  • Eye Stream or Eye Wash
  • Facial or baby washcloths
  • Bendable straws

 

 

 

When You Venture Outside:

  • Hat or scarf
  • Sunglasses
  • Cover-up or make-up
  • Sunblock