I wrote yesterday about preparing for surgery, and although I have been through this a gazillon times, I forget to mention something very important. Try to envision yourself with your Post -op limitations and practice overcoming them!!!!!!
Over the years, several people have asked me what I considered to be the worst part of having MS, while the worst symptoms may vary day to day, my answer is…
The worst symptom of having MS, is the one you haven’t learned to adapt to. By adapting, I don’t mean accepting it, so much as I mean finding a work around or a way to still accomplish your goal. Sometimes you have to get pretty creative, but most symptoms can be managed with some trial and error.
Getting around your house in a wheelchair
While I have been in a walking boot for a couple of weeks now, after surgery I will not be able to bear any weight on my foot, which for me means using a wheelchair. I’ve had to use a wheelchair before, but not in this house and for other reasons. So yesterday my first step was going through my entire house using the wheelchair. The only trouble I ran into was trying to get into the bathroom. First of all, the door is only wide enough for the chair, NOT for my hands on the wheels. Whoops! *Note to self another home improvement project for next year.
The next issue I RAN into (literally) was the squatty potty.
I can not get close enough to the toilet, pivoting on one foot with the squatty potty there, so it had to move.
The pain pills are not going to help with my normal issue of MS and constipation, so better I just make a clear path for using the laxatives I know I will end up needing. Even “power pudding” doesn’t help with the constipation from Norco.
Selecting clothing for after surgery
Again, I have been in a boot for a couple of weeks, so I know there will be some challenges putting on pants. Not that I like wearing them anyway, post op visits and physical therapy will require some form of clothing for my lower extremities, so I have purchased some guys basketball shorts to wear for those occasions. Even those will fit over the cast.
CLIMBING into bed
This one may not happen for a bit. I have one of those really tall beds that you literally have to Climb up onto.
Okay not literally like this one, I am totally being dramatic, but I discovered it is difficult to climb on my bed without bearing weight on my right foot, so I will be sleeping on the couch for a few days.
I have packed a small bag of things to keep me busy, while I am NOT sleeping. Notebooks, phone and laptop with chargers, tv remotes, and a couple of books. The only thing I am missing is a mini fridge and a maid. But at least this isn’t permanent. (putting the things in a bag will allow me to transport them to another room easily without worrying about dropping them)
Thank you for letting me share my tips with you. To be honest, this is part of my mental checklist to prepare for surgery as well. I will write more about the MENTAL part of preparing for surgery later this weekend. I hope you all have a wonderful holiday weekend. If you do anything fun or adventurous please share pictures so I can live vicariously through you!!!