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Hi all. Just wanted to share my experience in the hospital after surgery. Because of covid, I was not allowed any visitors. I never felt I really needed someone there looking at me anyway. If I could have done it all over again, I would've postponed until that restriction was lifted. It was okay during the night getting assistance from the nurses and aides, but during the day, especially right after moving in, I was left alone and it wasn't always easy getting assistance with things as simple as reaching your next 1 oz cup of Water. Nobody during the day ever helped me with my bedding. It was a nightmare. Luckily I was only there overnight.

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I had my surgery on Feb 2nd and due to covid guidelines I couldn't have visitors either. I couldn't even have someone with meningitis pre-op while I waited for surgery. My stay overall was good, I did a lot of face timing and when I needed to get up relied on the buttons on the bed. My hardest time was the pre-op, I couldn't stop crying. But the nurses were so nice and comforting.

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I would agree about the covid restrictions - at first I was completely fine with it - just drop me off and I’ll let you know when to pick me up. However, you are right- the nurses took care of meds - but it was on me to fix bedding, go unplug my IV pole to use the bathroom, drag it along, plug it back on, get back in bed, try to reach the pillows - or the table with my Water. I ended up there 3 nights. On the evening before discharge they lifted the no visitors so my husband came after work. Having him help me made such a difference. If I’d do it again- I’d wait until after no covid restrictions to have a close loved one there to help at least a couple hours out of the day and pass some time.

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9 hours ago, Cyt said:

I would agree about the covid restrictions - at first I was completely fine with it - just drop me off and I’ll let you know when to pick me up. However, you are right- the nurses took care of meds - but it was on me to fix bedding, go unplug my IV pole to use the bathroom, drag it along, plug it back on, get back in bed, try to reach the pillows - or the table with my Water. I ended up there 3 nights. On the evening before discharge they lifted the no visitors so my husband came after work. Having him help me made such a difference. If I’d do it again- I’d wait until after no covid restrictions to have a close loved one there to help at least a couple hours out of the day and pass some time.

Exactly!

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I didn’t mind being by myself at all- I was super spacey because of the anesthesia so I don’t think I’d have been good company anyway. I just kind of hung out in pre-op and read my book, so I didn’t really miss having company.

My kids are younger and I didn’t want to concern them so I never told them about the surgery. They just know I was away for appointments, so my husband wouldn’t have been able to visit anyway since he was with them. I texted him a few times, but the time passed really fast and before I knew it I was getting picked up.

In the end it’s just a day or two- I am happy I had my surgery done even during the restrictions because it’s done now.

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