• Is it ok to limit visitors in the hospital to just my husband and my son?

    Asked by cllinda on Sunday, October 20, 2019

    Is it ok to limit visitors in the hospital to just my husband and my son?

    I'm having knee replacement surgery in a couple weeks. I heard that it's painful and I feel I don't want the stress of visitors except my husband and maybe my son. I know my friends mean well, but is there a tactful way to say that I really don't want friends to visit me while I'm not up for it?
    And I will let them know ahead of time. The hospital is about twenty minutes away from my house.

    4 Answers from the Community

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    • po18guy's Avatar
      po18guy

      Of course! Infection is a major concern and we are also in cold/flu season. You must focus on getting well rather than maintaining an active social life - no matter their intentions. They can just as well visit when you are home and better healed. It is not selfish - it is prudent.

      8 months ago
    • Gabba's Avatar
      Gabba

      You have every right to limit visitors to whomever you want! Let your husband and son get the word out to family and friends...no excuses, just the fact that you’d love to see or hear from them later. Get your rest...rehab is crucial after a knee replacement, save your strength for that!
      Good luck, let us know how you make out when you’re up to it!

      8 months ago
    • Kylerem's Avatar
      Kylerem

      Absolutely!! When I had my surgery last year I made it crystal clear that I only wanted my husband and children to visit in the hospital and for the first week home. I didn’t want to have to be “up” for visitors when I didn’t feel well. You certainly have that right and your friends and family should respect that

      8 months ago
    • Bug's Avatar
      Bug

      It is absolutely okay! Good luck with your surgery.

      7 months ago

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