• Upcoming APR surgery: what should I do to get my house ready for my return home?

    Asked by BruceB on Monday, April 15, 2019

    Upcoming APR surgery: what should I do to get my house ready for my return home?

    I have APR surgery scheduled in 2 1/2 weeks, and will be coming home with a colostomy. They are also planning to take care of my liver mets laparoscopically. I'm trying to figure out what I will need when I get home.

    It looks like I will need someplace to store my ostomy supplies, and maybe a "special" trash can with a lid for the bathroom...

    Does anyone have any further suggestions? Anything you were especially glad to have once you came home? (Special pillows, a recliner...? I dunno)

    5 Answers from the Community

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    • cllinda's Avatar

      I had an colostomy for three months.

      I learned to travel with a spare set of clothes and supplies with me whenever I went out.

      I used Chuck pads to throw the used products on the floor when changing it. Then I would just wrap it up and throw it all away.

      I had to learn to sleep on my back. That was hard.

      And if you need help getting used to the products or having trouble with them staying on, don't hesitate to call the nurse. It took 4 visits to the nurse and two different products before we found one that would work for me.

      Good luck as you enter this chapter of your life. Hugs.

      6 months ago
    • JaneA's Avatar

      Everyone is different - I was a "belly" sleeper and kept on sleep on my side/belly and it didn't bother a thing.

      6 months ago
    • Skyemberr's Avatar

      Those Chuck pads @Clinda mentioned are fantastic! If you can get them then absolutely do so. They are cheaper than old towels and do help to clean up the mess of all of the opened bandages and plastic, etc that you'll have from a bandage change.

      I'd forgotten about becoming a back sleeper until @JaneA mentioned that. I still sleep on my back a year after reversal. It an odd thing. Maybe you will want a back sleeper pillow if you are not used to it?

      It might get dicey the first few days at home as you get used to changing your Ostomy, but before you know it you will get very good at it!

      Good luck to you ! Please keep posting if you have more questions.

      6 months ago

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