Preparing Your Nest for Your Recovery

Written by Dr. Sean Maguire on February 23, 2016

A few weeks ago, Dr. Sean Maguire of Physician’s Center for Beauty blogged about plastic surgery day do’s and don’ts. These tips were provided in the hopes that your day of surgery goes as smoothly and stress-free as possible. In a similar spirit, Dr. Maguire has chosen to blog about things that can make your recovery period a smooth experience. Organizing the space in which you heal is critical to a stress-free recovery. Here are some guidelines for preparing your nest:

Pick a Comfortable Spot

Most patients decide to spend most of their first few days either in bed or in a recliner. Pick a spot that will be comfortable and convenient for you and your caretaker. Move an end table or TV tray next to your bed or recliner to hold all of your recovery essentials. These include your smartphone, charger, TV remote, iPad, ChapStick, tissues, water bottle and other daily necessities. Put soft blankets and big pillows nearby.

Fill Your Fridge

Go grocery shopping a few days before surgery and look for easy-to-digest foods that can be turned into quick meals and snacks. Broth-based soups, Jell-O and toast are great options for the first few days. Remember that you need to drink plenty of fluids after surgery; many patients say that flexible straws are a must-have. Throw some bags of peas or corn in the freezer to use as ice packs.

Make a Stop at the Pharmacy

While you are out grocery shopping, stop by the pharmacy to fill your prescriptions ahead of time. Pick up some Milk of Magnesia or other stool softeners in case you need them (former patients say that you will!).

Put Paper Plates, Cups and Utensils in an Easy-to-Reach Spot

You do not want to do any bending or lifting during the first few days of your recovery. Put utensils, cups and plates on the counters so you don’t have to reach or bend to grab them. To cut down on dishwashing, use disposable paper options.

Put Bathroom Essentials Out on the Counter

Do the same thing with your bathroom. Set out your toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, deodorant and other essentials on the counter. Keep extra toilet paper and feminine products on-hand, just in case.

Do Laundry

Set out a few comfortable and loose outfit options. Pick clothes with elastic and zip-fronts in a soft material. Don’t wear your nicest loungewear, in case you spill or get ointment on the clothes.

Keep a Small Pad and Pen Handy

To prevent any confusion, we recommend keeping a written log of when you take your post-operative meds. Another option is setting an alarm on your smartphone to make sure you don’t skip a dose.

Post Important Phone Numbers in a Clear Spot

Keep important phone numbers in clear view in case you need them. Don’t forget our office phone number: (502) 897-7546.

Contact Physician’s Center for Beauty

If you would like more information about preparing for your plastic surgery, please contact Dr. Maguire and our team today.

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