Friday, April 4, 2014

The Recovery Aid

Last week I went and helped Grandma after her surgery. Let me tell you something, she is amazing!  

I wanted to record the whole thing, but I feel like it would definitely better if you asked Grandma.
Grandma was amazing!  I loved that she was so cheerful. She was so great to wear her "shell" or brace that keeps her back in line to heal properly. She even had it adjusted, from what I hear, to fit her better.  Hooray for progress. Each and every step is a blessing!

I was thinking how nice it would be to come up with a list of items for people that have just had back surgery.  You know, like those lists for Christmas or specific beauty products people need.  So here is the list.

1. Food.  I cannot tell you how much it helped to have food from members of the Church and good friends.  Having them stop by and drop off the food meant a lot.  You have no idea how much it means until you are the one getting food and you feel so loved!  Also, it took a lot of the pressure of me, one of the caretakers to stress about what we were having for dinner, taking care of you and Grandma (K), and getting other things done to keep up with the work.
2. Visits.  Visits are the best! The best ones are the ones that last five to ten minutes to say hello, get the latest updates and deliver news of the outside.  It was very helpful to have people that have had the surgery stop by and let us know their tips and tricks to quick recovery and it really seem to cheer up Grandma!
3. Sock puller-uppers, walker with wheels for walking outside, and if they already have that lip gloss or chapstick or a really cool water bottle (Mom felt thirsty a lot) or a fun app idea for their iPad.  You could also bring your cheerful movies or uplifting and favorite books/magazines.

*Dear readers of when this is posted, if you have any ideas of what would help someone that just had back surgery, please let me know. :)  Thanks!  If any of you that are reading this helped in any way shape or form--especially dear Grammers VDG, thank you so much for your help!  It is very very much appreciated!

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