Note: I started this series of articles because of a back surgery I had 5 years ago. I was a mess and couldn’t feel a couple of my toes on my left foot plus my leg had weird sensations going down it for a long while. I’m so thankful for that surgery and for the time it made me be in bed rest so I could put together the Prepping for Surgery guide you can purchase and download from my Etsy shop. I’m reposting this article from December 4, 2016.
Something that I prepared for before my early November 2016 surgery date was purchasing gifts way ahead of time for Christmas. This post is part of a 31 day writing challenge, and the theme for SimpleStepsForLivingLife’s daily series is Prepping for Surgery. It is important to plan ahead if you are not in an emergency situation so click here to read more articles in the Prepping for Surgery series.
Please note: all articles are written on SimpleStepsForLivingLife are ONLY my opinions and should not replace that of a medical professional. This series of posts are about what I have learned from having surgery and being about to have surgery again. I am not a medical professional at all, please consult with your doctor or a medical professional when it comes to anything to do with your health.
Unfortunately, due to the nature of required surgeries, we do not always have the choice of when a procedure must be scheduled. It might even happen the week before Christmas which was the case for my oldest when he was just a baby. That year, just like this year, Christmas presents were purchased, wrapped, and mailed out well before the holiday (and surgery) occurred. Luckily, this year, I already have just about everyone’s gifts wrapped and ready to be mailed with only 4 weeks left for “S” Day (Surgery Day).
If you have a surgery date already scheduled, now is the time to make sure that gifts are purchased for any upcoming holidays or birthdays that will be happening right before your procedure or the weeks during the recovery period.
Are you wanting to have decorations for the holiday that happens during your recovery? Consider asking a family member or friend to decorate your house for you. My parents are so nice to come for a week to take care of me after my surgery. With this surgery being at the beginning of November, it seemed like I would have to put out Christmas decorations as I was taking down the Halloween decor and just completely skip over Thanksgiving. But thankfully, my mom is being so gracious to not only take care of me and my house after the procedure but also willing to decorate the house while I’ll be wiped out.
Another big event in our family that will happen during my recovery is my youngest’s birthday about 3-1/2 weeks after surgery. Putting together a ultra-themed, spectacular party for my little guy will be out of the question. By planning ahead, though, I can still make it a birthday to remember by picking up themed napkins and cups I recently found at Dollar General, setting up a time with the neighbor friends to meet up at Chuck E. Cheese’s on his birthday, and swinging by the local bakery on the way there for cupcakes and balloons. I already have presents bought and wrapped and ready to go for the big day 7 weeks from now.
When your surgery date is set and you know an estimated recovery time, check your calendar during that time for any special events like holidays, birthdays, anniversaries, and other special occasions. Then prepare now so it will be one less thing to give you stress during an already stressful enough time in your life.
Please note: all articles are written on SimpleStepsForLivingLife are ONLY my opinions and should NEVER replace that of a medical professional. This series of posts are about what I have learned from having surgery and being about to have surgery again. I am not a medical professional at all, please consult with your doctor or a medical professional when it comes to anything to do with your health.
For more helpful Prepping for Surgery series articles, click here.