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« on: August 17, 2006 06:46:47 PM »

I found out on Wednesday night that my mum is going in for a historectomy (sp?) in just over a week.  She's been really anemic lately so we are a bit worried about the operation, the low iron is related the reason she is having the surgery.  Anyway mum is going to be off work for about 7 weeks and is supposed to rest, something she finds near impossible to do (she was off work for 2 weeks recently and spent the last 3 days doing stuff around the house)

I was thinking of buying her some knitting supplies so she can at least feel like she is doing something while she is off, but I would also like to make her something.  I mostly knit and sew.  New clothes are out until after the surgery because she will lose a fair bit of weight in the surgery.  I was planning on ordering some sari silk or something equally nice and making her a nice wrap or something but I really don't have time.

 She is a real outdoor type person, loves gardening and stuff and is incredibly active.  When she was pregnant with my sister she was confined to bed, my dad found her cleaning the bathtub in her sleep at 2am.

I might also get her some sketching stuff, she used to sketch and that way she can sit on the deck and sketch up some nice plans of how she wants our garden to look (what she was planning on doing this spring before this all started)
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« Reply #1 on: August 17, 2006 06:56:48 PM »

Make her a nice, soft tummy pillow.  For about a week after the surgery (I speak from experience), you feel like everything's going to fall out and you have to hold it in.  You're also paranoid the someone or something is going to touch your stomach and that's the LAST thing you want.  It's all worth it in the end though.  You feel SO much better when it's all over.

The crafty stuff to keep her hands busy is good too.  Make it something bright and cheerful, and just complicated enough that she doesn't really have to think, but she does have to pay attention. 

I wish her the best! 

« Reply #2 on: August 17, 2006 07:13:44 PM »

The tummy pillow might be a good idea, especially with my niece around. Though she is good about understanding when people are 'broken', I had a broken leg a few years ago and they couldnt put it in plaster, not once in the 9 weeks it was healing did she bump it.
« Reply #3 on: August 17, 2006 07:32:00 PM »

how about a lap desk? find a hard surface, maybe a piece of thin wood... put some foam on the bottom and cover it with a cute fabric, and voila!

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