Post # 1
My friend is going to be having gallbladder surgery soon, and I was wondering what to get her as a get well soon gift or recovery gift? My mom had her gallbladder out a long time ago, and I can’t remember what it was like for her or what she needed. I’d like to make my friend up a nice basket of stuff that she made need during recovery, especially since she JUST moved and a lot of her belongings are in storage. I don’t want her to have to go through boxes to find what she may need or want.
Post # 2
Just buy her big baggy t-shirts/PJ shirts and yoga pants….. or just buy PJs all together. I just had my gall bladder out last month. I didnt feel comfortable in pants for a few weeks. My MIL bought me a bunch of PJs and that was the best gift I got.
Add: my hubby also bought me a back support pillow which also was great. Maybe also buy some low fat snacks (like less than 5 grams of fat) or very low fat chicken soup with a nice mug- since she wont be able to have a lot of fat.
Post # 3
Food is always a solid choice in situations like that. Nobody wants to cook when they’re feeling icky and can’t get around too well, but everyone needs to eat!
Post # 4
How about offer to help her with household chorse like vaccuming while she recovers….alot of people dont realize it but after surgery even laproscopic you have driving, and lifting restrictions, so make her a little book of coupons or something or just volunteer to drive her to follow up appointments, to help her get grocereis, or her laundry….ect….watch kiddos is she has them…most docs say nothing over 20 lbs (for a lap chole anyways) which you dont know how light 20lbs is until you cant lift anything over it…..
that or food….but seriously just a hand with this or that for a few weeks after surgery will be greatly appreciated…
Post # 5
megz06: Yeah you should maybe try to help her out with driving and chores and stuff. Like Soonerbee07 said, your friend is going to have restrictions as far as driving and weight lifting goes. She may not be able to drive herself to follow up appointments.
I’m getting laparoscopic surgery in december and won’t be able to drive for almost a month. That’d be really nice if someone offered to do that for me (of course by then DH will, but if I didn’t have him)
Post # 6
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precooking stuff she can freeze and heat will be best. BUT…make sure it is low fat. After the gall bladder is out most cannot tolerate fatty foods right at first. It will go right through them if you know what I mean.
Cooking, cleaning, helping and just having company I’m sure will help.
Post # 7
megz06: Does she like crosswords or Sudoku? She probably won’t want to move around much the 1st couple days (had mine out, too).
Post # 8
I second the PJ’s idea, when I got mine out I was very uncomfortable in anything but sweats and pj’s for about a week. I also remember being very tired and sleeping lots so a nice back support pillow as someone else suggested or a blanket would be a nice touch!
During my recovery time I was pretty bored for the most part, there’s only so much TV you can watch! Maybe include a few magazines or books, and some low fat snack options would also be helpful since she will have trouble eating fats for a few days after surgery (at least that was my experience).
Post # 9
SparkleBee11: iarebridezilla: Soonerbee07: MrsPiggles: MrsTtoB: RedHeadKel: FutureMrs.Cammack:
Thank you so much for the advice, everyone! I think I am going to get her some comfy PJs and make some low fat foods and snacks for her while she’s laid up. Unfortunately I can’t do any cleaning for her as much as I’d like to. She just moved in with her step-dad, and well, their arrangement wouldn’t allow me to do that, but I think she will very much appreciate the PJs, snakcs, and maybe a book of simple crafts. Thanks!
Post # 10
megz06: Hey, I had mine removed two years ago. Comfy PJs are a good idea. Is she having keyhole? If so bras will be uncomfortable for a good couple of weeks or so, I lived in crop tops. I ate rich tea biscuits too as they were nice and plain. Hope her surgery goes well.