SI've written about how I spent the few weeks after Christmas and before my surgery applying the KonMari Method to our home. This really helped me prepare a clean and tidy atmosphere for my post op recovery. After being stuck in the house for a couple of weeks, I have now come up with a list of suggestions for what I did to prep along with things I wish I had done.
Now that you've done all that, here are so items that have been crucial to my comfort and recovery:
• remote controlled lights. We bought a set off of Amazon and plugged all of our lamps in so I could control them with the touch of a button.
• neck pillow/travel pillow. I use mine all day and night. It keeps the pressure of my upper back and shoulders and helps me nap where ever, whenever I want.
• back scratcher. The percocet made me itch and the back scratcher that Tim got an an office white elephant Christmas exchange has been a life changer.
• 6" ace bandage. Gave me added support. I just wrapped my chest over the bra provided to me by my plastic surgeon.
• drain dollies. My dear friend, Lauren, found the pattern online and sewed me a set. I wore mine under my shirts, pinned to my bra. What a cute way to hide the drains and comfortably carry them around.
• small pillows for under your arms. This relieves the pressure from your drain points and it also keeps you from over reaching your arms.
• zip up hoodies, front botton shirts, and loose fitting pants.
• long cords for your phone and tablets.
• fun, mindless activities to keep you occupied while you are awake. My friend Jaclyn got me the above unicorn themed gifts plus the deck of Hillary cards. #imwithher #hillary2016
Christina Mallory Chicoraske - a 30 year old, 4th generation Okie, diagnosed BRCA2+ and undergoing a prophylactic bilateral mastectomy. This is the tale of my journey with hopes to inform and encourage other young women searching for answers after a BRCA1/2 gene mutation discovery.