I have many thoughts. My surgery was mid August, so thinking back...the biggest things to consider are:Prescriptions and Meds:
Right after the surgery you will get a zillion prescriptions, and will need to think about how to get them filled, work with the hospital to see if they can be filled at the hospital pharmacy (my husband & father (2 separate people) had to drive to 3 different pharmacies to pick up my prescriptions).
Have Benadryl (for sleep when the steroid keeps you up), OTC pain reliever and a stool softener handy.
For your mind, try an app like CALM to help you meditate and rest. Prepare some good tv, pod casts or books to force physical rest.Appointments:
My first appt was 2 weeks post surgery, with each surgeon. It was 3-4 week later with the PT. If you have Lyft or Uber nearby, this is the time to use them. I suggest sign up and use them for a few trial rides in advance so that you don t have to work through the process at the time.
If you can, set up Physical Therapy in advance. It could be good to have pre-surgery guidance, having that relationship already set up makes it easier AND you will know how far away s/he is.Get the Home Ready:
Sleeping – it will be ideal to be able to sleep on the same floor as your food and bathing. Maybe do a deep clean in advance. I had someone come and walk the dog each day while I was recovering (even though my parents were there).
Get a chair for your shower, during recovery it helps, and if you have balance issues it makes things easier to wash your hair without falling.
I also set all my e-bills to paper delivery and updated my living will, just in case.
Prepare a number of meals in advance, even a menu, to remove a decision making process. The fewer decisions you have to make, the easier recovery is. I did a lot of smoothies.Walking
This may be counter intuitive, but stand up, walk slowly and carefully. You will be assessed before you leave the hospital re: mobility. As soon as is safe, walk to the mailbox, or the corner. I sent my neighbors a note that I am NOT drunk at 8 am, just walking.
I wrote a messy blog (the ordering is wrong, and I need to fix it) but here is the section re: the first few weeks recovery. EVERYONE is different. https://it-started-with-a-tumor.blog/2018/09/25/post-surgery-what-to-expect/
Breathe. Trust that time will help. Eventually your goals move from survive to live. This forum is amazing because it reminds us we are NOT alone.