Are you about to undergo surgery? With a little planning, you can make the most of your recovery period.


For entertainment:

  • Listen to music.
  • Explore the internet.
  • Read a book.
  • Play board games with your kids.
  • Do crossword puzzles or Sudoku.
  • Watch movies or series.

For emotional care:

  • When you are discharged, try to sit outside for a few minutes each day.
  • Start a blog.
  • Connect with an old friend whom you have lost touch with.
  • Invite friends over for tea.
  • Start a book club.
  • Learn to meditate.
  • Take up a new hobby like painting.

Being productive:

  • Learn how to scrap book.
  • Plan ahead for your next vacation
  • Make some gifts.
  • Learn to write with your opposite hand.
  • Learn calligraphy.
  • Create a list of recipes that are easy to prepare once you are up and about again.
  • Write a short thank you or love note to the person caring for you.
  • Pray in your own way.

Getting mobile:

  • Try to walk a bit each day.
  • Get comfortable shoes.
  • Sign up for water therapy.
  • Walk on a treadmill.
  • Get a good rest.
  • Make sure to frequently clean the wound.
  • Wear support garments to reduce the tension on the wound.
  • Avoid sun exposure.
  • Stop smoking – smoking will cause the blood vessels to constrict and decrease the delivery of oxygen to the healing tissue.
  • Good nutrition – Surgery imposes extra energy needs to your body, so adapt your diet accordingly.

Some healing factors you can control, such as to quit smoking, and some you cannot, younger people heal quicker than older people. It is important to make the necessary changes now to give your wounds the best chance at healing. Make the best of your recovery period as it will not last forever.