Going Home, School, and School Re-entry
Hooray! This is the day you have been working toward, and it is a very exciting time. You should know that along with all the excitement you may also have some feelings of discouragement. You may feel very weak and tired. It might be hard to find a comfortable position. You may not have much of an appetite. If you do, watch what you eat. Your stomach will be sensitive. Remember to eat before you take your medicine. You may have itching around or inside the incisions. When you are finally able to take a full shower, you will feel like a new person.
When you get home from the hospital, have your room or the place you will be sleeping ready and waiting for you. Have a table next to you with things you like and might need such as a phone, something to drink, an MP3 player, a laptop or a CD player, and of course, the TV remote control!
Enjoy being home. You have worked extremely hard to get there. Feel good about all you have accomplished.
School and School Re-entry
Depending upon the time of your surgery, you may need to think about returning to school shortly after you get home from the hospital. It is very important to set up a time to meet with each of your teachers to go over your surgery. A school re-entry letter is provided upon request, ask your Child Life Specialist. Accommodations will also be reviewed so that everyone is made aware of the special needs you may have. No backpacks! You should not be carrying anything more than five pounds. You may also want to consider a gradual return to school starting with half days and working your way toward full days.
Make sure you share these helpful ideas with your teachers and school so that a plan is in place before your surgery.