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Recovery kit essentials

Here are some essential items I relied on during my recovery from spinal surgery. If you already have or are planning on undergoing any sort of surgery that has a longer recovery period, this list is for you! (For those who are not undergoing major surgery, here’s a list of things that will help make you extra comfortable!)

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Tylenol® Extra Strength Caplets for Adults
Tylenol® Extra Strength Caplets for Adults

Tylenol is definitely one of my go-to medicines if I’m feeling extra achey and sore or need to give my (prescribed!) medications an extra boost. As always, consult your doctor on how much you should take, but definitely ask about taking Tylenol as a supplement to your other medications!

L'Occitane Immortelle Precious Cream
L'Occitane Immortelle Precious Cream

Although a bit pricey, this lotion gave my face life when I was in bed rest. It effectively softens and moistens your face for hours and leaves you feeling fresh! Not only that, but this lotion smells absolutely delicious and truly helps me fall asleep.

Wet Brush Hair Brush
Wet Brush Hair Brush

Everything hurts when you’re recovering from major surgery, so anything that will make your life easier will be helpful! Which is where this brush comes in... it gets out any tangles very quickly and it is almost painless! Definitely a must have item if you’re stuck in bed all day like I was!

Nova Ortho-Med, Inc. Raised Toilet Seat with Detachable Arms
Nova Ortho-Med, Inc. Raised Toilet Seat with Detachable Arms

Because I was unable to pull myself off the toilet (TMI!), I purchased this raised toilet seat. It is very easy to put on or take off of your toilet and it definitely does the job if you need something like this!

Leachco All Nighter Maternity Pillow Cover, Available in Multiple Patterns
Leachco All Nighter Maternity Pillow Cover, Available in Multiple Patterns

Aside from the mattress topper, this is another item that I could not live without. I was not able to sleep on my back due to residual surgical pain, and so I bought this pillow in hopes that it will effectively keep me comfortably on my side. And it works! (Currently am snuggled up in my pillow right now, in fact!)

Foam Mattress Topper - Blue - Room Essentials™
Foam Mattress Topper - Blue - Room Essentials™

This mattress topper SAVED MY LIFE! I don’t think I would of been able to sleep as comfortably during my recovery without this topper, it truly gave me the support that I needed.

Advil® Tablets 200mg
Advil® Tablets 200mg

Another go-to is definitely Advil! Advil helps with my muscle pains and any other residual surgery sores. Make sure to eat before you take this medication as you can really hurt your body if misused!

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