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So I had a c-section 2.5 years ago, so I can give some thoughts. But here is the situation:

My 18 year old cousin is autistic (mid to low functioning - no meaningful talking) and has epilepsy (regular grand mal seizures). They are doing this in the hopes of hopes of helping her seizures. The type of surgery will be abdominal, which from what I have read is similar to a c-section. She will be in the hospital for 2 days and they hope to have her discharged pretty quickly (I think a lot of that is more because of her emotional abilities and she will probably do better at home).

Her mom (my aunt) can not be there as she is undergoing extensive testing as she was diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic melanoma and they are trying to get her in a clinical trial (experimental medicine is her only option). So the person who knows her the best can not be there.

Soooo, I can give my mom (who will be helping) some ideas on recovery help, but I was wondering if there are any suggestions that would be good for someone like my cousin. She is very sensitive to sights and sounds.

My suggestions:
1. Try to get her to walk as soon as possible.
2. Make sure they bandage her well enough that she can not mess with the incision (she is getting glue so they don't have to put her under to remove the stitches).
3. Heating pad.
4. Take her pain meds regularly.
5. Realize that some of those pain meds can cause constipation so have some stool softeners around in case she is not pooping.
6. Someone suggested throat lozenges for her throat because it will be general anesthesia.
7. Comfy clothes that are not tight in the area.

Anyone know if she will have a fair amount of vaginal bleeding? Any other nice comfort measures that you remember? My mom really wants to know so she can be super prepared.


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