Alice's Attic: Putting on Ted stockings and everything else
April 22. 2014 6:16PM
If you’ve had surgery, then you have worn Teds stockings. It is not hard to wear them, but first you need to put them on.
I had hip surgery earlier this month. The nurse who was getting me ready had the Teds on me within seconds, plus a needle in my arm, the latest style hospital gown, dark green slipper socks with plastic knobs on the bottom so I wouldn't slip. I don't think that I would attempt to go anywhere once I was on the surgery table. There wouldn't have been time, because the anesthesiologist had a mask on me before I was totally lying down and said to breathe. That was it.
I was taken to my room after recovery and discovered that the Teds were on securely, plus lots of bandages over the surgery spot and a big wrap around my waist and stomach that went all the way down my thigh – nice and tight with Velcro holding everything in place.
I don't ever wear anything tight around my stomach because there has to be plenty of room for food. For breakfast the next morning at 7:30 I was served steak. Yes, steak. And a cheese omelet, potatoes, fruit dish and a scone. I knew that I was in the right place! Never mind the wrap, I didn't even notice it.
Everything went well while in the hospital, thanks to all the great doctors and nurses, and the whole staff, until I came home and had to take off the Teds.
My home instructions were not to bend, twist or lean forward. I was to keep my feet straight, and no alcohol while on pain pills.
Well, all of the above are required while putting on Teds. So, this had to be Dave's job. Since he already has a hard time to bend, it was a difficult chore. He picked up the stockings, that look about a half-inch wide, and wondered where to begin.
I told him to get them over my toes, then slowly begin to pull up over the foot, put your thumbs inside and yank them over the heels. He was able to pull them the rest of the way to my knees.
Are you kidding me? The toe part was underneath and the heel was on top. He finally had to lie down on the floor in order to get them straightened out and began again.
In two hours time, we managed to get the Teds on, changed my bandages and put on the torture wrap.
I am now waiting for Dave's recovery.