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ExitPursuedByABear Tue 03-Jun-14 11:50:00

I am due in hospital on Friday and went for my pre op appointment yesterday. I have purchased two new night dresses and a new dressing gown for my stay and have packed my little bag with everything I thought I would need. But the physio mentioned skirts or shorts yesterday. What are you talking about I asked? "Oh we expect you to get dressed every day. Have you not heard of pyjama induced apathy"?

I am only in for three days, and wanted to lie in bed and read my book and browse the newspaper and eat grapes. Not have to get up and get dressed.

In shorts.


HoopyViper Tue 03-Jun-14 11:52:52

Pyjama induced apathy. Love it! That's a great MN nickname, right there.

I'm totally with you on the shorts front WTF?

CoffeeTea103 Tue 03-Jun-14 11:54:02

Yanbu, what in the world do they want you to get dressed up for.

ExitPursuedByABear Tue 03-Jun-14 11:54:41

I am having a new knee so they need easy access.

I think I normally suffer from jodhpur induced apathy.

sillymillyb Tue 03-Jun-14 11:54:53

I think I'd be buying some new shorty pyjamas and daring them to talk to me about my fashion choices!

I would love to try and get pyjama induced apathy. It sounds rather marvellous and much better than clothes on run off feet manicness grin

onetiredmummy Tue 03-Jun-14 11:55:27

Hope it all goes OK Bear brew

Get some pyjamas that are short sleeved with shorts instead of trousers & do both smile

HoopyViper Tue 03-Jun-14 11:58:26

Yes, pyjama shorts are a win-win suggestion. smile

Go for a few days apathy, every time.

I hope it all goes well.

ExitPursuedByABear Tue 03-Jun-14 12:01:07

I expect to be in a morphine induced haze - not worrying about what I look like.

CraicWhore Tue 03-Jun-14 12:05:56

Pyjama induced apathy my ass. I don't expect my patients to get dressed post surgery and find it slightly odd when they do. (Unless going home)
Wear those PJs with pride!

HoopyViper Tue 03-Jun-14 12:06:06

I would take it with a pinch of salt tbh. I think you would kind of know if you are likely to get into a rut of pyjamaness on your return home. If not, then take the time to recharge, however that might be FOR YOU.

lifesavingnoodles Tue 03-Jun-14 12:10:57

I think they had my mum up and walking the day after her surgery, phyiso etc.

I thought it was a bit early..... but then im not a doctor

you might feel less embarrased if you are dressed.

ExitPursuedByABear Tue 03-Jun-14 12:11:32

I must find some slippers. Every time I have been in hospital I have been soundly bollocked for having bare feet.

CrohnicallyHungry Tue 03-Jun-14 14:19:45

When I was in hospital I was up and about, but I went in my PJs! It's not unusual to see patients wandering to the shop or cafe or even outside in PJs and dressing gown. Milk it while you can!

Coumarin Tue 03-Jun-14 14:39:35

Bollocks to getting dressed. Hope it goes well and you're soon feeling better. thanks

Tempted to name change to PyjamaInducedApathy. grin

ExitPursuedByABear Tue 03-Jun-14 14:52:21

I am having it done on the NHS but in a private hospital. I expect to be pampered. I doubt there will be the usual gaggle of PJ clad folk huddled at the entrance puffing away.


Well I have been shopping and couldn't find any suitable Jim jams with shorts. It will have to be nightie with some big girl pants.

I had mine done a couple of years ago and they do get you up and moving as soon as possible once the numbing nerve block wears off. you will need slippers or soft shoes but not mule type or they will shout at you smile they get you doing exercises that involve raising legs so baggy trousers or shorts are not a bad option if you don't fancy flashing your pants. also depends on how happy you are to be seen in nightie in the corridors when they get you walking the length of the corridor and climbing stairs with your crutches. saying that I wore my nightwear the whole time I was in. good luck, its a pain but you won't regret it, changed my life for the better.

StrawberryMoose Tue 03-Jun-14 15:59:39

Wear what you like but as pp said you would be more comfy wearing something with shorts as the exercises can be revealing!

ExitPursuedByABear Tue 03-Jun-14 16:34:30

I have some cut off trousers I was planning to take.

Thanks for the support and advice.

Glad to hear yours was a success Step. Do you mind me asking how old you are?

Waswondering Tue 03-Jun-14 16:37:50

As someone who has had knee surgery, might I recommend dresses, esp at this time of year? That way you don't have to bend your knee into shorts/trousers etc when it's all still a bit stiff ...

Good luck and hope it goes well.

ExitPursuedByABear Tue 03-Jun-14 16:56:02

If I was lovely and slim with nice legs then I would have dresses.

I have no dresses. Well not suitable for hospital.

I might rustle up a skirt from the back if the wardrobe.

Waswondering Tue 03-Jun-14 16:58:23

Don't worry about your legs! One will be fetchingly attired in NHS dressings smile

Good luck!

Minnieisthedevilmouse Tue 03-Jun-14 18:04:05

Well she isn't wrong. An op will make you feel very woozy. And sorry for yourself. They judge patients by how well they look after themselves too. As in, are they getting better? How are they faring mentally? The quicker a person gets up, washes, gets dressed, the more human they feel. The quicker recovery happens. Whilst I get what you mean too, you can do that at home can't you? Wear pretty gowns, marabou if like! Hospital isn't exactly for relaxation. It's about getting better.

And good luck reading! Amount of visitors, you get naff all chance of that for blood tests, urine, tea, etc!

Minnieisthedevilmouse Tue 03-Jun-14 18:06:19

Dad had hip replacement on Friday. He's 76. By epidural. He was taken down at 0930. He was on ward at 1. He was up from bed by 5. It really isn't relaxing!

PunkrockerGirl Tue 03-Jun-14 18:43:13

I had my knee done last year, Exit and I didn't get dressed till the morning I went home grin I wore a nightie and big pants and it was fine! Hope all goes well.

Superdoddles Tue 03-Jun-14 18:58:43

I've just spent four nights (unplanned) in hospital and never got dressed once, I got my husband to bring a clean pair of PJ's every day. No one ask me to get dressed. Hope everything goes well with your hospital stay, make the most of the rest.

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