Someone to check on you in the early days of surgery
If you live alone, make sure you have people lined up to check in on you. You will need a little contact, and if something is not quite right, your visitor will notice.
A friend or family member who likes to talk on the phone
Sometimes you just need to hear someone's voice on the other line. Take this time to check in on loved ones you dont get to see or talk to often. Ask them leading questions and lose yourself for a while in their lives, their achievements, news, problems etc.
A friend or family member who likes to text
Sometimes you may not be in the mood for a full conversation, but just connecting with someone via texting can make you feel less isolated.
Once you are feeling a little better, invite friends and family over for short visits. Anticipating their visits can be just as rewarding as the time they spend with you.
Help around the house
Arrange for extra help cleaning the house and taking care of the yard for a few weeks.
A ride to appointments
Ask a friend to drive you to your follow up appointments or consider hiring a taxi. This is especially important if you are on pain medications the first few times you go.
Caringbridge.org is a website that allows you to connect and share news as you recover. The website also helps setup and organise help with rides to appointments, meals and other tasks.
Help with your pets
A doggy door can be a lifesaver if you have a fenced back yard, allowing your pet to come and go as they please. Otherwise enlist the help of friends, neighbours or a professional service. If you have a college in the area, consider running an ad for a dog walker. College students can be a more affordable alternative to a professional service.