After a life-changing event like hysterectomy, a little sense of humor can go a long way. Would you appreciate the joke if a friend gave you a handmade uterus (complete with one last period) as a post hysterectomy gift?
That’s what one woman gave her friend after she had her uterus removed with hysterectomy. She posted all about it on Reddit, an online community where users can talk about pretty much anything. The responses varied from impressed to disgusted.
If you have a friend who is scheduled for a hysterectomy soon and you want to send her a get-well gift, we vote thumbs up on the handmade uterus. Of course, if you’re going to be so bold, we hope you and your friend are close and you know that she would appreciate a little laughter during such a serious time.
What to Get a Friend After Hysterectomy
If a handmade uterus isn’t your style, don’t worry. There are a lot of other gifts that can keep her comfortable and cozy during her recovery period. Get extra points for personalizing any gift you bring.
- Slipper socks – It’s unlikely that she’ll need shoes during her recovery period. Keep her feet cozy until she’s feeling better with some slipper socks. You can find them in the sock department at any department store.
- Heating pad – If your friend has been living with fibroids or endometriosis, it’s likely that she knows a thing or two about heating pads. While she probably has a heating pad or two around the house, she could probably use an upgrade. Look for a heating pad that uses both moisture and heat and one that comes with a warranty – people who use heating pads often find that they need to replace them frequently.
- A “feel-better” kit – Stop by Walgreen’s or CVS on your way and create a little basket of gifts that will tell your friend you hope they are smiling soon.
- A bottle of vitamin D – A few days inside with no sunlight might leave your friend vitamin D deficient. Vitamin D deficiency can lead to depression.
- A bottle of peppermint oil – Peppermint oil is uplifting and energizing. Your friend can boil in a pot on the stove or use the oil in a diffuser to release the aromatherapy benefits of the oil.
- A bottle of multivitamins – Recovering from surgery doesn’t always mean eating the healthiest diet. A daily multivitamin can help your friend get through until she is back on her feet.