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Old Today, 10:55 AM
 
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My son was recently biopsied and diagnosed w/an adenocarcenoma in abdominal area that is not operable. He will have chemotherapy after out of hospital.
His prior set of doctors apparently didn’t see a health risk in his losing 40 lbs over the past year or so
Now new doctors in new hospital system are working diligently to help him recover his strength so that he can begin chemo in 2020.
He has bad time in hospital bed blipping down toward the food of bed unless his knees are raised

What are good options to use at home when he is on a regular mattress to avoid slipping down?
Hopefully he will be more mobile/stronger by time he goes home and can sit in chair/couch vs spending so much time in bed...

I thought POOL NOODLE—large one or maybe several taped together—might be easy to use/remove

Any other suggestion>
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Old Today, 11:06 AM
 
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How about renting a hospital bed with a trapeze for him until he regains some strength? Some insurance policies will pay for this.

Or get a wedge pillow or an elevated leg pillow for use under his knees (search on amazon)

Do you have a recliner he can use? Does dual duty as both a chair to sit in and a bed to sleep in. Makes it easy for him to change his position w/out anyone's help.

I don't think pool noodles would help all that much - not firm enough.
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Old Today, 11:54 AM
 
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Or try "bed risers" under the bed legs at foot of bed. (The opposite of those of us with reflux use to raise the head of the bed while keeping the sleeping surface "straight".

https://www.amazon.com/s?k=bed+lifts...efix=bed+lifts

Or if just raising his knees works, and only sleeps on his back, then maybe a "body pillow" under his knees.

https://www.amazon.com/s?k=body+pill...ix=body+pillow
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Old Today, 12:06 PM
 
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I don’t think he will be So weak when they send him home he will need hospital bed—
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Old Today, 12:39 PM
 
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I don’t think he will be So weak when they send him home he will need hospital bed—
I think you are misunderstanding that a device that carries various positions :higher vertical on leg area or use of elevation is necessarily equal to a sick person.

A bed with these features can utilize the goal of proper positioning for the recovering person.

I personally recall the use of bean bag beds keeping the patient rested...no bed sores and low to the ground.
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Old Today, 05:52 PM
 
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Sitting up on a bed needs different positioning than sitting up on a hard surface, or on a chair with a proper back and seat cushion. I would definitely recommend putting something under his knees while he's sitting up. This will help prevent back strain. Yogibo makes some awesome products, you're likely to find one of their stores at your nearby shopping mall. I have a small roll: https://www.yogibo.com/mini-roll-neck-pillow/

When I had knee surgery I used it under my knees when I slept. I also use it sometimes as a lumbar pillow when my back goes out. And one of my family members uses his in the car, to support his arm when he drives long distances. His car's armrest is too low for him to lean against it otherwise.

Best $20 I've spent in years.
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