I agree with the hot water bottle. I think a heating pad would be a good idea too
CAUTION!! no heat near the stent area itself!! Increasing blood flow in that area is not desirable in the healing phase. You do not want to trigger vasodilation at all, let the stents settle and heal in there.
I beg you both to talk to Dr Dake about when and under what parameters you can add heat. I wanted heat in the hospital and he said "that wouldn't be good for the stents". I was about 4 weeks out before I asked him if I could heat a kitchen towel in the micro and throw it around my neck in the back to relax those miserable muscles, that was allowed.
Heating pads generally provide more heat than is wanted for things like this, it is usually warmer than you want and lasts for too long. A water bottle at least cools down so that in 20 minutes you done with actual added heat.
Neck roll is an excellant idea! oh man I dreamed of my neck pillow while I was there.....
You'll do great!
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