Things you don't realize will happen in the immediate aftermath of major abdominal surgery: Whenever you lie down, you will be trapped like a beetle on its back. You can't roll to one side or the other (too painful) to push yourself up, and obviously sitting straight up is an impossibility. Hospital beds make it easier because you can elevate yourself part of the way up, and there are side railings to grab onto. But at home, with a normal bed? Yeah, not so simple. You need help just to get up.
If Georges weren't around all day (and all night) long to help me get up out of bed or off the couch when I'm lying down, the latter part of this clip is what I would look like (minus the 27 layers of winter clothing):
Our new code word, when I need help, is simply: "Ralphie". That pretty much says it all.
At least I CAN put my arms down.