04-11-2005, 01:23 PM
Surgery Type: TAH
Ovaries: Kept 1 or both
What to bring to hospital before surgery
The following list is a combination of suggestions from this web site that helped me the most for the castle:
1) large make-up bag with these items in my bed at all times:
a) soft ear pluggs to block out hospital noise to sleep.
b) lip balm (after surgery lips are sooo dry).
c) scented lotion (a bit of aroma therapy).
d) mints (after surgery mouth feels like icky and dry).
e) phone number list
f) cell phone
g) small pad of paper with pen for notes
h) transitor radio with ear plugs
This was the best suggestion having everything in bed in a bag especially right after sugery when alone, I could access and feel secure. Since I am older (close to 50 years old) I did not want people in my age group to spend the night with me and preferred that they get a good night's sleep at home so that they could help me during the day.
2) two swoosh tubular pillows (which I placed under my elbows).
3) silky gown and robe for the next day (made getting in and out of bed so much easier).
4) slip-on gym shoes (felt more secure to walk the halls) and get to bathroom.
The next list was the preparation for home prior to going into the hospital:
1) freeze meals for the week when home
2) order toilet lift seat (Dr. Lenard's catalog was so useful).
3) bed side rail (I don't have any post's for the ropes to pull myself up on).
4) small flat step for the bed.
5) wedge for bed (hard to get flat to sleep first few nights home).
6) silky clothes makes easy to move in and out of bed and chairs.
7) shower chair with armrests
8) rolling cart which I use next to chair and bed for my drinks, etc
(I had a TAH; cervix, uterus, and tubes were removed but kept the ovaries. In the last year besides bleeding and pain, I had problems with urination and incontinence. They found an ovarian cyst and one of the fibroids was tough to remove on the bladder. My uterus the doctor stated was not pretty due to adenomyosis (scattered lesions). I had also adhesions on the bladder and colon.)
Hope the suggestions helps. Take care.