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What to bring to hospital before surgery What to bring to hospital before surgery

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Unread 04-11-2005, 01:23 PM
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.
Unread 04-11-2005, 01:31 PM
What to bring to hospital before surgery

Don't forget a hair brush or comb and a hair tie if your hair is on the longer side!!! I didn't bring one and my hair was a RATS NEST in the back and I had to comb it out with my fingers! OUCH! Also remember to buy some undies that are a few sizes too big for the trip home and the first few weeks of recovery...
Unread 04-11-2005, 02:02 PM


Just wondering about the cellphone. Any hospital I've been in doesn't allow cell phones to be used.

And hey, what's this comment about "close to 50" being "older"!!

I just had my 50th birthday, and I figure I'm only at the mid-point!

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Unread 04-11-2005, 02:06 PM
What to bring to hospital before surgery

The hospital gowns at my hospital didnt expose anything when I was taking my walks. But if they do at your hospital you can always ask for an extra one and wear it open in the front as a robe for complete coverage.
I brought my own gown for day 2-4 but after my shower on morning 2 my incision began to bleed all over my gown so I was back to the hospital wear.
No need to buy a robe you will never use. Slippers are very important I took both booties with rubber strips on them and hard sole slippers I never put the hard sole ones on but the booties were on the whole time I was in the castle as my feet were so cold for weeks after the surgery.
Unread 04-11-2005, 02:07 PM
What to bring to hospital before surgery

I found it easier to slip nighties and tops over my head rather than to step into them. Cell phones weren't allowed at my hospital, either, but the dude they put next to me for 2 HOURS in pre-op talked non-stop on his the whole time. So, later my daughter and I used hers and nobody said anything.
Unread 04-11-2005, 03:11 PM
What to bring to hospital before surgery

I actually had my I.V. in until the morning I left so the hospital gown was my only option since nothing could be slipped over my
arm. I did pack two nightgowns but never used them. I slipped
another hospital gown the opposite way like a robe through one
arm and drapped over the other for my walks. Good luck.

P.S. The only things I used that I brought from home was my
toothbrush, slippers and brush. the rest went back home as it
Unread 04-11-2005, 03:20 PM
What to bring to hospital before surgery

You might want to bring Oral B finger toothbrushes. That was a lifesaver for me when I was throwing up and couldn't get out of bed ( got rid of the yucky taste in my mouth).
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