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You'll feel so much better when it's over. Waiting is the hardest. I took and used: chapstick, moisturizer, toothbrush/paste/floss, pen and small notebook (to write down meds, nice nurses' names to send ThankYou cards to), custom-made hospital gown (wore on last day after my shower), short lightweight robe (but the Hospital had one that would have sufficed to cover up my backside while walking in the hospital-issue gown) cell phone and charger (had DH call the friends from my cell phonebook) and vitamins from my naturopath which I took as soon as I could keep solids down. I took but didn't use: magazines (I had 20 hrs. of nausea on day 2 due to rxn to narcotics), books (hah, forget it, you probably won't feel like reading), slip-on slippers (too much trouble to keep track of, I was happy with the hospital socks). I had a private room, and didn't take earplugs. Since I tried to get off the narcotics ASAP, I would have used earplugs because even though my room was quiet, sometimes my door was left open and the noises from the hallways could be disturbing if you're not on narcotics.
I didn't take any pads - the hospital supplied most of what I needed. Was glad I had my cell phone, my own easy to slip on slippers, hair brush and pony tail elastic, small notebook and pen (I wrote stuff down so I wouldn't forget ).
Stupid question. Will I bleed? I'm getting an incision. I had not even thought about that.
I went yesterday and got some stuff, I did forget chapstick, I have some, but I wanted another tube, I'm really liking that new Aquafina lip moisturizer.
For hospital I bought:
-soap and holder
-toothbrush holder and trial size toothpaste
-lotion (smaller size)
-body spray, just incase
-new ponytail holders and headband
-socks, my feel always get cold
I also bought 2 nightgowns, I don't have many, that way I don't have anything touching my incision, not to sound nasty, but if I don't bleed I plan on not wearing any underwear, I won't be going anywhere so it won't matter.
I'm sure I'll think of other things between now and then.
I'm also planning on taking a book to read, hopefully I can find the new V.C Andrews book that just came out.
The incision may"weep" or bleed a little. Mine did and 9 days post-op, it still is. So if you care about your own clothes, don't take a chance. Some women's incisions don't, but you won't know until it happens. You may want to wear old cotton panties. It helps protect the incision as well as catch the weeping if you have any.
Also, different hospitals offer different things. Mine gave me socks w/ rubber-dotted soles which worked out great for keeping warm or walking.
The list of what I used is smaller than what I took. Slippers, cell phone, brush, I wore my glasses and left contacts at home, hard candy, blistex lip moisturizer, treats for the staff, toothbrush & paste, mouthwash, slipon knee length gown. Even my drawstring workout pants were uncomfortable. I wish I would have given more thought to a few things I would be able to wear afterwards. I'm home now and have very little I can comfortably wear that doesn't hurt my incision or to tight in the tummy. I wish I had sundresses. Even my elastic jammie bottoms are uncomfortable on my tummy.
I was most grateful to have brought my CD player and big earphones to shut out noise. I listened to a relaxation CD through the surgery, and to tune out hospital noises when I was in my room. I also loved that a friend who was in the hospital a long time for colon surgery suggested an eye pillow. Invaluable to get some rest, particularly if you have a roommate, can't control the level of the lights in your room at all times, etc.