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10 Essentials to Pack for Your Hysterectomy

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What are the most important things to take to the hospital?What are the most important things to take to the hospital?

As you pack your bag, you may be thinking you should take more to the hospital than you will really need. Even if your stay is a few days, you really may only need a couple items from home. Most medical facilities provide essential toiletries like a toothbrush and toothpaste, and you may not feel up to doing a lot of reading during your stay. Your jewelry, valuables, and money should all be left at home so you don't have to worry about keeping track of them.

Before you complete your packing, it can be a good idea to call your medical facility to find out exactly what they will provide. You may find their toiletries will be sufficient. Your stay may also be short enough you won’t even need to wash your hair so shampoo and hair products may not be needed. Most medical facilities in the United States provide pads and disposable underwear, so you can save your own for when you are home. Before taking any prescription, over the counter medications, or supplements to the hospital, find out what your facility will provide and/or allow. Some medical facilities will not allow you to bring any medications of any kind, and will provide all prescriptions and over the counter products you need.

While what some use and don’t use will vary and can depend on the length of stay, here are the top 10 things you should pack in your overnight bag.

1. Tummy pillow.

A small pillow can be held over your tummy when coughing, sneezing, or laughing to help offer support and ease any pain. You can also sleep with it to protect tender areas. And finally, you’ll want it to put between you and the seat belt on the way home. HysterSisters recommends the amazing Pocket Tummy Pillow..

2. Lip balm.

Following surgery, you may find your lips are dry for a number of reasons. Having your favorite lip balm on hand can be soothing and keep your lips from cracking and adding to your overall discomfort.

3. Cell phone charger with your cell phone.

Your phone won’t do you much good if it goes dead, so be sure to pack your cell phone charger along with your cell phone. You might want to tag it with your name, especially if you will have a roommate.

4. Hair brush or comb.

Some medical facilities provide a small comb, but your own brush or comb can be easier to use and better for your hair.

5. Abdominal Binder.

Your hospital may provide a binder for your tummy but it may be the awkward 9" or 12" binder that doesn't always fit right. Try an abdominal binder or pocket abdominal binder with cooling packs. The support provided by abdominal binders help you with mobility after surgery.

6. Ear plugs and eye mask.

The hospital can be the hardest place to sleep, especially if you will have a roommate. An eye mask and ear plugs can help make things dark and quiet so you can get some sleep, day or night.

7. Lotion.

A small bottle of your own lotion can be soothing while providing moisture to your skin with a familiar scent.

8. Entertainment.

In case you do end up feeling bored or restless, having a book or magazine could be helpful. You could also download an e-book, audio book, music, or games onto your cell phone. Remember, you could be tired with some brain fog so light and simple is best.

9. Slippers.

Walking is important for getting your bowels working again and starting you on the road to recovery. You’ll be given non-slip socks to wear, but you might find it more comfortable to wear some slippers with a skid free sole. You can then take them off before climbing back in bed which can be more sanitary.

10. Important paperwork.

You might want a copy of your driver’s license, insurance card, and important phone numbers. A small notebook and pen can also be handy for writing down questions and answers. You can keep all of this paperwork in your bag in a small manila envelope with a clasp to make it easier to keep together.

This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

02-21-2015 - 07:33 PM


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