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Unread 02-13-2001, 07:06 PM
Hospital wear?

I'm having a TAH/BSO on Feb.22. I'm wondering what I should take to wear in the hospital. Any advice? I thought I'd take a pair of comfy pajamas with a stretchy waist. I'm not comfortable without pj bottoms. Also (I know this sounds silly but...) does anyone wear a bra in the hospital? I'm big on top and am worried about having visitors and looking saggy. Will I care? Oh the worries...I'm really not looking forward to having visitors. I guess when you're in the hospital, you're fair game for anyone stopping in. Funny thing is, they probably wouldn't come to visit me at home!
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Unread 02-13-2001, 07:23 PM
I don' know if you'll care . . .


I don't know if you'll care how people see you, but I can tell you that I didn't much care.

I found short nightgowns were easiest. I still don't want anything around my waist - belly and incision complain. But I've heard of others who wear pajama bottoms and seem to do OK, but only after the catheter is removed.

As long as you have your Pain Pump and IV, you will need something that has wide arms since the tubes and I.V. bag have to go through the arm as well. I wore the hospital gowns for the first two or three days and then started wearing my own, but I was in hospital a week. I'm comfortable without a bra, but if you want one on I'm sure the nurses will help you there, too.
Unread 02-13-2001, 07:44 PM
Looking chic!

After my laparotomy (and subsequent surgeries) I was able to wear some baggy pj shorts with a drawstring so I could loosen or tighten as much as I wanted. I bought them a size too big and am wearing them now! I also found that wearing some thicker material t-shirt type nightgowns that were a bit oversized worked really well because of the IV tubing and all that. As for a bra, the first day after surgery, I really couldn't have cared if anything was hanging out getting a flourescent sun-tan but by the middle of the second day when I had my cath out, I was begging my dh for a shower and fresh undies. It's amazing how much better that will make you feel!!!

I'm already looking for the perfect jammies for my trip to the castle!

Oh well, here I go a ramblin'
Take care and don't wear satin no matter what else you do!!!!
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Unread 02-13-2001, 08:39 PM
Hospital wear?

I'm not sure about wearing pj bottoms, but this is what I brought to the hospital: 2 cotton nightshirts, no panties, no bra (I am a large chested woman), bathrobe, non skid slippers and socks (for the bed only).

Its not that I did not care of anyone seeing me, I just wanted to be confortable. Thats the most important thing.

Good luck and you will do great


Unread 02-13-2001, 10:55 PM
Hospital wear?

Thanks for asking that question! I too am top heavy and wondered if I could wear a bra in the hospital. But felt silly even caring about how I'll look. So, now I'll just ask when I go for my pre-op appt.
Unread 02-14-2001, 02:52 AM
Hospital wear?

Hi Diane!

Not too long to wait now!
I had TAH/BSO 20/12/2000 and I wore the hospital gown on the day of the op, next day changed into a nice loose short nightie (cotton as it was really hot in the hospital) then the next day changed into jogging pants and loose t-shirt, I am one of those folks who cant stand to be in night clothes. Most of my fellow sisters kept in their nighties until the day they went home but I just felt I would get fed up if I didnt change into something like normal clothes! Each to her own

Anyway the thing is to take stuff you think will make you feel comfy and Im sure wearing a bra wont be a problem once you get the IV out. Thankfully I didnt have a catheter left in (was removed in recovery room) and didnt need a drain.

Take a few bits and pieces in with you to pass the hours, it gets very boring! (and I was only in hospital 4 days!)

Hope all goes well for you, and before you know it you will back here posting on the post-op boards!

Take care!
Unread 02-14-2001, 04:35 AM
Hospital wear?

Can totally understand the thing about just lying around in that beautiful hosp gown and nothing else grrrrr.

I know the day of surgery I won't care too much, but the next day I think I will. So I plan on taking a sports bra (large chested here) at least that just slips on no fasteners and extra large undies (of course to wear after they remove the cath) and large night shirts. I know me and will better if have on the sports bra and undies and my own night shirt.

Unread 02-14-2001, 07:01 AM
Hospital wear?

I took two pairs of pj's with me to the hospital. They were made out of a t-shirt type material. Very comfortable. I didn't have any problem with the elastic waist or the long sleeves. I also took two bras. I just can't seem to go ''bra-less''. I'm not comfortable doing so. I wore the lovely hospital gown the day of surgery, but the next day they took my IV and catheter out early (like 6:00 am) and I was able to take a wonderful shower. The nurse I had was very helpful; she helped me get dressed after I was done in the shower and while I could have hooked my bra she was sweet enough to do it for me.

Good Luck to you. Let us know how you do.
Unread 02-14-2001, 08:34 AM
Hospital wear?

Diane - I just wore hospital gown. I did take pull over short cotton gown/nightshirt, socks, robe, slip on slippers and pj bottoms. Keep in mind that everything you do after surgery is a chore...sitting up, getting out of bed, getting dressed and undressed, walking a few steps to the bathroom, etc. Take something comfortable...yet easy.

Unread 02-14-2001, 09:00 AM
Hospital wear?

Well for my trip to the castle in January, I bought a great pair of pj's from Victoria's Secret ( medium thickness, not too warm, etc. plus I bought a 3 piece pj set that has worked out great, it has a tank top, long sleeve top, & bottoms. All bought a size bigger. I bought a few undies a size or 2 bigger (not much bigger than regular ones I wear). Bought a floppy hat so I didn't have to think about how bad my hair looked. It did come in handy too.

Ended up wearing hosp gown on Friday (day of surgery), on Saturday the cath was still in and iv so I didn't put on pj until Sunday right before they let me go home. Go figure.

As far as visitors go, you won't care the day of surgery... The next day things will be not so foggy, but you really don't need all the folks running in and out. Thankfully it came a blizzard here on the day of surgery and didn't get better for days. So my DH had to get out in it, but I told everyone else not to get out on the roads, they were soo bad. You will be walking up and down the hallways, still on major meds and not wanting to deal with much.

They run you in and out so fast you don't have time to do much. 2 days for TAH BSO AP APPIE is just so quick. Although I am always glad to be out of hospitals. Rather be in my own bed.

Prayers to you for a healthy recovery. Just remember to have the grab bag of things to do, so you don't get bored. You need things to do!!!!

Bless You,

adeno TAH BSO AP APPIE (acute) Jan 26, 01

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