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Unread 06-04-2005, 09:41 AM
packing for hospital

My puncturing isn't for a couple more weeks - but I am already thinking about my packing. I am wondering if there is anything you wish you had packed but didn't or packed and then wish you hadn't bothered.

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Unread 06-04-2005, 09:59 AM
packing for hospital

The only thing that I wish I had packed and didn't was my own pads. I didn't like the ones that the hospital gave me.
I packed my own gowns. I just can't deal with a hospital gown lol.
I took:

Shampoo and conditioner
Blow dryer
Comfy and loose clothes to wear home

Let me add that I never go anywhere without makeup. That's why I brought mine. But when it came time to go home, I did NOT feel like putting on makeup. And as doped up as I was, I probably would have ended up looking like Bozo the clown or Tammy Faye Baker anyway lol.
Unread 06-04-2005, 10:15 AM
packing for hospital

I knew from reading other posts that most ladies didn't use most of what they took so I packed light. I slept most of the time, didn't feel like having visitors or eating and walked a little bit so the hospital gown worked just fine for me. The only other things I brought were a hairbrush and toothbrush/paste, pillows for trip home to put under butt and seatbelt, biking shorts and t-shirt for trip home and camera. I didn't feel much like reading, listening to music or watching TV as I was doped up most of time. I wore the stretch panties and pads the hospital provided and their slippers.I had made up thank you cards ahead of time for nurses and my doctor so brought those along.
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Unread 06-04-2005, 10:19 AM
thank you!

Thank you for your input - I am a listmaker and a worrier - so of course I need to make a list and am worried that I will forget something "vital" or pack 8 bags I'll never need!
Unread 06-04-2005, 10:26 AM
packing for hospital

I had no idea what I would be able to wear home from the I packed a pair of bib overalls. They were perfect--nothing rubbing up against the tummy/abdomen/incision.

Unread 06-04-2005, 11:59 AM
packing for hospital

The two things I found I was so glad I packed were gum and chapstick.
My mouth was so dry from all the medications and lips got really dry.
Unread 06-04-2005, 12:19 PM
packing for hospital

Hi MrsM,

I too had to read everything and make a list of what to take to the hospital, but I ended up not using most of it. You really are "busy" just with resting and sleeping! I took a couple of extra pillows and never needed them and they were in the way all the time. Just need one in the car for the ride home.

I never needed a robe, just put on another hospital gown with opening in front - had the advantage of snap up shoulders so could get in on with the IV in place - and I didn't have to wash it later. Also combined shampoo/conditioner for the wonderful first shower.

Also really helpful were eye shades and scuff slippers you can slip you feet into. I also took a battery operated radio and listened to commercial free public radio day and night. I really liked having the radio a lot.

I found all the nurses were very helpful and thoughtful - they have seen it all before and will know what you need..

Wishing you a speedy recovery.

Unread 06-04-2005, 12:20 PM
packing for hospital

I could not have survived without my chapstick, my back scratcher(pain killers make me itch) my pillow and my blankie and I used listerine breath strips because everything tasted funny after surgery. I wore home the same clothes I wore to the castle and I never cracked the book I took. I did use my CD player with my recording of gentle streams and rivers Gook luck!
Unread 06-04-2005, 04:39 PM
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While you are preparing for your surgery and recovery, you might want to take a look through Pre-Op Articles. You will find great articles that discuss everything from a hospital packing list, questions for your doctor, to fears. Also, I recommend reading through Checkpoints for even more topics broken down in weeks, from pre-op to post-op and beyond.

Best wishes for a successful surgery!


Unread 06-04-2005, 04:59 PM
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Thanks Deb! That is very helpful! I think I am just ready to go and get it over with!

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