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Unread 02-24-2006, 12:25 PM
Hospital Must Haves

I found the list of things suggested to take to the hospital…

Is there anything there that anyone just couldn’t live without. Something that you used more then anything

Or maybe there’s something that’s not listed there that you found really useful.

I’m going in on the 2nd for surgery. I’d like to have my bags packed by this weekend. Any advice is appreciated.
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Unread 02-24-2006, 01:01 PM
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Hello Tricia1328,

Chapstick was very important, when I came out of surgery my lips were very dry. Also, bring you own nightgown and slippers, I didn't really feel comfortable in the hospitals outfit.

I wish for you a very good out come with you surgery and also your recovery.

Unread 02-24-2006, 01:13 PM
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I read that a fanny pack is a must to hang on your bed rail and keep your chapstick, hair brush, throat lozenges etc. Good luck.....Frenchie
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Unread 02-24-2006, 01:45 PM
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Chapstick (for sure, even if you don't usually use it), slippers (cause you will be getting up whether you want to or not), your own pads (hospital has the kind that don't stick to your panties), shampoo and shower gel, and something loose to wear home. Drawstring pants are the best because you can adjust them where you want them on your tummy! If your hospital allows it, Gas-X to get a jumpstart on gas pains. I wish I had done this. That's about it. Good luck! You'll do just great! Emily
Unread 02-24-2006, 02:23 PM
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Definitely the fanny pack with stuff like chapstick, brush-ups (may not be able to get up and brush your teeth), lotion, hair brush, cell phone, etc.... This was the best thing..... hanging on the bed rail I could get to stuff even in the middle of the night....

I also took my own jammies, slippers and robe for when you are wlaking the halls.... Just made me feel better to have my stuff on.... Depending on the type of surgery ( I had TAH/BSO) you may want jammies rather than a nightgown (sometimes gowns get twisted up around you).......

I brought clothes to change into to go home and then that morning thought it was silly to change into clothes, ride 10 minutes home and then change again.... So I wore my jammies, robe and slippers home... Worked great, as I was ready to go to bed when I got home....

I had travel sizes of shower gel and lotions from Bath and Body, shampoo, conditioner, blow dryer, deoderant

Some one recommended peppermint tea (helps with gas) It was great.... The one I got was Celestial Seasoning at the grocery store.....

Good luck........
Unread 02-24-2006, 02:33 PM
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If you are nearsighted, consider taking a small battery-operated alarm clock with a light-up display. I thought of it at the last minute, but I was really glad I didn't have to fumble for my glasses at night to see the clock.

Hope this helps. Remember, less is more when it comes to packing.
Unread 02-24-2006, 03:10 PM
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I used their gowns - BUT I took a nice flannel robe to wear while I made my "rounds". And if you're a "cold foot" like I am socks are a must.

This was important for me: I'm a READER. I CRAVE something to read! I recommend either a paperback with a bunch of SHORT stories or Reader's Digest Magazine. I actually saved up about 5 months worth and read them all while I was there, leaving them for the next person.

And, because I'm something of a wuss I took with me (whispering)

A teddybear my mom gave me.

Good luck! See you on the "flip" side.
Unread 02-24-2006, 03:23 PM
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Thanks Ladies.

I was actually wondering about what to take jammie wise. I'm having a LAVH and was wondering which would be easier a gown or PJ's. I'm so much more comfortable in Pj's but I don't want to have to adjust to pull them down if they need to examine anything. Probably wouldn't be able to if I wanted to. What do you guys think?

And thanks so very much for the suggestions you have made so far. I'm making my list now.
Unread 02-24-2006, 05:17 PM
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I wore my night gown at the hospital it was easier for the nurses and Doc. Bring pj's to ware home.

Unread 02-24-2006, 05:36 PM
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germex wipes for face and hands, the first day couldn't get out of bed, used as "sponge bath" all over, felt fresh {anti bacterial] and didnt have to rinse. also brush ups disposable tooth brush you put over finger.


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