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Unread 08-07-2006, 11:21 AM
What am I supposed....

What am I supposed to bring to the hospital for my 2 1/2 day stay?

I have my chap stick, lotion and squishy pillow. What else is good to bring? I'm hoping that the time will pass by (maybe sleep through it all).
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Unread 08-07-2006, 11:39 AM
What am I supposed....

I also took a crossword puzzle book and my robe loose fitting clothes for the trip home and my own tooth brush not much for castle toothbrushes. My brush and comb and slippers. I got out the next day so I didn't need some of the stuff but it was nice to have just in case I needed it. If you get cold easy,maybe a small fleece blanket for your legs. Thats all I can think of hope this helps
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Unread 08-07-2006, 11:39 AM
What am I supposed....

Click on the checkpoints link on this website for some great ideas. Here's what that link showed for packing:

slippers
- your own night shirt/sleepwear
- oversize cotton panties
- pads
- toothbrush and toothpaste
- shampoo and conditioner
- comb/brush
- facial cleanser
- deodorant/antiperspirant
- lightweight cotton robe
- lotion
- backscratcher
- lip balm
- Phone Calling Card or your cell phone (check hospital policy)
- Tummy Pillow!!
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Unread 08-07-2006, 11:49 AM
What am I supposed....

Hey Sheila...
If you haven't already found it, under the Pre-Op section is a list you can print out entitled "What to bring to the Hospital". I found it very helpful.
I'm working on getting my things together as my trip to the castle is this Friday, 8/11 for a TAH-BSO.
One thing I added since I've already been the hospital route and know how hard it is for me to relax and sleep, is an inexpensive CD player with earplugs. This way I can listen to my favorite CD's which I know will help me relax and pass the time as well!

Many prayers for you and hope you have a speedy recovery...
Take Care,
Kim
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Unread 08-07-2006, 11:53 AM
What am I supposed....

I suggest some throat lozenges. Sometimes your throat can get a bit scratchy from the intibation tube. Ear plugs were a blessing to me. A hospital is NEVER a quiet place. I wish I had brought one of those silly sleep masks. The lights also never go off in a hospital and I found that to be bothersome. Other than that.. I think everyone else has given you excellent advice.
Best wishes...

Bonnie
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Unread 08-07-2006, 12:03 PM
What am I supposed....

Sugar free hard candies were great to have on hand.
Hope you have a speedy recovery!
Deb
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Unread 08-07-2006, 01:49 PM
What am I supposed....

My only advice is this: less is definitely more.

About all I could handle for the first couple of days was pushing my pain pump button and running the remote control on the TV. I couldn't have cared less about what I was wearing, or what I looked or smelled like, or what I had to do.

By the time I cared about any of these things, I wanted to be home.

That having been said, about all I used was a small notebook and pen (to jot down questions and start my castle story before I forgot details), toothbrush and toothpaste, lotion, my comb, and a small light-up alarm clock (which was a lifesaver because I'm too nearsighted to see any wall clock). And the third day, I finally read the People magazine I brought to read.

I couldn't wear my slippers (hospital rules -- had to wear theirs), I let them do the laundry (good thing because I had all sorts of nasty stains from who-knows-where all over the hospital gowns and bedclothes), and I was far too tired to even choose a CD for the CD player I brought.

That's just me, though -- other (((sisters))) use lots of stuff in the . Remember, though -- your family members can always bring you things as you need them. to you.
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Unread 08-07-2006, 02:59 PM
What am I supposed....

I think it depends a lot on what kind of procedure you're supposed to have and how long you expect to be there. I had a total laparoscopic hysterectomy planned but knew there was a small chance I would have a TAH and cancer staging. I tried to plan for both.

The things I found most helpful were my CD player and CDs, my nightgown, my fleece throw, my penlight and a pacifier holder. I had brought some guided imagery CDs in addition to my music and found them very helpful both pre-op and post-op. I had had a lot of shivering after my previous laparoscopy and was concerned about that. The fleece helped keep me warm and decreased the shivering. I was able to walk the night of surgery. The nurse helped me into a robe but it obviously was going to be a problem to do that each time I wanted to get up. While I was up, I had him help me into the gown I'd brought. That made it a lot easier. For some reason, there was no light in my room that I could reach from my bed. I had brought a penlight. I also had a pacifier keeper that a sister had recommended to keep the PCA control handy. The nurse had found a good spot on the bedrail for the PCA. I used the pacifier keeper to keep the penlight where I could find it easily. That was very reassuring the night of surgery. If I'd stayed longer, I would have had my family bring in a book light.

Frances
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