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Unread 08-27-2001, 12:37 PM
What to bring

Has anyone put together a list of items to pack for the trip to the castle? Or any hints about what to buy or set up to prepare for recovery? Since I'll be spending a lot of the time by myself even though I have friends coming in periodically (no pun intended), I'm looking for any ideas you may have to make by life easier, especially since I may be coming home with the blessed catheter.
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Unread 08-27-2001, 12:49 PM
What to bring

Hi Juliana!

On the home page, there is a drop-down box which lists some items that are helpful to bring to the hospital.

I probably brought too much, most of which I never used. The things I AM glad I had:

candy for the nurses

That's about all I used! Many women also have mentioned they brought books (I was too sick to read), pajamas (I found the hospital gown comfortable enough, but many like being in their own clothes), underwear, pads (I did bring some, but didn't have any bleeding, so didn't them!), shampoo, and other items listed on the home page.

Once you're at home, you'll need to have some comfortable clothes to wear. I found men's pajamas very comfortable, because the large, drawstring waists came up well above my incision, and the button-up tops didn't have to go over my head (hard to get my arms up). You will probably want to have large, "granny-panties" in a size or two large than you normally wear (you will be swollen and sore!).

Have plenty of no-preparation foods on hand, like fruit, soup, cereal, snack bars, etc. I had absolutely no appetite for a couple of weeks, and my frantic husband finally convinced me to drink some Ensure, which went down ok. You may want to have some of that in the fridge for times you just don’t feel like eating, but need nourishment.

Also, buy PLENTY of juice! You will need to drink LOTS of liquids when you get home to help with the gas. I got bored with the same type of juice, so my husband bought lots of different types, and put them in small containers for me (I found it difficult to lift and pour large containers for awhile). Don't drink anything carbonated, and don't use a straw (makes the gas worse).

I also found a shower chair very helpful. Standing up long enough to shower wore me out! You could also use any plastic chair that will fit in your shower.

VERY IMPORTANT: have anything you might need at waist-level. This includes toilet paper, pads, clothing, cups, food, plates, etc. Believe me, you will NOT want to bend or reach for anything! The house may look cluttered for awhile with everything sitting out on counter tops, but it's worth it!

If you're going to be alone a lot, I would recommend having someone check on you periodically (give them a key). Also, keep the phone where you can reach it at ALL times! It sounds ridiculous, but several of us (me included!) have gotten ourselves "stuck" and needed help! I made the mistake of laying flat on the couch, and I could NOT get up (I was only 3 days post). I needed to go to the bathroom, and had to yell until my hubby heard me (he was in the back yard) and could help me. Try to have someone there the first couple of times you take a shower, so they can hear you if you need to yell for help. If this isn't possible, call a friend just before you take a shower, and tell them you will call them back in 20 minutes or so, when you are done. Tell them, if they don't hear from you, they need to come to your house to see if you're ok! I'm sure you'll be fine, and many of these precautions are "just in case". It's better to prepare for worst-case-scenario, and hopefully, you won't need any help!

Hope this helps!
Unread 08-27-2001, 12:49 PM
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