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Surgery Tomorrow, Gulp!! Surgery Tomorrow, Gulp!!

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Unread 06-18-2009, 06:08 PM
Surgery Tomorrow, Gulp!!

I've been fine all day, but now I'm starting to get nervous. What do I need to pack? Anything other than essentuals?
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Unread 06-18-2009, 06:11 PM
Re: Surgery Tomorrow, Gulp!!

Tea bags, like decaffinated mint tea or green tea. Nothing feels better on sore throat then warm tea. Lots of good luck and positive healing thoughts coming your way. Keep us updated. Hugs, a
Unread 06-18-2009, 06:15 PM
Re: Surgery Tomorrow, Gulp!!

I just need to hold it together, can't show my kids I'm scared. Don't want to scare them. They are too young to understand. I need to put them to bed early tonight before I lose it.
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Unread 06-18-2009, 06:17 PM
Re: Surgery Tomorrow, Gulp!!

I don't think it will sink in until i am at the hospital. I finally got approved today so i think it will take me awhile. How long are you staying?
If just over night not much is needed.
Comfortable clothes to come home in. Essentials like you said. Meds if you have anything you take. Lip balm, Gas-x, cell phone or prepaid cards for the phone.

Its been said you are usually out of it and are not up to reading or anything. A robe if you will be walking the halls.
I'm sure someone who has been there can help more. I know there are threads with info. If ya wanna search.

Ok cough drops, as you will be dry and a sore throat if you have the tube in your throat.
Unread 06-18-2009, 06:43 PM
Re: Surgery Tomorrow, Gulp!!

Good luck with your surgery tomorrow and I pray you have a very smooth recovery. I'm not sure if this will help but at this time tomorrow, it will be over and you'll be on the road to healing. I wish I could say the same
Unread 06-18-2009, 07:05 PM
Re: Surgery Tomorrow, Gulp!!

I didn't pack much stuff when I went in. Just clothes to come home in. Since I had a gown on didn't bring a housecoat and I was hot after the surgery. Just brought clothes and a bag of pads (but didn't need them since I didn't have any bleeding after surgery).
Unread 06-18-2009, 07:16 PM
Re: Surgery Tomorrow, Gulp!!

I way overpacked too.....
My suggestions:

hard candy
bendy hospital was obviously rationing them lol
oh.....and the one thing I found I couldn't live without (and still can't after 9 days post-op)......... a bra with a FRONT CLOSURE. I can't go without a bra (in public anyhow) but have found that when it gets uncomfortable from gas, swelly-belly, etc.....just reach up and unhook that sucker. INSTANT relief! (and you can easily reclose it if needed.
Unread 06-18-2009, 07:22 PM
Re: Surgery Tomorrow, Gulp!!

Sending lots of good thoughts to you for a successful surgery and a calm heart and mind.

Unread 06-18-2009, 07:39 PM
Re: Surgery Tomorrow, Gulp!!

Hi fep

I packed more than I needed. The only things I needed were chapstick, iPod, and clean underwear for the ride home. My slippers and robe came in handy a couple times, but I could have made do with what the hospital had available if needed.

Unread 06-18-2009, 08:13 PM
Re: Surgery Tomorrow, Gulp!!

Originally Posted by fep View Post
I've been fine all day, but now I'm starting to get nervous. What do I need to pack? Anything other than essentuals?
Well, I needed a lot less than what I packed.

Here's the stuff I packed that I actually used or would have used:
  • MP3 player & extra battery
  • toothbrush/toothpaste, deodorant (note below)
  • magazine (just read briefly on departure day)
  • notebook & pen: wrote down times of meds, nurses' names (for thank-you cards), general notes
  • prepaid phone card (didn't want to bring cell)
  • lip gloss
  • scrunchie for my hair
  • a few maxi-pads. I'm sure the hospital had them but might as well use my own (and I did bleed a bit, and they came in handy, especially once I was up and walking)
I brought own toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, but the nurse gave me a bag of goodies with all of those, plus baby powder, body gel. I would still bring my own next time.
I didn't use my robe, nightgown or slippers. It was warm enough and actually the hospital gown worked well given that I had the catheter in until just an hour or so before I left. I had slippers but the nurse gave me some hospital-issue ones that she felt would be safer.

What might I bring next time?
  • decaf herbal mint tea bags - soothing for gas & sore throat
  • a gallon or two of good drinking water. I usually drink room-temp filtered water at home and I didn't really care for the cold water at the can be hard on my teeth, my head, and even my tummy.
  • tie-wrap or velcro strap to attach the call box to a convenient spot on my bed. I would occasionally get the remote into an awkward position where I couldn't easily get to it until my drugs wore off a bit. Would have been great to have it one place that I could always find it
  • possibly a few notes?
    • "please close door when you leave"
    • "please note time of pain meds on the white board"
    • "please pour my drinking water into the pitcher"
    plus some tape?
  • a fanny pack (that I've seen suggested by other sisters) to keep your at-hand essentials, and strap it to the rail of your bed.

I'm sure neither list is complete but it's all I can think of right now.

You're almost there, Sister! The rest of us are just waiting here on the other side! Sweet dreams & best wishes for an easy recovery!


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