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Unread 11-28-2011, 10:58 PM
Packing for the Castle - a "complete" list

I'm scheduled for this Thursday, 12/1 and have benefited enormously from the collective wisdom of HysterSisters. I wanted to contribute by posting my packing list, which is a compilation of several posts that I've reviewed.

Of course, I'd like to know what I'm missing!

Chapstick, Moisturizer & Lozenges (debating saline nose spray and eye drops)
Toothbrush, Toothpaste & Floss
Ear plugs & Eye Mask
Deodorant
Meds & Vitamins
Gas X (I'm considering also bringing stool softener)
2 sizes of pads (some hospitals don't have adhesive pads!?)
Robe & slippers
Pillow (I'm picky)
Eyeglass case
Loose underwear for ride home
List of meds I'm on
Cell & charger
iPad (plan to have my partner hold onto this)
Pen & Paper (to write down meds & nurse's names)
Healthcare Proxy - I don't have one, but I'll get some info off the web so I can fill out a form at the hospital with more ease
Treats for staff (was told to give these as I leave - true?)
Magazine or book (expect not to open it)

I’m wearing sweats and a loose shirt there and plan to go home in them. Pre-laced sneakers are fairly easy to slip into.

Best wishes to everyone still waiting and speedy recoveries for those that are not.

See you on the post-op board,
Robbie
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Unread 11-28-2011, 11:08 PM
Re: Packing for the Castle - a "complete" list

Hi, I am also having surgery on 12/1 and was just wondering today what I needed to bring. I plan on wearing comfy clothes the day of surgery and wearing them home too. Great idea about the throat lozengers, I heard your throat can be really sore after surgery. Also don't forget a list of all your phone numbers that you will need. I also plan on using their gowns too, no sense getting mine dirty or stained.
If I think of any, I will pass them on to you. Good luck with your surgery, I hope all goes well. See you on the other side.
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Unread 11-29-2011, 09:49 AM
Re: Packing for the Castle - a "complete" list

I plan on bringing as little as possible and going home as soon as possible. With respect to lozenges and gasex I am wondering why the hospital doesn't provide stuff like that?
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Unread 11-29-2011, 10:24 AM
Re: Packing for the Castle - a "complete" list

  Quote:
Originally Posted by BOS View Post
I'm scheduled for this Thursday, 12/1 and have benefited enormously from the collective wisdom of HysterSisters. I wanted to contribute by posting my packing list, which is a compilation of several posts that I've reviewed.

Of course, I'd like to know what I'm missing!

Chapstick, Moisturizer & Lozenges (debating saline nose spray and eye drops)
Toothbrush, Toothpaste & Floss
Ear plugs & Eye Mask
Deodorant
Meds & Vitamins
Gas X (I'm considering also bringing stool softener)
2 sizes of pads (some hospitals don't have adhesive pads!?)
Robe & slippers
Pillow (I'm picky)
Eyeglass case
Loose underwear for ride home
List of meds I'm on
Cell & charger
iPad (plan to have my partner hold onto this)
Pen & Paper (to write down meds & nurse's names)
Healthcare Proxy - I don't have one, but I'll get some info off the web so I can fill out a form at the hospital with more ease
Treats for staff (was told to give these as I leave - true?)
Magazine or book (expect not to open it)

I’m wearing sweats and a loose shirt there and plan to go home in them. Pre-laced sneakers are fairly easy to slip into.

Best wishes to everyone still waiting and speedy recoveries for those that are not.

See you on the post-op board,
Robbie

I got granny panties from the hospital so didn't use mine.

Never opened my magazine!

My phone and iPad were useful.

Didn't use GasX. Tried it previously after another syrgery and found it useless, but may work for you.

Loose fitting clothing to return home in is a MUST and use your pillow to brace the swelly belly.

Best of luck on the bug day.
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Unread 11-29-2011, 06:41 PM
Re: Packing for the Castle - a "complete" list

One thing I wish I'd brought: my neti pot. I was SO dry after the surgery - not just my mouth but my sinuses hurt. I really wish I could have irrigated them as soon as possible. A kindly nurse bought me a couple of syringes with cold saline which helped a little tiny bit, but I had to wait to get home for some real sinus relief.

One thing I did bring and was glad about was a little roll of masking tape and a sharpie pen. I wanted to make sure the anesthesiologist was really careful about the intubation since I sing and didn't want anything to hurt my vocal chords. I talked to him beforehand and he was sympathetic and accommodating, but I was afraid he might forget at the end of three plus hours of surgery when it was time to remove it. So I wrote "Caution! Singer!" in red sharpie on the tape and stuck it right across my forehead. They all laughed, but it was still there when I woke up and I did not have a sore throat.

Eva
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Unread 11-29-2011, 07:55 PM
Re: Packing for the Castle - a "complete" list

Great list!!

I like the prelaced sneakers!
I'm going to bring my Ugg Boots. Easy to get into - and it will be like a blanket on my feet
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Unread 11-29-2011, 07:58 PM
Re: Packing for the Castle - a "complete" list

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Originally Posted by evamoon View Post
One thing I wish I'd brought: my neti pot. I was SO dry after the surgery - not just my mouth but my sinuses hurt. I really wish I could have irrigated them as soon as possible. A kindly nurse bought me a couple of syringes with cold saline which helped a little tiny bit, but I had to wait to get home for some real sinus relief.

One thing I did bring and was glad about was a little roll of masking tape and a sharpie pen. I wanted to make sure the anesthesiologist was really careful about the intubation since I sing and didn't want anything to hurt my vocal chords. I talked to him beforehand and he was sympathetic and accommodating, but I was afraid he might forget at the end of three plus hours of surgery when it was time to remove it. So I wrote "Caution! Singer!" in red sharpie on the tape and stuck it right across my forehead. They all laughed, but it was still there when I woke up and I did not have a sore throat.

Eva

That was a great ideas about the tape!

My throat and mouth were dry for the first week.

I took deodorant, basic makeup for when I was leaving though it did not seem to improve my appearance!

And an electric traveling tea kettle. They never seem to have really hot water for tea, and I tend to like my tea the way the Brits drink it, with milk.
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Unread 11-29-2011, 09:34 PM
Re: Packing for the Castle - a "complete" list

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Originally Posted by Elyce777 View Post
Great list!!

I like the prelaced sneakers!
I'm going to bring my Ugg Boots. Easy to get into - and it will be like a blanket on my feet
Love the boots. I will be wearing mine!! They keep my feet nice and toasty!!
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Unread 12-02-2011, 09:45 PM
Re: Packing for the Castle - a "complete" list

One more item I wished I had packed. A water bottle. I drank a ton of water in the hospital and wished I had some for the ride home.

I didn't end up using my robe, but used most everything else. I had a small back pack that I kept on my bed so I had easy access to what I needed. It was also a safe place to tuck my iPad and cellphone when I was sleeping.
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Unread 12-02-2011, 11:30 PM
Re: Packing for the Castle - a "complete" list

Bos, excellent idea on the backpack!

The hospital gave me a robe! Plus some granny panties which were so soft I loved wearing them.
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