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Unread 02-17-2012, 08:56 AM
Packing for the hospital

What all will I need to bring with me?
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Unread 02-17-2012, 09:15 AM
Re: Packing for the hospital

How long are going to be in?

I know they tell you not to take anything of value with you. LIke don't wear your rings or earing, neckleses ect. Take like a comb or brush, toothbrush, glasses, something loose and comfortable to wear home, A book or word search puzzles

Here's the list from the Hyster Sister's site.

"Pack light! You really don't need to bring much to the hospital. Here is a list of items the HysterSisters suggest:

  • Tummy pillow (buy yours at the HysterSisters store)
  • Backscratcher
  • Lip balm
  • Slippers
  • Your own night shirt
  • Oversize cotton panties
  • Pads
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Hair brush
  • Facial cleanser
  • Deodorant
  • Lightweigh cotton robe
  • Lotion
  • Ponytail holder
  • A cell phone
  • Prescriptions (check with staff on restrictions)

    Do not bring any valuables.
  • Do not bring:
  • Money or valuables
  • Jewelry
  • Anything more than a small overnight bag can comfortably hold

Additional Ideas:
  • Take notes
  • Listen when your doctor speaks
  • Have someone with you for discharge instructions
  • Say Thank you
  • Ask for copies of your file
  • Be 'nice' to the hospital staff
  • Be proactive with your care
  • Let staff know your needs
  • Make friends with kitchen staff
  • Write thank you notes to medical staff "
Hope that helps.
Unread 02-17-2012, 09:15 AM
Re: Packing for the hospital

Hi Courtney!

I would leave all valuables at home, first of all.
I didn't bring much, and I still ended up bringing a lot that I didn't need.
What I did use:
- toothbrush (some hospitals have those to give in case you forget)
- toothpaste
- facial wash
- facial moisturizer and body lotion
- backscratcher
- lip balm
- change of clothes for the ride home
- new panties 2 sizes bigger than my regular size
- list of people to be called to tell how surgery went
- slippers/footies
What I didn't use:
--I brought my own nightgown but ended up preferring to use the hospital's so I wouldn't mess mine up.
--books, reading materials, games/crossword puzzles

I don't remember what else, but I would recommend packing light and NO valuables. The hospital makes it clear that they will not be held responsible for your belongings at all.

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Unread 02-17-2012, 09:17 AM
Re: Packing for the hospital

What kind of surgery are you having and how long are you expecting to stay? I was in two days and used my lotion, chapstick, cell phone, shampoo and wore my own PJs...I packed much more and used some things but that list is the stuff I'd consider most important for my stay.

I almost forgot...peppermints!! And instead of taking a toothbrush and toothpaste I took Colgate Wisp, they are disposable and individually wrapped so it was much more convenient and I didn't have to worry about a sanitary place to keep my toothbrush...
Unread 02-17-2012, 09:53 AM
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I used my Chapstick the most! I stayed in hospital gown only in hospital over night I was so out of it I didnt care what I was wearing in bed! Lol
It depends on how long your staying and how you feel after surgery.
Unread 02-17-2012, 10:05 AM
Re: Packing for the hospital

Thanks everyone! I am having a dvH so I should only be in overnight.
Unread 02-17-2012, 10:16 AM
Re: Packing for the hospital

Courtney, I had the Da Vinci so I was in the hospt'l overnight. I used the hospt'l gown.

All I took was a large size change of clothes and undies for discharge since I'd be swelled up, slippers, toothbrush/paste, lip balm, hairbrush, and pads for any spotting. I wish I had taken honey candy or any hard candy for dry painful throat after anesthesia, wet wipes unscented for bathroom visits, and body lotion.

If all goes well you shouldn't be there long. Good Luck!

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