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What one thing do you wish......... What one thing do you wish.........

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Unread 01-15-2002, 04:58 AM
What one thing do you wish.........

you had either taken to the hospital or had when you got home?? I am trying to get together a list of things that I want/need to purchase for my surgery and I thought it might be interesting to hear what others found to be the best thing ever, or the thing they wished they would have thought of. I've checked the pull down menu under ladies in waiting so I have some good ideas but I just thought you all might have some good ones as well. TIA!
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Unread 01-15-2002, 05:46 AM
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Hi there!
I found that I needed very little at the hospital. Just my toiletries, robe, nightgown, and slippers. At home, I had to send my husband out to buy a heating pad as I had terrible back pain for about a week. I also found that ginger ale was the only thing I wanted to drink and didn't have any in the house. Hope this helps. Good luck! I'm 2 1/2 weeks post-op and feeling very well........Hope it goes well for you too!
Unread 01-15-2002, 06:06 AM
What one thing do you wish.........

Bring your OWN pillow to the hospital.....
Buy several pairs of nice new comfy jammies for at home

Becky in OHIO
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Unread 01-15-2002, 06:08 AM
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Hi Linda

I had my TAH is Sept., so the weather was still pretty decent. I found that I was totally unprepared for the swelly belly and clothing. I was o.k. in the house with my nightgown and robe, but when I wanted to go outside and walk up and down the driveway or down the block, I had nothing to wear !! I knew my DH's sweatpants would be good, but they were still packed away with the winter clothes. I sure wasn't up to getting them out, and it's much easier to have him stay out of my organization of out of season clothes.

So, just have a couple of things oversized to wear to get outside or to put on if you get tired of jammies.

Best of luck to you
Unread 01-15-2002, 06:18 AM
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Like many of the ladies, I didn't use too many of my "own" items in the hospital. I was only in for one night and found that wearing their "gown" was just fine for the time I spent in the hospital.

Two items I used alot of were my lip balm and some great smelling Bath & Body Works lotion, Sweet Pea, just the smell alone lifted my spirts!

I felt pretty well prepared in my home, I used this site as my guideline of what I would be needing and just added some personal favorites.

I also found that stocking my freezer with make ahead meals and my pantry and refrigerator helped my family with deciding what to make for dinner.

Wishing you an uneventful surgery and a speedy recovery.
Unread 01-15-2002, 08:55 AM
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I really just needed chapstick and a robe at the hospital... they had everything else I needed.

But at home... I wish I would have had..... prune juice, gas-x pills, a heating pad.

The things I did before that helped me at home were... I bought 5 new pillows.. all different shapes, firmness and sizes so I was able to find a way to get comfy.... put a small stool in the bathroom... used it to keep items off the floor... a few pads, a book and mag (spent a lot of time in there). I also bought 24 new white washcloths. I used them to clean my incision severla times a day and then blow dry... I just tossed them in the laundry to be bleached and re-used

Ask your doc about a stool softner and have that at home ready to go also.. lotsof us get constipated post-op.... it goes away.. but nice to be prepared!


Unread 01-15-2002, 10:24 AM
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Hi, Ldjon 5,

The one "thing" I wish I'd brought is someone to spend that first night with me in the hospital. The nursing staff weren't always available to help me with every little thing I needed, and I really wish I'd had my DH, or someone else who loves me, there to help out. I wouldn't have needed help after the first night.

I brought more "stuff" than I needed. Lip balm, my own undies and pads, my favorite pillow, and a robe and slippers would have been enough for me. I preferred to get the hospital's robes messy, instead of my own sleep clothing. Do bring slippers, because, as an RN, I can assure you that hospital floors are DIRTY, and sometimes hold little surprises like needles which have accidentally been droppped.

I hope your surgery goes well.

Best wishes,
Unread 01-15-2002, 10:43 AM
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Besides big granny panties (6 or 7) and loose clothing if you are having a TAH (those with vag hysts may not have as much swelly belly), I was really glad I bought a light-weight plastic patio chair to use in the shower. Showers feel so good, but they are tiring and you may get light-headed and need to sit down. I used my shower chair for 5 weeks. The other ladies are right in not needing to bring too much to the hospital--you'll mostly sleep and watch a little tv. Hugs and best wishes to all the LIWs!
Unread 01-15-2002, 01:02 PM

I wish I had taken my own Gas-x to the hospital because the nurse wouldn't give me any unless she called the doctor. I had horrible gas, but she just gave me a warm blanket which did nothing for the earthquake gas I had!
Unread 01-15-2002, 01:17 PM
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The only thing I really wished I had brought was a personal CD player. I missed listening to music for 5 days. :sing: The TV was no substitute IMHO. My DH did bring my digital alarm clock to me on the second day. My room didn't have a clock in it. Don't know if this is usual or not. :time2:

The other suggestions sounded good. I packed simply and it seemed to work for me.


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