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Unread 05-13-2002, 11:22 AM
what to take to the hospital

This site is a godsend! I kept trying to talk with gals at work--some will share and others are reluctant, but here I feel like no one holds back!

I was just wondering if anyone had some suggestions on what to take to the hospital to cheer me up; I am scared to be there by myself--I'll only have one visitor because my family is back East--I'm in Idaho. Should I worry about this, or will I want visitors anyway?

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Unread 05-13-2002, 11:37 AM
What to pack

Hi Suzi,
I had my surgery 3 weeks ago and my DH laughed when he picked up my suitcase On the pull down menu on the homepage of this site there is a suggestion list of what to take to the castle. I took all of those things and more and quess what.........I NEVER opened the suitcase. The only thing I used that I brought was some blistex for my lips, and my toothpaste and toothbrush.
I really could not enjoy any of my visitors that much except my DH because he was there to help, not socialize. I did not talk on the phone at all. I guess it depends on the extent of your surgery though.
Keep in touch with your sisters here and good luck!

Unread 05-13-2002, 11:51 AM

Hi Shay!

Thank you for your honesty about what you took and what you actually ended up needing/using.

It seems like I always overpack and then feel bogged down and overwhelmed by all that stuff!

I'm afraid with the endo adhesions and possible fibroids Brenda will have to remove, plus my TAH & bladder repair it will probably be pretty extensive, so I may not be all that lonely or eager for visitors.

Thank you for the thoughts and encouragement! I feel so connected!


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Unread 05-13-2002, 11:52 AM
what to take to the hospital

Wether you want visitors or not is going to depend on you. Personally, my mom and my roomate were the only ones who visited and I was fine with that. I was so tired and sore I didn't want to deal with anyone. When I got home is when I started to feel the isolation and wanted more people around.

A few things I took that helped:

Baby powder- the first couple of days I had the sweats and my mom suggested it around my neck etc to help with the sticky feeling when I wasn't up to taking a full shower.

Teddy bear- this sounds silly, but having a cute teddy to snuggle and look at helped cheer me.

Slippers- the nurses kept telling me to wear them when I was in the halls, which was a lot when I started walking.

Address book- We set up a calling chain before my surgery. There were a lot of questions going in, and we didn't know how it would go, so to let everyone know without having to call everyone we set up the chain in advance. I.E. Mom called the priest, he called Rita, Rita called Judy, etc.

I took a book, but did not read a single page in the four days I was there, I was so tired.

Hope this helps!
Unread 05-13-2002, 12:12 PM
what to take to the hospital

I enjoyed having a roommate, and visitors, but I'd fall asleep in the middle of conversations. I didn't feel lonely during the times I was left alone - just slept and watched TV.

A suggestion (I think I meant to do this, but ran out of time) - bring photos and put them where you and others can see them. They'll remind you of friends and "the outside world", and could be good conversation starters. I defy anyone to look at the picture of our little donkey peeking cautiously out from behind my husband, out on the lawn, to not strike up a conversation about it. ("Oh, you have a donkey?" "Is that your husband?") Maybe you have a picture of your bird? Or of you fishing on vacation. Something like that. If you're computer-savvy, scan them, and print a sheet of them to take with you - then if you lose them while you're there it's no big deal.

Also bring fun, cheerful, modest, roomy P.J.s, so that you won't be inhibited from wandering the halls, once you feel up to it. You can often hang out in a sun room or other "destination" and chat with other patients, staff, or visitors. The nurses were very nice on my floor, and were happy to say hello when I was doing laps around their station.

And I'll second Melissa's suggestion to bring at least a list of phone numbers you might need. I was so foggy and sleepy that it would have been really hard to remember even my own phone number.
Unread 05-13-2002, 12:26 PM
what to take to the hospital

Hi~~ I just happened to come across my list this morning.

Hard candy - for sore throat after surgery.
Stuffed pig - to use as a tummy pillow.
Water bottle - didn't use it at all. the hospital wanted to use theirs since they were measuring my intake.
Radio w/headphones
Baby Wipes
Body wash
My own pillow

On the day of my surgery I was pretty well out of it. I recall that my DD was there for a while, but she visited with my DH.
The next day was much better. I was very sociable, I read quite a bit and I had no naps at all. I took a shower and it was wonderful. The next day was even better...I got to come home.
Everyone is different and we all recover at a different pace. I hope this helps you...

Unread 05-13-2002, 12:34 PM
I packed a small duffle bag

I brought a package ear plugs and used them when the room was to noisy to sleep. You find these in any sporting good store near the guns or a drug store. A Body pillow and a pair of slippers, the kind you can just slip on so you don't have to bend down worked great. I wore pajamas (pants and shirt) home because my hubby took the clothes I wore on surgery day home. The P.J.'s were kind of nice because the pants had a drawstring I could loosen. I also brought a baby pillow to put between me and the seatbelt for the car ride home. You can actually just leave a pillow in the car so there's nothing to forget or remember. Although I brough my own, the hospital provided tooth paste, pads, soap, and lip balm. You may want to bring a comb or brush. Two hospital gowns with one worn over the first one backwards provided cover-up so I didn't have to worry about flashing everyone. I left my jewlrey at home because I didn't want it taken usually the rooms have a big clock on the wall and I brought baby wipes to help with keeping the seat clean (shared room).
Unread 05-13-2002, 01:02 PM
what to take to the hospital

The chap stick is a must. I think the oxygen dries out your lips a bit. Then take a few toiletries like toothbrush, hairbrush etc. The hospital should supply you with some basics too like the baby wipes and soap. But they are all different.
Most of us never opened our book etc.
Take a Calling Card! I didn't have one with me and could not call anyone without it, even local calls!
I like Horsewoman's idea of bringing a few foto's of those you love to help you feel less lonely.
I took tootsie pops for the staff too. And my HS Tummy pillow which I found many uses for.
Unread 05-13-2002, 01:28 PM
what to take to the hospital

The chapstick is a must!!

Gals are divided on what to wear in the castle. I brought those big PJ bottoms and slipped those on under my lovely hospital gown the first day. The second day I wore my hystersister night shirt.

I don't think I even used anything else - but a calling card would have been great!!

Unread 05-14-2002, 08:06 AM
chap stick

Hi Horsewoman,

Thanks for advice! :-) I never go anywhere without my chapstick, too!

The big PJ bottoms sound good; I hope it is in my budget to get a hystersister nightshirt--those look soo cute!


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