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Unread 05-14-2002, 09:44 AM
what to take to the hospital

I was in the hospital for 2 days and could not wait to get out. If you plan a longer stay
you will need more.

lip gloss, stuff for shower, toothbrush/paste, hair brush, slippers and robe. Wore the same loose clothes home that I came in with. Do not wear any jewelry or bring
valuables. I like the earplug idea.

My husband was my only visitor (per my request). It was nice having people call and
check in. I did not remember talking to some the first day. I gave my husband a
few names and numbers of people to call to let them know I was OK.

Keep reading this site and you will get a nice list. Never hurts to over pack you can
just take it home.
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Unread 05-14-2002, 12:20 PM
what to take to the hospital

I had my surgery on May 1. I never even opened my bag! I was back to my room at 2:00 slept till 7:00 had visitors for 45 min went back to sleep till next day. I was released the evening after my surgery. After showering I thought about putting on my own night gown, but the hosp gown was easier to get out of the way for using the potty
Unread 05-14-2002, 04:02 PM
hard candy/cough drops

This isn't necessarily to cheer you up, but...

My throat was very sore from the tube during surgery, and the first night I asked my nurse if I could have a piece of candy or a cough drop and she said it was fine.

Jolly Rancher Watermelon never tasted so good! That cheered me up!

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Unread 05-14-2002, 10:16 PM
what to take to the hospital

The best things I took were Chapstick (a must), my own pillow and a special tummy pillow (I wanted a HS pillow but wasn't in the budget), and best of all was slip on tennis shoes to wear to and from the castle. The last thing I wanted to do post op was to bend down and tie my shoes. The slip ons made it easy not only coming home but for those walks that you have to take post op. My first few days home were beautiful so I could walk outside.

Good Luck!
Unread 05-15-2002, 06:59 AM
what to pack

Hey Sisters!

Thank you for all the wonderful advice--these tips will make my hospital stay much more comfortable--the slip-on shoes make a lot of sense-I've been worrying about the bending over part--to tie shoelaces and all; I 've been searching for a soft tummy pillow, but haven't found one--K-Mart sold out all those soft Martha Stewart ones I liked.

Did you wear the slip-on shoes instead of slippers at the hospital?

Unread 05-15-2002, 07:56 AM
Hi Suz

I made my own tummy pillow out of a lady's pink, soft woollen tube top I bought at Walmart and some pillow batting. I just sewed up one side of the tube, stuffed it, then sewed up the other side. I also added little pink bows on the corners to give it some decoration. The entire cost was only $2.50. (It also gave me something to do to distract my thoughts for awhile.)

I bought a pair of slip-on house slippers for my surgery next week. I'll wear my slip on shoes there and back, and the slippers while I'm there.

Best wishes and lots of s,

Unread 05-15-2002, 11:20 AM
what to take to the hospital

I used slippers in the hospital. As far as a pillow, I just had a small (6"x12") decorative pillow that I used, but I did find that an old bed pillow worked best for me. It was flat and was big enough I could hold it on the side rather than applying the pressure to hold it directly on my tummy.

This is a great site and I recommend reading all of the drop down boxes on the home page. They are filled with great ideas. I especially liked the one about what I did right.

Good luck!

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