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Old 09-21-2019, 08:52 AM
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I will be in the hospital for 2-3 days after surgery. I've never been in the hospital before. What do I need to pack? What should I not pack?


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Old 09-21-2019, 09:00 AM
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I've liked having Blistex or other lip balm for my lips since food and liquids were off limits. My lips were so dry from dehydration.

If they make you wear a hospital gown, they may allow you to wear a pair of comfy shorts or pajama pants, depending on what type surgery you are having.

If you want certain brand toiletries, bring them. Even if you can't shower, you might be able to freshen up.

Phone charger if you plan to bring your phone.
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Old 09-21-2019, 09:04 AM
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Bring socks as it seems it is always chilly. Maybe a couple of magazines.
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Old 09-21-2019, 09:12 AM
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Computer phone.. reader kindle something like that. Hair bow or tie. Iíd braid my hair or something like that because hair always gets tangled.

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Old 09-21-2019, 09:17 AM
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- socks or slippers
- comfy pyjamas- the kind with a button up top
- chapstick
- hair tie
- dry shampoo
- kindle or book
- phone and charger
- download shows to Netflix on your iPad if you want.

Good luck. After surgery I always feel very sleepy, but the times when Iím awake pass slowly without something to read or watch.


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Old 09-21-2019, 09:20 AM
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I download movies onto my phone. Regular tv often does not entertain me enough. I also download a book to read.
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Old 09-21-2019, 09:21 AM
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- Comfortable pajama pants/shorts to wear with hospital gown

- self care / hygiene products such as toothbrush, toothpaste, hair brush or comb, moisturizer and skin care products, and what you use to wash your face. This is a comfort that I enjoyed the most. You may not be able to shower or wash your hair so depending on your hair length you may want a pony holder or headband.

- your own pillow, hospital pillows are horrible

- Easy to read books or magazines or a computer to watch movies. If you are having anesthesia you may be tired and not able to think as clearly until it wears off, it can take a couple days to feel normal. This is not the time to read Shakespeare, unless you really enjoy Shakespeare.

Wishing you a quick recovery.
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Old 09-21-2019, 09:29 AM
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A travel size will do it. Just for when you feel dry. Plus it is comforting to put on.

Gum and hard candy are nice to have. Snacks for between meals?

Ask for a heated blanket when you get cold. They usually have them and they feel so wonderful.

Laptop? If you feel like you can streams a movie or series. Make Christmas lists. Write letters. Search on Ancestry.com. Visit Proteacher. Take earbuds.

Leave all jewelry at home.
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Old 09-21-2019, 10:34 AM
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DD always has a package of Clorox type wipes-tray, bed rails, chair arms do not always get cleaned...


Crocs I like them better than slippers. Easy to slip into for toilet trips or walking. Can be washed when you return home.


Earphones for tablet/phone

Simple bathrobe to cover your backside...my surgeries always required that I wear the hospital gown

Outfit to come home in...DH had bandaged legs so his loose fitting cargo shorts worked. My neck braces required nothing over my head.

I'm texture sensitive so I always take my soft small throw to have against my face and to cover the yucky hospital blanket.

Get your house ready...clean sheets on the bed. Easy to fix food and liquids.


I like to tuck in some wrapped treats to share with the staff. The
pre-op crew have always been surprised -they don't usually get
things from patients. Even my surgeon laughed told him I always do my best teaching when I have chocolate.

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Old 09-21-2019, 10:38 AM
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Ear plugs. Hospitals can be noisy.

Several pairs of underwear

Comfy clothes to wear home. Easy to put on and not tight

And don't take lots of things or really valuable items that you will worry about


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Old 09-21-2019, 11:03 AM
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Little basket for the table - it held all the little things, or things that rolled and was easy to remove for meal time.

Flashlight/booklight
Crossword/soduko/word search - easy to put down/start again
Pen & paper
Eyeglasses case, if appropriate
Comb/brush, compact mirror
Hard candy/tic tacs
Couple of ziplock bags - always handy
Pashmina...helps with the cold, but it’s not bulkie
Slippers - I hate the slipper socks they give you

Good luck!
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Old 09-21-2019, 01:59 PM
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Bring your own pillow. Most hospital pillows have a plastic cover and are not very comfortable.
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Old 09-21-2019, 02:09 PM
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Everyone said what I was going to chime in about. Just wanted to say good luck & I hope recovery goes well!
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Old 09-21-2019, 02:11 PM
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Thanks everyone for the suggestions and well wishes. You brought up some things I hadn't considered. I knew this was the right place to ask! I'm nervous, but I'm sure I'll be fine.
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Old 09-21-2019, 03:26 PM
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It's never really quiet or really dark at night (or whenever you're sleepy), so bring ear plugs and an eyemask. Best of luck with your hospital stay.
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Old 09-21-2019, 03:39 PM
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The face cleaner wipes. I like the Neutrogena brand. You might not be up to getting out of bed but you can still freshen up.
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Old 09-21-2019, 05:00 PM
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  • comfy easy on/easy off clothes for arrival & departure
  • slippers, although they usually give you gripper socks
  • chapstick (I had to use non petroleum based due to oxygen use.)
  • lotion
  • baby wipes
  • cloth headband or pony tail elastic u
  • eyeglass case
  • phone charger
  • tablet or Kindle (I made sure my iPad was in a durable case. I couldnít hold stuff well due to anesthesia.)
  • Dollars and change for vending.
  • mouthwash & mints (my mouth always felt gross)
  • paper & pencil (always something to jot down)
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Old 09-21-2019, 08:36 PM
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And I was glad to have an extension cord so I could charge my phone while I also kept it near me.
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