Things to bring to the hospital

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flchurchlady
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   Posted 6/24/2009 4:13 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm having surgery next week and will be in the hospital for about 4 or 5 days. I'm starting to think about things to bring with me. 
 
Here's what I have so far: slippers, robe, eye shades, pillow, magazines, cell phone, laptop, hard candies, chewable Gas-X, toothbrush, hairbrush, toiletries, and ostomy supplies.
 
I also signed up for Netflix yesterday, so I can watch movies instantly on my laptop. :)
 
Is there anything I'm forgetting?

Cecilia
Dx'd Crohn's in '99 at 28. Proctocolectomy and ileostomy in '06.
Disease-free, medicine-free, and very thankful to be healthy again.


finallyfree
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   Posted 6/24/2009 4:52 AM (GMT -6)   

Cecilia,

Do you have an ipod?  I always take mine with me and listen to it at night, it helps to keep out all the "hospital" sounds.  Most of the time I never here when a nurse or dr approaches - can be a little embarrassing as I usually jump when they touch me :-) . Other than that your list looks great!

I'll be praying for a smooth surgery and a pain free, quick recovery.

Blessings and peace,

Judy


 
 
Judy
 
spleen/appendix/gall bladder  removed/endometriosis/complete hysterectomy at 29/sinus surgery/numerous allergies & asthma/chronic kidney stones/ pancreatitis 3x's/2 knee surgeries-now need replacement/shoulder surgery w/ pins-which also froze following surgery/severe adhesions & scar tissue-stomach to chest-liver to ribs-colon to pelvis/severe IBS w/ constipation/subtotal colectomy 7/08-
 
Am now down from 17 meds a day to 8 and VERY healthy:)
 
There's always hope and things will get better :)


flchurchlady
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   Posted 6/24/2009 5:25 AM (GMT -6)   
Good thinking, Judy! I'll bring it, too. Thanks so much for your prayers. They mean the world to me. :)
Cecilia
Dx'd Crohn's in '99 at 28. Proctocolectomy and ileostomy in '06.
Disease-free, medicine-free, and very thankful to be healthy again.


peggy113
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   Posted 6/24/2009 6:49 AM (GMT -6)   
Gosh - it's time for surgery already!  Time has flown by, but I bet you aren't thinking that, right?  I think your list looks fine... don't forget the charger for the cell phone?  So, Cece, since you are taking your laptop, does that mean that the food fling continues?!!!
 
 
Peggy
      
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ucfree
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   Posted 6/24/2009 9:37 AM (GMT -6)   
Cecilia!!!!
Is it that time already? :-)

In my prayers and thoughts, all will be well. Keep us posted and fight the fight!!
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justjenjen
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   Posted 6/24/2009 11:23 AM (GMT -6)   
Good luck!!!

flchurchlady
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   Posted 6/24/2009 12:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks everyone!
 
And yes, Peggy, that means the Facebook Food Fight continues. (I just flung some lasagna at you! hehehe)
Cecilia
Dx'd Crohn's in '99 at 28. Proctocolectomy and ileostomy in '06.
Disease-free, medicine-free, and very thankful to be healthy again.


dilatante
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   Posted 6/24/2009 2:38 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't know what kind of remote control they have there for the TV, but if you have the ones that are on the call light, buy a universal remote. I'm having a sleep study tonight, and am taking my universal remote with me. Also, some comfortable house shoes, or slippers, with a non skid sole.

flchurchlady
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   Posted 6/24/2009 4:40 PM (GMT -6)   
That's a great idea! I have a universal remote that's still in the box and could have my husband program it for me. Thanks!
Cecilia
Dx'd Crohn's in '99 at 28. Proctocolectomy and ileostomy in '06.
Disease-free, medicine-free, and very thankful to be healthy again.


Trigirl
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   Posted 6/25/2009 12:06 AM (GMT -6)   
Hope all goes well and I will remember you in my prayers 'till further notice!!

flchurchlady
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   Posted 6/25/2009 1:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, Trigirl! I hope your appoinment with the surgeon went well today.
 
Oh, I thought of one more important thing to bring to the hospital... underwear! I always forget to bring some and end up asking my husband to bring them to me. Instead of just getting some out of my dresser drawer, he always goes out and buys a couple of packs for me.
 
The problem is, he always buys enormous, granny underwear!! They are huge and awful, bless his heart. I try to tell him that I like the bikini ones, but he doesn't seem to understand that. It's quite comical. At least they're better than the mesh panties they give you in the hospital. They're the worst!! 
Cecilia
Dx'd Crohn's in '99 at 28. Proctocolectomy and ileostomy in '06.
Disease-free, medicine-free, and very thankful to be healthy again.


Lyonene
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   Posted 6/27/2009 2:29 AM (GMT -6)   
Hand cream and lip balm. Sometimes hospitals are very dry.
 
Nail clippers or a nail file.  I needed them during my last hospital stay and hadn't thought to bring them.  My nails started breaking very easily after my surgery (and still are at six weeks post step 1).
 
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