Here are some things I wound up purchasing at Target near translant center:
Sports shorts with elastic waste bands and pockets...his belly was distended and he had a drain just below the incision that had to be drained often. It was awkward to use the toilet with zippered pants. And the drain fit nicely in the pocket And they needed to be a size larger as his waist was different.
The drain leaked some and we needed pads. The hospital may supply or he may not need a drain.
Something to organize the pills regime... a craft box as they take pills before and after meals, twice a day on a pretty strict schedule (7 am and 7PM). pills you take every 8 hours for 3 times a day, the antibiotic was MWF only, etc.. Some folks say their docs got them on a 3 times a day schedule from the start, but that was not our experience.
We got an app for my iPhone to schedule the pills..there are several. I used Pill O'Clock. it set an alarm each time it was a pill time. We used it for about
Since you don't know how long you will be there, bring enough meds or RX for the caregiver. Some patients have complications and the family stays a long time.
Mike wanted a clock for his bedside table as hospitals don't have them. We got him a cheapie with big dial.
HIS cell phone...Mike called me night and day if I wasn't there...and I was glad he called rather than be anxious. There was a wild fire one night with a lot of smoke outside and he could smell it in his room and wanted to be sure I was okay at the hotel, for example. and I was glad he could reach me.
His toiletries...the hospital stuff isn't good.
he may not be able to shower for some days. We got some dry hair wash stuff (they had some at the hospital, but didn't offer it...odd). His hair started to smell in about
2 days. He didn't take a shower til day 7.
A lap top if you are going to stay connected. And its charger.
That's all I can think of right now.
We were ready like you but did'nt have the air transport issue...Mike and his daughter drive the 125 miles. They wanted him there ASAP.
He got the call at 5:15 on a Saturday afternoon, was at the hospital by 7:30...went to OR at midnight once the donor liver was found to be a good one, no tumors, etc. They started the surgery about
3 AM They closed him about
3 PM. I got to peek at him at 5:30PM. he was not awake, he had tubes everywhere you can have a tube, and he was in distress and restrained. It was hard to see, but they told me it was normal after this surgery, that he wouldn't remember, and was fine.
To me the mort important thing was that he was PINK. He hadn't been PINK in a very long time. That liver started working right away.
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Post Edited (MamaLama) : 6/23/2012 7:47:00 AM (GMT-6)