I was leaking too much around the catheter from bladder spasms to use normal shorts, so got some of the depends "adjustable" (i.e. they split with velcro-like closures on the sides) pants to stem the tide on the way home.
Didn't want to be changing bags (the nurses convinced me it wasn't the best idea), so I took a pair of loose drawstring pants, and split the seam on the side at the knee long enough to slide the bag through.
I took way too much, and then had to carry that plus all the extra stuff they gave me home. What did I use?
- Blackberry, BB charger, wired headphone (the bluetooth didn't get along with all the electronics in the room).
- Full Slippers. NOT flipflops or loose houseshoes - when you are trying to get stable enough to walk, you don't want to trip & fall on a loose shoe.
- Basic toilet articles for the shower (soap, shampoo in a small bottle).
- a book - read maybe 50 pages.
- notebook & pen for notes.
- any medication you have to take regularly (stool softeners, sinus stuff, blood pressure meds, etc.) If they give them to you from the hosp. pharmacy, they will cost a fortune. They will likely take the bottles away and send back the prescribed amounts, then give you the bottles back before you leave.
- Cane to keep in the vehicle - I have a folding one - you may find it hard to get in and out of your vehicle, so just leave it in the car for the trip home.
- Some underpads to put on the seat of the car, you may leak. The hosp. might give you some if they charged you for a pack.
- Bathrobe to wear walking around - those hosp. gowns just aren't for "out and about
" (I was in for several days).
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