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Awesome suggestions Jordi, thanks!!

I will start working on the "bring it" list on Friday. I have the day off and don't have a lot to do except unpack more boxes. Funny, we moved into our new home in May. Yeah, gotta finish that up... lmao!

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Laptop with cord (install Skype or some other voice chat to save $ on phone calls!), books, magazines, stuffed animal, some sort of crafts (e.g. knitting), Spanish dictionary if you're heading to Mexico - might not be necessary, but why not improve your Spanish while there?

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My bariatric coordinator gives everyone a small firm pillow with a picture of the procedure on it. I used it to press against my stomach when I needed to get in and out of bed, also when I needed to give a nice strong cough to clear my lungs after surgery, and I continued using it to help me at home. If you aren't given one of these (ask ahead) make sure you bring a small firm pillow with you for this purpose.

What a great idea!! I just had a uterine fibroid removed (laproscopic) and I could really have used one of these!! I tried to explain to the nurses that my swollen stomach needed support but they didn't get it. I asked if they had some sort of elastic girdle thing but they told me they couldn't give me anything like that.... I was miserable.

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Thanks for putting this together!

A few things I've read about that I probably wouldn't have thought of:

An eye mask and ear plugs (wish I would have had them a few months ago during my hospital stay!!)

Slippers or slip on shoes to walk the hallway

A camera

Lotion, Shampoo, soap, deodorant, etc

Reading glasses

Phone charger

I'm getting the surgery in Mexico and I plan to bring some Water and food items with me for the night before. I don't want to have to worry about going out to get something to eat (I'll be by myself).

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My nurse ok'd some sugar-free Halls Vitamin C drops. My throat hurt so bad, I was really glad I brought these to suck on once they determined I had no leaks and were letting me have small sips of Water.< /p>

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Things I took that I needed and used:

- Chap Stick, #1 by far

- SF Ricola lozenges... sooooo dry with the oxygen

- Gas X strips

- Listerine strips

- Book (barely used, hard to stay awake to read long), glasses

- Cell phone

- Deodorant and baby wipes to clean up some before going home next day

Things I took and did NOT need or use:

- Robe and slippers

- Makeup (pah--right, as if lol)

- iPod (can't sleep with music anyway, so I'm gonna stare at the walls while I listen?)

Wear what you plan on wearing home, you'll only be in it a couple of hours anyway. Also, even though I turned on the TV for maybe an hour, I got a bill for it from some external company (not the hospital) -- only $5, but it's the principle of the thing. Had no idea I'd have to pay for the damn thing, so clarify that before you decide you want it on.

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Wow these are all excellent ideas! Keep them coming. :) I will get that list prepared soon. I ended up not having a lot of time this weekend. It just makes sense to wait until more ideas are brought up first anyhow.

Awesome, you all rock!! :D

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Lilmissdiva,

Maybe you can also do a list for things that we when we get home too.

It will be all inclusive -- we need so many things for before/during/after. Thanks for the suggestion!!

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I brought cute night shirts, Chapstick, mp3 player, makeup, book... I didn't use any of them lol I didn't see anyone in the hospital ever change out of their hospital gown, there is too many tubes, shots, drainage bag, catheter bag. I was so tired, I never thought of listening to music let alone read. And... makeup, ya right lol My surgeon uses a blue die during the surgery, which, of course leaks down the side of your face, I was more concerned with washing my face to get the blue off then applying makeup. I suggest you keep it simple, stay in the gown, just bring real baggy clothes, with a very loose waist band, slippers to wear home, hairbrush and toothbrush and paste. Once I got home, not much changed for a few days other than I could shower. Stay comfy.

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Ear Plugs. They saved my sanity. The hospital was so loud and noisy as well as my room mate her family.

I sent my husband out for the gas ex strips, nose spray and tweezers( something about surgery sent my few annoying facial hairs to grow overtime)

I did need my robe, but stayed in the hospital gowns and used the slipper socks they put on me before surgery.

They gave me a cough bear that they put a tshirt on with the hospital logo and the name Bari Bear on it. (not sure if I like that bariatic term on it) and it was huge in helping walking and getting up and coughing.

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