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I am on board for surgery on July 18th. Woo Hoo! Even though I have been a nurse since 1986, I have never been an actual patient! I realize I should only be staying overnight, but I like to be prepared. What did you take along that you found helpful or something you wish you took with you?

TIA

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55 minutes ago, RobbieBG said:

I am on board for surgery on July 18th. Woo Hoo! Even though I have been a nurse since 1986, I have never been an actual patient! I realize I should only be staying overnight, but I like to be prepared. What did you take along that you found helpful or something you wish you took with you?

TIA

I took me, myself and I. You are a nurse you should know that the hospital will provide the necessities.

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All I used was my phone, my iPad, my charger w a long cord and chapstick. I took other stuff that I just had to unpack when I got home.

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That is what I was thinking too. Thanks for your help

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33 minutes ago, apositivelife4me said:

I took me, myself and I. You are a nurse you should know that the hospital will provide the necessities.

Thank you?

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11 minutes ago, sillykitty said:

All I used was my phone, my iPad, my charger w a long cord and chapstick. I took other stuff that I just had to unpack when I got home.

Thank you

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I always bring something to wear on my feet other than socks. After abdominal surgery, it sucks to put on socks. I have a pair of hiking sandals made by Keen that I bring. The foot support when walking in the halls makes me feel much more comfortable. A sturdy pair of flip-flop sandals work too.

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24 minutes ago, macadamia said:

I always bring something to wear on my feet other than socks. After abdominal surgery, it sucks to put on socks. I have a pair of hiking sandals made by Keen that I bring. The foot support when walking in the halls makes me feel much more comfortable. A sturdy pair of flip-flop sandals work too.

That is a great suggestion. Thanks!

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Fuzzy socks or slippers. The socks the hospital gave me were huge! I was so glad I brought my own!

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Only a comfort measure but i prefer my own pillow.

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2 hours ago, RobbieBG said:

I am on board for surgery on July 18th. Woo Hoo! Even though I have been a nurse since 1986, I have never been an actual patient! I realize I should only be staying overnight, but I like to be prepared. What did you take along that you found helpful or something you wish you took with you?

TIA

I packed a bit more than I used... seems to be the "going rate".

Things I was very thankful that I packed:
Dry Mouth spray and Lip Balm - made the first stretch of recovery where they don't let you drink SO much easier.

Things that I packed that were very useful:
Sweatpants (or PJ bottoms)
Slippers
Pillow from home (for added support and for the ride home)
Cell phone and charger with extra long cord
Deoderant

Things I brought that I didn't use:
A book
Extra/change of clothes

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I bought chapstick, underwear, toothbrush and toothpaste and a extended charger and that's all you will need unless your doctor tells you something different. I made sure when i went i wore something that was easy to put on and that was not tight on the waist because of the incisions.

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iPod, phone, charger with long cord, toothbrush, slippers, Chapstick, deodorant and makeup for the next day. Wish I had brought a robe. I just threw a blanket over myself when I walked the halls.

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My surgery is on Weds, so I’ll update afterward, but the only thing I’m bringing that hasn’t been mentioned is an Abdominal binder. I got it on Amazon for $20-30. I’ve read that it helps when traveling (and I’m flying to Mexico for my sleeve).

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The only things I needed:

sleep shorts to walk the halls.

Gas x gel caps ( I chewed them and then spit the capsule part out)

Extra undies

Toiletries bag

Computer and charger

Phone and charger

Went home in the clothes I arrived in. I did not shower at the hospital as I got out at noon and went home and did that before going to bed.

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