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Hey everyone! I’m new here and getting my surgery date Wednesday. For those that have gone thru the surgery already, what are some things that you wish you would have brought to the hospital? Thanks in advance!

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Hey everyone! I’m new here and getting my surgery date Wednesday. For those that have gone thru the surgery already, what are some things that you wish you would have brought to the hospital? Thanks in advance!
I took wore my comfy PJs and slippers to the hospital and that's how I also came home. I did miss my favorite blanket tho (yes I have a whooby. Lol)

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I took my soft stuffed Rabbit, Roux N Rabbit, she was soft to clutch when I coughed or sneezed. I didn't need any jammie, soft pants, or anything like that, I seemed to be on room arrest, thought I had my entire C Pap packed , turned out to be missing an important piece,of tubing, the respiration had nothing to match,so I was on O2 my entire stay. Oh they came in when I rand to use bedside commode because they also wouldn't take me to BR or watch me while I walked. But I must have been on similar to ICU where you are monitored from central location. Saw no other patients, heard no other patients so certainly didn't speak to others. Thought I would, took new notebook to get addresses and e-mails, it's still blank.Except for bringing me in fruity and milky drinks, I got no diet. Basically My Son did my care, kept me company and slept in a bedside chair. Never got to sit in it until last day when I took on myself to try it out. Everywhere else I had ever been , staff had me up in chair within an hour or two of returning to my room. Maybe they felt they were keeping me from being a fall risk but I felt I WAS CHEATED!

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4 hours ago, DadtoSuperG said:

Hey everyone! I’m new here and getting my surgery date Wednesday. For those that have gone thru the surgery already, what are some things that you wish you would have brought to the hospital? Thanks in advance!

I took a comfy pair of slippers to walk around in, so I would not have to wear those stupid looking uncomfortable no-slip socks they give you. I also took a comfy pair of Jammies suitable to be seen walking the hospital halls in of course. Bring Shampoo I forgot to, they do want you to get up and shower the next day. I did pack a new toothbrush and toothpaste. Pack whatever you think you might need. Better to have it and not need it.

All the best to you!!!!

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Most people bring way too much, use the search feature to look for "what to bring" posts, there are quite a few lists folks have posted with what they brought, what was useful, what wasn't, etc.

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I was glad I brought:
Heating pad
Phone and charger
Chapstick
Extension cord for heating pad and phone charger.
Slippers
That’s it!

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I wish I had taken my own fruit punch flavored Crystal Lite. They only had lemonade flavor. Otherwise, I didn’t need anything I took except my hairbrush. They provided everything I needed...even a phone charger.

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I agree with Matt, most people bring too much, I did. Lots of great posts on here about this topic.

I was glad I brought my own pillow.

As for bringing any of your own small appliances with extension cords, I advise against this. This is not allowed in the hospital I work at and may be a hassle for you if you try to bring something.

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Cell phone and charger was all I needed. Wouldn’t plan to bring any clothes that touch your waist. Those were pretty uncomfortable for about 2 weeks. I went home the next day and showered at home so didn’t need any toiletries. Hospital had toothbrush/paste.

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I brought my neck pillow, my personal defuser, my cell phone and charger, and a pair of slippers to walk the floors with.

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Don’t bring too much!
Charger, biotine and chap stick.
Really.

Good luck today!! You’ll do great!

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On 10/24/2018 at 6:22 AM, BostonWLKC said:

Don’t bring too much!
Charger, biotine and chap stick.
Really.

Good luck today!! You’ll do great!

PERFECT LIST! the one thing that would have been nice was an extension cord.

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How are you doing @DadtoSuperG?

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I always bring a 10mm wrench (Everything is metric nowadays) and a guitar pick. :)

I travel a lot for work, so I pack light. I wore the same clothes in as I wore out (Might sound gross, but I took a shower before I went in, then had them off about 3 hours later when I switched into the floral print smock) sweat pants and a large t-shirt (It was over 100 out when I was released...now? Probably a sweater). I'd bring a book, bible or kindle. Mainly for waiting for your surgery. Once you are out of surgery, you probably won't feel like doing much, plus they want you up/around. I have a bad back, and I actually slept in a chair/recliner the 2nd night. The nurses, purse practitioners, physician's assistants were all very willing to help. They fetched me heat packs, and gave me muscle relaxers in the IV when I told them my back pain was worse than the surgery. Honestly, now that I think about it, I wished I would have brought a cane...not for walking with the IV attached, but when walking out of the hospital into the car.

Things are happening the entire time you're there, they won't let you sit still for more than a few hours, between the IV machine beeping, the blood tests and blood thinner injections and so on.

Actually, I just thought of something I really wished I would have brought...a stack of starbucks gift cards. Saying "thank you" to the staff member helping you out is one thing, but talk is cheap; buying them a cup of coffee says you mean it.

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