My surgery is tomorrow. I have to be there at 6am for a 7:30 procedure. They told me it would be a 2 hour procedure and then the minimum amount of time I can spend in recovery is 1 hour. Lets be real here, I will spend more than 1 hour in recovery with all my medical conditions. I’m not sure what I have to do to get out of there but I’m guessing I will have a catheter in while I’m in surgery so I will have to pee on my own. I may be vomiting from the anesthesia since I’m already a pukey person. I’m guessing I will have to be able to hold down some water if not some sort of food. My vitals will have to be stable-ish and that could be complicated by my POTS. Anyhow, I’ll just have to wait see what happens I suppose.
Here is my packing list for the hospital:
Since I should go home the same day as my surgery,this is what I am bringing with me:
- Water Bottles
- I can have water I like after surgery when they allow me to drink and my support person can have one too
- Cozy Blanket
- I know I will be freezing cold after surgery and it will be really nice to have my own blanket along with some they provide
- Heating Pad
- For the post-op gas pains (from the gas they will use to inflate my abdomen), not sure if I’ll need it there but I would hate to need it and not have it!!!
- Phone Charger and Tablet Charger
- Don’t want my batteries to run out if I’m waiting longer than expected for something. (I got a super long phone charger cord from amazon.com so it can reach all the way from wherever there is a plug to my hospital bed/stretcher)
- Phone and Tablet
- There might be waiting, lots of waiting
- Cough Drops
- For post-op throat pain from the breathing tube they will have in my throat during the procedure
- Glasses Case
- They requested I bring it to store my glasses in during my procedure, because you can not wear contact lenses during the surgery.
- Because I’m dry as heck all the time
- Soft Tissues
- I’m sure I’ll be emotional afterwards and I’d rather not rub my nose off with hospital issued sandpaper tissues.
- I will have some light bleeding after my procedure since I am also getting a hysteroscopy in addition to the laparoscopy.
- So I can ambulate (walk around) after surgery
- Comfy Undies
- Since I don’t want to wear the ones I wore in even though I would have only had them on for an hour or so. It’s just personal preference.
- Soft Socks
- To keep my feet warm during and after surgery. I think I am going to wear my flip flops in and probably wear socks and slippers home.
Items Not Pictured
-Wallet with ID, insurance card and money for the copay.
-Paperwork given to me at the Pre-Op visit, just in case I need it
-A small bag of candy for the nurses. It really does go a long way! (and it was less than $3)
-Barf bag, they will probably give me one but when you are a pukey person its best to come prepared
-Eye drops to wet my eyes if they are too dry which is related to a medical condition I have but may be nice for anyone since you may be a bit dry after surgery and the hospital is a very dry place.
Just in case something is more complicated or I take too long to recover, Here is what I will have in the car.
- To cozy up in at night, I’m always cold
- Just to be more comfortable. Hospital towels tend to be small and rough
- sleeping in a hospital gown can be tricky
- To wear when walking the hall or in the room, just to be cozy
- Water Bottle
- sometimes hospital water tastes funny
- To snack on just in case I need them
- Contact Solution and Case
- I might still wear my glasses home though
- Bar Soap
- to shower off before going home
- Toothpaste and Toothbrush
- for freshness and also the breathing tube and anesthesia make your mouth so stinking dry!
- Hairbrush and Hairband
- just to be able to not have a rats nest
- as you can see undies are on all my lists, can’t have too many fresh undies to change into!
- cozy toes!
- to wear in the shower so I don’t get icky feet
- Comfy clothes
- something comfy to wear home that wont dig into my incisions, Ive picked out a PACT wrap dress, they are so soft!! And leggings that I can roll the top down on.
(I work in a hospital so some of my choices are influenced by that)
Thanks for reading!!