Skip to main content

10 Things You Need for a Hospital Stay

1. Your own comfortable clothes - I prefer boxer shorts and a tank, even if it's winter to allow easy IV and EKG access.

2. Purell for your room - most of the antibacterial dispensers are outside of patient rooms, so I like to have my own for visitors or when I can't get up to wash my hands.

3. Soft tissues - especially after pituitary surgery!  The hospital tissues are so scratchy.

4. Lip Balm - again, good for after pituitary surgery with all that mouth breathing.

5. Hard Candy - for the same reason as lip balm.  It will also help when they are restricting your fluid intake to keep your mouth moist.

6. A blanket from home - to cozy up with if your room is extra air conditioned.

7. Toothbrush and toothpaste - the hospital can give you toiletries which will do, but the tooth brushes are usually flimsy and useless.  Bring your own.

8. Netflix - if you don't have it, get a free trial for when you'll be in the hospital.  You can watch movies and TV shows on your laptop, phone, or tablet.

9. Magazines - to look through the pictures when you can't focus enough to read or watch TV.

10. Company!  If you're allowed, invite friends or family to visit!  It breaks up the day, and is a nice distraction.

What are your must-haves for a hospital stay?

Comments

  1. The site was absolutely fantastic! Lots of great information and inspiration, both of which we all need!b Keep 'em coming... you all do such a great job at such Concepts... can't tell you how much I, for one appreciate all you do!

    AimIT Software - hospital software development

    ReplyDelete
  2. The site was absolutely fantastic! Lots of great information and inspiration, both of which we all need!b Keep 'em coming... you all do such a great job at such Concepts... can't tell you how much I, for one appreciate all you do!

    AimIT Software - hospital software development

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Talk About the Sh*t you Don't Want to Talk About

I haven't updated this blog in a very long time.  I actually deleted a ton of posts while I was applying for social security disability. I posted about Cushing's Awareness day earlier this week on facebook, so I guess I'm in a sharing mood. Anyway, for anyone who even reads this, I was watching a documentary on Netflix about a teenager with anorexia and mental illness who found meaning in her life through yoga. (It's called I Am Maris). It's kind of the reason for this post. To start - let's go back to June 2018. My grandmother died.  She lived a wonderful long life, but it was especially hard on me.  She was the reason I got out of bed every day, my best friend, and so much more. I actually don't remember how I got through most of the summer. In the span of two weeks at the end of August, my mom turned 60, we went on a family vacation to the vineyard, my best friend got married, and I wanted to kill myself.  Yeah, you read that right. The day after re

10 days at MGH

It's been 10 days, and I am still in the hospital.  I walk two or three (very short) laps around this floor and my heart rate is upwards of 130, my lips, fingers, and toes are increasingly blue-tinged.  My oxygen saturation levels are even lower now, after sitting here for over a week.  So what have we accomplished so far?  Let me tell you. I had the arterial blood gas sampling done on Sunday.  It took a couple more tries but success!  It was of course, painful but nothing that I couldn't handle, especially if it meant an answer and an easy fix.  My arterial blood looked very dark as she was drawing it out, not the bright red oxygenated blood you usually see from arteries.  The doctor commented on this, and said that it was very interesting. Unfortunately, I did not have an abnormal level of methemoglobin.  So that ruled out methemoglobinemia .  The plan was to have an echocardiogram on Monday.  After waiting most of the day, I got pushed to the next day's schedule

MGH Round 2

Hi all, I've been pretty absent from blogging/life activities over the last month or two because my whole life seems to be consumed again by illness and complications from Adrenal Insufficiency.  Right now, I'm typing from my private room at Mass General, where I have been since Saturday.  Before that, I was at a local hospital for a few nights. After being discharged with no answers for my shortness of breath in January, and then refusing further treatment for Lupus related hemolytic anemia, I went back to work and tried to continue on as normal.  This worked for a while, but then enlarged lymph nodes started popping up all over my neck.  I was seen a few times at my PCP's office, and at first thought it might be the start of a virus, but when they didn't disappear after a few weeks, I had an ultrasound to see if we could find a cause.  It turns out, aside from multiple slightly enlarged lymph nodes, I had one whopper lymph node on the left side of my neck, which w