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Hospital stay - what to take non urgent help

Im hoping to make a sticky that will give a list of what to take to the hospital if you have to stay over for a while. Im hoping to divide it into necessaties and nice to have's. Any replies and I will add it to this list and hopefully it will help everyone

Necessaties
medicine (contact accessories if you wear them)
toothbrush and toothpaste
shampoo
showergel
towel (micro towels will dry much quicker than usual towels)
spare change of underwear for 5days (never know when you need more)
slippers
dressing gown
earplugs (people snore, talk, shout, it can be very tiring and upsetting if you do not get the much needed rest)
money (everything is expensive in a hopital)
casual wear (jogging bottoms, shorts, t-shirts and hoodies. Jeans are quite uncomfortable, so are shirts. The doctors and nurses may look hot but you will not )
Nice to haves
books, magazines, drawing pads etc, anything to keep you entertained
music player
food and drink


*Make sure you keep everything safe. Although you all are great people here others arent the same. I had bottles of lucazade and bags of crisps taken. Not much but when you have no money or feel so unwell it does get to you



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01-03-2012, 01:07 PM   #21
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When or what makes hospitals keep Crohn's patients? I went to the hospital over 23 times this year and found out I had Crohn's in December!!!! None of the hospitals would give me meds for my diarrhea or keep me overnight. Yes I'm in the USA. They would hydrate me from too much diarrhea, and I had pain, a lot of nausea, joint pain, fatigue, dizzy, headaches, rumbly tummy, you name it and couldn't work, couldn't do anything and they still wouldn't keep me overnight! and Yes I've NEVER had insurance and I'm 23 years old.
01-13-2012, 11:15 AM   #22
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I've never actually had a planned hospital stay, so usually I just get stuff from visitors if I am lucky enough to not be a few thousand miles away from home at the time. But if I were to plan it, I'd bring the following:

A pair of boots.
Changes of socks and boxers.
Toothbrush and toothpaste (Hospitals I have been will provide all toiletry items, but these are the two I strongly prefer my own)
Laptop (Despite worrying about it being stolen, it's my major source of entertainement as I have some 400 movies, dozen or so tv seasons and 7000 songs or so, plus of course internet access and games)
And if the nurses/doctors allow me to wear them, a pair of jeans or three (for whatever reason my spirits and attitude improve remarkably when I am allowed to wear pants)
02-18-2012, 05:39 AM   #23
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Crohn's2011 my experience is that doctor's try to admit you when you are going to have aggressive IV meds and/or surgery. I am sorry you are having a difficult time, maybe you could try some new medicines? I would say that if you don't feel like you are getting what you need from your doctor you find a different one that better listens to your needs and concerns. I know it is frustrating, especially when you are first diagnosed but hang in there.
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02-28-2012, 01:17 AM   #24
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My hospital stays are usually emergencies and can't plan for that. lol I do have family bring me stuff.

1. Clothes
2. Books
3. Pens and Paper
4. lotions
5. Nail clippers
6. Slippers
7. cell phone
8. Charger
9. Puzzle books
10. shampoo
11. soap (although my hospitals I've been at have a wonderful apricot shampoo I love)

I like getting blankets from hospitals cause they keep them in a warmer and they are nice and hot. Granted, they don't stay that way but still nice and you get one whenever you want.
02-29-2012, 12:46 PM   #25
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Seems like everything is covered above but I have been known to try and pack rope ladder for 4th floor escapes and shovels for ground floor escapes. Hubby goes through bag now to find what I have packed for a laugh. Not saying a hospital stay is ever in any circumstances going to be a laugh but if I didn't do something funny before each stay I would cry, my way of relieving tension.
When I was younger I would bring posters for the walls and decorate don't think they would allow that nowadays though.
03-09-2012, 11:16 PM   #26
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The only thing I brought was my 17 year old son! Picked him up from baseball practice. Bleeding was getting worse through out the day- so I drove myself to the hosp after practice! That was after a full shift at work. I would reccomend listening to your body a little better than I did. Keep a list handy at home so if it is not planned you can have someone follow your list.
03-10-2012, 02:39 AM   #27
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The only thing I brought was my 17 year old son! Picked him up from baseball practice. Bleeding was getting worse through out the day- so I drove myself to the hosp after practice! That was after a full shift at work. I would reccomend listening to your body a little better than I did. Keep a list handy at home so if it is not planned you can have someone follow your list.
Ah Honey, that was hard. I hate those visits when you have no choice, you know your body is in trouble but we hope it will just ease before we get everything done.
I found if you keep one drawer separate with undies', pj's, wash stuff along with a going home change, it is piece of mind. I just say go to my 4th drawer and empty it into a bag for me and I have everything I need, no worrying that I'll be given things I can't use.
Gwen xxx
03-12-2012, 03:52 PM   #28
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I agree with you Gwen, I have a bag in the bottom of my wardrobe with a few basic essentials in just in case. Maybe it stems back to that hospital bag I had ready for giving birth all those years ago but after several times in hospital over the last four or five years I have learnt now to be ready 'just in case'.

I think the portable DVD player is an excellent idea, as rygon said, the tv's can be quite expensive in UK hospitals and the thing I noticed was that unless you knew exactly how long you were likely to be in for, you could end up paying for days you wouldn't use but then paying for each day at a time also works out expensive.

Maybe I will invest in an iPad:-)
03-16-2012, 12:45 AM   #29
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Gwen, that plan is so smart!
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03-18-2012, 10:43 AM   #30
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Gwen- great idea. Just bought three pair of pj bottoms and
started by drawer of hosp items. Next time I will be more aware
of what my body is saying and take faster action!
03-18-2012, 01:50 PM   #31
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Gwen- great idea. Just bought three pair of pj bottoms and
started by drawer of hosp items. Next time I will be more aware
of what my body is saying and take faster action!
Thats brilliant, now here's hoping that you won't need that drawer!!! I am always guilty of not listening to my body, it is natural when you have children to hope that it will just pass and let us get on with dealing with everything that comes our way. My hat off to you 3 children and 4 dogs, my word I struggle with two children and no animals apart from maybe a lonely spider that might venture into my home haha
Oh I keep a spare phone charger and book that I don't have time to read at home in that drawer.
Gwen xxx
03-20-2012, 09:53 PM   #32
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I was in the hospital a couple of weeks back and was admitted through ER. I was not prepared as I did not know I was going to be admitted. I had my own room in a new hosptial and the care was 5 star.

Next month I am scheduled for a small bowel resection and am informed I will be in for a week, as long as there are no complications. However, with 40 years Crohns history, I was informed of all the possible complications..

I love the lists you all provided and will definitely bring lotion, chap stick and DVD's, cell phone and charger and something good to read. I have wanted to read the Girl with the Dragon Tatoo, so here is a good excuse... thank you all....Kappi
03-21-2012, 10:24 AM   #33
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Just wanted to add something to the thread. Someone mentioned boy shorts. I found Hanes ones were the only ones I liked after the surgery. I had a bikini cut and it didn't hit the incision. Also as an FYI. I needed to buy at least a size bigger to accommodate the swelling! I too like the hospital drawer!

have a good day!
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03-25-2012, 05:54 PM   #34
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After the last couple of years, I keep a bag of essentials packed and check it/restock every couple of months, things like toothpaste, extra toothpaste, chapstick is a must! Hand sanitizer, computer w/good noise cancelling headphones, bandaids, hard candies to suck on...it is so dry in the hospital!

I also bring a few packets of salt & pepper because the hospital food is so bland and sometimes they don't put condiments on the tray. I can't stand to eat scrambled eggs with no salt
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03-25-2012, 05:55 PM   #35
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*toothpaste & extra toothbrush
04-07-2012, 02:20 AM   #36
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I second (or 3rd, 4th, 5th?) the having a bag already to go.. I think mine too is from when I had the kids :-D but it is handy.. not just for me but if any of the kids ever needs to stay too..
04-12-2012, 01:22 PM   #37
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I took in a couple of boxes of tissues. Some packets of pringles for the salt and a packet of rich tea and a packet of ginger biscuits.
Rich tea biscuits just because sometimes if you feel peckish or you have the late night meds to take its not good to take the on an empty stomach. The ginger biscuits I take in cause I love em! They are also good at settling my stomach if i feel a bit nauseous.
I take a few books, my tablet pre-loaded with films and other books, headphones, phone and chargers, boiled sweets and a chap stick. Plus all the usual toiletries.
What i did when i knew I was going in for my op was i packed a before bag which I took with me and an after bag that my hubby brought in the next morning.
In the after bag I put in big pants/kickers, baggy tracky bottoms and t-shirts. I also bought some baby sponges and cut them in half. This is for when i had a shower or wash I could then throw the sponge out and not worry about if I drop it on the floor and where to put it when drying it. The sponges only cost me about 50p each and i got 3 out of each one.
Also took in a bottle of squash for a change from water.
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06-07-2013, 10:59 AM   #38
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Definitely take a cell phone and charger. Do not use the phones in the rooms. If you call those hospital phones in the room then it is charged to your phone bill, and they are expensive!

I was in the hospital for twelve days recovering from a resectional, blockage, and removal of gall bladder. I passed the time between my iPod and some good books. TV for the most part sucks these days. Most hospitals have wifi and the iPod was great for surfing the net. I also brought headphones to listen to mp3s on the iPod, and wound up using the headphones on the TV in my room. And don't forget the iPod charger. Netbooks and laptops are too bulky when you are tied down with IV tubes and oxygen, and there isn't a lot of storage space in those rooms.

Flannel blanket was GREAT for those cool rooms yet isn't too hot. Definitely bring boxer shorts as you WILL have accidents.
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I've been thinking about stocking up on slipper socks as well. Those floors are slippery and if you constantly are getting out of bed, they're already on your feet.
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