Tips for the Hospital

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Tips for Hospital Stays

Chances are you’re not going to like this next part–being in the hospital. Trust me, it’s one of the hardest things I’ve had to do. It takes a toll on you emotionally and allows too much time for you to feel sorry about yourself and what not only you are going through, but your family too. Make sure to take things to keep yourself busy and occupied. Some stays may be a few days and some several weeks. I had more hospital stays than I would have ever guessed I’d have and I think my doctor’s would agree with me. 

Here are some tips on what to bring to the hospital:

  • Toilet Paper – Hospital Toilet paper sucks. Bring your own. Your booty will thank me later.
  • Toiletry Wipes – Again this is for the protection of your rear-end. You’re welcome!
  • Toiletries – Hospitals aren’t known for their amazing shampoos and bathing products, so bring what you like and what your body is used to. 
  • Lotion – Chemo will make every part of your body extra dry. Bring a couple of your favorite lotions to keep your skin from flakiness & this includes your chapstick!
  • Bath Robe – Showers can and will wear you out (especially if you’re in your transplant phase. I suggest this as a quick fix until you put on your normal clothes, so the staff and other people who like to barge into the room won’t be oogling at your goodies.
  • Toothbrush – Again, hospital toothbrushes feel like brillo pads, so I’d bring your own and make it a “soft” one. Chemo can cause gross and hurtful sores to pop up in your mouth, so the softer, the better.
  • Entertainment – Books, iPads, laptops, movies, music, games, etc. Whatever you can think of that could keep you amused while you sit in a boxed room for hours on end. It will help you to get through the days that seem as though they will never end. 
  • Drugs – OK, you won’t necessarily bring this to the hospital because they can provide things for you to take to help you sleep. Hopefully you will be getting lots of much-needed rest, and never be afraid to ask the doctor/nurse for anything to help ease your discomfort.
  • Pillows, Pictures, Blankets From Home – I think it’s very important for you to feel as comfortable as possible. Hospital blankets suck, so I always brought one or two from home. It’s also nice to have a few photos to set around your room if you’re going to be there a while. Anything you can do to make the room more “home-y” is important and it will help.