20-04-2015 05:03 PM
09-04-2015 04:45 PM
Like JillyBee I have been following this thread and found it very useful preparation. I go in on Monday and have my bag just about completed, so thank you to all the ladies who have posted here!
17-02-2015 06:05 PM
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15-12-2014 12:14 AM
Ive just got home and this list was great.
I felt much more in control just packing these bits and pieces.
The lip balm was my vital item. And ear plugs.
And a kiwi fruit drink for post op functioning bowels. Those drugs really jam you up.
The only thing I needed was tea bags. At my hospital they lock up the tea so the visitors dont drink it all and I was positively gasping on mealtime rations.
Its a comforting thing a nice hot cup of tea.
The cancer society provided a lovely heart shaped pillow, bliss and a wee shoulder bag to carry my drain in. So thoughtful.
Tucked a pillow in between me and the seat belt and car ride home was fine too.
Thanks to those who shared, really was so helpful
12-12-2014 11:34 AM
11-12-2014 02:06 PM
Welcome to the forums.
As well as the forums we also have a support helpline where the staff can offer emotional support as well as practical information. The free phone number is 0808 800 6000 and the lines are open Monday to Friday 9.00 to 5.00 and Saturday 10.00 to 2.00.
11-12-2014 01:10 PM
19-11-2014 09:01 PM
My hospital gave me an over the shoulder fabric bag to carry my drain in - I asked about them as it was so very helpful and beautifully made and was told they are made by former patients. I guess they have been through it and know how much they help.
The best piece of advice I got from this thread was when you are going home, get someone to bring a pillow in. If you hold it close against your chest during the drive home it really stops you feeling the bumps and knocks - I took mine everywhere for the first couple of weeks!
18-11-2014 07:28 PM
i have found out before i go in for my masectomy, yo buy some kiddie socks and large safety pins
for the drains. use the socks to put each drain in and attach under clothing with a safety pin.
im told it makes them so much more comfy if thats possible
29-08-2014 06:52 PM - edited 29-08-2014 06:53 PM
I'm also just through my max and DIEP recon. I had two hospital bags - one for going in initially and another ready for my husband to bring in. I never used the second bag.
I didn't need
pants until I went home because of the drain site. This is upsetting so be prepared.
Any clothes at all - they check the flap and the drains all the time so gowns are better
Deodrant - as someone has said
I did use - alot
Ear plugs on one night (Notting Hill Carnival the ward was really busy)
I phone with some tv and radio programmes downloaded onto it. (You do need someone to charge it for you as you can't initially get out of bed to do that).
Toothbrush and toothpaste - day 2 I got into the bathroom by myself and this gave me such a feeling of freshness
Flannels - I felt I wanted a clean one every day.
Fruit - they kept blueberries in the fridge for me and they really helped me eat at breakfast time.
Food can be an issue - they tell you to eat to recover but I found eating really difficult for a few days after the long op. If you fancy someone get a friend or partner to bring it in.
14-07-2014 12:49 PM
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