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Some things I need to do before next Wednesday (the 'all clear foods' day), just for my reference:

- Pack my suitcase with jammies, robe, socks and slippers (DONE)
- Pack my toothbrush, toothpaste, hairbrush and deoderant (DONE)
- Buy dry shampoo and pre-moistened no-rise washcloths (DONE)
- Pack books and magazines (DONE)
- Get the chargers for my cell phone, iPod, and wireless headphones (DONE)
- Get a pedicure (DONE)
- Shave the day before
- Pack away my jewelry
- Put needed phone numbers in my cell phone that aren't already there (DONE)
- Find out about daily medications (bring mine or will they be supplied?)
- Complete and return medical leave paperwork (DONE)
- Get walky-talkies working so Scott and I can communicate throughout the house when I get home (DONE)
- Put medical leave message on my work phone and email (DONE)
- Pull tray tables into bedroom (DONE)
- Dig out lap tray-table (DONE)
- Charge up and take the portable DVD player to my room (DONE)
- Explain why mommy is going away for a few days (DONE)


Update as needed

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maedb
Oct. 5th, 2006 08:59 pm (UTC)
Pack mechanical pencils, and don't forget a pad of paper (for writing instructions that you get, questions you want to ask, etc.).

Before you leave, be sure Scott has all the passwords (including LJ). Please also be sure he knows to log on and update us, okay?

Do you have a table set up next to the bed? For all the stuff you'll want (so you don't have to move around?) Bottles of water, pills, books, plate of food - all that stuff takes up a lot of room. Do you have a breakfast tray you can use in bed? Extra pillows you can pile up? Phone on a long cord so it can reach you?

Have you stocked up on the edibles that will stay down? Snack packs of rice pudding, instant oatmeal, applesauce, crackers. And tea. A variety of tea is a good thing, too.

Do you have a good lipstick that will stay on for the duration of the surgery? (Have you seen the ads for the upcoming movie, or read the book I'm talking about? It's about a woman who was determined not to let her mastectomy affect her femininity, so she wore lipstick into her surgery.) If not lipstick, then do you have leopard-print slippers?
trshtwns01
Oct. 6th, 2006 01:26 am (UTC)
The bed has a shelf behind it, and I have two tray tables that slide over the bed (one tilts) and an over the lap tray table. I'm going to see if Scott will move my small fridge next to the bed so I can keep drinks and snacks in there.

Oh, and I DO have leapord print slippers and a robe *laugh*
georgiaskydiver
Oct. 5th, 2006 09:05 pm (UTC)
My Two Cents Worth
Buy extra pillowcases and/or dark sheets. You might also want to buy some of those absorbent pads to put on your bed (puppy pads or toddler pads work great). It makes cleanup much easier, and you can make your bed feel fresh in seconds.

Also, my mom's biggest complaint was the inability to bathe or wash her hair. The hair really bugged her. What's that tingly facial cleanser? Sea Breeze? It works wonders to end the itching and will make you feel much better & cleaner until you can bathe again. (Don't forget the cotton balls).

A lap desk will also become an essential. Either that or a large, flat, shallow basket. That's how I fed my mom when she couldn't get out of bed. She also worked on it once she was out of the drug haze.

Oh, and straws. You will most definitely need straws!


For the hospital, don't forget to pack socks/slippers. Also, since you're going to be there for a few days, you might want to pack some pictures of your guys. Anything to make the place feel like home. :)

trshtwns01
Oct. 6th, 2006 01:27 am (UTC)
Re: My Two Cents Worth
GOOD idea on the pads! I remember that from when I had my other ovary out. Thanks for the reminder.

As you know, I have plenty of socks to take with me. *laugh*
kathy83
Oct. 6th, 2006 02:50 am (UTC)
Re: My Two Cents Worth
psst, can i be let in on why you will need pads for the bed?
trshtwns01
Oct. 6th, 2006 03:09 am (UTC)
Re: My Two Cents Worth
Well, ummm, when you have surgery, especially when you will have drains left in for a little while, it can get a bit...messy. I don't remember much of it from my c-section, but I do remember it from after I had my ovary out. They always put these little pads underneath you on the bed...just in case
genebob
Oct. 6th, 2006 12:32 am (UTC)
"Get walky-talkies working" ??

what -- don't you have a little BELL to summon him?
trshtwns01
Oct. 6th, 2006 01:28 am (UTC)
He can't hear a bell upstairs while playing his game. I'll have to ring the bell INTO the walky-talky
popcornoblivion
Oct. 6th, 2006 01:00 am (UTC)
Are there any books you want, but don't have yet, or weird magazines you think you'd like (or random stuff from Auburn/Huntsville/Alabama in general)? I think you need a little somethin-somethin, so let me know! :)
trshtwns01
Oct. 6th, 2006 01:30 am (UTC)
Thanks for the offer! I think I have enough books and magazines, but I'm never one to turn down an offer for Auburn stuff *laugh* See if you can find some pajamas or something and I'll reimburse you :)
kitestream
Oct. 6th, 2006 04:50 pm (UTC)
Wow!!! This is all happening really quickly. Hope it's going as smoothly as possible. Sounds like keeping busy with the planning and preparations is helpful. Hope that's true. Take care, keep the faith.
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