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PostSubject: What do I take to hospital?   Mon 09 Jun 2008, 9:43 am

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Ok here's a list of ideas for those wanting to know what to take on that big day!!

Sleep Mask, or Eye Mask,

Ear Plugs,
Lip Balm.
All of your prescription medicines in their original packaging.
Any X-rays or test results from pre-op banding consultations.
CPAP machine and mask if you use one.
Own soap, shower gel, shampoo, conditioner
Hair brush or comb.
Toothpaste, tooth brush. Mouthwash
Cotton undies.
Warm bed socks (with sticky feet if you plan to walk in them, be aware some hospitals will NOT let you walk around in teds you need slippers or bed socks with sticky feet over them)
Sports top/bra or bra with no wire.
Nighties.
Loose clothes for the trip home.
Slip on shoes.
Ipod/mp3 player.
A book or magazine.
Glasses (spectacles)
Wallet.
Pillow- extra comfort and drive home.
Mobile phone and charger
Camera for those attractive gown shots
TV guide
Pen & paper
Moisturiser
Chewing gum
Cardigan

Some other ideas are:
Portable DVD Player,
Laptop-especially for the bored but loving support person
CPAP machine
Medication, in original packaging
TV guide
Pen & paper
Moisturiser
Chewing gum
Cardigan


NB: It may be advisable to call and ask the hospital in advance if they allow some of the above mentioned items, such as electronics. You may also need to check if they allow internet access also.
I will edit this list as more items are added. Thanks team for all your input!!


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PostSubject: Re: What do I take to hospital?   Mon 14 Sep 2009, 2:39 pm

Hiya LindaBinda

to be honest i wondered about the wonderful wet towel heat packs & OH&S....
maybe we were given special treatment
cos the lady next to me was a staff member & nurse
or maybe they still do them at The Mater in Townsville

but it is a wonderful heatpack & can be easily made
up at home

I have never heard of the heatsticks
they sound great !

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PostSubject: Re: What do I take to hospital?   Mon 14 Sep 2009, 10:48 am

Thanks for that... will order some of those for sure!!!!!!
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PostSubject: Re: What do I take to hospital?   Mon 14 Sep 2009, 9:56 am

Thankyou girls...I just ordered the heat sticks!! they sound great and I have heard a few ppl talk of them here
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PostSubject: Re: What do I take to hospital?   Mon 14 Sep 2009, 9:11 am

Hi,

No seriously nothing is allowed in Adelaide LOL

I got this huge document from the hospital of doos and don't and they said not to bring any heat bags at all.
I had mine out ready to go the yummy sage smelly one and had to chuck it back in the drawer.

Oh well it is over for me now and I am home and can use my hottie (wheat bag) whenever I like.

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PostSubject: Re: What do I take to hospital?   Mon 14 Sep 2009, 7:59 am

Hey guys.......
as a nurse, we were stopped from doing the wet towel heat packs about 5 yrs ago, because of OH&S but go to www.menstruation.com.au and you can buy hoteeze stick on heat packs. 10 packs for $18.75. They are to die for I had a hospital heat pack x 2 times but they took forever to heat up and when the nurses are busy especially at night it can take ages for them to get back to you. The hoteeze are air activated and stay hot for at least 12 hours. I would open 2 up and just alternate them between my tummy and my shoulders. Fabulous product!!! and I still have 5 left. They are also great if you get period pain.
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PostSubject: Re: What do I take to hospital?   Sun 13 Sep 2009, 3:32 pm

Hey Tempest

Can you take one that isnt made of wheat and that the nurse can just heat up in the microwave ?

I would be really surprised if the hospital didnt have a heat pack available or at least something similar.

The lady next to me in hospital was a nurse & a staff member
and asked the nurses to make us up the best in heat packs
it was a wet hand towel with excess water wrung out
so it was reasonably full of water but not dripping
folded neatly & popped into a plastic bag
then wrapped up in a pillow case
& heated up in the microwave until hot

honestly......it was divine
and it could just be reheated in the microwave when it cooled
but it took ages to cool down

just have to find a nice nurse
who has the time to make it up for you

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PostSubject: Re: What do I take to hospital?   Sun 13 Sep 2009, 3:20 pm

Hi Guys,
My hospital won't allow wheat bags but nothing is allowed in Adelaide.
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PostSubject: Re: What do I take to hospital?   Sun 13 Sep 2009, 12:44 pm

Another thing that you can take to hospital is one of those wheat heat bags..... a friend of mine had laparoscopic surgery and for the shoulder pain from your tummy being blown up with wind the heat bag was fabulous! Just check with the hospital if you are allowed to bring one in for the nurse to heat in the microwave!
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PostSubject: Re: What do I take to hospital?   Mon 24 Aug 2009, 4:49 am

I'm thinking I might just take my pillow...everything else I think I can cope with...failing that hubby can bring what I need each day...lol (load him up)
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PostSubject: Re: What do I take to hospital?   Sun 23 Aug 2009, 11:00 pm

Thanks Raisedbycats

Thanks for that, I might have to find a minute to go shopping.
Hey congratulations on the weight loss it is fantastic !

Off to work for a couple of hours and then for the endoscopy YUCK
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PostSubject: Re: What do I take to hospital?   Sun 23 Aug 2009, 10:19 pm

One of the incisions is right up under the boob and its a bit uncomfortable wearing a bra for the first week or so. Bras without a wire are less likely to irritate the wound.
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PostSubject: Re: What do I take to hospital?   Sun 23 Aug 2009, 10:15 am

Hi Hayley,
Don't want to sound like an idiot but why a bra without an under wire.

Starting to get together what needs to be packed.
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PostSubject: Re: What do I take to hospital?   Mon 10 Aug 2009, 7:31 am

If your in a share room take some headphones for the TV
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PostSubject: Re: What do I take to hospital?   Mon 11 May 2009, 10:29 am

Over here most surgeons will recommend what regime you should follow (if any), or make arrangements for you to see a dietician.

There are some people on this forum that did not need any special pre-op diet at all, and some that were on Optifast (or other full meal replacement) for many weeks.

I was on 2 weeks of Optifast like Lib mentioned, and only allowed certain vegetables.

It really depends on your circumstances and your surgeons requirements. He/She should be advising what they would like you to do.

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PostSubject: Re: What do I take to hospital?   Mon 11 May 2009, 4:12 am

My dietitan said 3 a day, and 2 cups of vegies, he said I could have a 4th if I needed it. You can also have low joule Jelly. And make sure you have your 2L of water!
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PostSubject: Re: What do I take to hospital?   Mon 11 May 2009, 4:05 am

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PostSubject: Re: What do I take to hospital?   Mon 11 May 2009, 1:15 am

Hi, do you mean meal replacements or vitamins?

What has your doctor recommended?

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PostSubject: Re: What do I take to hospital?   Mon 11 May 2009, 12:01 am

I am not sure if you all are still active on this site. I need some advice on how many liquid supplements to take a day for the two weeks before surgery. My date is on May 28.
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PostSubject: Re: What do I take to hospital?   Sun 26 Apr 2009, 11:40 am

Hi Allie

If you have a support person with you, they can look after your bag. If, like me, you go in solo, they just put your bag in a tray under your bed. The bed they put you in, in the pre-op area is the bed you will be in for your whole stay in hospital.

I only took a small sports bag with me so didn't it wasn't too much of an issue fitting it under the bed, however if you take a suitcase it may be bit more of an issue.

Good luck for surgery.

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PostSubject: Re: What do I take to hospital?   Sun 26 Apr 2009, 7:16 am

I would be having my surgery at St George Private - if you check in at the day clinic area how does your stuff get to the ward. do they take it or do your family bring it?

Its been a long time since I have been to hospital ( 36 years ago - I was 4 years old)
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PostSubject: Re: What do I take to hospital?   Sat 29 Nov 2008, 4:45 am

Thanks for that info Gail
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PostSubject: Re: What do I take to hospital?   Fri 28 Nov 2008, 11:56 pm

Hi Suziq

At St George, you will be admitted via the Day Surgery Unit on the ground floor and won't get to your room until after the surgery.

Something I took with me when I got banded was one of my own pillows. Helps with getting comfortable in hospital (I felt I got better quality sleep with it) and also for the drive home as you can put it between your tummy and the seatbelt as the incisions will still be a bit tender.

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PostSubject: Re: What do I take to hospital?   Fri 28 Nov 2008, 8:01 am

Thanks Ticked Pink.....I have to ring the hospital on Monday so I'll see if I can request a single room if at all possible.
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PostSubject: Re: What do I take to hospital?   Thu 27 Nov 2008, 6:55 am

Suzi - I think that it may depend on bed availability.
When I had my daughter by caesararean, I was taken to my room and allowed to get settled and changed, and I waited there until we were taken to the operating room.

However I do know that while I was still in hospital one of the mornings had a lot of c/s booked, and as it wasnt discharge time on the ward yet, the new paitents were waiting down in the day surgery area, and then taken to the operating room or to a room as they became available.

I will add though, that when Lily was born (March 2007) the hospital I was at (and the same one I will be having the sleeve done at) just had a lot of people booked into have babies and some new mothers were placed into general surgery wards, so maybe it's not always like that.
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PostSubject: Re: What do I take to hospital?   Thu 27 Nov 2008, 6:44 am

Hi Peter

Thank you for your reply....I'm in such a state I didn't even realise that my second question hadn't been answered....how said I was slow!! I will take your advise and ring Kogarah Private and see what their procedure is....I would certainly love to settle down in private before my op.
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PostSubject: Re: What do I take to hospital?   Thu 27 Nov 2008, 2:12 am

No one answered part 2 of your question.

It does depend on the hospital you are going to. I went to the Mount and you are admitted to your room when you arrive. But others have had to wait in a waiting room till the surgery and only after get taken to your room.

If it concerns you, just call the hospital and ask the admissions nurse what the proceedure is.

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