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JenM
05-27-2010, 10:53 AM
I am starting to pack for the hospital and was wondering what I should pack. I was thinking that those who recently had surgery could help me. I just bought chapstick as I have read from previous posts that your lips get very chapped.

Also, I was wondering, will I be able to wear a bra soon after the surgery? I am getting fused from T4-L3. I'm thinking a bra will be uncomfortable for awhile after the surgery because it will rub up against the incision. What should I wear besides a bra? I'm sure I'll have people visit me afterwards and was wondering what I could wear so I don't look so droopy! Don't think I could get away with wearing nothing!

Thanks for your input!

JenM

Back-out
05-27-2010, 11:02 AM
Far out, but there ARE stick on demi bras, two pieces. Usually they're reserved for women wearing unusually low cut gowns which normal bras can't accommodate! Google should be able to guide you to anything.

I have a front fastening bra - almost seamless (none in back). I'm wearing it out between hand surgery (try fastening a bra with one hand!) and other issues.

Knit sports bras, (front zipping or hooking, also seamless in back) can be very comfortable and with a good mix of spandex can give good support, though a bit "flattening".

It may well be that for a while anything that even brushes your incision site is intolerable. I wouldn't know. This is all just a run down of products I know exist!

Best of luck! :)

joyfull
05-27-2010, 11:45 AM
Hi Jen. My surgery is also June 8th, with Dr. Lonner, and I was thinking of posting this same question, but you beat me to the punch! My fusion will be T2 to L4, and I'm wondering if I should bring anything other than a robe and slippers to wear in the hospital. I'm sure you need more for rehab. Joy

LindaRacine
05-27-2010, 02:56 PM
Hi Jen...

You can find a list of handy things here:

http://www.scoliosislinks.com/PreparingforSurgery.htm

Regards,
Linda

twinsmom
05-27-2010, 04:39 PM
Hi, When my daughters were in I brought in a CDplayer/IPOD with relaxation music for the nights. I tried to do REIKI but they didn't want it. I think it works really well. I brought sleeping masks which the girls still use at home. Lotion for feet massages and perfume mist to freshen up the hospital room. A blanket or fun pillow would work as well. DVD or VHS that you like. The hospitals have some but they weren't the girls favorites. But you don't have to do this. After each of the other surgeries we brought less and less except for the DVD.

The girls did not wear bras for awhile. Cammies and tank tops. And when you do start wearing them, take them off at night! one daughte ran into a painful experience with straps on the incision. I will talk to them and see if I am right about this and if they have any other suggestions. Good Luck! Mary

debbei
05-27-2010, 05:12 PM
I am starting to pack for the hospital and was wondering what I should pack. I was thinking that those who recently had surgery could help me. I just bought chapstick as I have read from previous posts that your lips get very chapped.

Also, I was wondering, will I be able to wear a bra soon after the surgery? I am getting fused from T4-L3. I'm thinking a bra will be uncomfortable for awhile after the surgery because it will rub up against the incision. What should I wear besides a bra? I'm sure I'll have people visit me afterwards and was wondering what I could wear so I don't look so droopy! Don't think I could get away with wearing nothing!

Thanks for your input!

JenM

Hi Jen,
I didn't wear a bra full time until I went back to work at 7 months. Before that (and even sometimes after if I was having spasms), I would wear a cami with shelf bra built in.

I emailed you back, call me any time you want for last minute pep talk/advice. :)

jsully
05-28-2010, 05:18 AM
Went online last night and ordered 9 tank tops with shelf bras I can wear to like December here in FL, all for a total of $111. Victoria Secret online has 3 for 30 tanks and camis. If you order $100 you get free shipping so I also ordered 3 nicer ones for $15 to wear if I go somewhere a little dressier.:)
Janet

JenM
05-28-2010, 06:22 AM
Thank you so much for that information, Janet!!! I was wondering where I could find a tank with a built in bra. I'm will order from there too. I'm just not sure about the size since I'm hoping the rib "humps" will go away on my back! Guess I'll order a size smaller than what I usually wear. Thanks so much!!

Jen

jsully
05-28-2010, 06:46 AM
I ordered my usual size maybe even bigger so they are nice and comfy and not too tight. Although, it feels better to be prepared then buy stuff later and it's fun to pick out all of the colors. Retail therapy :).
Janet

JenM
05-28-2010, 07:16 AM
Hi Janet-

I just found the 3 for $30 bra tops online at VS. Did you buy level 1, 2 or 3? The ones I like are level 1, just not sure if it will be enough support.

jsully
05-28-2010, 07:25 AM
I think they are level 1. I got 3 cami's and 3 tanks.

titaniumed
05-28-2010, 10:30 AM
Jen
Through the years I've learned that whenever you "pack" for an event, you always forget something. I now expect it, and do not let it bother me anymore. I give up! LOL

I went down with a change of clothes, and a cell phone. The hospital was not responsible for theft and didnít want be bringing pricy items down.

If you can have someone bring the items you need later after you are up, that usually works out pretty good....

Try not to worry too much, its not worth it. You will be in good hands...
Have a great weekend!
Ed

I do get upset if I forget the A1 sauce. At the end of last summer, I had about 6 bottles in my fridge! My neighbor pointed that out to me.
Oh well.

Shari
05-28-2010, 10:47 PM
I packed what I thought would be necessary, and I never opened it once. Go figure:rolleyes:.

Shari

JenniferG
05-28-2010, 11:41 PM
I packed a bra for the drive home, which seems funny now. I didn't wear a bra for 3 months and the funny thing is, you don't care what you look like. I guess if you're big in the bust, it would be more of a problem.

I took pjs because I wanted to be out of that "gown" asap. Shampoo, toothbrush and paste, a brush, with some undies, trackie dacks and top and joggers for coming home. And a dressing gown for walking the halls.

Vali
05-29-2010, 12:16 AM
Ditto on the above - plus - dont forget the facial moisturiser and sanitary wear for the ladies!;)

LynetteG
05-29-2010, 07:02 AM
I hardly brought anything, and I was glad. I brought a change of clothes to go home in, I.e. Shorts, t-shirt, panties, socks, and shoes, toothbrush, toothpaste, hairbrush, and cell phone, and a book.

mbeckoff
05-30-2010, 03:22 PM
You really only need things if you are going for rehab. If you are just going home straight from the hospital, you need very little

Melissa

kassie84
06-01-2010, 12:48 AM
Hey Jen, Good luck for next week. I had my surgery last monday 24th May. I took so much with me, i felt a bit silly really. But it was comforting to have my teddy and own pillow. I also took a couple of big nightshirts which were easy to put on- button down all the way. I took heaps of knickers, but never wore a single pair. Some good scuff slippers were all i wore, especially for my walks around the ward. I applied chappy ten times a day and it was a life saver, I also took a really nice face cleanser and cream and it helped keep me feeling refreshed. I know everyone is different, but i showered everyday in hospital after my op, and washed my hair, which was really nice because the meds made me sweaty and feel a bit yuck. You definately won't need a bra in hospital, however, since being home and going for my little walks each day, i have found that even though im only a 12C I got sore breasts. But now, i have a soft cotton bra which does up at the front which i wear walking. I bought it from ebay and it is quite good.
I got so many magazines bought for me as gifts, but i really couldn't look at them till i got home cause i was so drousy. But somehow i managed to play with my iphone, and post on this forum which really helped me pull through...
good luck again, it's good to read through all the posts and prepare for everything, but it is a very individual thing- so don't stress, just take each day as it comes...

JenM
06-01-2010, 10:09 AM
Thank you everyone for all of your replies! I really appreciate it. This weekend I purchased slippers and a robe. I am bringing my portable DVD player so I can watch some movies as well as my Ipod.

I'm thinking about also getting some non-rinse shampoo, which was on Linda's helpful list. Did anyone use that? I'm also wondering when I will be able to take a shower for the first time.

Thanks,
JenM

jsully
06-01-2010, 11:03 AM
My DR said I can shower when I go home if I cover it with Tegaderm dressing or I have to wait 10 days.:eek:
Janet

LynetteG
06-01-2010, 02:33 PM
Janet - I was able to shower while I was in the hospital every day, I'm surprised Dr. Cronen said you had to wait?

JenniferG
06-01-2010, 03:45 PM
I showered the day the catheter/epidurals/incision dressings were removed - day 3 or 4. I also washed my hair that first shower, it was heaven. What surprised me, was how early they uncovered my incision and I wasn't required to have it covered for the shower.