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megz
01-01-2010, 10:21 PM
Ok so I am starting to get nervous now! haha.. It will be here before I know it. I go Wednesday for my pre-op appointment with the Dr. and right after that I go and speak with the anesthetist. eeek o_O
What do I need to bring with me when I am in the hospital?! I'm sure they have stuff there for me but what are the stuff that you wish you had brought?! I got a niccee 3-1 body wrap blanket that I must have with me lol. They expect me to be there 10-14 days.. I can't believe its almost a week away!! I can't wait until its done and over with!

xoxo,
Megz

RitaR
01-01-2010, 10:28 PM
Hello Megz
Besta luck to you. I can imagine you are nervous, but I am confident you will do fine. My date of July still seems somewhat in the distance, but I am sure I will be in your shoes sooner than I think. Please keep me posted and let me know how things go. Where are you having your surgery, who is your doctor and what degree of curve are you?

debbei
01-01-2010, 10:32 PM
I was only at the hospital for 6 days, but I didn't wear pajamas at all; only the hospital gowns. I brought underwear and 'supplies' for when my period came. Plus products to wash my face, brush my teeth, and no-water caps to wash my hair with. I wasn't interested in ipods or books or anything to keep me entertained. All I wanted was TV and sleep.

Good luck to you,

leahdragonfly
01-01-2010, 11:01 PM
Hi Debbei,

just wondering, what is the no-water cap you mentioned for hair washing?

Megz,

Good luck with your surgery, and I will look forward to your posts afterwards as you recover.

Take care,

megz
01-02-2010, 12:16 AM
Hello Megz
Besta luck to you. I can imagine you are nervous, but I am confident you will do fine. My date of July still seems somewhat in the distance, but I am sure I will be in your shoes sooner than I think. Please keep me posted and let me know how things go. Where are you having your surgery, who is your doctor and what degree of curve are you?


I'm having my surgery at Mass General in Boston. Dr. Wood will be performing the surgery. I have two curves the top is 110 and the bottom is 90ish. Dr. Wood believes he will be able to get both curves to 50 degrees..thats good enough for me! as long as I'm not in anymore pain!! =)

megz
01-02-2010, 12:21 AM
I was only at the hospital for 6 days, but I didn't wear pajamas at all; only the hospital gowns. I brought underwear and 'supplies' for when my period came. Plus products to wash my face, brush my teeth, and no-water caps to wash my hair with. I wasn't interested in ipods or books or anything to keep me entertained. All I wanted was TV and sleep.

Good luck to you,

I hate the hospital gowns!! I'm soo small that they don't fit me right! =) haha I would think it would be difficult to wear at the hospital, but I brought some just in case plus I will spending a couple weeks at my moms house afterwards. What are no water caps?? I'm gonna bring my laptop they have wifi at the hospital. I don't know how much I'll be on it but my mom will be there with me so I am sure she will be on it.

megz
01-02-2010, 12:22 AM
Hi Debbei,

just wondering, what is the no-water cap you mentioned for hair washing?

Megz,

Good luck with your surgery, and I will look forward to your posts afterwards as you recover.

Take care,

Thank you very much =)

rich1752
01-02-2010, 12:24 AM
Slippers and a robe was all i needed the 7 days I was in the hospital. My physical therapist wanted me walking the halls and I didn't want to only wear the open back gown. I am 3 weeks out now. It's getting easier, but started to feel sick when I eat and can't keep food down. My left side is still numb, but doctors said that is normal because of the muscles cut during the surgery.

rich

megz
01-02-2010, 12:33 AM
Slippers and a robe was all i needed the 7 days I was in the hospital. My physical therapist wanted me walking the halls and I didn't want to only wear the open back gown. I am 3 weeks out now. It's getting easier, but started to feel sick when I eat and can't keep food down. My left side is still numb, but doctors said that is normal because of the muscles cut during the surgery.

rich

check! Def bringing slippers and robe. Did they get you out of bed the next day?? Is it the pain meds that are making you sick?

debbei
01-02-2010, 06:46 AM
Hi Debbei,

just wondering, what is the no-water cap you mentioned for hair washing?


Take care,

I'm not sure if this is the brand I had, but here is a link:

http://www.lifesolutionsplus.com/no-rinse-shampoo-cap-p-408.html

My private nurse used one on me each day. It wasn't like a 'real' shampoo, but it sure helped. It made me feel a little more refreshed.

hamlette
01-02-2010, 07:34 AM
Hey! I had my surgery 3 weeks ago. I brought my laptop and loads of DVDs to watch - I didn't have any concentration for reading books. I also had a radio which I loved having there. It was a little connection to the real world!

I took dry shampoo but never used it. I had my hair in plaits so it didn't bother me if it was getting greasy, and on day 8 the nurses washed it in the shower. I would not have lived without my lip balm and face moisturiser!! I don't always use them at home, but in the hospital I constantly felt the need to moisturise! Also you will need a really great pair of slippers. If you take pyjamas, take a baggy pair so that they can go comfortably over the catheter.

Good luck!

Singer
01-02-2010, 07:54 AM
I was obsessed with Chapstick in the hospital -- the air is very dry there. I also wore nothing but the hospital gown until I went to rehab after 10 days. They gave me socks with grips on the soles so I didn't need slippers either. I wore slip-on sneakers when I was discharged.

I brought an ipod with me but had no interest in listening to music, watching TV, or looking at magazines...I just wanted to sleep. I also had mild hallucinations from the pain meds...kind of like watching a movie!!!

Wishing you all the best.

sheri66
01-02-2010, 02:45 PM
Definitely chap stick......And if you have long hair braid it.My hair is long and I put it in a ponytail and from thrashing in bed it was in big tangles.Thanks for my hairdresser daughter took 5 hours to get tangles out.

titaniumed
01-02-2010, 03:31 PM
Megs
I was the same as Chris. I had no interest in music or TV. I would just want another shot to go back to sleep with.

The hospital told me not to bring all sorts of stuff since they are not responsible for theft. It would be best to have your items brought down later, after they get you up. For some reason they had me in all sorts of different rooms, and the trips to x-ray (which I enjoyed) all happened at night.

I think that the cell phone by my bed was the most valuable item, next to my teddy bear. LOL

Try not to worry too much. You will have some incredibly talented people taking care of you. I didn't worry all that much since I knew this. My surgeon went to school for 19 years..... My nurses were great also. They are all experts at doing this stuff, and do it every single day.

Be strong now.
Ed

Ps They hand out heated blankets like champagne at a social function. If not just ask, they will keep you toasty.

megz
01-03-2010, 01:53 AM
Ok ladies heres another question..what did you do about wearing a bra?! I can't imagine it being comfortable and rubbing up against the incision. Also, did anyone have to goto Physical Therapy after or have a visiting nurse come into your home..I will be staying with my mom for a couple weeks and she wants to get me a hospital bed and put it down in her dining room..She feels it will be better than sleeping on a pull out bed. How would I go abouts getting a hospital bed.

debbei
01-03-2010, 08:04 AM
Ok ladies heres another question..what did you do about wearing a bra?! I can't imagine it being comfortable and rubbing up against the incision. Also, did anyone have to goto Physical Therapy after or have a visiting nurse come into your home..I will be staying with my mom for a couple weeks and she wants to get me a hospital bed and put it down in her dining room..She feels it will be better than sleeping on a pull out bed. How would I go abouts getting a hospital bed.

Hi,

I'm with your mother--a pullout bed sounds HORRIBLE after this surgery. They are usually uncomfortable for normal backs! I didn't have a hospital bed, but we bought a 3-in memory foam topper for my regular mattress, which was (and still is) heaven.

As for the bra question, I didn't wear one for months. Instead, I wore camisoles with shelf bras. Sometimes to this day, over a year later, too many days in a row of wearing a bra will give my upper back muscle spasms and I go back to the camisole.

I had a visiting nurse and PT's come to my house the first few weeks home. THey were pretty useless, except for the nurse checking that the incision looked good. The PT had me do little things that I could have done on my own, things that they mentioned in the hospital. I started 'real' PT out of the home at about 8 weeks post-op.

Vali
01-03-2010, 08:06 AM
Toothbrush/paste, nighties, dressing gown, socks, hairbrush and ties, moisturiser, chapstick, palmers cocoa butter, book - which i didn't end up reading (too many visitors and too many nurses congregating in my room to admire flowers), mobile phone and 'grabber' - think thats about it.

As for the bra scenario - dont worry about it, they are really uncomfortable. I bought two crop top type bras for when i went walking, they are not as restrictive as conventional types. Apart from this, i didn't go back to wearing a normal bra until about the 8 week mark and even then it was off and on.

Good luck and i hope all goes well for you.

loves to skate
01-03-2010, 12:32 PM
Hi Meg,

Every hospital is different. The Baptist Hospital gave me a booklet ahead of time telling me what to bring. Instead of slippers, I was told to bring a comfortable pair of walking shoes per the Physical Therapists. They gave me elastic shoe laces for them. Don't bother with a nightie unless it buttons down the front. You won't be able to raise your arms comfortably to put it on. The first few days you will have IV's in place anyway. They provided a robe for me and of course the socks with non-slip soles. Forget the bra. The hospital also provided a dry shampoo that worked surprisingly well. The only clothing I brought in was two pair of sweat pants that tied and two hooded sweatshirts that zipped. I had a cell phone but no brains to figure out how to use it.:D Same with the TV set in the room. I had hallucinations for 2 or 3 days post-op and had some really strange conversations with people who were not present in the room.

You have been and will still be in my prayers.

Sally

Doodles
01-03-2010, 08:59 PM
I'm sure you'll want to ditch the bra for sometime! It was very uncomfortable. I still am not crazy about it. You will definitely need a firm bed--a pull-out couch/bed would be really awful I'm thinking. So if there is no other option I'd go with hospital bed. Our bedroom is on first floor and quite firm so it was OK. Previously, I went to rehab for 8 days after 8 days in hospital. I had p.t. coming to my house 2 or 3 times a week for about 2 1/2 months, I think. Then I started going to regular p.t. & water p.t. at our local hospital at about 3 months. Janet

ScoliSkye2
01-03-2010, 09:18 PM
This is all so great! Thanks everybody!!!
okay I will get Skye Memory foam matteress topper, Lip Balm, Face moisterizer I think everything else on the list we've covered. She has long.... long hair which will be salon washed, conditioned and braided on Tuesday - I don't think she will want anyone touching it during her stay at the hospital and I will have her sister-n-law (hairdresser) come to the house to do whatever else she needs done (yes 12 year old Skye has a sister-n-law (big smile). I already told her to ask for those nice heated blankets :p - I've had a couple procedures in my time and remember them fondly

sheri66
01-03-2010, 10:29 PM
I had a hospital bed in my living room for 2 months.I just could not get comfortable in my bed.Also a shower chair which I still use.And as far as the bra I did not wear one for about 2 months.

jrnyc
01-04-2010, 12:34 AM
Hey Meg
i think i remember back to when you were waiting for an appt...i believe you waited a long time...

i wish you a good outcome..successful surgery & a smooth & uneventful recovery! i know everything will go well..you waited a long time & gave this alot of thought..you will be in good hands!

jess

mbeckoff
01-04-2010, 09:30 AM
What a great thread for me to come across!

This is a wonderful resource to keep for my hospital stay

You are a bunch of great people

Melissa

sillycoffeegirl
01-05-2010, 10:21 PM
megz ill be prolly getting out of the hospital when u are having urs. Prayers headed your way for ya. be positive, thats what im trying to do. :)

megz
01-06-2010, 09:20 PM
megz ill be prolly getting out of the hospital when u are having urs. Prayers headed your way for ya. be positive, thats what im trying to do. :)

Good luck hun,
By this time you are all done and are on the road to recovery. I wish you the best hun. I am trying to stay positive but very hard lol =)Can't wait to hear all about how well things went for you when I get back.. Take Care.

Megz