Having surgery is really not an easy thing to do, and it’s even harder if you are not prepared for it. To make it a little easier for you, I’ve created a list of must have items for when your are in the hospital, on your way home, and for when you get home. Click here to access a downloadable pdf version. Let me know if I missed anything!
You’re going to want an easy way to get your hair out of your face.
Because if you are anything like me, you have them everywhere and you never have them when you need them.
It’s just a good idea to have as many hair restraining items as possible – especially while you are in the hospital.
You are probably not going to be able to shower and having dry shampoo is a great alternative.
Since you are more than likely not going to be able to shower, this is an easy way to clean up while you’re stuck in bed.
Personal hygiene is important, so having baby wipes around is a great alternative to the real deal.
You will probably be able to brush your teeth, but for the first day or two you may not want to get out of bed to actually do it. Having these around is a really handy alternative to getting out of bed and brushing your teeth.
Because hospitals have tons of germs.
Your skin is going to get really dry after surgery and it’s really nice to have a lotion you love with you.
Make sure you have a good lip balm always handy for those chapped lips after surgery.
Anaesthesia really dries up your mouth, and the don’t like to give you water right after surgery. Make sure you have these (or something like it) so you can easily produce saliva.
They really help when you are trying to drink something in bed.
A water bottle that is spill-proof is really important for drinking in bed.
Hospitals tend to be really bright.
Hospitals tend to be loud too.
Because you are going to be uncomfortable while you are in the hospital and it’s nice to make yourself as comfortable as possible.
You’ll get a hospital gown but you’ll probably want your own.
Bring cozy comfortable slippers that you love to wear.
It’s nice to hold something while you’re sleeping.
I like to have the knee high ones so they do not slip.
Because it’s nice to get some relaxation in.
So you can easily reach!
Have your family and friends sign your guest book. It’ll be nice to read later and you might be sleeping when they come to visit anyway.
You are going to want fiber in your diet to make it easy to go to the bathroom.
Drinking endless amount of water gets old – add some flavor.
It’s nice to have a special treat when you’re not feeling well.
These are my favorite 😉
So you can easily skim through and read.
Because coloring therapy is amazing!
Makes it easy for you to just listen to any book you want to read.
You may not be awake most of the time, but in case you are, it’s nice to have a book you love.
Makes it easy to keep everything you need close by.
Everything You Need For the Drive Home
Any loose fitting panties made of cotton works well.
Easy to put on and take off.
You may want to get several pairs to make it through the next few months while you are recuperating.
Makes it more comfortable for you to sit in the car or any seat for a longer periods of time.
Provides stability and support on your way home.
Home Essentials for After Surgery
Bending is not the easiest thing to do after surgery so you want to have one of these around for those moments that no one else is around to help you.
So you can easily shower alone.
Makes it easy for you to eat in bed.
If your Dr. recommends heat therapy.
If your Dr. recommends cold therapy.
Really helps with lower back pain – still use one today!
So you can sit comfortably in bed.
I really like all natural remedies, but I recommend talking to your Dr. before using any all natural product.
I found it really helped me, but I would recommend talking to your Dr. before you use it.
It’s not always easy to fall asleep when your in pain, a good tea might help.
Just a reminder, all items on this list are my personal recommendation based on my experience. I am not a medical professional, so please consult with your Dr. before using or purchasing any of my recommended products.
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