What would you bring? - page 2
After reading/posting on the post on caring for Nurses or MD's...I thought of another question that may be amusing... If you were a patient, say you had back surgery or something where you were... Read More
Jan 12, '07Robe, slippers, books & magazines, pen & notebook, MP3 player, lip balm & throw blanket. I'd ask my family to visit only at dinner time, for maybe an hour - the rest of time I could use the peace & quiet, and their time is better spent at home than sitting with me waiting for my condition to change.
Edited to add: how could I almost forget?? As soon as I'm not NPO, I need diet Coke to recaffeinate myself!
Jan 12, '07Quote from TazziRNAfter my diag lap last year, i was given one of those to pee in since i was still (happily) woozy from the anesthetics. Managed to pee on it and around it, but not in it lol. Probably would have helped to hold still, but i was too busy trying to figure out why it took 6 nurses in PACU to take care of me (there was actually 2, but that's now what i "saw").It's a urinal with a scoop-shaped attachment that rests against the peri area so that a woman can pee laying down.
Here's a link to a website where you can buy one. Scroll down the page, there are several examples.
Jan 12, '07[font=book antiqua]1. puzzle books of diverse types, because staring at four walls and tv aren't going to hack it.
[font=book antiqua]2. mechanical tooth brush (my hands might be tide up with ivs and restraints lol)
[font=book antiqua]3. mirror, to see how bad i really loook!
[font=book antiqua]4. a friend
[font=book antiqua]5. slippers, 'cause that cold hospital floor with all those creepy bugs makes me chuck just thinking about it.
[font=book antiqua]6. shorts, 'cause a lot of my patients do!
[font=book antiqua]7. baroque music to calm me.Last edit by CaLLaCoDe on Jan 13, '07
Jan 12, '071 - nice, warm robe
2 - my I-POD
3 - portable DVD player with Grey's Anatomy DVD's
4 - chocolate
Jan 12, '07Quote from Marie_LPNBack surgery? Definitely a sippie cup (yes the kind that toddlers use). Those are a great for people that can't sit up to get a drink.
I LOVE IT. For once someone can relate to what I do. Every time I am sick I would use my toddler's sippy cup. My family thought I lost my marbles even with a rationale. Even other nurses thought I was crazy. Thank You!!!
Jan 12, '07I had to lay flat for 3 days following each back surgery (2). Have you ever tried to eat flat?
Jan 12, '07Quote from jetscreamer101My dad had to stay overnight for a cardiac cath because of his kidney function, but had to stay flat for several hours after. What I did was prop his head up on pillows so he was slightly bent at the neck, lay a chux on his chest, and lay the plate on that. He was able to scoop the food into his mouth that way, much neater than me feeding him. That way the only thing he needed help with was the liquids.I had to lay flat for 3 days following each back surgery (2). Have you ever tried to eat flat?
Jan 12, '07but no-one stayed to help, just dropped off the tray. I did end up log rolling to the side and having the tray set lower than the bed, just had to bring it up. I would probably not have eaten anything had my mom not shown me this trick. They log rolled me for using the bedpan, why not to eat?
Quote from TazziRNMy dad had to stay overnight for a cardiac cath because of his kidney function, but had to stay flat for several hours after. What I did was prop his head up on pillows so he was slightly bent at the neck, lay a chux on his chest, and lay the plate on that. He was able to scoop the food into his mouth that way, much neater than me feeding him. That way the only thing he needed help with was the liquids.
Jan 13, '071. My nice fluffy pillow
2. Lots of big thick books or audio-books
3. Warm wooly socks for my cold cold feet
5. A fleecy blanket
6. Lots of different flavored juice boxes....for the variety...and the straw!
7. Shorts or pajama pants
8. Yummy tasting toothpaste
9. Personal DVD player & lots of DVDs.
10. Maybe my digital camera to see what my wound looks like from drsg change to drsg change....especially if I couldn't see it myself.
Jan 13, '07This post is cracking me up. I haven't had a lot of surgeries, or even been in the hospital very much. (Knock on wood--I'm generally fairly healthy) But it has been my experience when I have been in the hospital after an operation, all I am able to do is sleep. The drugs are great! (Just kidding!) I would never be coherent enough to do a crossword puzzle or even read a newspaper for that matter. So I really wouldn't care about having anything like that. As long as I was comfortable, I really wouldn't want anything else, except to be left alone...and to keep the painkillers coming! :spin:
Jan 13, '071. The hospital can provide linen, dinner ware, clothing etc. If I have just had back surgery, there is no way I will want to do washing when I get home.
2. A mirror angled behind the bed, so that I can see my meal as I eat it (have seen this used in one hospital).
3. My imaginary laptop (how does one cope without a puter?)
5. My husband, to wait hand and foot on me - he would kill me if he saw this post!