A couple months I wrote an article for the Fight Like A Girl Club regarding preparing for surgery. Little did I know that I would be preparing for it again myself so soon. So while I was perusing Pinterest the other day, I came across this adorable printable to create hospital survival kits and they got me thinking!
Of course, these are meant for new moms but I thought, “How fun would it be to create a cute survival kit for fellow spoonies heading to the hospital?” So if you have a friend or loved one heading to the hospital soon, you might want to check out these free printables and help put a smile on her face even in the midst of surgery!
Here are some ideas of things to include:
- Lotion. The air in hospitals can be extremely dry so my skin always gets really itchy. Lotion is a great way to soothe some of that itchiness as well as feel a little fresher after surgery (when a shower might not be an option right away). I would advise staying away from heavily scented lotions. My personal post-op favorite is Eucerin Calming Creme.
- Lip Balm. Much for the same reasons as listed above. My lips are always super dry right after surgery from the tube being down my throat.
- Cute socks. Hospital gowns are definitely not the most flattering and definitely don’t make you feel cute or pretty by any means and sometimes they are a must for a least the first couple days post-op so I always rely on cute socks to add some fun and for a quick pick-me-up.
- Magazines. For the first week or so after surgery, my attention span is next to nothing so I have a hard time focusing on reading a book so a magazine is a great option! Even if you cannot focus on the articles themselves, it gives you something to flip through if boredom strikes or you are waiting on your next round of meds to kick in.
- Dry Shampoo. This seriously is one of the world’s greatest inventions. If you’ve ever wondered if it works, let me tell you it does and is amazing. When I’m in the hospital, I really don’t care what I look like. Sure I pray that I don’t look like death warmed over when 1,000 people decide to visit but that’s not why I would put this in my surgery bad. I hate the way I feel after surgery. On top of the post-surgical pain, you can just feel yucky but no where near good enough to attempt a shower yet. Dry shampoo helps take some of the “yuck” out easily from bed.
- Face Wipes/Baby Wipes – see above.
- Snacks. I am so an advocate for chocolate except in this instance. Depending on medications, chocolate may not sit well on the stomach so other snacks I suggest for when the jello gets old is fruit snacks, granola bars, and hard candy.
These are definitely things that will be packed in my bag this week as I head off to surgery on Friday!
What could I be forgetting? What would you include in your surgery survival kit?