Hospital Must Haves for Breast Reconstruction Surgery
By: Courtney Floyd
So, you are about to head to the hospital for your breast reconstruction, and you have to stay there for a few days! Here is a list of items you should consider packing to make your stay a little more comfortable.
1) House slippers and a comfortable robe. Hospitals can be cold, so you want to be sure to keep yourself warm. A robe can also help prevent any unwanted peeks to your backside once you start getting up and walking around. (We all know those hospital gowns don’t cover much.)
2) A pillow from home. Being in a hospital bed for multiple days can become very uncomfortable. A pillow from home can add a little extra comfort and fluff to the generic hospital pillows.
3) Entertainment. Books, crossword puzzles, music, and other forms of entertainment can help time go by a little faster while you are in the hospital after your reconstruction.
4) Earplugs and eye mask. Hospitals function 24/7, so it can be difficult to get your needed rest without a little help blocking out the noise and lights.
5) Colgate Wisps. For the first couple of days after your reconstructive surgery, your ability to get up and go to the bathroom to brush your teeth may be limited. Colgate Wisps provide an easy way to freshen your breath without the hassle of brushing from your bed.
6) Glasses. If you wear contacts, bringing glasses is important because you will not be able to wear your contacts during or immediately after your surgery.
7) Face and body wipes. Initially after surgery you will be unable to shower. Face and body wipes are an easy way to keep yourself feeling clean without the water.
8) Large T-shirt. After surgery you will be wearing a special surgical bra and an abdominal binder. If you have sensitive skin, wearing a large shirt under the bra and binder may help reduce the irritation.
9) Positive Attitude. Maintaining a positive attitude today can help ensure a fabulous tomorrow.
10) Support. An active support system is important during your recovery. Remember your family, friends, nurses, and physicians are here for you and want to help with your battle against breast cancer.