Make Yourself Comfy: My Hospital Packing List
As with any chronic illness, epilepsy can often require us to end up admitted to the hospital for days, weeks, or even months at a time. When you are already sick there is nothing worse, in my opinion, than being away from your own home and bed and all those comfort items.
After quite a few hospital admissions I think I have locked down some of the most important items I have ready to go in case of an admission. And if you are anything like me and you end up admitted to the hospital almost monthly for some reason or another, I definitely advise having a "go bag."
Packing list essentials
Let's talk essentials.
In my "go bag" I always have a travel bag with my favorite smelling lotions, shampoos, and body wash. Whether I am actually able to use these items during admission is always up for debate, but I am always glad they are packed when the nurses offer me a shower!
Oh man, there were many hospital stays, up until this year, that I did not pack a razor. I have some sensory problems and one of them causes me not to be able to sleep if the hair on my legs are not shaved because I am just so uncomfortable. So I finally packed a razor in my "go bag." Honestly, there has not been an admission I have not been able to use it! I love the CNAs (certified nursing assistants) who so graciously and humbly offer to help me shave my legs!
Toothbrush and toothpaste
Yes, the hospital provides these items and for an emergency admission they work fine. But we all know we have our favorite toothbrush and our favorite toothpaste and there is nothing like having that available.
Comfort items for hospital admissions, testing, etc.
Moving on from hygiene let's talk COMFORT.
I do not go to an admission or even an emergency room visit without my own blanket! There is nothing more comfortable than having that small piece of home with you. Plus the added benefit of warmth and comfort!
Now, I do not always bring a pillow, but they do provide great comfort, as we all know those hospital pillows can be flimsy and downright uncomfortable! If I'm having a long admission, then I definitely am craving my favorite pillow. If it's a short admission, then I will just make do.
Y'all go ahead and bring that favorite stuffed animal from home! And if you don’t have one yet I definitely recommend getting a hospital buddy – a stuffed animal specifically for those admissions or ER trips or even procedures.
Now, these aren't necessities, but if i have the time I absolutely will pack them.
Hospitals only operate dining during certain hours, they also only have a select set of options. When I am in hospital I like to have my own snacks to choose from. Bringing some of my favorites can give me ease of mind that at least I know I have something I will both like and be able to tolerate.
I like to pack a few small makeup products. Sometimes long admissions can really have my self confidence in the drain and so a little makeup really can help bring a smile to my face.
I am a big fan of streaming networks, so if I have the opportunity, I try to bring a device I can stream my shows on. Some hospitals have the capability of hooking up a Roku or Fire TV Stick device to their TVs, too. And don't forget the charging cables!
Make epilepsy admissions more tolerable
Admissions can be hard, but bringing comfort items and even a little bit of what's home to you can make them a little more tolerable. So whatever it is that brings you joy and comfort: pack that!
But make sure it's hospital-appropriate, of course! Also, as a disclaimer, be sure that any objects you bring are objects that you will not be devastated if damaged or misplaced. Emergencies happen and items can get tossed aside. I have had it happen. So don't bring anything also you'd be afraid might get lost.
Any necessities you're sure to always bring to the hospital or procedure? Share in the comments!
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