Bluetooth Speaker: "Small but Fierce" were the requirements and we searched far and wide to find to find the right one that didn't take up too much space on the bedside table but had a clear, crisp sound...this one outperformed them all! Whether it's a day in the hospital or weeks, the mood means everything. Simply listening to calming music might make the days a little brighter. Rebecca would often go to sleep to nature sounds and I liked to play "Eye of the Tiger" before her physical therapy sessions. It’s also a nice option to have for those times when your laptop speakers aren’t enough to drown out the hospital noise.
Water bottle: We found a bottle that was easy to clean in the hospital setting! No narrow straws to bring home and clean. I doubt they'll tell you that you're drinking too much water. When upping your intake or just staying hydrated, it is convenient to have your own water bottle by your bed. This cool aluminum bottle will be of use long after you're out of the hospital.
This kit is all about doing what you can to make hospital days “good days.” Cystic fibrosis would often bring Rebecca into the hospital for weeks at a time and we learned to bring the comforts of home with us.
Comfort became even more critical as her stays became longer. Between her hospitalization in December and discharge after her lung transplant the following August, Rebecca was in the hospital for 219 days. During that time, people would ask if we needed anything and I usually just said we were fine. They would then send us flowers or snacks which I truly appreciated but it wasn’t until afterward that I realized that the things that really helped weren’t always the things we thought to mention. Those are the items I included in this kit.
Backscratcher: Sitting in the bed just makes you itchy. Being hooked up to EKGs, IVs, feeding tubes, pulse oximeters, and ventilators makes it worse. Limited mobility makes that itch tough to scratch.
Lip Balm: The square shape is no coincidence! I found this square case style so the lip balm doesn’t roll onto the dirty, dirty hospital floor when moving the bedside table. Remember...hospitals are dry and lips get chapped.
Body Wipes: Showers are not always easy or frequent when in the hospital. My wife was connected to a ventilator and unable to stand for long periods so she only received sponge baths which could be tiring and time consuming. Sometimes a quick wipe down with a body wipe was a great refresher.
Notebook and Pen: They stay together because we're always looking for a pen! It's great for those things you don't want to forget: from writing down ideas to essential questions for the doctor. While Rebecca was on the ventilator she couldn't speak, so this became an essential tool for simply communicating.
A portion of the proceeds will go towards helping other patients and families.
Dark Chocolate Bar: Because chocolate. Individually wrapped pieces make it easier to share...if you want to.
Hospital Survival Guide: We put together helpful hints from hundreds of days of experience...you'll also get my email address ;)
In this kit:
COMING SOON- Hospital Comfort Kit
by CF Cornerman
Insulated Cooler: This woven cooler with heat sealed PEVA insulated lining is easy to carry with plenty of storage! Hospital food sucks and a cooler is great for bringing goodies from home or even keeping milk cold if you’re not on the same schedule as food services…we never were.
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