Backscratcher: Sitting in the bed just makes you itchy. Being hooked up to EKGs, IVs, feeding tubes, pulse oximeters, ventilators…make it worse. Limited mobility makes that itch tough to scratch.
Lip Balm: Hospitals are dry and lips get chapped. I found this square case style so the lip balm doesn’t roll onto the dirty, dirty hospital floor when moving the bedside table.
Insulated Cooler: Hospital food sucks. Of course there are exceptions but even when you can count on the quality, sometimes the menu gets old. 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.
Notebook and Pen: It's great for those things you don't want to forget! From writing down ideas and to-do lists 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.
Hospital Survival Guide: Helpful hints from hundreds of days of experience...
Bluetooth Speaker: Whether it's a day in the hospital or weeks, the mood means everything. Simply listening to a calming album or a well put together playlist might make the time a little better or at least provide a temporary distraction. My wife would often go to sleep to nature sounds and I would play it before her physical therapy. What a great time to try Apple music, Pandora, or Spotify! It’s also a nice option to have for those times when your laptop speakers aren’t enough to drown out the hospital noise.
COMING SOON- Hospital Comfort Kit
by CF Cornerman
Dark Chocolate Bar: Because Chocolate
In this kit:
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.
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.
A portion of the proceeds will go towards helping patients and families.
Water bottle: 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 bottle will be of use long after you're out of the hospital.
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