Ha just kidding! This post will be about 10 must haves to take on your trip to the hospital: I have become quite the expert of this topic over the years. Many a time I have had to speed pack a bag full of essentials for a journey to A&E.
Normally this is after dialling 111 when I have an unusual pain in my leg (oh the joys of being more at risk to blood clots) or an infection has flared up. After the advisor listening to my concerns, 9 times of of 10 they refer me to the emergency assessment unit (probably after me scaring them with my zillion syllabled medical condition). Now being an awkward time and the likelihood of there being a wait, I usually end up staying the night. This is when my list of hospital essentials comes to light…
Slipper socks-I have this thing when if I’m cold, it doesn’t matter how many blankets or layers I have on, if I’m not wearing socks I’m still freezing! Also they protect your feet during those journeys to the loo (NEVER have bare feet in a hospital!!!)
Crossword book– doesn’t matter if it’s 2 days or 2 years old -have a rummage in your mums pile of magazines, maybe she still has that one she took for the flight to Gran Canaria in August? These puzzle books often like to regurgitate words, so after you’ve done a few you become quite good at them. You will be very thankful to have the choice of something to read/ puzzle to solve otherwise you will find yourself counting the tiles on the ceiling.
The new vogue magazine (obvs).
Baby wipes– now sometimes you won’t be able to have a shower whilst your there- especially if you’re stuck in A and E, to avoid feeling grubby, take a pack of these with you.
Spare set of knickers– let’s face it you never know how long your hospital stay will be, and wearing a fresh pair of undies the next day will make all the difference.
Toothbrush and toothpaste– Okay, so some hospitals and particular wards may give you a travel set, but this doesn’t happen all the time. A clean set of knashers just makes me feel more human and if the docs have to listen to your heart beat and you’re conscious of your hogs breath, that’s not really great is it? Failing that grab some chewing gum at the in-hospital newsagents.
Earphones- having the 70 yr old next to me snore the whole night isn’t quite my idea of a good nights sleep. My SoundMAGIC ones are really good; I’ve had my pair for years and they’re still as good as new.
A snuggly top– Your boyfriends hoodie is a good option; I don’t know what it is but there’s something really nice about cosying up in a large hoodie.
A really thick cosy scarf that can double up as a pillow or blanket: some wards are unable to provide pillows, trust me you will be so thankful for that scarf when you have to spend the night on a couch instead of a proper bed.
And not forgetting Ye old iPhone charger– I’ve just bought a Juice lightning extra long lead apparently they last ages and they’re cheaper than Apple’s own! I got mine in bright coral so I can always spot it in a mess.
Undoubtedly I will have forgotten things so I will update as and when.
So that’s my list, what’s yours? I am intrigued to know other people’s experiences!