If you’re headed into bariatric surgery, first let me congratulate you! You’ve made a decision to change your life and I know it wasn’t an easy decision to make! Having gone through this process myself, I’ve compiled a list of the top ten items you need to bring with you to the hospital. As usual I hope this is helpful and useful.
1) Of course your phone is invaluable. A way to stay in touch with those who want to know how you’re doing and an endless way to pass the time.
2) But don’t forget the charging supplies! You’ll be so pissed if you forget them.
3) Your own comfortable clothes. Hospital gowns have their place but you will want something else to wear if you’re able. Let’s face it, nobody wants to take that first trip around the ward with their butt hanging out!
4) It may seem vain but I wish I had taken a hat, scarf or beanie with me. My hair was a hot mess. I couldn’t shower for the first 24 hours, so if you’re like me and can not stand looking nasty, take something to cover that mop up!
5) If you don’t want to spend the entire time on your phone, take a book, magazine, coloring book, puzzle book or something to do with your hands. Anything to pass the time.
6) A good set of headphones is essential. Most of the other patients won’t want to rock out to your music or listen to American Horror Story at the same time as you.
7) Hospitals are never dark. This wonderful contraption could give you the rest you really need. Plus, it’s a nice reminder to staff that you’re resting as sometimes they can’t tell without coming into the room. FYI this won’t prevent the inevitable interruptions to take your vital signs.
8) Your ultimate playlist. No matter what kind of music you listen to, make sure it’s downloaded and ready to go.
9) Yes you should. Having an Advance Directive on your medical chart will ensure your wishes are followed just in case. It’s major surgery, anything could happen, make sure your wishes are known. P.S. Every person should have one of these no matter what!!!
10) Personally I think this one is the most important. Besides your surgeon you are going to have several RN’s, MA’s, LPN’s, and CNA’s caring for you. Leaving them a thank you note upon your discharge is nice. They’ve seen you at your literal worst. An old fashioned thank you note would make their day! (Just trust me)
Did I miss anything? If you have other suggestions please leave them in the comment section below. Someone may need your expertise and experience.