I didnt bring any clothes. I figured accident wise, I would use their clothing. But I defintely benefitted from having:
Cell phone and charger
My hair was so matted and yucky. I used the hair shampoo in a package they had. Although that made my head feel clean for that day, it created "helmut hair", and looked more crazy, than my dirty hair from surgery. A girl (med tech)used to come around each morning with hot wipes to wipe yourself down, and clean up a bit! She would always wipe my back for me, as I couldnt reach. I appreciated that!
Also I was extremely nauseau and couldnt eat after the (colon rescetion)surgery. I never felt like reading. Glad to have cell phone to speak to realtives and friends, (be careful, I went WAY over my minutes while doing this, came home to a $400 cell phone bill). Cause if you are calling a land line, you are charged for the minutes.
One of my roommates, was having trouble getting a bed pan in time, and had many accidents in her bed. I was very nauseau all the time, but that would elevate it. A resident Dr came in to see me, and told me to take an alcohol prep pad and just put it under your nose and breathe. It eliminates the smells around you and all you smell is the alcohol. I cant tell you how many times that came in handy and kept me from throwing up!
I was in the hospital for 8 days for my colon restructure.
Dx: Nov 07 @ age 43
Stage IIIC, RCa
Colon Resection: Nov 07, 4 of 27 LN
Chemo/Radiation: 28 treatments w/constant 5FU (Jan-Feb 08)
Chemo: Folfox, 12 cycles (Mar-Aug 08) DONE 8-8-08
CT Scan 1-09 NED