Oh! And the biggest thing I needed/wanted at the hospital was one I didn't even bring myself - the nurses at Roswell made it for me. After surgery, you will do a fair bit of coughing. And of course the regular sneezing and such. And after abdominal surgery, those simple things hurt like a mofo. The nurses had a thin blanket they folded into a square, med taped that way, and drew a smiley face on. Every time I had to cough or sneeze, I was told to hold that as tight as was comfortable (in other words, not very tight!) against my abdomen. This helps limit movement during coughing/sneezing and helps with pain and the possibility of tearing the surgical site. Honestly, that silly thing was a lifesaver for me after surgery. Especially when I would get up to walk, coughing seemed inevitable for awhile.
I also really appreciated popsicles and those silly mouth swab things before the NG tube came out. Lip balm if you're allowed. I found I couldn't really read or text or watch movies while I was there...my eyes were totally non-cooperative. But music was nice. A favorite stuffed animal. Pretty flowers to remind you of outside (where you will soon be). Someone sent me an amazingly fragrant bouquet while I was there, and I really appreciated that it covered up the other hospital smells. To this day, I have a traumatic response to the smell of hand sanitizer.
Stage 2b (T4N0M0) small intestine (jejunum) 8/13
Small bowel resection 9/13
CT 10/13 - NED
FOLFOX chemotherapy 11/13 - 4/14
CT 6/14 - NED and my nemesis (the power port) out!
Clean colonoscopy and endoscopy 9/14
CT 12/14, 6/15 - NED!!!