Pack for the Hospital

  • robe
  • socks and underwear
  • slippers (slip-on -- no buckles or straps) with sturdy, nonskid soles
  • toiletries including chapstick
  • feminine supplies (Sorry girls, but you’ll need them whether it’s time or not. It’s your body’s natural reaction to the extreme stress of surgery.)
  • baby wipes (they work well as mini-sponge baths)
  • loose comfortable clothes to wear home
  • no valuables (monetary or sentimental value)
  • headphones with peaceful music and nature sounds (cheap CD player or cassette player is best -- no valuables)
  • minimal activities, if any (you will sleep most of the time; a single coloring book or small reading book is plenty)
  • a teddy bear (probably not the prized bear you’ve had since you were born, since he may get lost or dirty or absorb that lovely hospital aroma; try a machine washable bear from the baby store instead)
  • spill-proof sippy cups like toddlers use (so you can keep water in bed with you)
  • no jewelry, nail polish, or make-up (don’t pack or wear any)
  • glasses, hearing aids, contact lenses, and their cases
  • wear your orthodontic retainers (if you have them)
  • cane, crutches, walker, etc. if you were given any
  • health plan card
  • copy of Advance Directive if you have one
  • phone numbers of friends and family to call with updates
  • your scoliosis binder

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