Having to go to the emergency room and then get admitted to the hospital is a very random and unexpected thing in most cases. Planned surgeries and the delivery of babies is another thing. Either way, here are five things you should pack for a hospital stay that will make you, the patient or your spouse or family member caring for you more comfortable.
Yes, most hospital rooms have phones in them, but you have all your personal phone numbers stored in your cell phone and other friends and family members know your cell phone number and will be calling it for updates on the patient. Don't forget the charger, so you can keep your phone in operating condition.
If you are waiting on a loved one to get out of surgery, the wait can be several hours depending on the difficulty of the operation. You may miss breakfast or lunch. Cash or the cafeteria and loose change for vending machines come in handy for hospital stays. You may also need cash or change for the parking lot.
If you are expecting the arrival of a new baby, you will want to take some pictures after the birth. Some record the entire birth process, and this is a personal decision to be made. Either way, you will want some pictures of your new baby during their first days of life.
You can share pictures of your new baby via email or Facebook to all your friends and family members. Or is you are in the hospital for an extended stay after surgery or for other medical condition, you may want to have a little entertainment other than the television.
A portable DVD player comes in handy if you have a sick child in the hospital. You never know what kind of programming will be on television, and this way your child will have some favorite movies that are suitable for children to watch. This also comes in handy for siblings when visiting the hospital or waiting in waiting room.
Wonderful list...we've learned the value of all these and more for stays in the hospital. We did without the computer...but for me, a Bible, a couple of books, and my journal were necessities. H5
I remember when you couldn't bring a cell phone. Heck, I remember when there weren't any cell phones... lol
All great must things to have in the hospital. H5
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