Tuesday, September 1, 2015

On the Acoustic Neuroma Friends Facebook page, we asked what items one should pack up to take to the hospital for surgery. Following are the suggestions:

  • A sleeping mask to block out light
  • One ear plug (or two if you still have hearing in both ears) - hospitals can be soooo noisy.
  • Pajamas (2 pairs) with a button front top and with wide sleeves to accommodate IV lines. 
  • Slippers with non-skid soles and which will stay securely on your feet. Not scuffie type.
  • Recharging plugs for your electronic devices. Bring a long cord.
  • Hard candies to suck - many people complained about dry throat.
  • Hand lotion
  • Lip balm
  • Normal grooming items: deodorant, hairbrush, toothpaste, toothbrush. 
  • Box of chocolates or candies for nurses. They will really appreciate it.
  • Glasses with one temple removed (so it doesn't interfere with bandages).
  • Sunglasses, preferably wrap-around for the ride home.
  • Make sure you have nice clean sheets to slip into when you get home. 
  • Everybody should have one of these T-shirts:
R E Henkel Brem. Brain Surgery Survivor. Picture from Acoustic Neuroma Friends Facebook page.

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