Packing your Breast Cancer Surgery Recovery Hospital Bag | Ideas for a Pre-Surgery Care Package
Posted on 15 March 2017
The Recovery Brobe
This Bra & Robe combination are soft, durable, and has built-in pockets for post-surgical drains. The bra features has an easy velcro front closure and pockets for ice packs. The robe can easily be detached from the bra for everyday wear.
Those starched sheets don’t always cut it when you’re already uncomfortable, a blanket will help keep you cozy in that often chilly hospital room.
Slippers or Snuggly Socks
Keep those toes warm, plus add a little joy to your day with fun colored or super fuzzy socks or slippers. If you go with slippers, it may be wise to choose a slipper with a rubber bottom so you can even wear them around your hospital room.
A small pillow is perfect for body support when needed without the fuss of a full size pillow.
Between hospital food and dry mouth, when visitors arrive, these will be nice to have bedside.
All Natural Lip Balm or Moisturizer
Stick with a natural, unscented product as the senses and skin maybe sensitive post-surgery. Ingredients like shea butter, coconut oil, and aloe are natural and healing.
Battery Powered Toothbrush
Even small motions and movements may be painful or difficult initially, this is a simple item that can get the job done without much movement.
Wipes are a great option for when you need a quick freshen up without having to shower, or to freshen up your face without having to get up.
You may not be able to shower for a couple of days after surgery. A dry shampoo “wash” is a great option to help you feel refreshed and new again.
Once able to shower post-surgery, most women have drains that must accompany them everywhere (yes, even the shower), the Brobe shower belt allows them to take a shower freely without the assistance of someone to hold their drains.
Entertainment, Book, Magazines, Word Search or Brain Games
Load the iPad with music and books. It’s always nice to have some easy to read magazines that you enjoy. Sodoku, crosswords, word search are good options too.
Coloring books and coloring supplies. Studies have shown that coloring provides a positive therapeutic effects. The simple, peaceful activity allows a person to zone out and keeps their mind from negative thoughts.
If writing is your way of expressing, this is great for processing your feelings and what you’ve been through.
Water is essential to recovery, having a large insulated water bottle is helpful in remembering to keep yourself hydrated without having to refill a small glass regularly.
Though often taste buds are off and stomachs are not often craving the usual after a surgery, it’s always good to have a few healthy option in case you get a snack urge. Dried fruits, nuts, almond butter and crackers, fresh fruit, dark chocolate, and granola bars may come in handy.