In the hospital, you will be assigned to a room where you will stay throughout the duration of your admission at Nicklaus Children's Hospital. This is your room and you can bring items with you to make it feel "like home." In addition to essentials, you may want to bring some sources of entertainment, as well as special items that make you feel comfortable. Here is a list to get you started:
- Music/headphones (battery operated)
- Favorite blanket or comforter
- Stuffed animals
- Hair brush or comb
- Pictures of your friends, family and pets
- Laptop/computer and battery charger
- Cell phone and battery charger
- Personal items (deodorant, hair ties, sanitary pads, etc.)
- Toothbrush and toothpaste (the hospital provides these, but it is nice to have your own)
- Lip balm
- Wax (if you have braces on your teeth).
The clothing you bring should be very loose, comfortable, and very easy to put on and take off. Here are a few suggestions:
- Choose shorts or pants with a loose waistband. Boxers work great!
- Button-up or oversized shirts are good choices that will eliminate the need to lift your arms over your head when changing.
- You may also wear hospital gowns the entire time, if you prefer. It’s your choice!
More Helpful Hints
- Do not wear any jewelry the day of surgery.
- If you have long hair, try to avoid leaving it loose. A good way to prevent the tangles associated with lying in bed for several days is to part your hair down the middle and put it into two French braids. Regular braids also will work.
- When your surgery is finished, you will wake up in the Recovery Room. After the Recovery Room, you will either return to your room or spend a night in the ICU (Intensive Care Unit). If you need to go to the ICU, you will receive one-on-one nursing care until you are ready to return to your original room. One of your parents is allowed to spend the night with you every night you are in the hospital.
- When you wake up after surgery, you may see an assortment of tubes, drains and equipment that are needed to help you start healing and feeling better. If you want to learn more about these, look on page 25 in the "Parents and Families" section.
- Bring things to help pass the time (music/headphones, magazines, card games, etc).
- If you want to keep a journal, this is a great time and place to work on it.