I always have a "toiletrie" bag pack. My tip for you each day you are at the hospital, take the little beauty essentials they give you, toothbrush, paste, baby powder, mouth wash, etc. Most hospitals have a little kit they give you daily. Some places you need to ask for it, but do so! Your insurance will pay it each day, and let me tell you being stocked at home and ready for those trips to the ER when end up being admitted at 4am. Keep lip gloss, samples of your favorite facial cleansers, lotions, basic hair care, and small bar soaps, and if you are female on your period let me tell you, you want to have your own pads and tampons with you! Trust me, there are hospitals that still use 4 inch pads. No joke! ... I also like to take a scented candle.. Not to light, but just to have near my bed. Just so that I do not always smell the hospital. Anything to feel more at home.
Being in the hospital is awful, but making it feel as livable as possible for you is the best you can do. I always take my own TP and my own tucks wipes if I know I am staying for a long visit. Most hospitals have 1 ply tp and my poor bum can't take it! Leaving reading material in the bathroom, if you share a bathroom makes you popular with your roomie! GinView Thread
Skytrooper, I found when I have burning stools, the kind that feels like a little flame thrower lives in your bathroom waiting for you to come back. ... I have to cut out all citric acid, which means gatorade, propel, kool aid, etc. all acid. within a few days the burning goes away. I do not know why sometimes the citric acid is unbearable and yet other times I can drink nothing but propel without any issues. But citric acid seems to be my burning issue. I hope that helps, because that little flame thrower is very painful. GinView Thread
I use a lot of Lidoderm patches for back pain, but I have used them for stomach pain before with some relief. Insurances cover those. I have used Hot/Cold patches and even the hot/cold gel (even though I smell like mint when I do) when I am running out of options.
I use a heating pad many times. The hot/cold patches are good, but can be expensive. As always, I recommend Costco.
When its the middle of the night and I am hurting I could care less what I smell like or that the patches are about $1 a patch. I am grateful for them at 2 am! Last night I had one patch across my lower back and I cut one in half to put 1/2 of a patch on each butt cheek to help me relax a bit from the rectum pain. So, for $2, and I smelled like a stick of mint gum... but I went back to sleep!
Just a little add on, I find I do not do well with left overs or with Milk or dairy products that have been open for more than about 72 hrs. So I only buy 1/2 gallons of milk, and while it cost a bit more its a small price to pay for less urgent runs to the bathrooms. GinView Thread
Most of you have heard this, but for you Newbies.. Trust me on this tip. Pamper your Bum, to keep your bum from getting raw and sore use moist toilettes that are flushables each time you go if possible. I prefer Preparation H wipes or Tucks, and I keep them in each bathroom and keep portables ones in my purse and car.
For those of us, who go many times a day toilet paper is too much for bottoms and its hard to clean an area that hurts when you wipe. To prevent any clogging, only flush one down at a time.
You can buy portable Preparation H wipes at Drugmart and Walgreens. I piurchase my Tucks and wipes for at home at costco. They are small price to pay for less pain.