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Packing question: What did you have ready for "the call"?

Posted by @jodeej, Wed, Feb 14 10:13am

Hi all,
Happy Valentines Day!! <3
I’m just wondering if when you were packing for “the call” how much did you have ready and how much did you have to pack at the last minute? Also, was there anything that you didn’t take that you wish you would have?
Thank you,
JoDee

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JoDee, such a good question. In fact, so good that I changed the title to “Packing question: What did you have ready for “the call”?” I got a bit excited and changed the title before asking you. Do you like the new title?

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@colleenyoung

JoDee, such a good question. In fact, so good that I changed the title to “Packing question: What did you have ready for “the call”?” I got a bit excited and changed the title before asking you. Do you like the new title?

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@colleenyoung, you made me laugh! Yes, I like it. 🙂

Hi @jodeej,
This is a great question, and I am certain that you will have many responses from the community. I wanted to be sure you saw our blog post “Preparing for Surgery”. This post has some useful information about packing and other things you can do to prepare for being away from home. You can find the blog here: https://connect.mayoclinic.org/newsfeed-post/preparing-for-surgery-tips-for-your-wait-on-the-list/.
I hope this helps. Best of luck to you!
-Kristin

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Hi Kristin, I have seen this and it helped me with getting my list of items to pack started. 🙂

@jodeej, I have an awful time packing for a vacation, so this was a monumental task for me!

My husband and I were living in Gift of Life for the 8 weeks leading up to my transplant. We both knew that if I needed anything, that he could easily retrieve it. I got my call at 6:42 AM as we were getting ready to meet the shuttle for my dialysis treatment. My mind went blank, and I don’t even recall if I took my bag or not! I always carried my ID, lip gloss, hand cleaner, Kleenex, comb, and cell phone in my jacket pockets, so I know that I had those with me. But, I did not need any of them because I was immediately admitted, had dialysis, and prepped for the surgery. My bag, wherever it was, contained a CD player and CD’s, a puzzle book, notepad, pencil, hand lotion, slippers, robe. I did not need them;-)

My husband, caregiver, always carried our laptop with him, a paperback book, a jacket (hospitals are always cold!), cell phone and charger. So that is what he had when we got the call.
I think that the best thing he did to prepare in advance was to purchase our 1st laptop (in 2009). He had that loaded with whatever he could think we would need, and some favorite music.

I need to add this background information: We arrived in Rochester, in late Feb 2009 via air ambulance. I had only the hospital gown from my local ICU department. He was allowed 1 small suitcase, so half of his stuff and all of mine got ‘dumped’ before leaving the hospital. As far as the personal items, we could purchase them if needed. Our son had to ship winter coats etc to us! My transplant was in April 2009 for liver and kidney.
Rosemary

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@rosemarya

@jodeej, I have an awful time packing for a vacation, so this was a monumental task for me!

My husband and I were living in Gift of Life for the 8 weeks leading up to my transplant. We both knew that if I needed anything, that he could easily retrieve it. I got my call at 6:42 AM as we were getting ready to meet the shuttle for my dialysis treatment. My mind went blank, and I don’t even recall if I took my bag or not! I always carried my ID, lip gloss, hand cleaner, Kleenex, comb, and cell phone in my jacket pockets, so I know that I had those with me. But, I did not need any of them because I was immediately admitted, had dialysis, and prepped for the surgery. My bag, wherever it was, contained a CD player and CD’s, a puzzle book, notepad, pencil, hand lotion, slippers, robe. I did not need them;-)

My husband, caregiver, always carried our laptop with him, a paperback book, a jacket (hospitals are always cold!), cell phone and charger. So that is what he had when we got the call.
I think that the best thing he did to prepare in advance was to purchase our 1st laptop (in 2009). He had that loaded with whatever he could think we would need, and some favorite music.

I need to add this background information: We arrived in Rochester, in late Feb 2009 via air ambulance. I had only the hospital gown from my local ICU department. He was allowed 1 small suitcase, so half of his stuff and all of mine got ‘dumped’ before leaving the hospital. As far as the personal items, we could purchase them if needed. Our son had to ship winter coats etc to us! My transplant was in April 2009 for liver and kidney.
Rosemary

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Wow, what an adventure you had! That's the one thing I keep reminding myself, there are stores if I forget something. Thank you for the ideas. 🙂

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