Friday, March 10, 2006

To Pack/To Do lists

We are so anal. Please let us know what we may be forgetting.

To pack for the overnight hospital stay (don’t want to take too much)
  • Jammies (button front and loose)
  • Socks (won’t need; they give you those non-skid socks)
  • Slippers with non-skid soles
  • Toothbrush and paste
  • Comb
  • Radio Walkman with headphones (Venita listens to NPR)
  • Kleenex
  • Book
  • Glasses wipes
  • Hand wipes
  • Clothes to wear home, including sports bra to hold the chest dressing
  • Safety pins and shoestrings to support the drains
  • Sarna lotion (we understand morphine makes one itch)
  • Passwords in case Venita can get onto the Internet

To do before surgeries. We are especially trying to think of things that Jim will have to do for Venita because she will be on the floor of the house with her bedroom, bathroom, and office. She may not have access to the kitchen (one floor below) or the litter boxes or laundry (two floors below) for some time. Some of these things may seem unnecessary, but remember that Jim doesn’t live with Venita.

Teach Jim:
  • The cat feeding and pilling routines (thank God Max is off insulin)
  • How to clean litter boxes and cat puke
  • How to operate the microwave, coffee maker, garbage disposal, clothes washer and dryer, thermostat
  • Where food stuffs, pots, utensils, toaster, and tea kettle are
  • Where water shut offs and electric box are
  • How to fill the humidifier

Stock into the house:
  • Food, especially bland food (like yogurt, cottage cheese, soup) and clear liquids.
  • Litter and cat food (done)
  • Button up shirts and loose fitting pants
  • Household supplies, like laundry detergent

Stock into Venita’s bed and bathrooms:

  • Magazines and books
  • Extra pillows, towels, washcloths, paper towels, toilet paper, and toiletries
  • Thank you cards, stamps, pen, and note paper
  • A large trash can and folders so that Venita can sort the mail as it comes in
  • A phone and phone book
  • A list of frequently called phone numbers
  • A portable TV and a radio
  • Max’s BG testing equipment
  • Venita’s medicines and the pill splitter
  • Venita’s appointment book
  • Cat food and plates in case the cats want nighttime feedings
  • Some sort of signaling device to get Jim’s attention if he’s not hearing Venita call, maybe one of those bicycle air horns (we don’t have walkie talkies or cell phones)

  • Take Jim to the grocery store so he knows where Venita’s favorite things are
  • Put Venita’s medicines in individual baggies and label each as to name, purpose, and dosage (split pills that she sometimes takes in half doses)
  • Arrange for a friend to come in to feed the cats when we will be away from the house for more than 6 hours
  • Pay all bills that will come due within 3 weeks of surgery
  • Put a phone into the room where Jim will spend most of his time
  • Put the phone on maximum number of rings before it rolls to voicemail
  • Designate a contact person who Jim can call to update and who can in turn update FDMB friends on the Community Board during the time Venita can’t get into the Internet
  • Disable comment moderation on the Blog
  • Ask Steve to repost the FDMB update onto the Blog


{Steve Rapaport} said...

I don't know how many of these are possible, but I'd try for:

* A microwave to nuke your wheat bag.
* Your wheat bag
* Your laptop and recharger
* Your web bookmarks (passwords need websites)
* Airplane earplugs & eyeshades to help you sleep when you need it.

I'll be thinking of you!


Alice said...

All great ideas. I would get a couple small trash cans to have right next to the bed and bathroom just incase you need to puke. When I was sick I always kept a small one close. And one in the bathroom. Sometimes I was sitting on the flush and needed to puke. We will be thinking of you and sending healing thoughts.


julie said...

this is great that you are getting prepared like this, I am starting my lists too for my surgery and will be stealing some of your ideas! I would be glad to be the FDMB contact person for you! Let me know...I am praying this will go smoothly for you my friend!

julie said...

Venita, not sure if you have decided on pain meds yet, but I have talked with many of the docs I work with and they have recommended I ask for Dilaudid for recovery at home meds...I asked if it would be a good option for your pain as well and they said it is just about the best pain control there is..MS Contin came in a close oyu may wish to ask your Dr. if this would be a good choice for you...they also said the buzz is great...just a bonus :)

~*Connie*~ said...

a small fridge or cooler for drinks and snacks while she is upstairs and can't get down and doesn't want to bother anyone?