Erin has been in hospital again – not asthma this week but rather a secondary infection to a virus she has picked up. The secondary infection needed IV antibiotics to stop it in her tracks. Thursday saw her sporting what I thought was the start of chicken pox. I soon realised it wasn’t but the spot continued to grow. A doctors appointment on Friday started her on antibiotics but Saturday morning saw her awake looking like she had done ten rounds with Joe Calzaghe.
As we went to the out of hours I went prepared as I knew we would be admitted. Most people that are going to hospital know to take clothes and wash stuff but I have put together some more, equally essential items that you might not have thought of. Likewise if you have found this blog regarding DDH and will be staying in hospital anytime soon this list may just keep you sane!
1. A favourite teddy is a must. Teddy seems to make everything better for all concerned.
2. Next up is coffee, a good size mug and some sweetners. We all know hospital coffee is not good enough. Likewise I can’t bear drinking out of paper cups. We have a hospital franchise for Costa Coffee but I can’t afford to keep treating myself! Therefore I always take my own mug and supplies!
3. Good reading material will keep you sane – hospital days are long days. For example Erin was awake at 6am thanks to needing IV’s put up. As a teacher I also took marking but that’s just me!
4. Moisturiser and lip salve, I slather myself in the stuff because the air is so dry. I also took Avent magic cream for Erin, it helps her skin but also smells lovely! Hair bobbles are useful too as its easier to whack up hair in a pony tail and keep it out of the way.
5. One advantage of having our own room is that I get a camp bed rather than the ridiculous reclining chair. The chair is a parents nemesis it throws you forward the minute you move. It does not give you a good nights rest. I should know as I spent five nights on it after Erin’s salters osteotomy. Now I know that if you get a room, you get a bed. Therefore I take my own pillow and heated blanket! It helps me get some sleep amongst the four hourly observations.
6. Your phone charger- social media keeps me sane too!
7. Slippers, I hate wearing heavy shoes all day and clearly you don’t want to walk about without shoes. Therefore I always take slippers for both me and Erin.
7. Lastly a treat to myself was a sneaky Gin in a Tin. I used my mug for that too! Just don’t tell the nurses!