Sunday, March 6, 2016

Surviving Hospital Confinement: What To Pack

I am currently writing this in my hospital room while recuperating from my recent asthma attack. What had been a trip to the ER, ended up to a confinement. Sometimes, it does pay to be prepared GirlScout levels.

By the time I hit the publish button, I've already been discharged and continuing to recuperate at home. Here are my take-aways from this experience:

- Have your HMO cards on the ready, because, duh. Also have your Government ID numbers easily accessible (I have mine on my phone and on a small slip of paper in my wallet since I'm still waiting for my SSS ID to be delivered). The most important number you'll be needing? Philhealth.

- Lug a big tumbler of water because you never know when you'll need it (the nurse gave my lemon water a no no, hence my dad had to go aaaaaallll the way to the pharmacy to queue for a 150ml bottle of water). The hospital that I was rushed into doesn't have a water dispenser available in their ER. So, go figure when I had to take the first of many antbiotics.

- Dress comfortably. I was wearing a hoodie and shorts at the time. Now imagine taking it off when you already have an IV attached to your arm when  it's time to change clothing. I'm fortunate to have a nurse assigned to me who helped me in getting out of my clothes.

- Speaking of. Bring at least an over night's change in clothing.

- Throw in basic  toiletries. Key items: toothbrush, toothpaste, feminine wash and  at least a sachet of your facial wash. You really can't take a proper shower if one of your hands has a needle stuck on it.

- If you're wearing contacts, make sure you have your glasses and lens case with solution.

- Phone charger. Need I say more?

I know it looks like a lot, but it'll make your stay more comfy since you're not going anywhere anyway. lol.

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