Saturday, September 23, 2017

Emergency Room Packing List

Unfortunately these past two weeks have been bombarded by 3 ER trips due to dehydration and a kidney infection. I'm glad to say I'm still dealing with some pelvic pain but I'm okay! When you're chronically ill, you have the potential of ending up in the Emergency Room more frequently than you'd ever like to. So, since I have the most organized mother on the planet (thanks mom), she has a packing list of things we can throw together if we have to head there. This way we don't forget anything, and it's come in pretty handy for us.

1. iPad/phone/iPod with chargers
This is probably the most obvious one but the most crucial. Unless you are the most easygoing and patient people in the world, you'll want to have one of these with you.

2. Extra power banks
With our system here in Canada, ER trips can be long. Excruciatingly so. So whatever piece of technology you've brought with you is likely to lose it's battery and die. That's where having these power banks stocked up and ready to come will come in handy, especially when there are no plugs around. You charge it up before you go, or having some always ready and charged is good.

3. Extra underwear 
I think this one needs no explanation.

4.Lip balm
 The hospital air tends to dry out my lips and when I realize I have lip balm on me, I'm always glad that I have it. (Strawberry EOS is my personal favorite)

5. Hand cream
The hospital soap dries up your hands like nothing else. Assuming you'll probably want to be washing your hands or using hand sanitizer all the time, because, well, the ER is germy place, you'll be super glad to have hand cream of some sort with you once your hands are all dried up. We tend to use Aveeno, just cause.

6. A list of your medications with the dosages
They will always ask for your medications, and with so many it's easy to forget. So make life easier on yourself and bring a list. The nurses and doctors will appreciate it too.

7. A list of allergies 
I'm lucky enough to have no allergies, but I have friends who do. Again, they're bound to ask you about allergies, and for some of you they may all be hard to remember.

 8. Hospital cards
It's not the end of the world if you forget them if you have your health card. But make sure you have some type of card!

 9. Any medications that might be needed
With some of your medications you may know in advance that the ER doesn't carry them. So it's always good to have them on you just in case.

 10. Books/crossword books/colouring books/any other form of entertainment.
 Whatever floats your boat!

11. Change for vending machines.
There will always be vending machines so it's good to have change on you in case you, or a family member, or a friend need something to eat or drink.

12. Easy to slide on shoes 
You definitely don't want to be having to put sneakers or boots or anything like that on every time you have to go to the bathroom. So bringing either flip flops, or slippers will make life a whole lot easier.
 Hopefully this is helpful to smoeone!

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