What’s in my bag… #Hospital

Archive, Hip replacement, SURGERY

I know we’ve touched on this before in previous posts, but now I’m fully packed… Actually that’s a bit of a lie, I haven’t packed Baby Wipes, Knickers or my Phone (yet!)

I have one larger bag for extras I may or may not need in hospital, it will be stashed ready for husband to grab whenever needed.

My 2 extra nighties, 1 pair of shorts, a selection box of chocolates (why not) and boiled sweets too.

Next up is the actual bag I’m taking, a lot smaller and way more packed too. Packed with things you will need for the first 2 days.

Small rucksack for easy carry with crutches too.

Moisturizer,dry shampoo, charger, mirror, sponge, lip balm and nightshirt.

Tablet, fluffy socks, popbands bobbles, body mist, and jelly babies.

Micro towel, Muslim cloth, naff brush but good enough. Mini haribo (yes I have a huge sweet tooth)

Somehow it all fits well enough. My only missing item is my dressing gown, I carry that in separately, in a cloth bag. So easy to store bag in rucksack once I have my dressing gown on.

6 weeks and counting…. #THR

Archive, Health, Hips, Hypermobility, SURGERY, Triple Pelvic Ost, Femoral Ost, PAO


I find myself imaging the worse, or thinking I don’t even need it, what am I doing this. The stress it puts the family under, I feel guilty over.

But then, I’ll do something ordinary, like Hoover a room, and BAM like a bolt of lightening, I will be reminded to why I’m doing it. Why I’m taking a huge leap into the unknown and risking what I have, for what could be…. It’s no easy decision.

This week has passed with ease, finally feeling on the up from a bout of laryngitis. We have rearranged our bedroom for ease, so I can easily get into bed and the bedroom if I have a walker (I’m aiming for crutches, as I’m a whizz on them)

I’m currently writing to do lists, packing lists (weirdly I never end up using most of the stuff though) and thinking ahead of what I need to buy.

So far I already have a grabber, useful for picking things up so you don’t have to bend. As for 6 weeks I will not be able to go past 90 degrees bending. This can dislocate the hip. (To be honest I rarely do now, same reason)


Then I have the life saving perch stool, which moves from bathroom to kitchen (via hubby) as it’s good for drink/food prep in kitchen, and for washing/bathing in bathroom.


And again for washing and bathing I have an over the bath board. So you can progress from perching and washing out the sink, to sitting over the bath and using a shower.


So what else do I need? A shoehorn, and sock machine? I’m not going to get them, as I do have help via husband and daughter, so I’m sure they will assist me.

My packing list is

  • Nightgown/Pajamas
  • Robe
  • Comfortable clothing (sweatpants, loose shirts) – ( I arrive and leave in these)
  • Slippers
  • Shoes
  • Toothbrush/Toothpaste
  • Razor
  • Soap/Shampoo
  • Feminine Hygiene Products
  • Tissues/ baby wipes/ mirror
  • Book
  • Phone and extra long charger
  • Headphones
  • Eyemask/ ear plugs (I use headphones though)
  • Crutches
  • Medication
  • Squash/ fizzy pop
  • Boiled sweets or mints
  • Stash of snack food just in case

And at home I will be trying to prepare some meals to freeze in advance, for hubby. Keep on top of the washing, housework as best as I can. And of course keep going with my exercises I’m doing. You can see them Here

These have helped massively throughout this recovery period, and I will continue to use them.