your Child | For Mum
your child has to stay in hospital for surgery,
this can be a new and frightening experience
for most parents. It is often difficult to know
what you need to take in with you, and what
This has been discussed many times on the clubfoot
list, and I can also draw on my own experience.
The general opinion is to take in anything you
feel your child may need, plus some items for
yourself. There are some ideas below.
Forget Mum or Dad!
Don't forget those things that can make you
stay more comfortable too:
- This needs to be comfortable. If you don't
wear thick pyjama's you may want to take a jog
suit to sleep in!! And don't forget those toiletries!
- Take plenty of loose change, for both the
phone and the vending machines.
- Take some snack food, as it wasn't always
that easy to get food. Find out the canteen
opening hours when you get there. It is also
a good idea to take a mug and some tea bags
- these aren't always available and a cup of
tea can be so welcome!
- Thankfully there were actually times when
Bethany was asleep, so I took a book and a tiny
radio. Both were useful!
a final point, if your hospital offers pre-operative
visits, try to attend. You can get an idea of
what is and isn't available.