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Recovery Room Kit
Bottled water: This may
seem obvious, but water is an essential. You donít want
to dehydrate yourself with too much coffee or soda.
Also, you donít want to pester the nurses for a glass of
water. Right after surgery, the patient will not be able
to take water for a few hours. However, you still need
to keep yourself hydrated.
That one phone number: As a caregiver,
you need to remain physically and emotionally strong.
When youíre feeling overwhelmed, donít forget to ask for
help. Everyone has that one phone number to call. It can
be a family member, friend, or mentor. You donít have to
do everything by yourself. When I thought the pressure
was too much, I called my best friend to share my fears
and anxieties. Just a five minute conversation can work
If you are going to be a caregiver, be prepared and
bring your own essentials. In my momís case, the actual
procedure lasted about five hours. She was awake by the
time they rolled her into the Intensive Care Unit. I
waited in the hospital lobby until they allowed me to
see her. When I walked into her ICU room, I wasnít sure
what to expect. She looked up, saw me, and waved. I
waved back, and I knew everything was going to be okay.
Hana Kim is a freelance writer
living in Garden Grove, California.