A friend recently emailed me saying, “Since you spent a long time in the hospital I was wondering what you suggest I put in a goodie bag for a friend who will be in the hospital for a few days following a surgery?”
I thought I’d share the list with you. Hospital comfort baskets shouldn’t be too large, smaller is better, because space to set them can be limited. A small basket, decorative box or purse (as shown in the picture) is better than a gift bag, because the patient can see what is in it without digging through it. Plus gift bags fall over too easily.
Chapstick – While in the hospital, my lips were always dry … maybe it was air, maybe the meds I was on, but either way I always needed some type of moisturizing lip balm.
Breath mints – To counter-act the dry mouth and bad breath due to the meds.
Gum – Any gum is good, but bubble gum wins! Because it gives the patient something to do during times of boredom. Can they still blow a bubble as big as they did as a kid? (Not that I tried this …)
Soft tissues – The hospital ones are coarse.
Nail file - This one might only be for the females, but there’s nothing like a broken, jagged nail to add more annoyance to an already tough situation.
Fuzzy socks – Warm feet helps one deal with being in the hospital better.
Magazines - Easy light reading. Reader’s Digest is good because it has short stories and jokes … and sometimes when life sucks, it helps to laugh.
A soft blanket – The hospital ones can be coarse.
Favorite snack* – For me, it would be combos (the cracker kind with cheddar cheese)
Fresh fruit – I’ll never forget the fresh, sweet peaches, my stranger-turned-friend Brenda (who I introduce to the world in Because I Can) brought me.
Homemade cookies – Comfort food!
Chocolate – Dove dark chocolate for me.*Depending on the reason for the hospital stay, food items might not be appropriate.
If you’ve spent time in the hospital—what have I missed?