Things to take with you/consider buying prior to Sex Reassignment Surgery

Things to take with you/consider buying prior to Sex Reassignment Surgery
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Things to take with you/consider buying prior to Sex Reassignment Surgery

* Items the team have found most needed

  • Outdoor clothing for just a couple of days (don’t pack loads as I did, I only wore full clothing the day of admission and the day of discharge)
  • A few vest tops and some pyjama bottoms for the first and last couple of nights when you can shower and take off your hospital gown) *
  • Cotton knickers (10 days supply) *
  • Slippers
  • Dressing gown
  • Face and bath towel *
  • A bottle of pure Vitamin E oil (to apply to external incisions to minimise scarring) *
  • Always Ultra sanitary pads with wings (at least 30; 3 packs of 10) *
  • Baby wipes (these are non-flushable but can be used for cleaning yourself after dilating) *
  • Feminine wipes (these are flushable, esp. comfortable for when given a laxative the day before surgery and/or whenever you have a bowel movement) *
  • Antibacterial hand wash (to wash hands prior to dilating) * – Purell for example.
  • Stool softener such as Senokot (if going to the loo after surgery proves difficult).
  • Smallish self-standing mirror (to see where you’re going and what you’re doing when dilating) *
  • Toiletries (I bought miniature travel size face wash, shampoo, conditioner, etc.) *
  • Magazines/puzzle books (for when you’re climbing the walls with boredom!) *
  • Decent razor to shave surgery site with some form of lubricant (i.e. hair conditioner, shaving gel) *
  • Inflatable travel air cushion (if sitting down on journey home/after surgery proves to be too uncomfortable; can be concealed in cushion cover).

Optional items

  • Betadine solution/TCP/tea tree oil, etc. (to add to the bath water to make it antibacterial while bathing).
  • Antibacterial wipes.
  • Scented nappy bags (handy for disposing of used non-flushable wipes/sanitary pads).

Travel clock

  • Plastic box to store dilators in (they come in boxes to start with but at home in the longer-term I would say an old ice cream container or such is better).
  • Make-up (if you wish to use, towards the end of your stay).
  • Cranberry juice (good for aiding recovery of the urethra/waterworks).
  • Pineapple juice (can help to reduce post-operative swelling).
  • Arnica tablets and/or ointment (reduces post-operative swelling and bruising).
  • Sweets and treats – chocolate is good and something to chew on, avoid things that you could cough or choke on as it could strain your stitches, thus chocolate is safer as it melts.

Technology

  • mp3 player/phone.
  • laptop/ipad you may find you get bored so preload you tech with movies and games. A security cable for it in case you nod off. You can chain it through the arms of your bedside chair or wrap it around the overbed table.
  • A Thee Network USB dongle for your laptop. As reports state the quality of the free WiFi is abysmal and insecure.

 

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