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Old 01-25-2010, 12:10 PM   #1
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What to wear in hospital

Hello

This is probably a very odd question, but what is the best thing to wear in hospital? I dont want to buy loads of pajamas if i cant get them over the cast ect. but I dont want to get night dresses if my leg is going to be in the air for all to see!

Please let me know what you think!

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Old 01-25-2010, 01:33 PM   #2
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Re: What to wear in hospital

How long will you be in the hospital? I wore gowns the hospital supplied. My leg was elevated with pillows and covered with blankets, so there was nothing to see. ; )

 
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Old 01-25-2010, 02:02 PM   #3
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Re: What to wear in hospital

thanks for the reply. they say about 4 days as I am diabetic I have to go in the night before then the surgeon said i would have to stay in for about 3 days after.

 
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I didn't know they let you have a chose on what to wear. It's a hospital.

Once I was home I cut one leg off at the knee of a bunch of sweat pants.

 
Old 01-25-2010, 04:14 PM   #5
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Re: What to wear in hospital

I just had my surgery done 3 weeks ago and what worked for me was a pair of pajama bottoms that are knee length or if you don't have those, a pair of old sweats will do, you can cut the leg off of it if it's too tight. Good luck.

 
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Re: What to wear in hospital

I bought yoga pants because they are typically a little wider at the bottom and only come part way down your shin. They were really comfortable and easy to put on. I didn't have to wear a gown in the hospital except for the day I went into surgery. Once I was back in my room I changed, so I could be comfortable.

Good luck and keep posting! Feel free to ask even the silliest questions if it makes you feel better - we've been there.

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Re: What to wear in hospital

I wore shorts and tank top pj's. They were decent enough (I think some were even regular exercise shorts and tank tops) that I felt okay about crutching in the hall or sitting with my leg up on pillows and still could sleep in them.
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Old 01-25-2010, 07:36 PM   #8
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Re: What to wear in hospital

I'm not sure what climate you live in -but a helpful thing for me here in Iowa was a foot cosy or "piggy warmer" - a nice fleece hat looking thing that fits over a cast and covers those toes! I've been wearing mine faithfully

 
Old 01-25-2010, 08:32 PM   #9
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my sweats and PJ's from Victoria's secret were able to to fit over the cast. I could even get some of my jeans over the splint and cast because they had a bit of stretch. It the clothes stick to the cast or splint just put a plastic grocery bag over and then slide on your clothes. I couldn't stand anything on my toes. The toes on the splinted/casted foot were always hot and my other foot was freezing.

 
Old 01-26-2010, 12:51 AM   #10
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Re: What to wear in hospital

Wow, great replies! thank you!
I am in Oxford, UK, so the usual NHS gowns are VERY basic! Think I will get some stretchy PJ's and the piggy thing for my feet as they are always so cold anyway.

Kate

 
Old 01-29-2010, 12:16 PM   #11
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Re: What to wear in hospital

Hello
I have a date for my operation! 4th march! just under 5 weeks away!

 
Old 01-30-2010, 07:45 AM   #12
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That's good news! The waiting can be hard - so keep busy I found it helpful to practice navigating around on one leg...get things ready - figure out how you are going to get in and out of the house, etc. I'm doing well on a knee scooter - I had it a week or so before surgery which was a good thing because I can't steer with a darn! ...but I'm managing well now a week post op.

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Re: What to wear in hospital

Might want to think about a wheelchair, for around the house. Also I found a walker more stable then crutches.

 
Old 02-07-2010, 03:06 PM   #14
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Re: What to wear in hospital

I wore sweats and t-shirts. I had a large split cast after mid-foot fusion and sweats with elastic bottom fit fine over the splint. I bought a bunch of sweats at Kmart before the surgery on sale for five dollars a pair. This sounds weird but I didn't wear skivvies because it was one more thing to pull down in the bathroom.

 
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Re: What to wear in hospital

Wear something with a comedy overtone. It'll cheer you up.
When I was in recovering from a bad asthma attack in 2006 my best friend (so-called) brought me a pair of Sponge-Bob PJ's. I can't satnd Sponge-Bob but I confess I laughed when I saw how I looked in them. Everyone smiled when they saw me and that made me feel alot brighter.
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Hope you're ok.

 
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