The Hospital Checklist

With just 4 days to go, it’s time to start really thinking about what I will need to take with me to hospital for my Prophylactic Bilateral Mastectomy on Friday.

Some would have expected me to have a hospital checklist spreadsheet ready months ago, I do love to be organised.  OK, OK, I did download a document and I ‘may’ have referenced it once or twice to ensure I have everything underway….

I promise that even though this is one of my favourite quotes, I haven’t obsessed over it, as there’s really not that much to take with me.


What I’m doing this week is really getting into the nitty gritty, so I’ve compiled a little checklist of the final items to check and organise before Friday morning. I’ve got my blue highlighter out and I’ll tick it all off ‘triathlon race day prep’ style to ensure I don’t forget anything.

Checklist Image

It’s pretty simple really, I don’t need to pack anything fancy, but there are some special ‘Yas’ items that make the list though. See if you can spot them below…..

  • Button up pyjamas
  • Dressing gown
  • Slippers
  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, dry shampoo, QV lotion, chap stick etc)
  • Hairbrush & hairbands
  • Moisturiser (& small makeup bag)
  • Laptop computer & charger
  • Notebook, pen, highlighter
  • Tri-best blender, blade & cups
  • Button up shirts Shorts (to wear home)
  • Shoes (to wear home)
  • Books to read
  • iPod with favourite music
  • Treasures & picture of family

There is one item on my list which I’m yet to add, I’m wishing and hoping that it’s not needed.

Let’s just say that it’s a ‘lady’ item……

I know, it’s gross that I’m even sharing this with you, but you know the deal with me, I’m an open book and this blog discusses everything!! Would you believe that I’m ‘due’ on the day of my surgery. I’ve had all kinds of visions of how one manages to ‘look after’ this area when movement of the upper limbs is limited. I guess that’s what the wonderful nursing staff are for.

To be honest, I’m hoping that my body just ‘knows’ that it’s not the right time for my little visitor and therefore it will be kind and move on from it’s regular schedule to focus on healing rather than keeping to a 28 day regime.

Moving on from that topic, especially for my male friends who read the blog……

I think I’m pretty much ready to go. I’ll pack everything into a small suitcase tomorrow and add any last minute items as the day draws near.


One thing I’m really grateful for is the fact that I don’t need to leave Leigh with a 10 page document on how to manage the girls in my week long absence from home.

Leigh’s always been a very hands on dad, which includes him regularly (ok, 5 days a week) getting the girls ready for school, including breakfast, school uniforms, hair and shoes. I will admit that I have given him a quick run through of the school lunch boxes and the after school activity and homework schedule, but I think they’re well and truly safe in his hands.

Leigh & Girls

Seven days without me at home, he’s got this under control…..right???


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