Several times every week, people ask me:
What can I do for my sister/mother/friend who is having a mastectomy?
Enough people have asked that I thought I’d do a post on it and make suggestions for a pre-hospital care package that would be a major Silver Lining for your loved one before she goes into the hospital and begins the long haul down mastectomy road!
BEFORE the surgery, treat your loved one to a beauty day, including mani/pedi and even wax. There’s no pampering for quite some time after surgery, so a pre-procedure gift certificate would be a thoughtful Silver Lining.
Soft button-front pajamas: soft being the operative word. Everything post-mastectomy is about softness! I couldn’t lift my arms for a good two weeks and lived in my jammies.
A boudoir pillow: because it’s small enough to carry around and it’s all yours! It fits beautifully under an arm or between your knees or to supplement the hard, flat uncomfortable pillows in the hospital. A dear friend gave me one and it carried me through not only surgery, but also chemo and radiation.
A soft blanket: The soft material of a blanket was so comforting. No position that you get in after a mastectomy is comfortable. You can’t move. You can’t sleep….so anything that is the least bit comforting is wonderful.
Mints: are an essential item for after surgery. No matter how many times I brushed my teeth, the anesthesia made my breath just plain gross!
Lip balm and moisturizer: to ward off the dryness omnipresent in hospital air. During my stay in the hospital, I constantly felt parched and kept my lip balm and moisturizer close at all times.
Snuggly socks: to keep her feet warm. I wore mine all the time because my tootsies were FREEZING!
Dry shampoo: because she can’t shower for days after surgery. A dry shampoo “wash” will lift her spirits, as will brushing her hair. I can’t tell you how gooooood it feels after surgery!
Baby wipes: are great for any woman stuck in a germ-infested hospital. Sorry to break the news, but hospitals are bug-mecca’s. Baby wipes helped me feel cleaner!
A battery-powered toothbrush: Because even a movement as small as brushing your teeth is way too painful after surgery (seriously, it’s THAT bad!), your pal needs a toothbrush that can do the work for you!
Entertainment: Offer to load your loved one’s iPad or iPhone with music and books. Pack a bag of magazines that can be read with minimal effort. I vividly remember that reading People magazine was a literary feat for me (come to think of it, it’s still a feat!).
I hope that this helps you! Please feel free to add to the list!
Cashmere blanket, D. Porthault boudoir pillow, Gorsuch cashmere socks, iPad, Leontine Linens robe and toiletry case, Lindi Lip Balm, Marigot Pajamas, Sonya Dakar Omega oil, Ugg Slippers, William Sonoma cashmere throw