I was in the hospital for 4 days in the 1st week of Dec. My oxygen level dropped so fast my husband had to call an ambulance. In my pocketbook I carry a small card case with my insurance cards & a list of my medications & the dosages. By the time I got to the ER I was pretty out of it so this made it much easier for my husband to give them the necessary info. The hospital supplied all my meds, my oxygen & my bi-pap. I keep a bag packed at the house with pj's, underwear, socks, comb, toothbrush & little extras I might need for an emergency. One thing I always try to bring is non-petroleum lip balm. Oxygen & the bi-pap dries my lips out really bad.
Nothing but the clothes on your back, if you can grab your meds, if it's cold cover your mouth it's going to be a bumpy road should (if it's real bad) drive or have them emt's come get you. That's all I have to do, the first time there i had no time, couldn't walk breath or talk What finally worked was albuterol machine at home, i can't even remember how long it took. Happy Days Now, Hugs Bless you all
insurance cards, lists of meds; if you think you're going to be admitted, take your meds with you. List your symptoms, list what you've done (cough medicine, lots of water, chicken soup, gargling with salt water, any OTC meds you've taken, etc.). Make sure you tell them what you are diagnosed with: COPD, CHF, diabetes, RH, whatever.
I always keep an updated list of prescription drug., surgeries, illnesses, over the counter products, like vitamins sinus products. Doctors name and phone number along with my next of kin, my address snd phone numbers, allergies and present health problems. In the trunk of my car I keep a overnite bag with all shaving gear, tooth brush and paste whatever sanitary items like underarm deodorants ect, extra extra underwear, hell you never know Right. The paramedics ,doctors nurses will be able to help us with this pertinent information and the rest will make us more confortable. I try and keep a two three day stay of clothing and under garments.
To much is a waste, not enough is worrisome and peace of mind is essential
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