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How to “Survive” a Hospital Stay with Your Little

I have had 4 out of 6 of these kids in the hospital at some point. Most of them were breathing related (RSV/pneumonia) so I wasn’t prepared, but when number 3 had a bunch of surgeries I knew what to bring!

I’ve never had to stay for more than a week in the hospital with one of my children, and I count myself lucky for that. (And so blessed they came back home with me)..But there are some things I don’t think I could have “survived” without.

1) Cell phone charger. If you’re like me, you like a charged cell phone all the time. And when your little love bug is sleeping and you’re awake stressed out there is only so much day time cable you can handle. Facebook and Amazon shopping to the rescue! Keep an extra charger in your glovebox or purse and only use it for emergencies, or pack one in your bag if it’s a planned stay.

2) Snacks. I like to eat, my kids like to eat (if they are allowed!) Nothing is worse than not wanting to leave the room where your precious child is hurt or sick, but you haven’t eaten since yesterday. I pack a bunch of trail mix if we are having a planned hospital stay. Tastes great and has the stuff to keep you going. Our hospitals provide drinks.

3) A new toy. On our last trip to children’s hospital we had no idea if it was going to be an overnight stay or just a consultation. We decided to stop at the dollar store and pick out a few things for our then 7 year old to keep busy with that didn’t require too much movement or noise 😉

4) Extra clothes. Make sure you have a full change of clothing for you and your SO if applicable. A one night stay can easily turn into a few days and Monday’s yoga pants might not feel so fresh after a couple nights.

5) A book or kindle. Because even the good ol’ internet gets old.

6) Your toothbrush. Yes, most hospitals will gladly give you one..but in the land of $7 Band-Aids..it might be better safe than sorry if you don’t have amazing coverage. Plus hospital toothpaste is really really gross.

7) Shampoo and a towel. I have made do with what the hospital has so far except for when I’m there having a baby. So if you are picky about what you use in the shower, bring your own!

 

Adventures in Puppy Wearing!!! Meet Zeus.

This is my newest sweet “baby” Zeus. He is an “American Bully” according to his papers. Poor Zeus had a rough start, he was the runt of the litter, rejected repeatedly by his mother, and picked on endlessly. One of my good friends is a breeder and offered him to me if I was up to give him the TLC he needed and deserved. I of course jumped at the chance. We have two other dogs in the bully family who would love a little “brother”. Zeus was 1/4 size (3lbs) of his littermates and had pneumonia. He hadn’t ate or drank in 3 days..he had given up on life. I took him straight to the vet, he received IV fluids, RX high calorie food, and antibiotics. When we got home he didn’t want to be alone. With 5 kids, 2 other dogs, 2 cats, and a husband to tend to I had to think fast! I grabbed my mamaway ring sling out of the car as soon as DH got home from work. (See my review with a tiny human here). Zeus loved the baby carrier. He takes his naps in there, I can cook dinner with him sleeping under my apron. My local grocery store is doggy friendly so I can grab a loaf of bread with him! It has been over a week and he is making an excellent recovery and him feeling loved has got to be a huge part of this. I chose to wear him in the Mamaway Ring Sling because it’s cotton and his puppy nails wont snag. Pretty soon he will be too big, but the bond we have is unbreakable.