So, what does it take to go to Russia for 6-7 weeks? I’m not packing for the usual tourist trip, so I am at a bit of a loss. What do you wear in a hospital for 6 weeks? What do you eat in Moscow? My brand new best friend who is currently undergoing the same procedure has been a true gift by passing along tips, much needed item lists, and a sense of humor regarding the hospital food in Moscow. The daily special, almost every day? Tongue. Yes, tongue. Not a pretty sight on the plate. This explains the multitude of peanut butter cups I will be packing. The photo is just a partial accumulation what will be packed.
Before you O.U. and Texas A. & M. fans get your panties in a wad over the Texas Longhorn T-shirt, let me explain. It was on sale, 80% off. There is a reason it was on sale – no one wanted it. And do you really want me throwing up on a good T-shirt? I think not. Much better to loose my chemo nausea on the Longhorns, don’t you agree?
So, my packing list I’m checking off contains:
Shower shields to protect the central venous catheter which will be in place (in my neck – Google it – nasty looking) for 4 weeks.
Peanut butter cups
Crocs – I hate Crocs, but you must have plastic shoes while in isolation so that they can be sterilized by the nurses many times a day. So please don’t laugh when I post pics of me and my dear ugly Crocs. They were on sale as well at $9.00. And they will stay in Moscow when I come home!
Yoga pants to live in for 6 weeks. They are comfy, and will wash and dry easily. Yes, wash and dry. I do my own laundry in a five gallon bucket. There is a heated towel bar to hang them on for drying. Can’t send laundry out. I think it has something to do again with sterilization. I do my own laundry, which insures I am not handed anyone else’s germs had it been sent out. I get to keep my own germs, thank you! No five star hotel here, but one of the best doctors in the world for this procedure -in top 5 for HSCT.
Two big water bottles with a large lids for mixing power drinks and flavored teas. The larger lids are easier to sterilize.
Russian translator book
Cami tops – there will be more as they are great under big T-shirts.
Big T-shirts (I need many more) with V-necks for easier access to the central venous catheter for infusions, stem cell removal and re-transplantation, chemo, transfusions if needed, etc…
Still needed? More than I can type here!
My love and thanks again to all of my friends, known and unknown, who continue to follow and support me with encouragement and blessings.