Whether you’re heading to an infusion centre for your monthly dose of Tysabri, getting a course of Lemtrada, or treating a relapse at Spa-umedrol, packing a great bag can make the hours and days of tedious and uncomfortable therapies a lot more bearable. Since there is no fashion mag dedicated to MS (Ms. magazine is sadly, not about de-mylenating in style), I offer you my best attempt at ‘What’s In Her Bag? Hospital Edition’. Because fashion is fun. It might be shallow and materialistic but sometimes stuff makes you feel better. Here’s what I’m packing for my upcoming five day medical séjour.
Patent leather bonus: sleazy hospital germs can easily be removed with a disinfectant wipe.
What’s in there?
Travel Water Bottle Hydration is key when being pumped full of chemicals.
Tech I don’t have to tell you to pack your iPhone but don’t forget your charger. My iPad is loaded with The Mindy Project and Gilmour Girls. (House of Cards is forbidden, because that’s a watch-together show, and I can’t betray The Banker like that.)
Pill carrier Getting IV therapy doesn’t mean you get to skip your regular meds.Pack OTC’s likepain relievers and anti-nauseants to handle unpleasant side effects.
Lip gloss Hospitals can be so dry. Chapped lips are gross.
Hand Sanitizer Hand sanny is key. Immune systems are suppressed. Hospitals, guys. Ick.
Enormous Sunnies In case you want to sleep or be ignored. Or paparazzi.
Blanket Scarf Tissue sized hospital blankets are never enough. Though I do love that they come from ovens.