Many of us who have been through the SCT experience have suggestions about things you will want to take to the hospital with you. We hope you find this list helpful.
Your favourite pillow. Hospitals don't have the most pleasant pillows. Bring a couple of clean pillow cases so you can change it regularly. Those SCT fevers mean you will wake up sweating quite often.
Several pairs of your own pajamas
Other soft comfortable clothing such as sweat pants/shirts, t-shirts or anything comfy
Soft bathroom tissue. Hospital issue bathroom tissue tends to be like sandpaper
Soft bristled toothbrush. Don't use a medium or firm bristle brush as they are much too hard on your gums which are going to become very tender during your stay.
Music: Whether a portable radio, MP3 player or smart phone it doesn't matter. Just something that can ease the boredom, and soothe the soul as the patient spends days in the hospital with nothing to do.
Books and magazines. During the early days books will help keep you occupied, but as the chemo begins to kick in and you become sicker you will find yourself unable to concentrate on reading. At this point magazines that are heavy on pictures and light on words will be great. National Geographic, fashion magazines etc all fit the bill quite nicely.
Digital picture frame to watch all your favourite photos.
A lamp such as a table lamp. Fluorescent hospital lighting is not very comforting. Turn them off and have your own warm yellow glow to make you feel at home.
Note book and pen, so you can record all your experiences.
Hard sweet candy, preferably sugarless. During those times when you are suffering from dry mouth, mouth sores, or just the urge for something sugary and sweet.
Warm socks and nightcap or hat. Hospitals are often drafty places.
Electric razor for men. Regular bladed razors carry too much risk of nicking you and allowing an infection to get in. Anything that cuts the skin is a big NO-NO during an SCT.
Night mask to cover your eyes at night so lights don't bother you.
Ear plugs to keep those hospital sounds out when you are trying to sleep.