One of my kids was subject to episodes that necessitated trips to the Emergency Room. Follow-up required transfer to a hospital that specialized in my child's condition. None of those hospitals were in mid-Michigan.
A typical episode might start at 8:00 PM. The Emergency Room staff typically "found" a pending discharge in a hospital at 9:00 AM the next morning. That "pending discharge" became an open bed at 2:00 PM, at which point it was confirmed and my child was transported to a facility that was typically two hours away. I needed to be there for admissions and in-processing. I got back home between 6:00 PM and 8:00 PM, 22-to-24 hours after we made the original dash to the Emergency Room.
Spending more than 3 hours in an Emergency Room is grinding. Spending a day in Emergency Rooms and Hospital Admissions was enough to motivate me to throw together a comfort kit.
|One of these was stashed beneath the seat of every vehicle in the ERJ fleet.|
- Three packets instant coffee
- Fresh socks
- Knit cap
- Ear Plugs
- Hand Sanitizer
- Power supply for cell phone.
- Small stash of O-T-C antiacid and other meds for me
- Change for vending machines, hidden in cap
- Not shown: Kid's meds list with doses.
Toothbrush: Needed to make me feel human. Paste is optional. You may feel otherwise.
Socks: Comfort. I can face the day with fresh socks and brushed teeth.
Knit cap: A way of shutting out stimuli...way too much happens in E-rooms that is disturbing
Ear plugs: A way of shutting out stimuli. The third time this happened I was able to get a good night's sleep, even with TVs going and folks coming and going. As a result, I felt much peppier on the drive home.
Hand Sanitizer: Some of those people are sick, really sick.
Power supply: No signal eats up battery life. Folks want to be kept in the loop. Also, phones are now entertainment for the kid. A distracted kid is a happier kid. For that you need....POWER.
Meds: You need to be your best self when your kid is sick.
Change: Yes, you will need to eat and cash-money is still universal.
Meds list: Every place will ask and it is much more efficient to hand them a typed out list. Also, include meds that were tried and did not work and/or had adverse reactions. Include history of dosage increases/decreases.
The whole idea is for you to cut this to fit your needs rather than slavishly follow my Bill-of-Materials. I included the "whys" so you can substitute things that meet your needs.
This is not a "fishing for pity" post. Don't need it. I am pretty sure that portion of parenting is behind us. I posted this information in case others might find it useful. I had about $12 invested in each kit and it repaid that investment many times over the first time I used it.