PrettyinPink, Just a few tips off the top of my head, and as I remember more, I'll post more. I'm sure you will get lots of suggestions as more members see your post. What to take to hospital
: (in no particular order, just the way my brain works)
comfy houseshoes (I took my big kitty cat houseshoes)
robe that slips on easily and belts in the front
notebook (for jotting down questions as you think of them, to ask doc/nurses)
For the ride home
a couple of small pillows for positioning between you and seatbelt
a small throw blanket if you have a long drive
Things to ask about
drains, depending on how many you have, and make sure you are comfortable with how to take care of them;
pain control, don't be afraid to ask for more, you heal quicker when you are not in pain At home
for the first few days, it was much easier for me to sleep in a big recliner, have someone put clean sheets over the recliner, use pillows on either side so you won't be moving around too much, and take control of the remote, telephone, etc. Keep drinking lots of fluids. In the shower
get a shower stool or seat - I was able to take showers by sitting on the stool, and hubby had changed our shower head to one that can be held by hand,
be sure and check the water temp with your hand, and adjust the pressure so the flow is gentle. You won't have much tactical sensation over most of your chest and abdomen for quite a while, and this way you don't risk having the water too hot and burn your skin.
I know this is not complete, but like I said, will continue to add more.
Oh yeah, I also took a binder type of notebook, and printed out posts like these, along with funny, helpful, or inspirational stories from Komenville to the hospital. That was like a security blanket and a best friend at the same time. Keep us posted, and ask anything.