Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Hospitals and Gowns

A hospital gown, is a short-sleeved, thigh-length garment worn by patients in hospitals and other medical facilities.

The hospital gown is made of fabric that can withstand repeated laundering in hot water, usually cotton and is fastened at the back with twill tape ties.

Most doctors, especially in hospitals, find hospital gowns convenient for listening to the heart and lungs. For nurses, giving vaccinations in the buttocks is easier when the patient is wearing a gown rather than street clothing. Hospital gowns are much thinner and looser than regular clothing, so patients are less likely to overheat. Patients wearing gowns are also less likely to be bothered by other clothing issues, such as uncomfortable clothing, having to keep multiple changes of clothing on hand, or removing clothing to use the toilet. The gown is significantly easier and more comfortable to move around in than street clothing. Wikipedia

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This is me showing the latest in hospital gown fashion.
(Dearest said I looked scared)
This is me at 3 o'clock getting prepped for surgery

Notice the lovely white paper/plastic wrist band
that comes complimentary with every gown
This is me 3 hours later, still waiting to get into surgery....
The hospital gown, not the warmest fashion choice
But it coordinated nicely with my green I.V. clamp
I rub my eyes and forehead when I am stressed/bored,
Any trace of makeup I had on was long since rubbed off!

I have worn many different hospital gowns in my life. They have been tan, green, blue, I even had pink ones when I had my babies (those have a peak-a-boo nursing top )
but my favorite was this one.
This is a Polaroid circa 1977 (I was 4 going on 5). I was at the Mayo Clinic/St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, MN. This gown was yellow with circus animals on it. My room mate was from India I believe. My favorite one had Winnie the Pooh holding onto balloons - I still remember it. I finally was able to go to the playroom, dragging my I.V. behind, I was wearing the Winnie the Pooh gown that day.

Yep, I have been styling hospital gowns for most of my life.


Alicia @ boylerpf said...

Well girl...you definitely rock a hospital gown! Leave it to the Mayo to provide forward thinking gowns. Glad you're doing better!

New Liberty said...

The height of fashion they are. Hope you're doing better and have a speedy recovery. I love the yellow winnie gown. Perhaps a career in the making for you coming up with new ideas for them. :-) Susan

Adan said...

this type of fashion also reminds me of the time i went for my first professional massage...the rob they gave me was so short, i thought my wedding tackle was going to fall out...coincidentally, i was on my honeymoon...

TheChicGeek said...

I agree with boylerpf, you rock hospital gowns :) Feel better soon!

Delwyn said...

Hello Jules,
I hope that you are coming back to normal after your little sojourn at the hospital. Best wishes for a fast recovery, and I hope the little ones are helping out.
Happy days

Alexandra said...

Oh my gosh! You look like you are about 12 years old!!!! especially hugging your knees to your chest. I hope you are feeling better and recovering nicely.
Thank you for the love on my blog. I love hearing about books, too. What are you reading these days?

A Cuban In London said...

I wish you a quick recovery. Many thanks.

Greetings from London.

julochka said...

honey, why did you have on makeup in the first place, you knew you were going in for surgery! i would definitely skip the makeup that day. :-) unless the doctor was hot, like the one who took out my wisdom teeth...

hope you're feeling better!


p.s. WV word is "oldegal" that doesn't seem good...

Deb said...

Ohh! You looked terrible! Your telephone voice did not do justice to how awful you must have felt! A picture is worth a thousand words! Remind me, what were you doing at the Mayo as a child?

Sandra said...

I've been so consumed with my water problem that I missed this. You did look scared. A belated response, but I'm glad you are now better.