Yet another use for the Large Shop Bag
Sorry no pics, you will get it when you read further. I had surgery on Tuesday morning and had to spend the night overnight on Tuesday into Wednesday in the hospital. I had packed an overnight bag with my personal items, a robe and gown and some reading material. I had a small stuff sack with my knitting for when I was stuck in the pre-op area as well as my wallet, cell phone and a few other items I wanted close, the unisex nature of this bag made it easy for dh to tote it away when he left me in the pre-op area.
But what I'm writing about is my Large Shop Bag. I had it with me as well and when I changed into the lovely paper surgical gown and slipper socks I shed my knee high EMU Australian boots and Mountain Hardware downtown coat vs. dh having to try to tote those around, or me having to try to stuff them into the nasty plastic personal belongings bag, I put them into my Large Shop Bag. Dh was able to take them to the car for me and when I needed them after surgery the bag was convenient to bring back in to my room.
I love my TB bags. They are so versatile and functional. They inspire creativity and are useful for everyday and special occasions. :)
Hope everyone is on the mend
I really like this thread, too: and my best wishes to all those who wrote about surgeries and hospitalizations. I hope all of you are feeling stronger now.
I used my Swift as a hospital bag too last November when my father had experimental heart valve surgery at the Cleveland Clinic. My mother, sisters, and I basically lived at the clinic every day for the first week, and even though we were a short walk from the hotel, I wanted a bag in which I could carry everything I might need for an entire day. I was able to put a ton of stuff the Swift: my wallet, cell phone, iPod Touch in a small Cork Organizer, camera, sunglasses, lots of toiletries and some ibuprofen in one of the Clear Zip pockets, my Macbook (carried inside a non-Bihn padded hardshell case), its adapter, an insulated 16-ounce travel mug for chai, a book to read, a Stuff Sack with a knitting project, a notebook, a Pen/Pencil Organizer with lots of pens and highlighters, snacks, and a scarf/shawl to keep warm in cold waiting rooms, There was even room to stow all the handouts we kept receiving from the medical staff.
The Swift was stuffed to overflowing, and was pretty heavy, but those amazing straps made it comfortable to carry. And believe it or not, I used everything in the bag on a regular basis during that week. It made it easier to keep all our friends and family across the world posted on my dad's progress, and for us to stay as comfortable as we could. I loved the Swift before that trip, but now I can say I am truly grateful for it as well.
And my father is recovering well from what was a grueling procedure, so we are grateful for that, too.