I’ve blogging (mostly) daily for the past four weeks at ericswife.com. I so enjoyed our cyber time while I was in Russia and I’d be happy to see you over at my other cyber haunt.
(I will just keep adding tips to this post from here on out. Feel free to leave questions on this post and I will answer them for everyone.)
14. Don’t drink the tap water from anywhere in Russia except for in your isolation room where the water and air are very well filtered. Buy water from the local store.
15. Ladies, bring your own sanitary items from home. You can get them in Russia, but you will find that most store visits include a game of charades. Skip the game.
16. Bring your own Tylenol or whatever you prefer for mild to moderate pain relief. They can provide some from the pharmacy there, but it is just as simple to bring something from home that you are more familiar with.
17. What to wear: I was comfortable wearing cotton camisole undershirts, yoga pants, wool socks, and long sleeved t-shirts. I had fantastic long underwear that I wore any time we left the hospital, though I don’t know if that matters as much for a spring stay. I experienced a good deal of night sweats, so breathable should be your aim when packing. During the 7-10 when you are in the thick of isolation and aseptic cleaning, you will be made to wear a regular change of hospital issued gowns. Good news! The back is sewed closed. (I did not have a robe with me and likely would not have used one as the rooms are kept quite warm.)
18. To be more precise: My Crocs were one piece of material with no straps or fasteners. Crocs are made out of rubber and are not very porous. I am not promoting the brand, though they do provide a pretty perfect shoe for the aseptic process. I would assume you can find another brand that is non porous and is made of one continuous piece of material. (click the link to see some similar to my pair. Dr. Fedorenko wears purple Crocs. Confidence.)
19. The hospital does provide masks for you to use when you are discharged. I brought my own from home and found that they were more comfortable than the hospital issued masks, though I don’t think bringing them with is a necessity.
20. Taxi from airport to hotel/hospital cost is about or under 3,000 rubles ($100 USD.) Taxi from hotel to hospital should be around 500 rubles ($18-$20 USD.)
21. I ate the plane food. On the plane I wore the mask, washed my hands, drank lots of water and generally paid attention to what I was touching with my hands. Your bald head and face mask are like neon signs that beg people to stay away from you. Use it. 😉
22. No food restrictions upon my return home.
23. We found that every where we went in Russia was almost kept too warm for my liking. This included my hospital room. There is no way to adjust the temperature so I advise keeping cool with layers of clothing.
24. (LOOK AWAY FELLOWS!!) I used disposable pads during my period. There was no discussion regarding a hospital preference, though I did read about some concerns of tampon use and toxic shock syndrome when used with a low immune system. Could be wrong about it, so you may as well bring what you want and ask when the time comes.
25. Deodorant is used very rarely by the Russians we met. We both learned to embrace this piece of their culture.
26. The hospital does have a laundry service, though this is not a routine thing for them. I used them once for my own laundry and then just washed in the sink and hung in the bathroom after that. Their service is fine, I just found it more convenient to do it myself.