Stage 1 Patient
It looks like everyone has given you a great list to take to the hospital.
I live in NY and I also did not know what to take for a bilateral mastectomy that I had 5 weeks ago. My doctor's office gave me a goody bag full of stuff and the hospital staff were really nice and also gave me extra things.
Some things that you may want to have
A water bottle
Life savers---- I know silly but they were great. I had that metallic taste in my mouth for days and the lifesavers helped a lot.
a warm blanket- it does not matter how many blankets the hospital gives you, you still seem to be cold so be prepared.
2 small- 5x7 size pillows- came in the goody bag. Very helpful when going home. Used it to protect my chest from the seatbelt.
If the hospital staff is willing to give you ask for a box of gloves, alcohol wipes, and the containers to measure the drains. but just in case- have these at home so you're not unprepared. The hospital also gave me an extra bra- one had velcro the other did not....very nice staff. Ask for one, it doesn't hurt to ask. the worst thing they can say is no.
Good Luck, stay positive. This is a bump in the road of our lives. We just have to get through it. Sometimes we need help from someone or a few people to pick us up but what I have learned not only from my family and friends but also from the ladies here is that they will hold your hand with knowledge, info, and support.