January 10, 2011

how a tote saved my life

A bit drastic? I think not!

Ever pulled a 24 hour hospital shift?
In a vinyl recliner.
Which really doesn't recline very well and when it does...

...it squeaks.
All. The. Way. Down. Or at least as far as it will go.
And when said recliner IS reclined, you slide to the bottom. Constantly.
Because nothing sticks to vinyl.

And your butt goes numb.

Trying to catch a nap (in said recliner, with a numb butt)
while nurses, aids, and doctors enter the room on an hourly basis is...

...not going to happen.



What's a tote got to do with anything? If you plan ahead, it will save your life or your sanity or quite possibly both. It has to be rather large, like mine. And it needs to carry...

~ a pair of comfy sweats
~ warm socks
~ your glasses
~ contact case and supplies for storage
~ snacks (hospital food sucks)
~ a book or magazine...or two


~ laptop
~ IPOD and make sure it's charged
~ your cell phone charger. because if you don't it will die at the worst possible time
~ a pair of gloves and scarf as it could be cold when you leave


My tote.
The rather large one. The one I was wishy washy and all guilty about keeping so close to Christmas when I could have easily sold it and given it a wonderful home.

My tote.
The very one that also holds my cell and keys in the roomy front pockets
and folds to a "normal person" size when not on hospital duty.


My tote. That's what saved my life.


  1. i know EXACTLY where you're coming from. i have a hospital bag for when my mother is ill. it's big, stain resistant, super cute and has definitely been a life saver!

    xo Alison

  2. Keeping that one was the best decision ever!!! LOL! See, it saved your life!

  3. i've did that for a weeks time and wish i'd had a giant tote with me for provisions.

  4. Love the tote but I also really love your jacket. Please tell me you got it recently and that I can get one too!

  5. Hi Felicia!
    I'm emailing you but to answer and an FYI that particular jacket (worn not by me, but my model) came from the sale rack at Urban Outfitters.

  6. Your totes have saved my life also! For exactly all the same reasons... just add Knitting and thats me!

  7. Love this post! We packed lots of stuff when my dad was in the hospital. One of the nice things is out hospital had wonderful food!

    I am glad you kept the tote.

  8. Sometimes you need those gloves IN the hospital if it's anything like where I work:) Glad your Mom is home!

  9. That's a great tote! Good thing you kept it!

  10. LOVE your totes! they would be great for saving lives! Now all they need is a theme song and some really cool capes to wear! and maybe a graphic novel and movie about them...but who to play them?

  11. i love that tote!!!
    and i love that it folds down...
    it is absolutely perfect

  12. The bigger the better if you ask me! My hubby has asked "how long do you plan to be gone?" When I leave with my "purse"

  13. It's an AMAZING tote! I completely understand!

  14. The difference a bag can make :)
    Hope all is well!!


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