Good morning and welcome to another #tubieweek post. Today I want to introduce you all to INGA Wellbeing.
Anybody who has spent time in hospital will know the daily nightmare that is trying to be comfortable in what you are wearing. Finding something that keeps you at a comfortable temperature, maintains your decency and that is functional – accounting for all the wires and tubes you may be hooked up to – can be difficult. From a mental health point of view you also want to look half decent for when you have people visiting and for your own self confidence.
Hospital gowns are often only available in limited sizes. They also tend to not fasten well, accounting for tubes and wires by exposing parts of you that you would rather keep covered, especially when you are in a multi bedded bay! To keep covered you are often given two, one to put on front wards and one to go on backwards – this can result in you getting very hot. I often prefer wearing my own pyjamas and nighties but when you are hooked up to IVs they aren’t always suitable. You end up not being able to remove the item of clothing, or can’t put it on properly.
“INGA Wellbeing has combined personal experience, expert medical advice and fashion design talent to create comfortable, attractive and functional patient clothing solutions that really work for ALL medical conditions and throughout patients’ treatment journeys.”
INGA have come up with a fantastic range of clothes for patients which addresses all these issues. Features include
Discreet openings for IV lines, drains, monitors, examinations, treatments and massages
Full arm opening enables independent dressing and undressing (for many) even with IV lines
Interior pockets to hold drains, syringe drivers etc securely & discreetly
Soft, gently elasticated fabric. Made from natural fibres, washable at 40 degrees C
Wrap design and/or poppers to adjust size
So how does this fit in with #tubieweek? Well, this issue is not just one for in patients. Some people, such as my boyfriend Ste, have to have IV’s running at home too. People who are tube and TPN fed also have difficulties with finding functional and comfortable clothing they can use when hooked up to their feeds/treatments.
INGA Wellbeing kindly sent over one of their men’s long sleeved tops for Ste to try out and he was eager to give it a go. The package arrived quickly (they offer worldwide, free shipping) and it was nicely wrapped in tissue paper so would be perfect if sending to someone as a gift. I was immediately impressed when I took it out of the packet. It was so super soft and the soft grey colour was really lovely. They also have navy option and a dusky pink colour in the women’s clothes. There are different options for men and women and they include trousers, long and short sleeved tops and dresses.
I think they are brilliant! Comfortable, lightweight, easily accessible for all my tubes. I spend a lot of time in pyjamas or lounge wear but it can be a pain to have my TPN or fluids running in them, so often end up not having a top on which then makes me cold and uncomfortable around others who can see all my tubes and bag on show. I also use my jejunostomy tube to take a lot of my medications and with the INGA top I don’t have to undress to do this as it just hangs out the side. I really want to get a pair of the trousers too as this would make daily life so much easier for me.
INGA Wellbeing have kindly sent me a code so my lovely readers can receive 10% off their order – just use spooniemummy18 when checking out for your discount to be applied (this is an affiliate code so I may receive some commission from people using this. It doesn’t affect your purchase in anyway apart from saving you money but I need to make you aware)
I hope you enjoyed our review. Me and Ste were both really impressed and will definitely be shopping with them again in the future. I really like the idea that you can buy gift cards too. It is often difficult to think of how to treat a person who is ill or in hospital, and this would be perfect for them to get something lovely, but useful too!
Video – Changing the port and setting up a TPN feed