#tubieweek – The Spoonie Mummy Reviews – INGA Wellbeing

Good morning and welcome to another #tubieweek post.  Today I want to introduce you all to INGA Wellbeing.

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The Problem With What To Wear In Hospital

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

“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

  • Exterior pockets

  • Soft, gently elasticated fabric.  Made from natural fibres, washable at 40 degrees C

  • Wrap design and/or poppers to adjust size

  • No metal parts so can be worn safely during MRIs etc

#tubieweek

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.

Ste’s Thoughts

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.

Visit the INGA Wellbeing store

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!

NatalieThe Spoonie Mummy

Other #tubieweek posts

What Is A Tubie?

Video – Changing the port and setting up a TPN feed

#SMSelfLoveClub – Week 4

Huge apologies that it’s up late (especially to Stephie at Colitis To Ostomy) who has been nagging me to get this up so she can carry on participating! Had another busy one with hospital appointments of my own, hospital visits to Ste and my first assignment for university due in but now have a little time to focus on my blog again and get it all ready for Christmas! How exciting! So here are the final set of challenges for the month…how has it gone so fast! As always, let me know how you are getting on, how you have found it, the answers to the questions etc etc below in the comments! You can also message me privately and my inbox is always open should you prefer to remain anonymous or simply have a personal chat!

The Final Challenges

Wednesday 22nd November – What does your support system look like?  How can you make this stronger?

Thursday 23rd November – What is something you wish someone would say to you?

Friday 24th November – What things are you really, really good at?

Saturday 25th November – What is one choice you can make now that your future self will be happy about?

Sunday 26th November – Practise gratitude.  What are you grateful for in your life?

Monday 27th November – Who are your role models and what qualities do you share with them?

Tuesday 28th November – What words or beliefs do you want to live your life by?

Wednesday 29th November – Unplug yourself from social media for two hours

Thursday 30th November – Going forward, how are you going to continue loving yourself every day?

As always, you can find my answers over on my Facebook page which you can visit here

Hope you enjoy the final challenges and have found the #SMSelfLoveClub helpful, challenging and fulfilling and something which you will continue with in the future xx

If you feel like continuing your self care journey check out these great ideas from E. L. Feelgood’s Vintage in her post ‘Simple Self Care Practices I’m Doing Every Day & You Can Too’