Monday, December 7, 2015
Making the Hospital Bearable
So what has worked for me? The first thing is to have my bag packed. That way the chances of leaving out critical elements at the last minute is decreased. Make sure to have toiletries, your favorite body lotion, a lip gloss because the hospital is a dry environment, and a warm pair of socks. Pick out comfortable clothes that work with an IV but also you would be comfortable having your co-workers drop in and see you in. The hospital gown does not fit the bill for me. Bring the entertainment that you need. I have a book, an iPad to stream video content on, my phone, which has music, and my noise reduction headphones. These serve two purposes--I can listen to things without bothering a neighbor and I can use them at night to get quiet. I occasionally bring a magazine or an embroiderty project, and since I have gotten three coloring books recently, I might add that.
Finally, I bring my own food. I just cannot eat the hospital food, and I need to eat, so I bring my own. I use the patient refrigerator, but I also bring things that are calorie dense and have a long shelf life. Sometimes, it is the little things that make the larger challenges more managable.