Hospital Stuff-Little Things You Take For Granted!It is often not known until once is hospitalized just how important the little things are to you. Or when you are ill. Many of you will identify with this. This will remind you and perhaps give insight to those who haven't been ill much or hospitalized before about the little things that matter. Think on this then, please...
There are little things in hospital that matter. A cup of hot tea or coffee. We do not have supplies like this in many institutions. But I have gone out of my way to get someone these when I know it is needed. A simple cup of hot beverage. How about that?
A warmed blanket. Some institutions have them on the maternity floors. A heater jammed full of warmed hospital blankets. When one is chilled, this makes a great difference. It is well worth the trip to find one and to wrap someone in its coziness. They can stop shivering and sleep a bit then.
Visitors. They are strongly discouraged after visiting hours. People just don't seem to understand that patients need to rest, to heal, to sleep. People show up in droves. Bring screaming children. Bring their colds and sniffles and illnesses. That isn't desirable. Think on it. Limit your time there. Don't overwhelm your loved ones. But occasionally we can let you in briefly. Cause we understand your hectic work hours. Or how important it is to say hi and to hug someone you love. So just be nice. And say why to us. We are not monsters. We are trying to help your loved ones. So rules can be bent a bit, but not always. Be considerate, please.
Underwear. Most of us wear underwear daily. Those in the hospital wear johnny gowns and slippers. Few can wear underwear. They don't understand why they cannot wear them to surgery even! *laughing* Surgeons and nurses have seen naked parts so often. We do not stare and make fun of people! Really. Many who have had surgery cannot wear underwear. For weeks or months even at a time. So we celebrate those who have their first Wear Underwear Day! A time of celebration. So things that are meant to be supported can be. And so that men who don't like to dangle their jewels can support them! Smiling now thinking about these First Underwear Days! Even those who have had hip surgery or knee surgery or abdominal surgery cannot wear clothes for some time. I have seen more full moons from women than men in my 21 years in healthcare!
Flowers. Magazines. Books. Laptops. Homemade cards from wee ones. Slippers. Housecoats .Photos. Some homebaked food. A bakery treat. Of course, do make sure what you are bringing is allowed! All these little things are welcome in a strange environment where time one on one is limited. And these little differences make quite a difference.
I hope this made you think a bit. About how fortunate you truly are. And how it is easy to brighten up the hard times of someone who is ill. Thank you for your time. kissesssssssssssssssssssssssssssss...And smiles!