I’ve been in them so much I have developed a list of The Best Things About Hospitals. (I have a list about them that are also about the the worst, but I am trying to focus on the positive right now. :) )
WHEN YOU HAVE EXCELLENT NURSES.
Yes, how good your surgeon/doctor is will depend greatly on how well your procedure goes, but as far as your actual hospital stay, you’ll likely see your doctors twice a day for 20 minutes. It is your nurses that will make or break your hospital stay. Compassion, kindness, listening to the patient seriously…these are just a few hallmarks of a good nurse. Luckily, my nurses this visit were angels and they had such compassion for my situation. (My surgery took much longer and the recovery is much more painful due to so much debris being packed into my vertebrae. He said he was taking out massive pieces of debris,too, so it’s no wonder the pain was so bad.)
If I were wealthy I would seriously buy one of those doo hickies that keep blankets warm. There are few things as comforting as a warm blanket when you feel so awful.
Really, does this need to be explained? The only problem is this is that it takes you 8X’s as long to read your email or type a post. (Hello, I’m posting at 5pm on a Friday? Yeah, I just have to throw caring about comments and traffic to the wind.)
Nothing makes you appreciate your own bed and home like being away from it. I came home yesterday. It’s what my insurance would cover. (But I am SO grateful to have it.) Today has been really bad. I can’t get on top of my pain and man…it just hurts so much and I can’t really DO anything. But I know it will get better. I just need to keep on keeping on.
What are you all up to?