01 June 2017

Bedside Manner: How to Handle a Stay in Hospital

Hospitals are amazing places. They are the places where people can go for treatment and healing, where lives are saved, where incredible feats of medicine are accomplished by highly trained professionals. Of course, that doesn't make them any more pleasant to be in for a lot of people. Plenty of people find themselves feeling incredibly uncomfortable even setting foot inside a hospital. For some it's the idea of being around diseases, for others, it's something as simple and visceral as the smell that makes them uncomfortable. No matter what the reasons are, it's pretty understandable for a lot of people to feel that way, which makes it all the more difficult when you find yourself having to spend an extended period of time in the hospital. It could be an overnight stay; it could be for a period of weeks, no matter how long it is, here are some ways to deal with a stay in hospital.

Be Informed-- 

Macro Photo of Stethoscope and Pens

One of the things that leaves a lot of people feeling very uncomfortable and unhappy when they're in hospital is the feeling of not really being sure what's going on. After all, most people aren't trained medical professionals, so you're not going to have that much of an understanding of what's happening or what all of the things being said really mean. However, that doesn't mean that you should put up with being left in the dark. This is especially true when you're undergoing serious treatment for something like an aggressive form of cancer. Sites like mesotheliomahelp.org can help you get a much better idea of what kinds of treatments you can expect and what they will entail. However, the very best thing to do is simply to request that your doctor explain to you, in detail, exactly what's going on. It won't make the whole process any easier on a medical level, but it will make you feel a lot less alone and confused.

Bring Some Home with You--

One of the most common reasons that a lot of people really don't like hospitals is that they are sterile, clinical, somewhat lifeless environments. If you're going to be spending an extended period of time in the hospital, then bring a little bit of home with you. Bring a picture of your family to have beside your bed, bring some headphones so that you can listen to your favorite music. Whatever it is that you need to feel more comfortable, as long as it doesn't negatively impact those around you, you should bring along with you at the start of your stay.

Try to Stay Active (If You Can)--

Woman in White Shirt Standing Near Glass Window Inside Room

The stereotype of a stay in hospital is having to spend huge amounts of time in bed staring at the ceiling, feeling bored, frustrated, frightened. However, unless you're specifically instructed to stay in bed, you should try to stay as active as possible. Not only is getting up and stretching your legs from time to a great way to stave off boredom, but it also helps you avoid losing strength in your limbs during your stay in hospital. Of course, not everyone is going to be able to get up and about but even then, make sure that you're keeping yourself occupied with things like books and music.

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