If you’re a hospital patient, then chances are high that you will have to stay in the hospital for some time. Though it can be a little depressing, staying in a hospital is not as bad as some people make it out to be. For one thing, staying in a hospital means that you get excellent healthcare from experienced doctors and nurses who take care of their patients with care and compassion. That being said, hospitals are hardly the most ideal environment for anyone. Many people find it difficult to stay there for long periods of time or even see their friends and family members leave once they no longer need them nearby. That being said, there are ways to make things easier on yourself while still enjoying your time there. The first step would be creating greeting cards for everyone who visits you so they don’t feel left out when you can’t see them (or them) as often as they would like. These card messages can also help ease anyone else’s fears about staying at the hospital so much more quickly than if they didn’t have the cards present.
Make Anesthetic Mugs
A lot of hospitals now have on-site pain management centers and will happily give you an opioid prescription to help dull the pain of routine procedures. However, there are some surgeries that are still painful and could leave you with serious chronic pain even after you’ve gotten rid of the tumor. For these procedures, you may need to take even more pills for the pain. You will need to keep track of how many pills you take, when you take them, and how you’re feeling at all times. However, you won’t be able to keep track of all this if you don’t have a mug. Anesthetic mug is great because they have a slot for a bottle of pills so that you won’t forget to take them. Anesthetic mugs also look cute so you can put a few flowers or images on it to make it a bit more personalized.
Make Medical Greeting Cards
If you have visitors who are doctors, nurses, or other medical personnel, you can thank them in a card that they will remember fondly. It is even better if you’re able to make multiple copies of the card and give them to the whole staff. You could also make a few of these cards and leave them with your family or friends so you don’t have to see anyone during your time in the hospital. Medical greeting cards can be a great way to let someone who is taking care of you know that you appreciate the hard work they are doing.
Make A “Get Well” Card
In the midst of all the tests, minor procedures, and surgeries, it is easy to forget that you’re even sick. That’s why it is so helpful to have a “get well” card in the hospital. You can make a few copies of the card and give them to everyone in the hospital or just leave them with your family so they have them when you’re done with the hospital stay. A “get well” card can be a simple note letting the person know that you’re sorry you’re not feeling better yet but that you’re doing everything you can to get better. While you’re in the hospital, you may have to have frequent blood draws or be hooked up to machines. It can be very unpleasant to have a needle stuck in your arm and to have a machine attached to you. A “get well” card can help ease the tension of these procedures.
Create Hospital Artwork
You can also make artwork that your family and friends can hang up on the walls of your hospital room to brighten the space a bit and help keep the mood up. All you need are paints and a few brushes to make artwork that can brighten up any room. Try to put stickers of your favorite images on the artwork so it lasts longer. A hospital room is likely not the most inspiring place to spend time in.
Have Hospital Visitors Write Letters To You
Visitors and family members will have a much easier time staying patient if they have things to keep them occupied and out of trouble. That is why it is also a good idea to have them write you letters while they are visiting you in the hospital. Not only will you enjoy reading them, but you will also get to keep all the letters you get. You can pick and choose the ones you want to read or keep the whole set.
Stick Post-it Notes Everywhere You Go
Hospitals are often very busy, clinical places. That can be both a good and bad thing. It can be wonderful because you are being treated by qualified experts and getting the care you need. However, it can also be very frustrating if you are stuck in a bed in a crowded room, waiting for your turn in a long line, or waiting for something that you need. You can try to help keep the mood up by sticking post-it notes all over the hospital room where you are staying. Have a set of rules written on the post-it notes to help keep the mood up. Rules like “no crying allowed,” “we’re only allowed to talk about one thing at a time,” or anything else that you think can help keep the mood up.
Help Keep The Mood Up By Playing Music And Watching Movies
This may sound a little crazy, but it can help. Try to play music that makes you feel better, like reggae, or classical music. You can also try to find a TV that shows something that makes you laugh. Anything that helps you forget about the fact that you’re stuck in the hospital and forget about your troubles for a little while can help you keep the mood up.
There is no doubt that hospitals can be a scary and depressing place at times, especially when you’re there for an extended period of time. There are, however, ways to make the stay easier on yourself and to make the experience less depressing. These include making anesthetic mugs, medical greeting cards, and a “get well” card. In addition, visitors can write letters to you while they are visiting you in the hospital, and you can stick post-it notes all over the room where you are staying to help keep the mood up.