Hospitals love them or hate them, you have to be glad that they exist.
I have managed for most of my life to stay away from hospitals. But then in my thirties, hospital visits became a norm, though all investigative for infertility.
Yet this past week, I have surely made up for it.
I’ve had a salubrious 5 night stay at the local private hospital for the big surgery.
My nights and days have been filled with constant attention.
Who doesn’t like meals that you don’t have to cook, cups of tea bought to you in bed, beds that are made daily someone and someone checking on you and making sure if you have everything you need. Ok, aside from the pain management, funky compression socks and missing my family it was all fine.
I have tried to make the most of my time, lazing in bed and resting up.With a family even with one little one a hospital stay can be tricky, and these are some of the things that helped eased the situation:
- Picking the right time to tell the Little Man about my hospital visit. We decided that the best time to explain this was on the morning of my hospital admission. It did help that he had been to hospital earlier in the year for his tonsils, but we had also recently reread the book Curious George goes to the hospital. So I was able to use that as the basis of our discussion, that mummy had a tummy ache like George and had to go to hospital to get that fixed. Thankfully, he was accepting of the fact and there was no fuss as Matt dropped him off at daycare.
- Keeping to routine. Little Man going to daycare, on his scheduled days.
- Using technology to help keep us connected. Let’s just say FaceTime got a good work out, It was fantastic to be able to say good morning to my boys even though I wasn’t at home with them.
- Visits by the boys together were usually short, which meant there was less chance for the Little Man to misbehave.
It’s day five post surgery today and I am getting excited as I am getting discharged this morning. I am very thankful for the provision of modern medicine and the services that are available in our day and age. And I am looking forward to going home and sleeping in my own bed.
What’s your view on hospitals? Do you like them? Have you ever had an extended stay in hospital?
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