There are plenty of other places you’d rather be than a hospital, but since you’re here… Here are a few tips to make your experience more tolerable.
You are now a consumer of the hospital’s services. As a paying customer, take advantage of the staff’s expertise:
- Ask questions about all the procedures you or your loved one will undergo
- Make a list of questions for the doctor, nurse, social worker, therapist and more. Ask questions when they visit
- Keep track of all the medications you or your loved one has received
Explore the hospital
If your immune system is ready for a field trip, explore areas outside of your room. Most large hospitals will have:
- a cafeteria with 24 hours service
- a place for praying and/or meditation
- an indoor park; a perfect place to mingle with your visitors
- an art gallery or at least a vast collection of artwork on the walls
Bring your electronics
Don’t forget that you can bring your own computer, music, movies, your cell phone and chargers for all your electronics. Try to pass time by watching movies off the Top 250 Movies of all time! You can be an expert in that area.
Most hospitals are now providing free wi-fi to patients and guests. You may need a special code, but the nursing staff should be able to provide that. Here’s a few of our favorite ways to pass time digitally:
- Hulu (catch up on the latest tv shows)
- Netflix (watch movies in your hospital room)
- Pandora (play the music you want to hear)
- Comedy Central (you’ll need a laugh)
- Bubble Shooter Game (the most addicting game on the internet)
- News: New York Times, USA Today, CNN, Reuters
- Explore, play and get involved with CancerHQ
Most of all, use this time to heal and get better. Keep your mind active and focus on the positives.