10 BENEFITS OF A HOSPITAL STAY

August 21, 2014 wlerch

It is Thursday evening around 5:30pm – I have just arrived home from a 5ish day hospital stay which started with a trip to ER last Saturday morning around 10.

As with any lengthy hospital stay, it has been both exhausting and restful. There have been tears and laughter. There have been many questions and answers, pain and relief… on one particularly difficult day I started a list of 10 top reasons to stay in the hospital – it provided some amusement for me as well as a reprieve from the self-pity that was starting to get boring. (sometimes I irritate myself)

So I am sharing my list with you for your laughter and enjoyment! (I know most of my posts are more serious – this is NOT – just a look at the “lighter” side of what is always a serious situation) (I am also heavily medicated, so I appreciate your understanding of grammar/spelling errors)

11. (I know I said 10, but I thought of an extra one!) Having your own TV in your bedroom – I know this is common in many households, but it will never happen in ours, so it was a treat for me!

10. Remote Control – When you need a new battery for your remote control, you just push a button and someone will replace it for you – it’s almost like having a SUPER POWER!

9. Cleaning – every morning someone comes into your room and mops the floor and empties the garbage – you don’t even have to ask!

8. Water – every morning when you wake up there is a fresh cup of cold water with a clean straw and everything just waiting for you beside your bed – its like MAGIC – just appears!

7. Your bed is very fun to play in – it can go up and down at the push of a button – and when you are confined to your bed, … small amusements make the day more fun! (SUPER POWER!)

6. You don’t have to wash any dishes!

5. Fresh Towels are delivered to your room every day – and again – you don’t even have to ask! (MORE MAGIC!)

4. Experiments – well, you have a lot of time on your hands to try new and random things – in the absence of cotton balls, I have discovered that an O.B. tampon is actually a fairly decent tool for removing nail polish (dad – if you’re reading this – sorry) you have to remove the plastic outer layer, but it’s almost like using an eraser – I may experiment with a few other brands and completely switch from using cotton balls all together as a tool for polish removal.

3. Breakfast in bed – I have had breakfast in bed for 4 days in a row – FANTASTIC! (no food Sunday morning because I was still in ER) I must be a SUPERHERO!

2. Visitors and presents – I have had lots of visitors and received lots of gifts – I appreciate everyone who has come by, as well as those who I know are sending their love and prayers from home! (I am concluding at this point that I am a SUPER HERO :))

AND FINALLY – DA DA DA DA….

1. NO BRA – (sorry dad) I have not put on my bra in 5 days, my heavenly bodies are truly rejoicing! Happiness and Joy!

In all seriousness – I am not trying to make light of hospital stays, they are serious as was this one, but sometimes delving into the utterly ridiculous is necessary to help you get through the harsh realities of life. I’m grateful to be home and being cared for by my two male nurses! And remembering my roommates who are still there for at least another night.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Pops.  |  August 22, 2014 at 8:35 am

    That’s a lovely post Wendy – even with the “Dad” warning content. Its a very positive list and probably worthy of wide distribution for folks in hospital environments!

    Glad you’re home again – God is with you always.

  • 2. Michelle  |  September 18, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    so glad you have your sense of humour! your smile always brightens a day. thanks for the insight! God bless

    • 3. wlerch  |  September 18, 2014 at 6:46 pm

      Thanks so much Michelle! Hope all is well in your world!
      W!


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