No one likes to be in hospital. But fretting and wanting to leave while you still need medical teams to assess and look after you, is a fruitless emotion. It can only cause you to prolong your recovery time. You have to accept that the quality care in hospital is just that, and not look to downgrade it, even if you believe that what you are getting is less than ‘quality’. It is not home and you cannot expect it to be.
This really is ‘mind over matter’ – you have to learn to accept that where you are is best for you at this time. If food is a problem, see if your family can bring you something more suitable. Most hospitals have a refrigerator these days where patients can store food.
Don’t just think about yourself and your problems. Take an interest in other patients and see if you can help them during their time of suffering. Set an example by demonstrating how tolerant and caring you are. Don’t complain. Try thanking staff and let them know how much you appreciate what they are doing for you. Believe that what you are receiving is quality care in hospital; when compared to many overseas hospital, it is!
Take this attitude and you may find that your stay in hospital is much better than it might have been. You can read about what happened to me to lead up to my first hospital stay.
TIPS AND HINTS
Concentrate on what you can do to make others feel better, including fellow patients and hospital stuff. Be co-operative and remember what your mum taught you ‘always say thank you’. Concentrate on others and you will cope with your own problems better than if you just worry about yourself.