The last thing we tend to think about when we are ill and in hospital, is how to care for others. However, if you can possibly tell a story, especially if it has a funny edge to it, the more others and yourself will think outside of your actual worries and suffering.
Encourage fellow patients to tell you there story. As in business when you are networking, asking questions of others and actually listening to their story, rather than telling them all about you, makes them feel more comfortable and keeps your mind active and your spirit caring.
While in hospital, I was really interested in what fellow patients had to say. Their stories were often touching and heartwarming. Their family and visitors added another dimension to them and helped me understand them better. All of my concentration on them helped me cope with my own worries.
It may seem like a weird approach, but try it. Thinking of others and caring for them truly does open your soul and males you a better person. When you read what actually happened to me that landed me in hospital, it is hard to imagine that I would think of others in my time of crisis. But I did and I am sure it speeded up my recovery as I thought less about my problems while I was thinking of others.
It is well documented that animals will help ill and elderly people cope better with their illness. When my Mum was in a home for the aged for two months before she passed away, I took her little Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Cameo in to visit her. Cameo popped up on the bed beside my mother who managed to raise one finger and place it on Cameo’s paw. I am sure this gave Mum some feeling of still belonging to the family while she was away from us in the home.
Cameo was not a large dog like the one above ….but nevertheless the dog and patient had a great connection! Thankfully many homes and hospitals will allow the pets to visit patients.
You can read in my book ‘Thank God I Had a Stroke’, of the many times when I was caring for other patients in hospital with me
TIPS AND HINTS
Don’t just concentrate on yourself when in hospital. Consider others around you as well and show them kindness and understanding.