Family and friends can help speed your recovery,
but too many visitors or visitors that stay too long an have the opposite effect.
Please ask your visitors to comply with the following guidelines.
...so read a part of the hospital information I received when I arrived
for my days of in-patient rehab.
Several guidelines followed -- most of which seemed obvious to me
but are often overlooked when visitors think to themselves,
"Well, that doesn't mean ME"!
Friends have visited me.
Thankfully, most know the importance of short visits,
quiet conversations, and limiting the number of guests at one time.
Thoughtful gifts (though unnecessary) have brightened my day.
Note the variety in the three book one friend brought for me.
I'm especially looking forward to reading the Lenten Reflections from C.S. Lewis (above).
I assure you, there are not as many pieces of this wonderful chocolate left in the box today--
the day after receiving them. The chewing gum that came with this gift is also much appreciated.
It felt so good to use this lotion after sponging off this morning.
This type of thing (chap-stick, powder, etc.) was nice to receive.
Some serious; some funny.
This one so appropriate!
I'm sure I'm not like all patients, but I don't feel my best emotionally or physically.
And I KNOW I don't look my best.
I would like to think it's not simply a pride problem that makes me
hope that everyone who is concerned about me
doesn't visit me during my short hospital stay.
So much time (for me, at least) is needed to do my therapy and rest.
|Appear as you are. Be as you appear. (annie s. on twitter)|
I hope to be a more sensitive visitor in the future as a result of my current situation.
I think being aware of the individual patient's circumstances,
needs, and personality all enter into this
along with respecting hospital guidelines which are for the general welfare of its patients.
What have YOU learned from personal experience about being
a good hospital visitor?