It’s practically a fact of life. If you are chronically ill, you will probably wind up going to the emergency room and you will probably be admitted at some point. Hopefully it’ll be a short stay, but there are a few items you’ll need to stay comfortable while you are there.
There’s the obvious family and friends to visit and keep you company. The ones you need most are the ones who don’t push too hard, who know when you’re tired and need to rest or who will sneak in a special (diet-approved) snack because hospital food isn’t the best.
There are also some less obvious things you need:
1. Pajama bottoms: Often the nurses will let you wear them under your hospital gown if they don’t get in the way of anything medically. Hospitals can be chilly and that bare bottom look isn’t pretty.
2. Headphones: Hospitals can be loud and hard to rest in. Use them to listen to relaxing music.
3. Earplugs: For when you just want to sleep with no music or noise.
4. Some sort of streaming service: Hospital TV isn’t always loaded with the best options. Watch on a tablet or laptop with headphones.
5. A neck pillow: I use one of those curvy U-shaped ones. Maybe it’s just me, but hospital pillows make my neck feel horrible.
6. A universal charger for your devices: They’re generally longer than the ones that come with your device and your device will most likely be getting a lot of use. The longer the cord, the easier it is to use while charging.
7. Nice lotion: There’s no better time to get yourself nice and moisturized.
8. The softest, most comfortable outfit you own: You don’t want to leave in restrictive, painful clothing. That’s a mistake you don’t make twice.
Those are a few of the things I find necessary for a hospital stay that’s as comfortable as can be. What are yours? Let me know in the comments!
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