We all know what a joy it is to be hospitalized (not...!) I hope no one is in a hospital or has to go into one but I was just thinking of things that can make a hospital stay so much more fun than it already is. I usually consider it a good year if I am not hospitalized. I do have a couple of tricks up my sleeve that have helped:
Someone told me once to have wrapped candy, preferably chocolates, in your room. That way the nurses and staff will come into your room to get a little treat. I tried this when I was in ICU and made very good friends with the nice man who cleaned the rooms. He would come in to get a piece and stay and talk awhile. When I was wheeled out to go to a regular room all the nurses shouted, "bye chocolate lady!" (This does not work if the nurses are dieting )
I always have a headset to listen to at night. Everybody knows there is no rest or quiet, especially at night. I had a roommate once that had her days and nights mixed up so she slept all day and talked out loud all night. Putting on some nice music blocked it all out.
Now that cell phones are allowed having one is a great way to stay in touch. Before cell phones I used a calling card and racked up $$$$ in calls. And remember to bring the phone charger and extension cord.
Antibacterial gel is a must. Who knows when the last time the items in your room were disinfected well? I've watched as they have "cleaned" a bed from one patient to the next. With gel you can keep your hands clean, especially before eating that wonderful hospital food if you are unable to get up to go to the bathroom and wash . :P
A pen and paper, reading material, your own toiletries, dry shampoo, slippers, robe...do you have anything to add?
I hope no one has to go to one of these high end hotels but just heard of someone who is in the hospital for her birthday, too far for me to go to visit, and it made me think of this. I have also made hospital survival kits for friends who are going to be hospitalized with some of these things in them and something special for them.