Hmmm…I brought a couple of real pillows from home, you can never have enough pillows!! Some ear plugs, the hospital is noisy 24/7. Here, I’ll just make a list, toss it out if you want!
Soft, Thick Sox’s
Music and movies
In the hospital, just do your best, relax as much as you can. The more people that show up to cheer you up (that’s what they think) really turns out to be just too much. A visitor or two is fine, more than that you end up feeling like you’re a specimen in a test tube, you’re gonna get questions like these, and you’re gonna wanna answer like this…but won’t, you just want too…
“How are you feeling?” (Are you kidding me, I’ve got a hole in my head!)
“Would you like me to do anything?” (Yes, trade places with me or leave!)
“Wow, all things considered, you really look good!” (In that case, then you need to be in a bed in this hospital!)
“Let me know if there’s anything I can do!” (BTW, there is…make my car payment!)
It’s nice to have people stop by, and honestly, don’t be afraid to reach out and accept someones generosity. They honestly want to help, and offering their help, in anyway, is their way of saying, I would be there next to you in that bed, on that couch, wherever, if I could! So let them in okay!!
As far as at home…if you can set it up prior, make it as quiet and stress free as possible! This is very important if you do nothing else, make it or have your family make it just as I am going to say it…FOLKS, THIS PLACE NEEDS TO BE JUST LIKE AN ALL INCLUSIVE RESORT, AND IM THE ONLY ONE STAYING HERE! Please, if only anything, make sure they understand this okay, it will make the difference in the way your recovery goes. You need extreme peace and quiet, no kids screaming, dogs barking, chickens hollering, phones ringing…nothing that has stress in it! Drink plenty of fluids, eat when you can, and hang in there, it’s not fun, but nothing lasts forever!
You’re in my prayers, may God be with you and your medical team! You’re gonna be just fine, just a walk in the park!!