Recurrent Small Bowel Obstruction and 24 Inches of Plastic Tubing
Hospitals and healing go together. In addition to the medical procedures and drugs, the other part of the equation is helping the patient's emotional state. I suppose that is part of the art collection to make the place seem more alive than just sterile walls. As I took my walks around the corridors, I came across many other patients doing the same thing. Some had an IV pole like myself. Others had many other things attached to them. But we all tried to give a smile to each other as we walked the hallways. I'm told also that there are more and larger windows in newer hospital design to bring more light in and allow the patients to see the outside world. In the rooms are couches and recliner chairs so that visitors can if they wish stay the night.
Visiting a patient in the hospital is not an easy thing to do for most people. It is a reminder of our mortality which is something most of us struggle with. Also, unless you have a special gift, knowing what to say or not to say is an issue. As someone laying in the hospital bed, I can only say that company is welcome. However, conversation readiness is highly variable from a patient perspective. Sometimes I felt filled with words that longed for someone to hear. But at other times, the medications or the lack of sleep or the aches and pains, the words were few and conversation was an energy drain and the silent company was needed and welcome. Thus, take your cues from the patient you are visiting.