I recently spent several days in the hospital. Since it has been over 40 years since I was last hospitalized, it was unsettling and scary. I was grateful to have doctors, nurses and staff care for my physical body. And it was wonderful to have the love of family and friends who cared for the emotional and spiritual side of me. If you’ve ever been in the hospital, you know it’s no fun. Here’s what I learned from the experience – and how you can help a friend in the hospital.
A word of advice before I give you some specific ideas: check in with a family member who is familiar with the patient’s ability to receive guests. For example, during the first few days of my stay, I was too ill to receive guests. So only my husband and kids visited. Even if you are unable to visit, there are ways to help out, which I’ll describe later in this post.
Here are several simple, loving gestures which helped me during my hospital stay. Perhaps they’ll spark an idea for you, should you ever want to visit a friend in the hospital.
When a friend is in the hospital, it’s often best to wait until the person goes home before you take action. As I recovered at home, many people offered continued kindness. The wonderful thing about these gestures is that they are also applicable for someone who is recovering from an illness or surgery whether or not they were hospitalized.
All of these things said to me, “We are thinking of you. We care. We love you.” So, thank you to all who cared for me during my recent hospital stay. And if you have a family member or friend in the hospital, may this list of ideas help you Care Well.