I’ve been in and out of the hospital more times than I can count on both hands. With each experience, I’ve gained so much knowledge not only about my autoimmune condition but also about myself. In this post, read on for some tips about how to make you next in-patient hospital experience more comfy.
Quick Recap on my Autoimmune Condition
I was officially diagnosed with Polyarteritis Nodosa when I was 16 years old. I turn 24 in September. Two years ago the first neurological symptoms of this autoimmune condition started occurring. Including migraines, extreme vertigo, and vision loss.
On top of that, my arms and legs were showing visible signs that the subcutaneous nodules were starting to resurface. Given medicine, I was feeling a lot better, but I still couldn’t see.
What an in-patient can do
It’s easy to get bored in the hospital especially if you’ve lost your vision. Audiobooks are a lifesaver. So is recording any ideas you have with a voice recorder. So I decided to do just that, listen to a few audio books and dictated future blogs.
Firstly, I came up with a list of what to pack in an emergency bag or bring to the hospital if this ever happened again (which from past experience indicates a strong probability of it being so), I hope this list gives you some ideas too, I know we may have different symptoms so please edit as you feel where needed.
The next ideas that I had to share were about hospital staff, some tips, and notes for both people that work in the hospital and also the patients dealing with them.
And finally, to really help make one’s in-patient hospital experience more comfortable, words of affirmations to remind you that you can get through this much easier with a positive attitude.