I’m sitting here in the waiting room while my wife is in the other room having spinal surgery, so what I’m going to tell you is based on experience!
Kindles and iPads and Smartphones, Oh My!
Make sure that you bring some kind of electronic device to pass away the hours while you’re waiting for your loved one to get out of surgery. I brought along an iPad so that I would have something to do to pass the time while waiting for my wife’s surgery to be completed.
Having the iPad along made this long, tiring, wait a lot more bearable. Additionally, I brought along some work to do and three ebooks to read during the time that she was under the knife and as it turns out, the surgery lasted about four hours. The great thing is the internet connection was free even though the operation itself cost thousands of dollars, I guess nothing is really ‘free’!
It’s very sad because I heard a lot of people that were very stressed about their loved ones however, if they would’ve thought ahead and brought something to get their mind off the subject they would have had a peaceful afternoon. Thank God none of them have had bad news today, all of the procedures went as planned, and of everyone that I met, their procedures went off without a hitch.
Meanwhile, I was dutifully reading my books and taking notes, my mind was off in web development land. This alone made the afternoon go by very quickly and thankfully, not one time did I think about the doctors opening up wife’s spine in the other room! Honestly, that would’ve been too much to endure.
Don’t Forget Your Headphones
Bring along some headphones, although the reason might surprise you, they are not for what you think. While you’re sitting there waiting for your significant other to get out of their procedure you’ll be surrounded by people that have no idea what is going on, and they will be very stressed out, and they will be talking very loudly on their cell phones.
To me, people talking very loudly is stressful enough! While using headphones I can play some soft music while reading a book and not be aware of what’s going on around me, and this is very comforting.
What NOT bring is as Important as What TO Bring
This one has more to do with what you should not bring along! Leave all of your relatives that tend to worry and stress out very easily at home. This is not the time to have them in your presence. You can relay any messages through Facebook and tell everyone to go there because you will be updating your Facebook page with all of the latest medical news. There’s nothing to gain having a stressed-out relative along for the ride, well, other than a headache.
Very Important, Basic Cosmetics
Have a travel bag along with some cosmetics like a toothbrush and toothpaste as well as some word searches and magazines. Additionally bring along a few extra shirts, I spilled coffee on my shirt this morning so rather than walking around looking like a fool I just changed my shirt!
Something You Can’t Bring in a Bag: Patience
Bring along a bunch of extra patience!
Keep in mind that the hospital is always a stressful place and that you should be aware of others and their mental state. It’s certainly not pleasant being around a bunch of people who are stressed out, but please understand their situation.
Keep in mind that the hospital is always a stressful place and that you should be aware of others and their mental state.
I was sitting next to a girl earlier whose mother had cancer, and she was very stressed out wondering if they were going to get all of the cancer out of her, I was praying for her. I just tried to be there as someone to talk to in this troubling time in her life. Of course I’m not positive that my words did anything to ease her nerves, however I would like to think so!
Bring Some Snacks to Avoid the Profiteers!
After paying $11 for a meal at the Subway located within the hospital, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention to bring along some snacks! The ‘meal’ opportunities in the hospital are not the best, to say the least. It’s probably better that you bring along some homemade snacks to ease the burden on your pocketbook.
Additionally, it kind it just makes you pissed off when you see the prices of hospital food, they understand that you’re a captive audience and that you will pay anything just to get something to eat, so they jack the prices up accordingly!
If you follow this basic hospital checklist it will help you greatly, my wife just came out of surgery and she is now in the recovery room, she made it through with flying colors THANK GOD.
I have to go now, wishing you all the best!