Preparing for a Hospital Stay
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Published by TOP4 Team
If you know you're going to stay at the hospital for a long period of time, it is important to make some time to prepare to make your stay less stressful and very comfortable. This article will help you choose what you must carry with you and guarantee you haven't left anything at home.
For many of us, a journey to the hospital is like being pushed into a foreign world without any background. We don't know their language, and see ourselves reliant on strangers for our needs. With most of our energy focused on healing, we might just yield to medical specialists and have faith for the best thing to happen.
Before checking in the hospital, here are some things to do:
1. If you don’t know yet which hospital you will go to, especially if you are new in the city, get the help of the internet to choose the best hospital. You may ask some locals also because they’ve experienced perhaps the best hospital service in the area.
2. You may want to make an appointment with your doctor a day before the hospital check-in to ensure that everything is in order including your diet.
3. Look for a helper. The helper may be a relative or friend. They are in-charge of taking care of you and checking if the medicines are being given properly by nurses while you are at rest in the hospital.
What should you bring?
1. Bring important documents and papers. Preferably, you must bring all the needed paperwork in one envelope, if possible that kind with a tie to assure that significant documents will not be lost. Don't overlook insurance papers or documents, your medicine prescriptions, and a list of emergency numbers.
2. Bring some money. A small amount of money would help you just in case you need to buy food, newspapers, and other essentials. Do not bring credit cards because the there is always theft inside the hospital.
3. Bring comfortable clothing. Being in the hospital causes so much body pain. A good and comfortable type of clothing material may help you ease the pain. Although some hospital will require their patients to wear the hospital dress all the time.