In the hospital, I would get frustrated when I had to wait for an aide, a doctor or a nurse as I did not know when they were coming back. Minutes seemed like hours, and at times, I felt like they did not value my time which was upsetting to me. I knew the staff was busy, and I was not 'their only patient,' but that rationale only lasted so long.
- I always had my smartphone with me and made sure it was fully charged. If I were going to be gone all day, I would also take my phone charger so I could recharge as needed. I tried not to talk on my phone unless I was in a private room or a secluded area, so I did not disturb anyone else, but did text and use my email to communicate with family and friends
- I also logged onto social media sites like Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. Doing so allowed me to read what everyone was doing, catch up on news briefs and stay connected with other people who were going about their daily lives.
- As it was important to me, I tried to keep up on trends in healthcare and shared posts that I thought colleagues would appreciate. Reading the responses that people posted allowed me to know, I was not alone and had friends and colleagues who valued my opinions and suggestions. I was glad that most of the visits I had were in buildings that had free WIFI which allowed me to stay connected
- Talking to people like housekeeping as they cleaned the room, the aide who made my bed, the nurse as she gave me my medications or the people who delivered the food trays also helped pass the time. Most were glad to talk and joke with me as they did their work and appreciated being recognized for what they were doing. I made some good connections, and these people would stop in from time to time to say hello and ask me if I needed anything. This always made me feel good and let me feel that I was part of the team
- During many of my wait times, I would make lists of things I needed my husband to bring if I was in the hospital. Sometimes it was a book that I wanted to read or some clean clothes that I could use as my stay was sometimes extended.
- I also put my ‘bucket list’ together of places I wanted to go, people, I wanted to see or call and things that I wanted to do when I got home. This helped keep me focused and feel useful
- Another task I found that helped to pass the time was coloring. Adult coloring books are the new craze that a lot of people are trying out to help relieve stress. Click here to access a podcast you might want to listen to if you have not heard about this latest craze
- Many times I used the time to say my prayers which helped me relax and allowed me to let go of some of the fear and frustration that I felt