Sitting in a hospital room suffering (as some of you will know) is no fun at all! I haven’t been able to lie down in the bed for 3 days now. I spend my time trying to sit still and breath to a cadence in my head. In spite of these difficult days, there have been a few lessons learned along the way.
First, a 7 hour stay in the ER on the same stretcher is no place for rest! However, it sure beats being the guy near you who is “stroking out” and fighting for his life. The old saying is true, “Look around, someone always has it worse than you!”
Second, after 3 days of aggressive coughing, I’ve learned to hold onto everything that’s important to me when I cough. I feel like an old car driving the winter streets of Michigan hitting every pot-hole in the roadway and my transmission is about to fall out.
Third, just as soon as I can get comfortable in my chair and try to fall asleep, a nurse walks in to check on me, drug me, stick me, or treat me. Lesson: appreciate them anyway. They are here for me! Without them, where would I be? Can you hear a life lesson out of this?
Fourth, whenever you see your Doctor, thank them for the long hours and difficult job they do. Yes, when you’re waiting in their office for a couple of hours to be seen, rather than get irritated, maybe think of what their life must be like? My doctor was in to see me last night after 10:00 PM..and I know she was in the office all day yesterday and will be back in the office all day today.
The last few lessons are:
When you think you need to go to the restroom…GO! Don’t wait for another coughing spell!
When you go to the restroom, take your IV with you!
When you take a walk down the hall, pay attention to the gown opening!
When your family comes to see you, remember how precious they ALL are!