Surviving A Hospital Stay

July 6, 2010

I know this title might make you think that I’ll offer you a list of supplements to take with you to the hospital. Maybe I’ll do that in a future blog. But today I want to give you a tip from a friend on the best way to survive your hospital stay.

What he did was keep a journal. That’s right. Turn your stay into a novel with the characters being everyone who walks into your room.

Whenever someone comes into your room, be it the janitor, doctor, candy striper, nurse, TV repairman or the food service person, introduce yourself and ask for their name and write it down. Let me tell you, that simple act will get their attention!

Once they realize you know them by name and you address them by name there is something that clicks inside the brain of people in the service industry. (And believe me these people are there to serve you.) Maybe what clicks in is a concern over being held accountable or being sued. Whatever it is, you want them to be accountable and responsible for their actions around you. So, if that’s the final outcome you want, start keeping that journal.

If they ask, “Why do you want my name?” Don’t let them put you on the defensive about a simple act of keeping track of what’s going on in your life. But at the same time you don’t want to put them on the defensive. You can treat it very lightly and say, “It’s more entertaining than watching TV.” Or, “I love meeting new people and making friends.” You could joke that you like to keep busy or you love to write in your diary. Or you could simply say that you want to keep track of your hospital stay.

Of course, you will also want to keep a record of everything that goes into your body. If it takes a few seconds for the nurse to read you what your meds are, don’t let them rush you. It’s their job to take care of you and if they give you the wrong pills, then they are not doing their job. Nurses are supposed to check your name on your hospital armband every time they give you a medication to make sure it’s actually for you. So, to encourage that action, hold out your arm to help them remember to do their job.

If you are unconscious or unable to keep a journal, chances are you will have friends or family watching over you. Then it’s their job to keep your journal for you. Believe me, if everyone journaled their hospital stay, hospital care would improve dramatically. Try it and see!

For more natural medicine tips, strategies and supplement advice on over 134 health conditions, check out my very popular Future Health Now Encyclopedia, now available in ebook format for immediate download. Keep it on your desktop for easy reference.

Carolyn Dean MD ND

The Doctor of the Future®

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