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Patients Practiced Patience November 30, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Health & Wellness, Mindfulness, People.

Woodstock-&-Snoopy3I spent the day at the hospital with a neighbor, shuffled from the Emergency Room waiting room through generic  corridors to the observation room where her husband waited for word on his condition.

The doctor drew the curtain, asked pertinent questions, ordered relevant diagnostic tests, and disappeared.

Nurses and techs dressed in colorful scrubs shuffled in and out of assigned cubicles to draw blood, take x-rays, collect urine samples, administer EKGs, schedule CT scans, and relay patient and family concerns to the doctor on call.

Throughout the hospital’s faceless corridors and cubicles:

Staff shuffled.
Information shuttled.
Patients practiced patience.

There’s no place like home. 


1. Lisa Wields Words - November 30, 2011

I hope everything is okay.

nrhatch - November 30, 2011

Thanks, Lisa. Still waiting for answers. They kept him overnight for further observation. Betty and I came home.

2. sufilight - November 30, 2011

Hope things turn out well for him, and yes, there is no place like home sweet home. Used to visit emergency rooms often when my late mom would get sick, it was stressful especially in NY.

nrhatch - December 1, 2011

Thanks, Marie. Our neighbors are a wonderful couple ~ at age 85 they are still active. Betty volunteers at the hospital one day a week. Bill volunteers at De Soto National Memorial one day a week.

Fingers crossed he is released today . . . it’s Betty’s birthday. 😀

3. bluebee - November 30, 2011

Nice to give support to your neighbour in this way

nrhatch - December 1, 2011

They are lovely people. I didn’t have anything on the radar yesterday that needed attention, so I kept her company while we waited for the doctor . . . the tests . . . the test results . . . and the decision to admit or discharge.

Once Bill was (un)happily settled into his room with a lively nurse, Katie, Betty and I headed home, Hopefully, he’ll come home today.

4. thirdhandart - November 30, 2011

Having to stay overnight in the hospital can be pretty frightening. I hope Betty’s husband is ok and can return home tomorrow. You’re right, “There’s no place like home.”

nrhatch - December 1, 2011

Being in the hospital all day reminded me of my stays in hospitals after surgeries.

Climbing into MY bed last night felt so GOOOOD! 😀

5. Tilly Bud - December 1, 2011

I hope everything turns out okay for your neighbour.

nrhatch - December 1, 2011

Thanks, Tilly. They ruled out heart attack and stroke. He’s seeing a neurologist this morning.

6. LittleMissVix - December 1, 2011

Hate hospitals! I hope your neighbour is ok, nice of you to support!

nrhatch - December 1, 2011

I don’t hate hospitals . . . I do hate having to be admitted as a patient. Being poked and prodded is never much fun. 😦

7. http://lifeintheboomerlane.com - December 1, 2011

I hope your neighbor is doing well. With all the problems, thankfully, we have many good hospitals throughout the country.

nrhatch - December 1, 2011

I was quite impressed with the caring care he received yesterday . . . and with how quickly (and painlessly) they did the tests ordered.

The only bummer is that the ER doctor left the hospital at the end of her shift BEFORE telling Bill why she wanted to admit him for further observation. That annoyed us.

8. suzicate - December 1, 2011

A day spent at the hospital is not a fun day, but is more bearable when you have people who care with you. You’re a good neighbor. I hope your neighbor is ok.

nrhatch - December 1, 2011

Hope so. Betty’s birthday is today. She looked well rested this morning. Bright eyed and bushy tailed . . . at age 85.

9. adeeyoyo - December 1, 2011

Hope he’s OK Nancy. You really are a good person to spend the day with her…

nrhatch - December 1, 2011

Good neighbors make us want to reciprocate. 😉

10. spilledinkguy - December 1, 2011

I start to sweat just passing within sight of a hospital.
It was very kind of you to stay with your neighbor…
I hope her husband will be okay…

nrhatch - December 1, 2011

I’m glad that I stayed with her yesterday, even if hospitals are not my favorite place to be.

11. SidevieW - December 1, 2011

Hospitals are soulless places. Places one would rather leave as soon as possible.

nrhatch - December 1, 2011

I’ve never been inspired to stick around once discharged. 😉

12. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide - December 1, 2011

I hope he’s OK.

nrhatch - December 1, 2011

Thanks, Greg. His doctor has not signed the discharge papers yet. They are keeping a watchful eye on him.

13. Maggie - December 1, 2011

I’m sending prayers and positive thoughts your way. I hope everything turns out all right.

nrhatch - December 1, 2011

Thanks, Maggie. Here’s hoping that Bill is back home soon.

14. Ruth - December 1, 2011

Patients have no recourse but to practice patience… Hope all is well?

nrhatch - December 1, 2011

His doctor hasn’t signed the discharge papers yet . . . but he is not in any pain. So that’s good.

15. Carl D'Agostino - December 1, 2011

Assembly line medicine.

nrhatch - December 1, 2011

Perhaps. But standard diagnostic tests tend to reveal necessary pieces of the puzzle.

16. souldipper - December 1, 2011

Hospitals – the places we hate to love. Until we really need ’em! Glad it wasn’t you in that bed, Nance.

nrhatch - December 1, 2011

Thanks, Amy. Me too! I felt quite delighted to climb into my own bed last night.

17. Crowing Crone Joss - December 1, 2011

hospital time is so exhausting and yes, you sure do have to be a patient patient!

nrhatch - December 1, 2011

You would think that, with what we pay for healthcare, there would be a better nurse to patient ratio.

18. Pocket Perspectives - December 1, 2011

Any word yet? I hope he’s home soon…being in the hospital can be difficult for anyone, but especially for older people.

nrhatch - December 2, 2011

They moved him to the cardiac floor to monitor his heart and kept him overnight. I think being in the hospital is hardest for young children who don’t understand why mommy and daddy aren’t making it “all better.”

19. jannatwrites - December 2, 2011

You do have to have lots of patience when dealing with hospitals. Ironic, since those who are at the hospital are either sick, or are worried about loved ones who are ill….either way, not in the best position to be cheerful or understanding. I hope your friend is okay.

nrhatch - December 2, 2011

Same here, Janna. Even a definitive diagnosis would help.

20. Booksphotographsandartwork - December 3, 2011

One can lose a lot of patience in the hospital. I do hope your patient is not lost but recovers and goes home today as you wish.

nrhatch - December 3, 2011

We visited him this morning. He looked great and was waiting for his doctor to sign the discharge papers. But his wife just called. After we left, they told him he has pneumonia ~ they are keeping him there to dose him up with anti-biotics. 😦

Cindy - December 5, 2011

Poor fellow, hope he gets better soon!

nrhatch - December 5, 2011

He came home today and we helped get him settled in. Still weak, but on the mend.

21. ElizOF - December 7, 2011

Yeah, hospitals are not a fun place to hang out… definitely, nothing beats home. 😉

nrhatch - December 7, 2011

Every night, when I crawl into my bed, I say, THANKS!

22. CMSmith - December 13, 2011

Well, this is time-appropriate for me. A few little pokes, snips, and a little dab of glue, and I am back home. Home sweet home. But I sure have fallen behind here on the web. Sorry for the barrage of comments as I make a valiant effort to catch back up.

I hope all turns out well for your friend.

nrhatch - December 13, 2011

The best thing about a hospital stay is the HOMECOMING. Glad your surgery was a success and that you are on the mend!

Our neighbor came home for 4 days, but returned to the hospital early Saturday morning via ambulance. He’s in the ICU and not doing well ~ lot of fluid build up, etc..

Their niece is flying in today to stay for a bit.

CMSmith - December 13, 2011

I’m sorry to hear that. I’m glad they have family coming.

nrhatch - December 13, 2011

Two weeks ago, he was still volunteering at De Soto park. Amazing how fast things can take a turn for the worse . . . OR a turn for the better.

I’m optimistic that he’ll “bounce back.”

23. nrhatch - December 17, 2011

Sadly, Bill passed away this morning at 10:30. He’ll be missed.

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