• Things to do when you're in the hospital.

    Asked by nobrand on Sunday, November 25, 2012

    Things to do when you're in the hospital.

    While it seems that some hospitals offer an amazing array of services to help patients cope during their hospital stay, mine does not. The services begin and end with a nun-- that's it. (I'm not religious.)

    What tips do you have for me to stay sane? What types of crafts would you suggest, or things that can be done in solitude to keep away the worry? After being released from the hospital the last time, I'm very afraid to go back.. and I worry that I will go off the deep end.

    24 Answers from the Community

    24 answers
    • FreeBird's Avatar

      F.Y.I., nun rhymes with fun! Maybe Sister Helen will be up for a game of Jenga.

      For the price paid, hospitals should be like a hotel resort or cruise. I don't know how you do it. I would go out of my mind. Maybe I'd do some reading.

      almost 7 years ago
    • ticklingcancer's Avatar

      Do you play video games? Maybe you could take a XBox with you and hook it up to the TV. How long will you be in?

      almost 7 years ago
    • nobrand's Avatar

      I don't really play video games.. they evolved beyond my comprehension some time in the early 2000s... I have to be in the hospital for about a week each time I have chemo, then once I have a stem cell transplant, up to a month.

      almost 7 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      I don't know if you have a laptop or a smart phone, but I can waste hours on either one.

      Hope it goes well for you, I know about going stir crazy I would sometimes just get up and walk the halls and visit people. The nurses wanted me to get up and walk anyway.

      almost 7 years ago
    • Sugarshine's Avatar

      My IPad goes with me everywhere. I can watch TV, because hospital TV is the worst, read books, or play games. Oh and of course keep up with Whatnext! Like you I spent lots of time in the hospital before I got my IPad and I thought I would go crazy! Those places top any Halloween Haunted Houses I have been to for scaring the life out of you!

      almost 7 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      Books, movies, TV, games (they don't have to be electronic, it can be an old school deck of cards, book of crossword puzzles, word games, etc.).

      almost 7 years ago
    • Harry's Avatar

      Books? I mean, what ever happened to the printed word? :-)

      The hospital I was in had wifi. Log in with your laptop and you have the internet. Also, that laptop can play movies, etc.

      almost 7 years ago
    • Peroll's Avatar

      When I had surgery a month ago I took my tablet which has books, music and games and canstream movies and get on the internet all in one. I find music essential as it helps drownd out the noises that otherwise keep me awake. You can even try ordering deent food deliveredto your hospital room!!!!

      almost 7 years ago
    • Nancebeth's Avatar

      When I was in the hospital, I took my tablet and my smart phone. I crochet although I didn't take any projects with me. I also took my kindle and during my last stay, was able to read 2 books. Check out Pinterest before you go and you can find some great craft ideas on there. It is also a good time waster to browse around on there.

      almost 7 years ago
    • nobrand's Avatar

      Thank you all for your answers! If you come up with anything else, please feel free to keep answering-- there is a great list going on here!

      I have such a hard time with concentration during chemo and low times-- I bring along a laptop and phone and just don't want to interact with them. It's very strange! Even with books, I will pick them up, and not read a word. My brain is drained.

      almost 7 years ago
    • Peroll's Avatar

      During chemo when I can't read any more I put my music on in my headphones an take a nap.

      almost 7 years ago
    • FreeBird's Avatar

      Don't go picking up any habits.

      almost 7 years ago
    • joyce's Avatar

      Some men may balk at this, but I recommend taking up knitting. Lots of men are learning it these days. It's relaxing but keeps your hands and mind busy. There are some books to teach yourself, but if you can find a friend to help you get started that would be easier.

      Another thought is writing. Have you considered writing about your experiences with cancer?

      If you send out Christmas cards, the hospital would be a great place to get that done.

      almost 7 years ago
    • Schlegel's Avatar

      Other activities you might enjoy even though they seem to be women's activities are crocheting, needlepoint, crossstitch, or rug hooking. My uncle loved to do rug hooking. You could do painting or drawing; you do not have to be good at it to enjoy it. You could also write -- journaling, poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction.

      almost 7 years ago
    • debbie1951's Avatar

      Hi Nobrand,
      Watching movies on an iPad kept my mind occupied during my hospital stay. Siteman in St. Louis has free WiFi access. Maybe your hospital does too?
      Thanks for posting your progress. I am so happy to learn that you are feeling a little better.

      almost 7 years ago
    • mgm48's Avatar

      I'm a great believer in my iPad and the movies I get my son to load up for me. There's always a good selection from oldies, comedies, and serious ones. The nice thing about the iPad movie is that I can pause, rewind, and control the entertainment at a whim. My son has also gotten me a couple TV shows and they are really much better without commercials.

      Keep it positive and smile :)

      almost 7 years ago
    • LauraJo's Avatar

      I read a lot, with my Kindle, listened to a lot of music, and actually, took a small potholder loom (you can get those at any craft store) and made potholders. I was SO bored! Never thought of cards, that would have been good.

      almost 7 years ago
    • reddingfemale's Avatar

      HI , I am a 18 yr survivor and when I was going through treatments of radiations and chemo . I got really bored but, a friend took me to a scrapbooking class but, you do not need to attend a class you can just get a kit for scrapbooking when your at home, but, I also did cross stitching , another thing is getting a journal and writing everything down that pertains to your feelings and journey through treatments . I did a lot of drawing in my journal. and through my treatments I also took pictures along the way also . I hope this helped you out.

      almost 7 years ago
    • ScrapbookerKay's Avatar

      I love making cards and scrapbooking. If you have wifi, I could spend hours playing pogo scrabble on line.
      Best wishes. hope all goes well for you.

      almost 7 years ago
    • Reeses' Avatar

      I have spent 3 months in the hospital on 3 occasions. I had lots to keep me busy. I noticed most answers on here relate to technology. I did bring my lap top with me, but spent more time doing other things. Puzzle books were good and made me think. I painted small wooden items like bird houses. The meal trays make a great work surface that you can leave your project on and just move it aside when you are not working on it. I also got some felt pictures that usually come with markers, but I colored them with pencils. I had a couple hand held video games like tetris for when I wanted to do something mindless. Crocheting & cross stitch kept me busy too. If you are able to get outside do so and enjoy nature. Think positive and things will go well. Most of the items I made while in the hospital I have sold as fund raisers for the Crohn's & Colitis foundation as well as Relay for life.

      almost 7 years ago
    • LisaLathrop's Avatar

      When I was in the hospital I had all good intentions of catching up on some books that had been collecting dust on my bookcase. NOT! Unfortunately, chemo played tricks on my eyes....I could see far away (to watch movies alot) but nothing close up. My chemo brain was bad too....so my husband bought me a Nintendo DS handheld....and a Brain Quest type game. GREAT FUN! There were exercises to do to sharpen your memory, math skills, etc. I played every day and it recorded my progress. It also had a Sodoku built in which was much more fun than the paperback Sodoku book someone else had given me.

      When my Aunt changed out as my primary Caregiver, we did tons of puzzles during the day. She even continued them on (without me!) when I was asleep in the morning or naptime.

      I also updated my CaringBridge posts when I could....otherwise it was just nice to have my tablet around for games & such. And Netflix of course, so I could just relax in bed and not strain my neck or fall asleep during a movie. Having the movie on my tablet on my bed seemed to help.

      almost 7 years ago
    • beatriz's Avatar

      If you, somehow can help (give love ) to someone else, that helps forget your own pain. It works for me. Also if I didn't believe that God is my all, I will be completly lost, discougaged and depressed. No matter how hard life is for me, I believe I'm not alone. I love you, wish all your cares will go away.

      almost 7 years ago
    • bonnieb's Avatar

      I started with the kindle, laptop and smart phone too.....then I moved on to the never ending and oh so exciting ......"unsubscribing" every single piece of junk on both my emails. Now that you can be online in minutes I've been known to balance my checkbook, shop online for upcoming birthdays, etc....Of course the really big one is I clean out my purse. Oh, I started hand writing thank you cards to friends and family that are reaching out to offer support.....this project is so much more than just saying thank you. It's saying thanks for not kicking me out of your brand new car when I very suddenly started throwing up.......for sitting with me as we begin the check in process, which is notorious for keeping you in the waiting area as along as they can......and for paying 12.00 for a soda cause I'm thirsty....I'm sure know several people like that too......I'm just saying....

      over 6 years ago
    • BigRon's Avatar

      I was in the hospital for 17 days and couldn't walk for 16 of them.

      Audiobooks, my mp3 player, and my Nintendo DS helped. A tablet or ultrabook/air to surf the web is nice too. After a while, audiobooks were the only thing that didn't bore me to tears.

      almost 6 years ago

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