ways to make hospital stays go fast

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alpha6
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   Posted 2/9/2009 2:50 PM (GMT -7)   
 
   1) take books this may seem dull but trust me when i say there good like when you wake up in the night and you can't get back to sleep (harry potter is good to read)
 
   2) if you are into video games take a console xbox 360 etc psp ,nintendo ds etc get them checked before taking them
 
   3) the most likely things to take is films not much info on that
                                 
                            these things helped me they might help you but i do not think i know everything i just like to help
                                   tell me things to do on hospital stays and i'll edit it
                    
                                        from alpha6 (al)

gachrons
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   Posted 2/9/2009 3:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi I too found books good for reading and it helped get me threw my stay. I like word puzzle's as well ...lol gail
Hallarious woman over 50 ,CD ,IBS 27 years--resection,fistula's,obstructions,hemmies,and still alive.lol gail


LMills
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   Posted 2/9/2009 4:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Same here. It gave me plenty of time to get my chemistry homework done as well. Nothing like studying gas laws and the periodic table when you have nothing to do but lie in bed all day.
20 years old, Diagnosed with moderate to severe Crohn's and Colitis in May of 2008.
Currently taking:
Prednisone 5 mg, pentasa 2 pills 4x a day, bentyl as needed, omeprazole in the morning, prenatal multivitamin, humira every other week, and good probiotics.
Surgery for ectopic pregnancy most likely the result of severe Crohn's inflammation in July of 2008.
Attempting a diet without refined sugars, high fat content, bleached or bromated flour, most dairy, red meat, and avoiding anything spicy like the plague. Also refuse to eat anything with trans fat or high fructose/corn syrup.
"He who has a why to live for can bear with almost any how."


aquagirl900
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   Posted 2/9/2009 11:20 PM (GMT -7)   
I slept...and visited with family...and curled up in a ball wanting to die...

40 days in hospital this summer...

I couldn't even walk so I couldn't even explore the hospital

I was so sick and drugged up I couldn't read or play video games, and could barely pay attention to the television

LMills
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   Posted 2/9/2009 11:29 PM (GMT -7)   
ipods or portable cd players are a nice way to forget a few things as well :) The only downside to those is unhooking the headphones so you can get to the restroom in time. I have trouble with that even at home. Now, the combination of a portable music player and painkillers is another story.

As for the ds suggestion, quite a good one. I wish I hadn't had to sell mine to pay the bills. Professor Layton and Final Fantasy are actually pretty comforting on bad days.
20 years old, Diagnosed with moderate to severe Crohn's and Colitis in May of 2008.
Currently taking:
Prednisone 5 mg, pentasa 2 pills 4x a day, bentyl as needed, omeprazole in the morning, prenatal multivitamin, humira every other week, and good probiotics.
Surgery for ectopic pregnancy most likely the result of severe Crohn's inflammation in July of 2008.
Attempting a diet without refined sugars, high fat content, bleached or bromated flour, most dairy, red meat, and avoiding anything spicy like the plague. Also refuse to eat anything with trans fat or high fructose/corn syrup.
"He who has a why to live for can bear with almost any how."


Julie1014
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   Posted 2/10/2009 3:38 AM (GMT -7)   
I try to get myself wrapped up in as much movies on TV as possible. Hospital stays stink.....
Diagnosed with Crohn's March 2006, Fibromyalgia November 2008
Asacol 3 times a day, Remicade 10mg/kg every 4 weeks, Prednisone 10 mg, Miralax,  Prevacid 30mg, Vit B12, Vitamin D, Slow-FE (Iron), Hydrocortisone enemas
Imuran stopped 9/8/08 (possible Pancreatitis)
Paxil 40mg daily (for Panic disorder)
Xanax .5mg as needed (for anxiety attacks)
 
 
 
 
 


Texan with Crohn's
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   Posted 2/10/2009 5:05 AM (GMT -7)   
Will remember these for my next stay. Can't sleep at all in hospitals. My last stay I was up three days straight with no sleep. Checked myself out just so I could get some sleep.

aquagirl900
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   Posted 2/10/2009 5:37 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm used to hospitals as I work in the one I was in, so I'm pretty "comfortable" there

spookyh
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   Posted 2/10/2009 8:44 AM (GMT -7)   
I took my DS. I have a little device for it called the CycloDS Evolution. It looks like a game card, but it has a slot to put a micro sd memory card into it. You can load the memory card with all of your games (so you don't have to take a bunch of them to the hospital, or switch them out), movies & tv shows (I watched a lot of South Park last hospital visit), music, books, etc. You get a ton of entertainment from one little device. Only problem I had was when I was charging my DS. A nurse went to move the table it was sitting on, and my DS, being plugged into the wall, went flying and hit the floor. I'm very lucky it still works.

JonJon
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   Posted 2/11/2009 2:50 PM (GMT -7)   
I know its hard to sleep in the hospital. Ask them to give you something to sleep. I always get benydryl and my GI Doc and Surgeon don't have a problem with it.

Your in the hospital for god sakes at least be comfortable.
 
 
                            
 
 
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Celey
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   Posted 2/11/2009 3:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey, Aquagirl... I know what you mean... Sometimes, it's impossible to do much of anything in the hospital...
I think I am being picked on by life, sometimes. But's that okay. Life and I are good buddies... I know life doesn't mean no harm. It just is the way it is. I can accept that.


FallColors
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   Posted 2/11/2009 4:08 PM (GMT -7)   
The first hospital I was in had the loudest IV machines every. Every 10 seconds it would click loudly. Four days of that and I was insane!! The next hospital had newer machines that were silent as a whisper. I was most appreciative!! The first time I made the mistake of bringing books that were dramas and too intense, sad, and violent. I nearly went manic! Next time I brought comedies! Laughter does promote healing and make the time more bearable.
Diagnosed with rectal Crohn's in early 2007.  Several peri-rectal abscesses and two fistulae with setons.  Allergic to Remicade and Humira.  Currently on 6MP, and vitamins D and B-12.


Vin
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   Posted 2/11/2009 8:57 PM (GMT -7)   
i bring my laptop and use the wifi connections available so i have everything accessable to me.. even work :)
History: UC/Chrons since age 22, now 27.  Several huge flares since then.  Entire colon diseased at some point from cecum to rectum.  Also had previous inflammation in terminal ileum.
Currently: flare -9/19/08 - now|Panic Disorder - 6/25/08 - now|Lyme Disease - 12/09/08 - now|Dysplastic Nevus Syndrome - 6 recent mod dysplasia moles excised, and many more to shave biopsy.
Drugs: prednisone 50 mg|6mp 75 mg|lialda 4.8 mg|Cipro/Flagyl|Paxil 50 mg|Klonopin .25 mg|Trazodone 50 mg|
 
 
 
 


LMills
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   Posted 2/11/2009 9:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Vin, that is a good idea. I tried it though and the hospital network would not allow certain websites like facebook(though I can sort of understand why)...Still, it was just a little irritating. It's a good time for getting some writing done though.
20 years old, Diagnosed with moderate to severe Crohn's and Colitis in May of 2008.
Currently taking:
Prednisone 5 mg, pentasa 2 pills 4x a day, bentyl as needed, omeprazole in the morning, prenatal multivitamin, humira every other week, and good probiotics.
Surgery for ectopic pregnancy most likely the result of severe Crohn's inflammation in July of 2008.
Attempting a diet without refined sugars, high fat content, bleached or bromated flour, most dairy, red meat, and avoiding anything spicy like the plague. Also refuse to eat anything with trans fat or high fructose/corn syrup.
"He who has a why to live for can bear with almost any how."


Texan with Crohn's
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   Posted 2/12/2009 5:11 AM (GMT -7)   
Okay. Quick question: Does anyone worry about their stuff getting stolen?? Is this a problem at hospitals??

JonJon
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   Posted 2/12/2009 7:04 AM (GMT -7)   
I have taken my laptop several times. The only thing I ever got stolen was my cordless shaver; they moved my room during surgery and didn't take it out of the bathroom. When I checked on it, they said the never seen it. Good thing I had two.

I know my last surgery was 1 1/2 years ago and I was getting wifi sometimes from a coffee shop by university hospitals here in cleveland. I think it would be a great idea to have WiFi for patients. At least you can email and do research, game, read, etc. I also brought movies to watch!
 
 
                            
 
 
                          Happiness is having extra toilet paper!
                     
                                    


Sniper
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   Posted 2/12/2009 8:55 AM (GMT -7)   
Blowing up rubber gloves and bouncing them around is fun. Put some catsup on your chest , shout , "I can't take it anymore." and then pop a blown up rubber glove. Disconnect the heart monitor and play dead. Hold your breath while the nurse takes your pulse. Putting your hospital gown on with the open side to the front is just too drafty but tying the ties in knots is always a blast come wash time. Turning the bed end for end and then asking the nurse to raise the head of the bed is a neat way to get a giggle. Saving apple juice in the rest room and giving it as urine samples is just a peach of a trick. Try putting an alkaseltzer in your mouth and trashing around on the bed while holding the help button..Always good to kill a few minutes. I guess I'm just not a reader..
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HanooN
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   Posted 2/12/2009 10:29 AM (GMT -7)   
tell me how can you slep if you are in 3 IV machine at the same times.

I found the best way to pass your time as quick as possible is reading.
Age: 28
Diagnosed with CD JAN, 08.
Meds: Prednisone(40mg), Pentasa (4mg), Hydrocodone, Multivitamins
Surgeries: Right now I'm at Home waiting for my Abscesses to be drained then I will have a Laparoscopic Resection Surgery.
New med's at Home: Flagyl (1500mg/Day), levaquin(500mg/Day),Lovenox (40mg/Day) for clotting.
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dolphin424
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   Posted 2/12/2009 10:55 AM (GMT -7)   
Jigsaw puzzles are good at passing time also
 

ratterree
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   Posted 2/12/2009 4:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Reading books and magazine moves the time. Hope stay not long. Tried to walk every day after surgery to get strength back and stayed off drug as much as possible once the discomfort was over. Used Demerol if needed to sleep.

magnetic
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   Posted 2/14/2009 5:17 PM (GMT -7)   
If possible bring a laptop and get something started that you've been thinking about for ages, but never started.
Hospital will give you loads of time to get things written and done.
Put movies on laptop and tv series (bring earphones).
A nintendo ds lite, with R4, allows you to play loads of games.

and definately books, I have a palm and it's full of books (about 20), the sony reader also looks good, and takes up less room, and books are great when you'r sitting in the toilet for ages...
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Jan07 Arthritis noticed in hands, not too bad yet
Remacide started March 2007, Developed anti-bodies Jan 2008, Remacide stopped Jan 08
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Texan with Crohn's
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   Posted 2/15/2009 7:12 PM (GMT -7)   
What about ER stays??? Just got home from the ER. Forgot to grab a book... but the pain was so bad probably couldn't have concentrated on reading it.

LMills
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   Posted 2/15/2009 7:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Well, sleep always works too Texan :)
I hope you're feeling better.
20 years old, Diagnosed with moderate to severe Crohn's and Colitis in May of 2008.
Currently taking:
Prednisone 5 mg, pentasa 2 pills 4x a day, bentyl as needed, omeprazole in the morning, prenatal multivitamin, humira every other week, and good probiotics.
Surgery for ectopic pregnancy most likely the result of severe Crohn's inflammation in July of 2008.
Attempting a diet without refined sugars, high fat content, bleached or bromated flour, most dairy, red meat, and avoiding anything spicy like the plague. Also refuse to eat anything with trans fat or high fructose/corn syrup.
"He who has a why to live for can bear with almost any how."

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