Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Oh, that morning CUP /

I have been with a relative in the hospital for most of the last day and-a-half. Yesterday morning at 6:30 am as I entered the hospital (after a late-night "pit stop" at home), I made a quick detor to the coffee machine. As I walked down the corridor, I passed a fellow going the opposite direction, also balancing HIS cup of coffee. I smiled, and commented: "Well, I guess nothing really replaces that first cup in the morning....."
Now keeping a diet/Walking Plan can be very hard when a relative is hospitalized. Sometimes just keeping from gaining is the best one can do. Some ideas/hints follow below. Of course, not all apply in every situation, but here they are for what they are worth:
1) Often there are breaks when you can leave a patient's bedside: when they are sleeping, when others visit, etc. Utilize these to get out and walk around the outside of the building, or even in the lobby/long halls. If needed, make smaller circuits to check if the patient has awoken.
2) Ask visitors to bring YOU a salad if you can not buy in the hospital, and you can not bring from home.
3) Many hospitals have grocery stores. Even a few crakers with white cheese will be better than a store-bought danish!
4) Try and find a way to deal with stress. Bring an MP3 with relaxing music, do some stretching exercises in a corner.


Risa Tzohar said...

sincerest wishes for a רפואה שלמה

mikimi said...

glad she is out home and recuperating.

Batya said...

refuah shleimah
Good ideas. I remember walking up and down stairs when my youngest was a baby hospitalized for 6 weeks. In those days there wasn't much in food and there was nothng to eat most of the day.
Also when someone visits it's a good idea to bring fruit and foods the caregiver can eat, too.

Anonymous said...

Stretching sounds like a great idea! It's a good way to relax and just get your mind off of other things. I hope things start looking up!

Pink (AKA Lucia) said...

I've never heard of grocery stores in a hospital before. Must be a foreign thing - we don't have grocery stores in our hospitals here, instead we have cafeterias! But it would be awesome to have a grocery store in the hospital - it would give me a wider selection of foods when visiting the hospital for a doc's appt and am hungry while waiting to see the doctor!

Ana said...

Yeah, it's absolutely true. It's very hard and concerning situation when a relative gets hospitalized. I just dig the deeper into your experience in hospital and the ideas you recommended were really very authentic and worth to follow in the situation like that. Hope everything is going well. BTW I was looking for finding some ideas on affogato coffee but pleased to go through this wonderful share.