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Being in the hospital for an extended period of time is not easy. First, you may be dealing with a serious health issue that has you concerned, uncomfortable or in pain. You may also miss the comforts of home: familiar meals, clothes and everyday belongings, privacy — and especially your own bed.
You want to get better so you can get out of there, but how do you cope in the meantime? Here are 10 ways to keep your spirits up and make you feel less like a patient during long hospital stays:
Hospitals have different requirements for what they will allow you to bring. Find out what your hospital’s policies are, and ask your doctor what you can do to make the experience more comfortable.
While you’re in the hospital, it’s important to ask lots of questions and do what your nurse or physician tells you to do. If your medical team wants you to have daily breathing tests, do them. Their goal is the same as yours — for you to recover as quickly as possible.
10 ways to beat the blues during treatment
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