Blogging from my hospital bed

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No, this isn’t another immersion project. This time it’s the real thing. Since Sunday evening I have been in and out of the hospital three times and then admitted. I have a strange rash/infection/fever that just can’t be explained. My fever has broken, so my wife brought me my computer for a truly unique blogging experience!

As I get closer to three days in the hospital I now have a bit of a different perspective on what the transition to a nursing home must feel like. When I think about not having the opportunity to return back to my home, but being discharged directly to a nursing home it’s a bit overwhelming. I can see how “off kilter” one can be when making this transition with health factors and the lack of planning and preparedness for the transition. Talk about not getting off on the right foot! It really makes me see how important it is for us to be a “guide” to those making these transitions and try to put ourselves in the situation first-hand.

What Hospitals and Disney World have in common.

Based on my experience and previous experiences in hospitals I have a few thoughts about what these two vastly different places have in common.

At Disney you are constantly waiting in lines for rides and attractions. One of the techniques they use to make this more tolerable is different “stages” of the lines. You might enter an attraction that appears to have a very short line, only to discover you still have another line to wait in! At each of the “stages” of the line Disney provides entertainment build the anticipation that you are almost there!

In the Hospital you are also waiting, but not in lines that you can visually see. You feel like you are getting on the “ride” when you are “chosen” to leave the waiting room, but just like Disney you aren’t there yet! As various health care professionals come in to ask you questions or fill out paperwork you can feel that anticipation that you are almost there but it’s just another “stage”. Many times it feels as though they are timed to visit you at the point when you are truly ready to leave the hospital and take your chances with over the counter medicine, but they regain your confidence that you are almost on the “ride”.

Finally the Doctor comes and you are on the “ride”, but only if you are lucky! More than likely the doc will need more information, a test, or have to take a phone call . . . but you feel much better because you actually got to see the ride . . . I mean Doctor!

My observations are not meant to be disparaging to hospitals or the medical profession. Looking at my emergency room visits through this lens helped make the stressful and confusing experience more fun and tolerable.

One other thing both places have in common – they do a great job of taking your money!

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