I'm not a daily blogger and probably never will be as I'm too respectful of my blog followers to torture them that way; so I'm not officially participating in the A-Z blogging Challenge...but couldn't resist my own hospital-inspired A-Z post seeing as I'm in here for another four weeks. Yes I DID get to go home but went back by ambulance 13 hours later. Long story.
If you know anyone in hospital, THIS
...will cheer them up. Trust me. (big thank you to my baby sister for this)
Anyway, without further ado...
A is for Ambulance, and 2am is a good time to call one. No traffic.
B is for Bed rest.
C is for Cannula (if you don't know what a sixteen gauge IV cannula needle looks like, be very glad...and try to keep it that way)
D is for Drip, IV saline by the litre.
E is for Embolism which apparently is a blood clot you can get if you don't wear your funky knee-hi white anti-embolism pressure stockings while on bed rest for days...and days, and days.
F is for...let's not go there, but trust me, nurses ask about this every day.
G is for Gate pass, which apparently you can earn if you're really well behaved. You can leave hospital for a couple of hours...but the kicker is, you have to come back again. Voluntarily.
H is for Hydration. Drink plenty - the air conditioning is a killer.
I is for Inpatient, which refers to those of us who love hospital so much we come to live here. It's been said before, but 24 hour call button service - wouldn't you be sold?
J is for Juice to help swallow daily vitamin pills.
K is for hospital Kitchen, where they turn out fabulous food for the patients every day. If you missed my yummy hospital food post (with pictures!) check it out here.
L is for Local anesthetic. You usually realize you needed this after you've said no...and by then it's kinda too late.
M is for MRN (patient ID number)
N is for Nurse.
O is for Observation or Obs for short. Nurses will check your pulse, blood pressure and temperature at least once a day to positively confirm you're still alive.
P is for Pulse.
Q is for Quiet.
R is for Registrar...and I think they're doctors who've finished studying and work in hospitals full-time. Don't quote me. I find it confusing.
S is for Surgery.
T is for Teaching hospital, where there are lots of interns and residents practicing stuff on us patients in order to become better and more experienced medical professionals. Supposedly this is a GOOD thing.
U is for Ultrasound.
V is for Vein, necessary for application of aforementioned cannula, and for frequent blood tests. Make sure you know which are your star performers, and nurture them.
W is for Waiting - there's lots of time allocated to this in hospital.
X is for X-ray.
Y is for Yawn.
ZZZZZZZZ. Time for sleep I think.
And starting tomorrow...I get seriously into my current WIP, (a middle grade novel with artifacts and dragons and Triad baddies) with a view to making use of my many uninterrupted hours. Hospital isn't ALL bad.
Now my bed is calling.