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What To Take Someone In Hospital?  
User currently offlineRussianJet From Belgium, joined Jul 2007, 7694 posts, RR: 21
Posted (1 year 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 1986 times:
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Being no stranger to hospital, I should know the answer to this. It's boring, and full of old people who constantly moan and do smelly things. However, I'm really struggling to think what to take a colleague who's had a heart attack - he's a middle-aged male.

Fruit seems like a cliche, likewise flowers - and flowers wouldn't relieve boredom anyway and might seem weird from me. On the other hand, hospital can be rubbish here, so fruit might be a plan. Given the reason he's in, I don't think things like chocolate would be ideal either. So I think about the passing of time and relief of boredom, and think that a book might be the way to go.

Any particularly novel suggestions (sensible ones, please!) from you lot? What has worked for you in the past?


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User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20394 posts, RR: 62
Reply 1, posted (1 year 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 1936 times:

A friend of mine spent a few nights in the hospital a couple of years ago. All he wanted was his favorite bathrobe from home and a cheap pair of slippers to be able to wear when he was allowed out of bed. He gave me his keys to go get his bathrobe (I think you call them dressing gowns on that side of the Atlantic), plus an amenity kit he'd saved from a recent trip.

On the way back I stopped at one of the big discount stores and picked up some slippers, and a couple of memory foam pillows and pillowcases for them which he really liked, since the pillows at the hospital weren't very nice. Someone else had brought a small stack of magazines, another a couple of spy novel paperbacks by an author he liked, and someone else a small bouquet of those metallic get well balloons filled with helium.

So my suggestions boil down to:

• Something comfy he can wear
• A nice pillow or two
• Reading material he can pass on to other patients
• Non-flower get well bouquet
• An offer to run an errand or two

Lots of possibilities that aren't candy or flowers. Hope he gets well soon!



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User currently offlinemelpax From Australia, joined Apr 2005, 1592 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (1 year 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 1929 times:

If you know what his interests are, a few magazines are always good. Also, a cheap radio with headphones, if he heasn't got one - good for blocking out the various noises that go on....


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User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 19419 posts, RR: 58
Reply 3, posted (1 year 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 1917 times:

NOT flowers. Flowers are often banned in hospitals because they carry dirt and patients may be allergic.

Ballons and a get-well card are a safe route.


User currently offlinerwessel From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 2316 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (1 year 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 1899 times:
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If you have one to lend, and if the hospital has WiFi and allows it, a tablet or book reader. Books, TV, movies, Internet, and more entertainment than you can shake a stick at. Headphones to go with that are a must. Noise canceling ones if they have a noisy roommate.

Remember an extension cord for the charger. The convenient outlets are often for medical purposes only.

But an offer to do errands (get the mail, mow the lawn, take out the trash, start the car), is always good. And if your friend is like most guys, help police his visitor time. Personally I don’t want too many visitors. I appreciate the gesture, but I mostly don’t want to be sociable in that situation, probably rather nap or read… A quiet word to over enthusiastic visitors (“I think X really liked seeing you, but boy did he look exhausted after you were there for two hours.”) can certainly help.


User currently offlineJoePatroni707 From United States of America, joined Dec 2012, 493 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (1 year 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 1886 times:

A stripper would probably cheer him up

User currently offlineRussianJet From Belgium, joined Jul 2007, 7694 posts, RR: 21
Reply 6, posted (1 year 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1864 times:
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Quoting DocLightning (Reply 3):
NOT flowers. Flowers are often banned in hospitals because they carry dirt and patients may be allergic.

Fair play - good job I was off the idea anyway!

Quoting rwessel (Reply 4):
a tablet or book reader

This is a very good plan. I discussed it with a colleague, and our plan is to rob everyone at work of a sum of money to club together and buy him a good tablet, into which I will put an SD card loaded with a lot of good movies. I think it's a winning plan.

Quoting JoePatroni707 (Reply 5):
A stripper would probably cheer him up

I expect it would, but for heart patients might not be the best plan.



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User currently offlineJoePatroni707 From United States of America, joined Dec 2012, 493 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (1 year 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1862 times:

When I was in the hospital once I had my friend smuggle me in a combo pizza!

User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19199 posts, RR: 52
Reply 8, posted (1 year 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1859 times:

Quoting JoePatroni707 (Reply 5):
A stripper would probably cheer him up
Quoting RussianJet (Reply 6):
I expect it would, but for heart patients might not be the best plan.

  



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User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 19419 posts, RR: 58
Reply 9, posted (1 year 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 1836 times:

Here are some good ideas:

#1) A box of high-Db ear plugs.
#2) A positively light-proof eyeshade (the sort you wear on long flights).

Hospitals are not much quieter or darker at 3AM than they are at 3PM. Those two things will let him sleep. And he needs to sleep. If he doesn't have these things, they are (literally) life-savers. Why hospitals don't give them out, I have no idea.


User currently offlinerwessel From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 2316 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (1 year 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 1821 times:
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Quoting JoePatroni707 (Reply 5):
A stripper would probably cheer him up

Especially if dressed as a nurse.   


User currently offlinetype-rated From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 4963 posts, RR: 19
Reply 11, posted (1 year 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1802 times:

Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 1):
So my suggestions boil down to:

• Something comfy he can wear
• A nice pillow or two
• Reading material he can pass on to other patients
• Non-flower get well bouquet
• An offer to run an errand or two

Excellent advice. Quite some time ago I had to spend a couple of weeks in a hospital after surgery, the things AeroWesty mentioned are exactly what I was hoping for.



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User currently offlinerwy04lga From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 3176 posts, RR: 8
Reply 12, posted (1 year 2 months 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 1744 times:

Quoting melpax (Reply 2):
good for blocking out the various noises that go on....

OK, but what about the smell?   



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User currently offlineAR385 From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 6147 posts, RR: 30
Reply 13, posted (1 year 2 months 2 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 1742 times:
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Having spent many times at hospital I would suggest:

1) His pyjamas from home.
2) thick cotton socks.
3) Pillows from home.
4) Definitely a tablet. There are some very cheap ones. With content.

But most importantly, your presence. Wether it is by sitting by his side for 1 hr, taking care of some of his errands or maybe offering to do some of his chores at home that can´t be postponed by a couple of days (feeding pets, watering plants, etc) Your presence is what really takes the weight of someone who is so ill he has to be in a hospital.



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User currently offlineaerorobnz From Rwanda, joined Feb 2001, 7172 posts, RR: 13
Reply 14, posted (1 year 2 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 1715 times:

Bose Quiet Comfort 15s or similar. To drown out the noise of the hospital and machine beeps.

User currently offlineRussianJet From Belgium, joined Jul 2007, 7694 posts, RR: 21
Reply 15, posted (1 year 2 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 1709 times:
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Quoting aerorobnz (Reply 14):
Bose Quiet Comfort 15s or similar. To drown out the noise of the hospital and machine beeps.

Whoa there, we're already going to get him a tablet - we're not made of money!   



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User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19199 posts, RR: 52
Reply 16, posted (1 year 2 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 1699 times:



Quoting RussianJet (Thread starter):
what to take a colleague
Quoting RussianJet (Reply 15):
Whoa there, we're already going to get him a tablet

Wow, you certainly must be good friends!

[Edited 2013-05-19 05:48:37]


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User currently offlineRussianJet From Belgium, joined Jul 2007, 7694 posts, RR: 21
Reply 17, posted (1 year 2 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 1690 times:
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Quoting Pe@rson (Reply 16):
Wow, you certainly must be good friends!

He's a great guy, and everyone is worried about him. If we mug everyone for at least a fiver, we'll have more than enough for a tablet within a very short space of time.



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