RussianJet From Belgium, joined Jul 2007, 7757 posts, RR: 21 Posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 2360 times:
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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AeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20822 posts, RR: 62
Reply 1, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 2310 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!
rwessel From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 2545 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 2273 times:
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.
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.
DocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 21023 posts, RR: 60
Reply 9, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 2210 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.
AR385 From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 7043 posts, RR: 35
Reply 13, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 2116 times:
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.