Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Top O' the Mornin'


Happy St. Patrick's Day to everyone out there in cyberspace.  In my part of the world, it's a beautiful sunny day with blue skies as far as the eye can see.

Even the smallest glimpse of sunshine gives us all that extra energy boost and remember to get out there and soak up some of that Vitamin D whenever you can.

My posts have been at a minimal as you all have noticed recently.  February has been a month of hospitals, doctors, home recovery and sleepless nights, but I'm so happy to report that now my husband is feeling soooo much better and back to his old self.

While Vitamin D is important for a faster recovery, I feel the #1 prescription for any patient is REST, REST and more REST! 

As caregiver, it is my responsibility to ensure that my husband gets rest whenever he feels tired and I do that at all costs.  I know first hand just how that extra rest will help my husband along his recovery and while sometimes many may think I probably go a bit far in ensuring he gets that rest, it most definitely does work.

What do I do you may ask?

Turn "off" the phones....keep things quiet with NO interruptions.  That means of course to keep visitors away when he's sleeping.  After all, my motto is for friends and family to visit when he is feeling well and can spend quality time and enjoy his visitors.  When someone is sick and needs to rest, that is NOT the time to visit.   I make that clear right from the start.   No visitors at the hospital if he's not well - after all, maybe he's just spent two or three nights sleeping on a very uncomfortable hospital gurney without being able to sleep, so when he's finally in his hospital room, that is not visitor time,  but rest time.
I'm sure most everyone reading this will agree, but I just wanted to let other caregivers out there who have loved ones in similar situations at times, to not be afraid to speak up and do whatever it takes to allow the patient to rest.  At first I never realized how important proper rest is to a patient, but now I do and it's my responsibility and every other caregiver's responsibility to ensure that the patient receives the best quality of rest when they need it. 

While my husband was recently in hospital, I spoke with one of the hospital chaplains who just happened to mention that he had recently visited another cancer patient who was totally exhausted from all of the visitors he had seen during his hospital visit.  I can't for the life of me, understand why people want to visit patients when they are sick and need time to rest and recover during their hospital stay....the time to visit is when they arrive back home and are well enough to receive company.

Anyway, that's my rant for today....I trust I have helped someone along the way.



1 comment:

Whidbey Woman said...

This is a great post and a reminder to limit visits and phone calls. Not only does the patient need a break, the caregiver does, too! That's what's great about technology these days. You can text, email, Tweet and post updates on the patient. No need for phone calls! When my husband is in the hospital, I got to the ICU waiting room where they have Internet access. I get the word out to family and friends fast!
Don't be afraid to tell people he's not ready for visitors yet or if they do come they need to limit their stay to 10-15 minutes.