Tuesday, July 5, 2011

You Know You've Lived in a Hospital Too Long If...

  • You don’t touch anything without first putting on sanitizer or spraying it with alcohol
  • ‘Getting out’ means roaming the halls while pushing a plastic car and an IV pole
  • Showering involves getting your flip flops and several handtowel sized towels with the fluffiness of sandpaper
  • You know all the nurses, PCAs, and environmental services people by name, and sometimes they come hang out in your room just to visit
  • Tons of strangers see you in your pjs and makeupless everyday (usually until about 1:00 in the afternoon) and you no longer think anything of it
  • Your alarm clock is the nurse coming in to do meds
  • You reorganize the nurse’s cart so that you can find things easier
  • All of your food is labeled with your name, room number, and date, you can't remember the last time you had to cook a meal, and you are up to date on all the specials at Subway
  • You only respond to ‘Averi’s Mom’
  • You ask for something and the doctor says, “If that’s what the parents want then do it.”
  • Vomit is whatever
  • The highlights of your month are jewelry making night and free Raising Cane’s
  • Your bed consists of an egg crate, three blankets, and a board in your back - and when you try to sleep in your own bed you can't get comfortable
  • You’ve succumbed to the fact that your life is dictated by someone else
  • You’re woken up by obnoxious beeping during the night and you reset the IV pump without calling for the nurse
  • You say, “we’re going home” and you’re referring to the hospital


Lauren in GA said...

Bless your heart. It really has been quite the journey.

Simply, Sarah said...

I love this! Would you mind if I post some to my blog and facebook? I'd list you as the author...
It's just VERY fitting for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

Tiffany said...

@ Simply, Sarah - Go for it. The more awareness the better. :)