At the hospital
Being a patient or a caregiver can be challenging at times. This section will give you some things to think about to make your experience a bit easier. And do not hesitate to ask for help from hospital staff, volunteer services, pastoral care or relatives and friends, if you feel you need it.
Interacting with health care staff
Health care staff will facilitate your travel as well as your stay outside your region as best they can. Some health care personnel can speak English, but this is not the case for all health care staff. Here are some things you can do to help staff help you:
Being a patient
Hospitals are not always the most restful places to spend time! Find ways to get as much sleep as possible, for example:
The health care staff will be taking care of your medical needs, but what about the many different emotions you may go through as your condition is diagnosed and treated? You may at times feel worried, anxious, frustrated, overjoyed, exhausted, guilty, and more! Remember that each person reacts differently and all reactions are equally valid. Illness always raises life’s big questions. You can ask for emotional and spiritual support (from pastoral care services in the hospital or from local English language volunteers). Sometimes you do not even realize that you need to talk to someone outside the situation! Remember to take care of yourself as best you can and to ask for the support you need.
Time may be long in the hospital. Find ways to keep yourself as busy as you want to be and as your energy may allow, for example: