Things seem to be progressing well here and I’m moving in the right direction, health-wise, so I’m hoping we will be discussing my discharge in the next day or so. (Fingers crossed.) The care has been exemplary, as always, but I’m more than ready to go home.
As this is only the latest of many hospital stays for me, I always come prepared for the stay by routinely pack many creature comforts from home, including all of my technology (MacBook Pro, iPhone, iPad, and watch) and accompanying charger cords and earphones. These items provide me entertainment (movies, TV shows, digital comics and books, on line games, blogs, etc.) for my long stay to help me pass the time.
In addition, I bring a small menagerie of friends that are always popular with the hospital staff:
Packy, my abdomen pillow-buddy, who helps me cough without splitting a stitch.
Morpheus, my emotional support giraffe, who keeps me company and temporarily takes the place of Harvey as my snuggle buddy.
and Ella, my good luck recovery elephant, made for me lovingly by my dear friend and infrequent blogger, Java (from “My Life or Something Like It”) for a prior surgery.
However, the most popular item this time around, is the little USB powered portable digital clock fan I borrowed from Jeffrey, to offset the unusually warm temps in my room.
When the fan spins, it produces a digital clock with the time. Unfortunately, the clock part doesn’t work, always displaying “12:00,” but it still makes a great bedside fan and night-light
Every staff member that has come into my room has been fascinated by it and comments on how cool they think it is (no pun intended.) I show them how safe it is by using my finger to stop the “blade,” a thin plastic blade that does not hurt in the slightest and has enough weight to generate a breeze, but not enough to hurt a body part should it come in contact with one.
It has been a huge (small) asset in helping me stay comfortable during my stay, while also being a surprising source of entertainment and conversation piece for the staff.