Infusions are not just for tea lovers. Infusions are regularly brewed and administered in a hospital setting, and delivered not in a lovely cup and saucer, but via a cannula, drip, and infusion pump into ones veins. Depending on your outlook on life, if you find yourself in such a position to require an infusion treatment in a hospital at some time in your life then I can let you in on some survival techniques to stave off the boredom. You can rest assured these methods have been tried and tested rather vigorously by myself over the last fifteen years of my life.
Now I'm not writing this to get sympathy or to beat down on our hospital system. Sure it can sometimes be slightly annoying to have to wait our turn to get stuck with a needle and have chemical formulations with unpronounceable names pumped into us to fix conditions also with unpronounceable names, but I'm pretty sure that's just the anxiety of knowing what's coming kicking in. Besides giving this mum of one whirlwind three year old some very rare 'me' time, it also helps me to keep the important things in my life in perspective.
Try not to look at the time spent in the hospital as time wasted, but as an opportunity to devote yourself to an activity that you have either been putting off or haven't had the time for. All of the activities I have compiled can be done one handed with either the left or right hand depending on which is the lucky recipient of the cannula and drip. To prevent an infusion faux pas or have the ire of fellow infusionists directed your way, always be mindful of the impact your activity will have on the other patients.
Reading is a popular time passer for most hospital visitors.
While you may be lucky enough to find an old copy of a New Idea or Women's Weekly lying around, your safest bet is to bring in a newspaper, magazine, or favorite book of your own choosing for a satisfactory read. Even better still grab that new book you got for last Christmas that has been sitting on your library shelf collecting dust.
Take a pen and paper and write a shopping list, Christmas present list, to do list, or perhaps even start a journal of your treatment experiences.
Feeling a bit sleep deprived? Then perhaps a nap may be in order. A few of my infusion cronies like to snooze away their time attached to a drip and infusion pump.
If you are employed perhaps consider bringing in your laptop and mobile so you can keep up with your work commitments while looking after your health. Be sure to check with your hospital's infusion centre to ensure you are allowed mobile phones; most centres are ok with them as long as they are set to vibrate instead of ring.
Ask a good friend to accompany you and chat quietly amongst yourselves. Not only do they make the time go faster, but they can double as a wonderful beverage butler; just be sure your friend knows just how you like your tea or coffee and beware of asking too many times for a hot brew as they may not come with you again.
Listen to your favourite music on your iPod, iPad, or MP3 Player, just be sure to remember your earphones and try not to sing out loud.
Invest in a tablet, and no not the kind you ingest, but an iPad, Kobo, or e-reader. These modern electronic marvels are so versatile and have so many functions within their tiny, lightweight bodies there is no longer a need for one to lug around a second suitcase containing all the things one may do during treatment. My sanity preserver and constant companion during my sessions has been the iPad as it offers a vast range of activities such as books, music, games, and social media. With its Internet ability I can stay connected to friends and family via social sites, write emails, do online surveys, or with tongue in cheek, write a Weekend Notes article. Enough already about my favorite electronic gizmo, this isn't supposed to be an infomercial for the Apple company.
To ensure the nurses don't confuse you with one of these drink plenty of fluids.
With the boredom busters covered, here are two vital 'insider' tips to make your infusion session go as smoothly as it possibly can given the circumstances; be sure to drink plenty of non-alcoholic fluids the night before your infusion so the nurses don't use you as a pin cushion in their quest for a viable vein and no matter the cards you are dealt in this life always play them with a smile.
thanks Tabatha in hospital as we speak, With one of those bloody thinks attached to me. Nurse said I should name him. I would so some writing for WN but my account is down. But enjoying doing some reading for a change. Thanks for the timely article.