There are a million & one good reasons for being discharged from hospital as soon after surgery as you can be -as long as it’s safe of course. There are direct benefits for other people who are waiting for surgery as beds become available sooner, the best use is made of precious resources & it keeps The Beast realitively well-fed & more docile hopefully!
My number one good reason for getting home ASAP has to be:
You get more sleep & feel more secure.
While I did go to a similar school to The Four, I never got to board:
- I was a Scholarship (non paying) ‘Gel’.
- We lived too near (even if my parents could have afforded the fees!)
- Most importantly because my mum was appalled by the whole boarding thing.
What’s the point of this? Oh yes.
For most of the population, who have never boarded, served in the Armed Forces or been regulars at Hostels, sleeping in a domitory surrounded by strangers is an experience that will only ever happen when they go to hospital.
It’s not just that; sharing space with strangers overnight demands nerves of steel, add in the inevitable farters, wifflers, somniloquists, (the list goes on) & the prospect becomes increasingly unappealling!
And that’s just Boarding School, Barracks & Hostels!
In hospital night-times can be even more stressful. People may be confused, in pain or distress, even dying: familiar to hospital staff, I think sometimes we forget how alien it is for patients…
Then of course, there are things to be done for patients overnight. There will be noisy monitors, alarms & buzzers going off & possibly a medical emergency which demands all the lights in the bay go on & all hell breaks out, frightening in itself.
I’ve been on both sides of the mirror in this regard. As a nurse it’s really concerning when people aren’t getting good quality sleep, because in hospital they most certainly need it. There are some great nurses who will move heaven & earth to help patients to sleep without resorting to medication.
As a patient (not just on this ocassion), a couple of night’s sleep deprivation undoubtedly makes me feel more unwell than ever & after a long period , I did end up having an attack of the screaming abdabs !
It all sounds pretty dire I know, however there are things which you can do to help yourself. You may also want to take your own pillow (do remember to put it in an easily identifiable pillow-case & take a couple of spares). If you have a smart phone with earplugs & it’s going to be practical to use it then there are a vast array of sleep aid apps available which you could try.
If you are a night-shift worker, it’s worth mentioning this to the staff, if it’s possible you can try to stick to your normal routine, but it will help them to know what it is!
Finally, don’t get too worked up if you don’t sleep at night, the important thing is that you do sleep.