First of, you need to know why you are in the hospital in the first place. You might go to the ER for something you thnk is minor and then it turns into something else. And yes you will be told why you are being admitted but if you dont understnd what you are told, you need to ask questions till you understand and if you still dont get it, get the physician to explain it to a loved one as soon as possible. This is important because if you dont know what the problem is, then anxiety sets in and you start thinking its bigger than it may be.
Secondly, it is important for you to feel as though you are in control of what is going on in your life while you are in the hospital. When health care staff come to see you or check on you for various reasons, ask them what they are there to do for you and why you need that treatment , what ever it is. Ask your physicians and nurses questions about your progress. Also ask them what you need to do to get better so you can get back to your life as soon as you can. When you do this, you have a feeling of control, so you dont feel like you are stuck in a bed and people just come in to do stuff to you plus you have a goal to work toward: getting back home
Third it is important for loved ones to stay in touch, by calling, visiting sending notes or cards, sending text messages, jokes and things to let you know that they care and are thinking about you.ALso having some familiar things around you can help plus doing things you do normally like watching certain tv shows, reading novels or writing can help put you at ease.
Finally, if you feel as though you really cant handle asking questions and what nots, appoint a loved one to find out what is going on with your treatment and explain things to you. This way you are comfortable knowing someone is looking out for you.
Hope this article helps: being in an unfamiliar environment for a while is not the nicest of things but it may only be for a short while hopefully and you can get back to what you love to do.Having to stay in the hospital for a short time or an extended period of time can be distressing even for the most adaptable person. First off, you room with one or more persons you dont know, are seen by different health care staff and honestly miss the normalcy of your life. Here are a few tips on how to cope with hospitalization.