If you have been admitted to the hospital you know it is taxing on the body with all the testing, getting up in the middle of the night for blood pressure checks, and usually a lot of pain. Additionally, at times you may feel isolated, depressed, or anxious. The hospital drains one emotionally. Everyone longs to hear that beautiful H word… you can go home.
There is great comfort being in your own home surrounded by family and familiar things.Yet the transition is a challenge with vague discharge instructions. There is a lot of help in the hospital so keeping up with all the care at home can be difficult. It can take a few week to readjust completely to being home.
I have been admitted four times for different reasons. Each time adjusting has been a little difficult. I have several tips to make the transition home a bit smoother and less stressful. I have seen very few blog posts or vlogs that talk about the transition in depth.
Depending on why you were admitted you should consider buying a pill crusher. Each time I was admitted I have struggled with my stomach. It is hard for my body at times to break down the pills and use them properly. I got mine at Kmart for under five dollars. The pills don’t taste amazing but it does help some. Find a system that works for you and stick to it this is not the time to be skipping medications.
Being in the hospital and going through a medical tragedy can deplete one of a variety of vitamins. During my last admission I was not able to get in all my medications and none of my vitamins. I felt a huge difference without my newest vitamins. I have no doubt that the vitamins I am on are working. Many times the hospital food is not the greatest and aids at times to one feeling worse. From being in the hospital If you can find out what extra vitamins you may need, even for a few weeks it is helpful. It is not a magic pill by any means, however, it can help keep down stress levels.
Personally, I struggle greatly with my pain levels especially after the hospital. Have a pain management plan in place. This plan will look extremely different for everyone depends on the doctor you may be able to use pain medications if not you need to become very creative. I will be doing a video sometime in August about all my pain management tips.
Rest, rest, and rest some more. It is tempting to try to get back to a normal routine but that is not what’s best for at least the first few days to a week. Pushing too hard too soon can be a recipe for another health disaster.
On that note also destress as much as humanly possible. As we all know stress makes our health worse even by a little bit. I set up my medications and vitamins for at least a week so that I do not need to stress about remembering to take everything. Moreover, I write, read, paint, do string art, spend time with my cats and puppy, and talk to friends to keep my stress levels at bay. Do not neglect your time with God. Personally, I do a devotional, an online Bible study book, and journal prayers. You can also utilize worship music. Find the best coping methods for you.
Baths are a must use tip for me. I always use two types of Epson salt along with a bath bomb. It helps the body to regulate the magnesium levels. Furthermore, it can aid in reducing pain and sleeping better.
Fueling your body with the correct things is fundamental as well. Like I said,I have a ton of GI issues so this is extremely difficult. I have not been hungry sense coming home from the hospital. Due to my mast cell I am pretty limited with what I can eat. I highly recommend that you figure out what you can tolerate. If you can get in fruits or veggies that is essential and helpful as the body recovers.
Share your transition tips in the comments.