I've learned a few things since becoming a patient here at the hospital.
#1. TV sucks! At home we've been without cable or satellite service for over 2 years. In addition, because our TV is in the basement we don't even get any kind of basic signal, so we've been relying on Netflix for all of our viewing pleasure. I'll say first that I've watched ALOT of tv while in the hospital -- it is my nearly constant companion. And I'm no highbrow--I enjoy what I know to be some pretty mediocre shows--but I've realized how just awful TV is nowadays. I know reality TV isn't new since we got rid of our satellite service, but now it just seems to be everywhere. Frankly, there's very little of that genre that I can stomach, so for the most part I watch the Food Network, HGTV and the channels that show reruns. Regarding my TV viewing, I'll confess I'm most grateful for reruns of "That 70s Show" and "Gilmore Girls".
#2. Those red emergency pull cords in bathroom are VERY sensitive
Today as I was drying off after my shower I must have bumped the pull cord with my elbow. Before I knew it, 2 nurses rushed in to see if I was OK. There I was totally naked and dripping wet and wondering what the heck was going on. So apparently you don't actually need to "pull" on the cord to get help.
#3. Eating in bed while horizontal is really a pain.
#4. Milk of Magnesia comes in handy when you spend the vast majority of your day lying down. I'd never taken it before, and I hate to be too reliant on it, but let's just say the 2 colace per day isn't quite enough.
#5. Ambien comes in really handy when you have insomnia. Despite being exhausted after too many sleepless nights, I was still finding myself wide awake at 3am every night. Ambien is another medication I'd never used before and I don't want to get too reliant on it either, but right now without it I just can't sleep at night.