Ten ways to combat Boredom associated with Hospital

Gloves as clothing options?

Gloves as clothing options?

WILSON

WILSON

Necia the Nurse. Knows how to give a needle without it hurting.

Necia the Nurse. Knows how to give a needle without it hurting.

This is what we do..

This is what we do..

Knit, knit knit. Knit, knit, knit.

Knit, knit knit. Knit, knit, knit.

Ten ways to combat Boredom associated with Hospital Stays.
10. Knit a scarf.
Anyone that knows my mum knows that she is a knitting machine. I haven’t paid for a scarf in three winters, she’s amazing. All you need to do is submit your order, including colour and style, give her two – three days, then BAM! The scarf is yours. Ma knits and crotchets all day, every day. Click go the needles click, click click…
9. Kmart Trips for things we don’t need.
Can we just reflect for a moment on how good Kmart is?! You can get all this stuff, some useful, lots not, for next to nothing – and it’s huge! You can entertain yourself for ages wandering the aisles. One must beware of the dangers though, one minute you are collecting packets of six pairs of socks for $3, and the next thing you know, you arrive at the self-checkout and have to fork out $70 for a whole heap of crapola! Smiling at the lovely family member in the room and giving them a list is exciting for everyone, especially the one leaving… JEALOUS!
8. Cutting laps of the ward.
I really, really miss my long jogs and short walks… who am I kidding, I mean my short jogs and long walks. To quote Elle Woods “Exercise gives you endorphins, endorphins make you happy, happy people don’t just shoot their husbands…” So I don’t have a husband, but I have a mother who is constantly in the firing line of my Rachael temper which has been taken to a whole brand new level. I apologise and feel bad, but one of the side effects of treatment is moodiness. Not only do I get angry, I get sad, over nothing, it’s ridiculous. My new strategy to break the bad moods and beat the sads is to walk laps. Each lap of the west ward (my ward) and the east ward is almost three minutes. I do five laps at a time, and see the same people on every lap. In case you were panicking, don’t fret, my IV buddy comes with me. Treatment day is onesie day by the way, so don’t think I’m doing these laps in runners and what not, it’s the onesie and ugg boots all the way.
7. Comparing different flavours of Werther’s Original.
First of all, I have a question. If there are three types of Werther’s Original, how can they all be original? Ponder that. Éclair, Caramel Cream and Cream Candies. The jury, consisting of me, is still out on the verdict; however I shall keep you updated on when it comes in. It is definit time consuming process.
6. Heading down to the hospital café.
I try to do this at least once a day, just to get a change of scenery and encourage mum to drink a half decent coffee instead of instant. That stuff stinks. However don’t think that on chemo day a change of clothes takes place, chemo day = onesie day, so again I head down with my IV buddy, in my onesie and my ugg boots. Today Moz looked at me and said you can’t go like that… I proceeded to ignore him.
5. Investigating the private lives of nurses.
My nurses are wonderful, they’re incredible. They are so kind, and patient. They not only accommodate my fear of needles, increasing instances of ‘chemo brain’, and my laziness in the morning, but stay and chat to my family and I all the time. My favourite steppy can turn a chat into a life revealing exercise, where not only do we now where they live, but how many kids they have, their ages, how long they worked here, where they studied, their partners, what they did before a nursing and how they turned up here. The real skill, is that he can keep the conversation flowing for up to 15 minutes! To quote the skilled man himself, “it requires asking strategic questions which keep them engaged, enthused, elaborating and willing to give more.” (Moz Milani, 2013.) My nurses are amazing, and I couldn’t ask for anything more from them. They’re the best.
4. Watching reruns of The Block.
I am obsessed. I started off hating the twins, but now I love them. They’re just so good, but they have had such a big advantage throughout the whole process, winning all the time, but that happens when they’re such clever cookies. Poor Trixie and Johno, they don’t get judged on the same level as the others because they have the penthouse, but that’s not fair because they have the same budget. Did you know it airs at 7 o’block, again at 11.30pm, I give that one a miss, I’m not that crazy. It’s on again at 2pm the following afternoon, I always catch that one.
3. Sending endless text messages to people who should be at work.
Lucky for me I have some truly amazing friends that will sacrifice time during the daily grind to keep me entertained, all day. You know who you are, and I hope you look forward to my hourly contributions. I’m going to beat cancer, and most likely develop an RSI in my right thumb, just to even it out. **NB this annoys parents a lot.
2. Reading intellectually stimulating material.
Vouge. Belle. ‘Seriously, I’m Kidding’. Sunday Life magazine from the Age. All must read magazine and book titles that are never far away. Please note the inappropriate use of the words intellectually stimulating, this kind of literature is as light as a feather. More page turning one could say. Whatever it is, I do a lot of it.
1. Therapeutic intervention via balloon play.
THIS IS THE BEST FUN. We have three boxes of latex gloves on the wall in my room. I recommend the use of large gloves, they make bigger balloons. Moz has a particular knack for this and likes to hang them above my head when I’m not looking. We have a friend Wilson, who likes to play on the radio, a platypus, except he doesn’t have a name and sort’ve just hangs around. Ballarat is mighty cold so if all else fails, the gloves may also be used as socks and a beanie, as modelled in the photos above.

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10 thoughts on “Ten ways to combat Boredom associated with Hospital

  1. Well that sounds busy, hope u dont get too tired. Tell mum she should start making beanies n socks, ha ha. N if shes bored n wants a change in colour scarfs, she could knit me a geelong scarf ( iwill pay her). Hope to b able to visit u in Mildura soon. Boys all say hi, Chad is 30, Jack 20, n Todd just turned 18 ! My grandbaby Rydah is amazing, smart n cute, n i luv him dearly. Hope u get to meet him soon, would luv to bring him to Mildura too. Luv ya heaps xx

  2. Brilliant work with the old latex gloves rachy!we used to blow them up with water on the kids cardiac ward and leave them in inappropriate spots…eg on treatment tables or empty beds…just a thought if you’re feeling adventurous 🙂

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