During my recovery from the pandemic, I’ve been hospitalized frequently.
One day, I was diagnosed with food poisoning. The next, I was diagnosed with pneumonia.
I was in the hospital with both diagnoses for over a week. The hospital staff made sure I had everything I needed to make me feel better.
I was never discharged from the hospital.
The doctors and nurses told me I was doing great and that I would be out of the hospital soon. They also said I would be discharged with the appropriate treatment for my condition.
I was not.
I was in the hospital for a total of two weeks.
It seemed like an eternity. I wondered if I would ever leave.
It was terrifying.
In this post, I’m going to talk about the things I wish I knew before I went into the hospital. As you read through this, remember that I am a survivor of trauma and abuse. I know how terrifying it can be until you can open up and talk about it.
I wish I knew what to expect.
When I was hospitalized, I was not told what to expect.
I wish I had known how to plan for the worst case scenario.
Knowing what to expect is incredibly important.
To learn how to prepare for the worst case scenario, you need to know what you want to expect.
I wish I had known about mental health support.
After I got sick, I tried to find support. I called a few places, but they didn’t seem like they could help me.
I asked friends to check in on me, and they were amazing. They made sure I had a place to stay and that I didn’t have to worry about money.
They also gave me the tools I needed to get better.
If you’re dealing with stress and anxiety, I wish you knew where to get the support you needed.
If you’re trying to get better, I wish you knew how to find the support you needed.
I wish I had known what I was sick from
One day, I was in the hospital.
I had a fever and was vomiting continuously.
It wasn’t until I saw the doctor that I learned what was wrong.
It turns out I had a urinary tract infection.
It was almost the worst thing that could’ve happened to me.
I couldn’t eat for a few days, and I was in a lot of pain. I was in the hospital for a few weeks.
I wish I knew how to help myself.
The only thing I could do for myself was get better.
I had no idea how to help myself and what I needed to do for myself.
I wish I had known that I could get help
I was in the hospital for a few weeks.
I knew that there were a few places I could go for help.
I also knew that I shouldn’t go to the hospital by myself.
I got help from the people who are there for you.
Once I got home, I immediately went to the hospital.
I was met by a social worker.
They made sure I had help, and that I didn’t have any trouble getting it.
They also helped me to get the help I needed.
I wish I knew how to help other people
Once I was home, I had a few friends who were there for me.
I asked them to help me with anything I needed.
They helped me with things like getting help with money, paying bills, and getting help with housing.
They also helped me deal with the loss of my friends.
I wish I had known that I could connect with others
After I was discharged from the hospital, I had a few friends who came to visit me.
I was able to spend time with these people.
I was able to talk about what had happened and how I was doing.
I was able to talk about the loss I was going through and how I was dealing with it.
I wish I knew how to get help
After I was discharged from the hospital, I started to get disability.
I applied for disability and got it.
I wish I knew what it meant
The first time I got disability, I didn’t know what it meant.
I thought I had a mental illness.
I thought I was a good employee.
I thought I was a good employee because I did a good job at my job.
I was unaware that I was disabled.
I was unaware that this was something that I had to deal with.
I was unaware that I needed help.
I didn’t realize that I needed to get help and that I could get it.
I wish I knew that I could get help
I didn’t know about insurance.
When I applied for disability, I didn’t ask about how to get help with insurance.
I also didn’t ask about how to apply for Medicaid.
I wish I had known what I was dealing with
I didn’t realize that I was going to a mental hospital.
A few days after I got sick, I went to the hospital.
I didn’t know what was wrong.
I had no idea that I had a urinary tract infection. I thought I was throwing up.
I thought I was just tired.
I didn’t realize that I needed help.
I wish I knew that I could get better
I knew that I needed to get better.
I got better.
I wish I had known that I could get a good job
When I got sick, I got disability.
I started applying for jobs.
I applied for jobs and got interviews.
I wish I knew how to get a good job
I didn’t know that I could get a good job.
I got a good job.
I wish I knew that I could help myself
A quick recap
A lot of people do really good things when they get sick.
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