For my operation I had to stay very still and spend quite a lot of time lying and down this was great because it gave me chance to do some of my favourite things. Without these things I would have been very bored. So I thought I’d share with you some of the activities I took with me to hospital, just incase you need to go yourself and need some help thinking of what to take!
A Kindle or your Favourite Book
One of the first things I took was my kindle, this was actually a gift for my hospital stay because my Mamma and Granddad know how much I love to read. You can use a book but if you have a kindle you can use that. I couldn’t read because the pain medicine made my eyes funny and I couldn’t focus on the words, but the next day my mum read to me instead. A book is good for anytime you want to read and you only have to read a few pages, or whatever you feel up to. I really love the Dork Diaries series or anything by David Walliams or Roald Dhal.
An Mini DVD Player, iPad or Tablet
The next one is an iPad or tablet which you can use to either play games on or watch a movie. I have Netflix and Now Tv and was able to watch a few things on that or if you have a mini dvd player and some dvd’s, that could be a good idea. I felt really tired a lot of the time and watching a little bit of a film was a good way to keep me occupied. There was a tv by the bed but it didn’t work very well but they have lots of films loaded onto them and if they work properly are really good!
Nintendo DS or a different Small Games Console
I took my DS with me and a few games, I did use it a bit but I preferred to watch a dvd or iPad. I think if I had been in hospital for longer then I would have used it more. So I think this would be good idea if you know you have a long time to stay in hospital.
Activity or Sticker Books
I think that I would have been very bored indeed if I hadn’t taken along my activity books. When I was starting to feel a bit better and wanted to get out of bed, I couldn’t really do much more than sit out in the chair, and then I could only do a little bit at a time. I found if I did my activity books then I could sit for longer without getting bored, I really enjoyed doing them in hospital and then at home after I had been discharged.
My favourite ones are the Top Model books, I got them on my holiday in Spain but you can also get them from places like Smyths and Toys R Us. Any activity book would do, or sticker books – they are great too.
A Diary or a Notepad
I took my Smiggle lockable diary, so I could write about my hospital stay. I think it’s a good idea because you can look back at what you wrote and see how you were feeling at the time. If you don’t have a diary a notepad would do, even if you don’t want to keep a diary you can do some doodles or jot down ideas and thoughts.
Well that’s my top tips to cure your hospital boredom, of course they are just my suggestions and there might be lots of other things that you enjoy doing. If there is I think the best thing to do is take them with you and see how you feel.
Thanks for reading,