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A strange feeling of being at the hospital

When I moved out of Intensive Care, the first day that I spent on the Ear, Nose and Throat ward, High Dependency ward, there was somebody there that I could hear crying in their bed and being talked to by a doctor, telling her that, she kept saying that she had a brain injury and that, she said, "I know I've been in an accident and I've lost half my brain.

And I just, from that point onwards that was my nightmare.

Intensive care: Patients

My nightmare consisted of brain-injured people, where this cone would lift off like a hat and there would be half a brain. So it had everything to do with what this girl was screaming about. It wasn't the same person.

Hospital isolation procedures: Best ways to communicate with patients, families

I know that, absolutely. This girl was screaming about and saying that she had half a brain, and she'd been in an accident.

  • I had to have a walking stick to walk;
  • Why communication is important Being proactive when it comes to letting patients know about isolation procedures, rather than just putting them in place with no explanation, can work wonders with making patients feel more at ease.

And this girl with the cone, that, now I happen to know that she actually, this girl who thought that she had half a brain, she'd had her tonsils out, and this was the pure effect of coming out of the anaesthesia. Because I got so upset and worried about her. And the girl with the cone head, well, it was made more so because she in actual fact suffered from Down syndrome, which made, she already had a shape that sort of was familiar with that.

But she had a problem with her ear and had had some surgery on her ear. But they had somehow or other bundled her hair so that her hair came out of the top of this cone of bandages.

But even after I knew that, that image, that was my nightmare. Did you have nightmares when you came home as well? That was when, that was when I came home.

Intensive care: Patients

Did they go away gradually? I would say that that lasted three weeks, before I got a proper, what I call a settled night's sleep, where I slept through without waking up, without waking up because of a dream, because of a nightmare. Memory and concentration Some people felt their short-term memory had been affected by their illness and treatments and one woman discussed how she was unable to remember certain words when she was having conversations.

Others said their concentration was poor and they found themselves unable to watch television or read for any length of time before their minds drifted off to other things.

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  2. Did they go away gradually?
  3. So, you know, it's time-controlled, you know.
  4. Toddlers Toddlers are likely to be afraid if separated from their main caregivers, especially in a strange situation.
  5. So taking the time to let them know why isolation is a must with their illness can be critical to their well-being while in the hospital, which can have ripple effects down the line.

Others were anxious at different stages of recovery about getting ill again, feeling panicked at the slightest cough or cold. The thought of having to go back to hospital or ICU frightened several people. When people had been able to discuss their fears and concerns about their recovery with medical staff, they felt much better able to cope.

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  1. Research shows that this helps children to get better more quickly. Operations If a child is going to have an operation, parents are usually expected to go with their child to the anaesthetic room, and often to stay until the child is asleep.
  2. Audio only Text only. And then it'll only take a day, maybe a day and a half to recover.
  3. To find out more have a look at this fact sheet prepared by the Women's and Children's Hospital, South Australia.
  4. So taking the time to let them know why isolation is a must with their illness can be critical to their well-being while in the hospital, which can have ripple effects down the line. It wasn't the same person.
  5. No one told me just how bad that was going to be. You have to experience it to be there.