Hospital Time Warp

There have been two occasions recently that I found myself in the hospital, visiting not doctor visitbeing cared for. As when anyone goes to the sit with a friend or family member it was impossible to plan for how much time is needed. What I learned about the way time works within the walls of a hospital is that the clock measurements are secondary to the events that take place.

Time is measured from having a test run to when the results come back from it. The next measurement is what will happen from those results. A CAT scan is ordered. Wait. Go have CAT scan run. Wait. Receive the results. All clear, good, breathe, next steps. Wait. The doctor will be in with the official diagnosis. Wait. Meds are offered every four or six hours. Shift change. New nurses, another round of vitals. Dinner comes at 5:00 p.m. Food services do seem to use a regular clock. Perhaps food service workers are the links to living on real-world time.

As a visitor, it’s an odd feeling to walk out of the hospital time warp and back into normal timekeeping to realize 10 hours have passed. If I had started knowing I would be there for a long period, would I have planned differently? Taken snacks? To be honest, sitting in the hospital with a family member, time really doesn’t matter, only they do and making sure they are being cared for. The time warp of hospitals is necessary to keep the health of the patient the priority. Here’s hoping for less time spent in the hospital and especially in a hospital bed.

All the best,

KK

Doctor visit tune up

tune upToday I went to the doctor. Nothing serious, just a check-up. The twenty-minute experience was like taking my car to get a quick oil change. The nurse checks my vitals. Temperature – check. Blood pressure – check. Pulse – check. The physician came into the room with a friendly greeting and inquiry about my visit. After a brief conversation, he checks my heart and lungs. Check, check. The good doctor begins to ask some questions regarding standard screenings based on my age. “Yes, doctor, I promise to get those taken care of before the end of the year.” Check.

He completes our visit by reviewing his computer screen and giving me recommendations for healthier living to doctor visitinclude exercise. Ugh. The quickie oil change guys review what you need to keep your car running and try to sell you a new air filter and wiper blades. “Yes, I know, but my husband takes care of that.”

I’m good for another three months or 6,000 calories.

KK