Regular readers know that I don’t generally post about personal matters on this blog, but this touches on my professional life enough, I think, to mention.
I’ve never been admitted to a hospital as an inpatient before a couple of days ago. I’ve never had oxygen tubes in my nostrils. I’ve never had to press a call button to ask for help going to the toilet. I’m trying to see it as a learning opportunity and as an important professional experience instead of just a very unpleasant one.
I’ve been walking around for days with an increasingly uncomfortable tightness in my chest that started to move from discomfort to pain on Monday. A visit to an urgent care center near my home revealed a diagnosis that I hadn’t expected. My right lung had completely collapsed.
I don’t recommend it. It is very unpleasant.
It seems I’ll be here with a chest tube for at least a couple more days, perhaps longer.
My supervisor is discouraging me from doing any work, so I may continue to blog when I feel clear-headed because I find it a pleasant way to make time pass a little faster.
In the meanwhile: Any suggestions on how to make an inpatient stay more pleasant?