I’ve been waiting a long time to write this post! Here is a list of possible hazards you may face upon returning home after an extended stay in hospital:
- I’m free! I’m the boss again! No-one is telling you what to do or when to do it. Isn’t that great? But while you’re rejoicing in your freedom, don’t neglect your responsibilities. For example, now you have to remember to take the right meds at the right time. (No shame in putting a list on the fridge …)
- What’s that burning smell? Yes, you’re cooking for yourself again, but don’t get distracted and leave the kitchen too long. People heal. Saucepans don’t.
- Walk before you fly: So you’re back home. Doesn’t it feel great? Sure does! But ease back into your normal life. You’re well enough to be home, but that doesn’t make you superhuman.
- It’s been there for a long time, not a good time: The milk in your fridge is off. The ham in your fridge is off. Even the yoghurt in your fridge is off. Go shopping.
- The security guard stayed behind: You haven’t been allowed to lock your bedroom door for ages, but don’t forget to lock the outside doors at night; the hospital security system didn’t follow you home.
- I can drive again! Yes, but should you? Also, your car engine may need some TLC before exercising after an extended break. Check oil levels and tyre pressure if you’ve been inside for an extended period.
- Don’t burn yourself in the shower: Unlike the water which comes out of the ‘hot’ water tap in hospital, your home’s hot water system may actually produce … hot water.
Do you have any “finally back home” safety tips you can share? I’d love to hear them!