1. Reading this post brought forth multiple emotions for me. I am glad to hear that our veterans, including your father, are receiving this level of care. I am not comfortable in hospitals, though I'm not sure many of us are. You have led me to think about volunteering at a hospice or senior living facility, a thought I have had more than once but fail to follow through on.

  2. I work for a surgeon who has his rooms in a hospital. What felt really alien to start with now feels quite normal. I love how friendly the nurses and admin staff are – it’s like we’re part of an extended family. My brother was in the coronary care unit for a few days and it was nice to feel comfortable popping down to visit him instead of being way out of my comfort zone like I used to be with hospitals. I’m also glad your dad had somewhere nice to be looked after in.

    • Laurie Stone

      Leanne, I have a terrible fear of anything medical, which I think would be cured if I did what you did. There’s something about going to the “belly of the beast” that somehow makes things easier. I’m sorry about your brother. I hope he’s feeling better.

  3. I have never had a bad feeling about hospitals until we had a gravely ill granddaughter. Children’s hospital broke my heart. So many sick kids. That will stay with me for the rest of my days.

    • Laurie Stone

      Michelle, I can’t imagine a hospital for sick kids. I have never experienced that. All we can do is be grateful for the people who work at them who try to heal these poor little angels.

  4. Hospitals vary. I’m so glad that your father and your family had a good experience in one. If you are there to have a baby (I worked in L&D so it was a HAPPY UNIT) that’s one thing. If you are a cancer patient (My husband is) that’s another.
    As an RN when I do visit someone in the hospital I’m always poking around wondering what’s in the IV, what therapies they are getting. Medicine can save lives, can birth lives, can prolong lives. Hospitals are there to help.

    • Laurie Stone

      Beth, I agree that hospital experiences vary. I’m so happy to walk out of one, that for me it’s a plus. As I said, I have nothing but admiration for nurses. To me, you’re all very special people.

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