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Unread 02-11-2002, 07:05 AM
visitors in the castle

remember me, I worry about everything - how do you plan to handle visitors in the hosp - I used to work at this hospital (for 12 years until about 4 years ago) and was a well known name- input and ideas welcome (how to ferret out those you want to see, and those you don't
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Unread 02-11-2002, 07:42 AM
visitors in the castle

Hi There!

I preferred not to have visitors in the castle. I encouraged my friends and family to visit once I got home instead. My mother also encouraged people to send flowers to my home rather than the hospital as well (so we didn't have to schlep all the flowers along with us leaving the castle).

I told people that I would more than likely be 'out of it' most of the time in the hospital and that I would love for them to come and see me at home a few days after I got home.

This worked out very well for me.
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Unread 02-11-2002, 10:40 AM
An Idea About Visitors

You may want to ask the staff to put a note on your door or by your room that "All Visitors for X Please Check at the Nursing Station First." If they will do that, you could leave a list of who you'd really love to see vs. those you may wish not to see. This would also eliminate the parade of visitors who just pop in. I had several when I was in--a couple I wished hadn't shown up and several whom I was glad to see. Also, the recomendation of the other poster to keep flowers and gifts to a minimum--excellent! I tried but just schlepping myself home was enough (with help) much less managing two plants and a balloon bouquet. "I know I'll appreciate them more when I'm home" or "I appreciate the thought, but it concerns me about getting them home" may help there.
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Unread 02-12-2002, 06:10 PM
visitors in the castle

I just told everyone I was going to be in a drug induced fog and to please just wait until I got home and figured out what my name was! Hold the flowers in advance is an excellent idea. We didn't and dh had 4 box loads of floral arrangements to schlep home.
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Unread 02-12-2002, 06:34 PM
visitors in the castle

I asked everyone to please save the visits for when I got home. From prior surgeries, I knew that the last thing I wanted to do was entertain well-meaning visitors. I only had my husband and my parents come to the hospital...in shifts, as they were caring for my daughter at home.

I just didn't want to have to worry about how I looked (or smelled) or felt...mostly I was snoozing or walking the halls...definitely not wanting outside company. Just make your wishes known to friends and family, and also mention it to the nurses so they can field the stray visitor.

Karen
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Unread 02-13-2002, 07:22 AM
visitors in the castle

I have told people at work not to visit - to wait until I get home - and that is when they said we'll be there to walk you---and we'll just say we're visiting someone else - I am not sure if they are kidding - and don't want to be rude - I live to make people happy - not really but am a social worker - I don't want them to come and take my sister from my side - ie if I am sleeping and she leaves to go meet and greet these stray visitors - it's going to be hard enought to keep all of the people who know me in the hospital away (I worked there for 12 years and was integrally involved in starting the cancer center & have asked to be on that floor so i can have a private room). oh the many things to worry about...
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