Hospital Survival 101: Ask for a Private Room, Wear Your Own Pajamas and Other Secrets From a Pro

August 21, 2014 3:49 PM

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Hospital Survival 101: Ask for a Private Room, Wear Your Own Pajamas and Other Secrets From a Pro

If you're a cancer patient, you'll probably have to be in the hospital at some point during your illness. So I'd like to personally welcome you to our club. Some of us have been in the hospital multiple times, and even in an Emergency Room or an ICU more than once. And I can report that these are typically very intense and fear-filled places for any patient.

Once we experience trauma in a certain place, our minds and our bodies associate that place with the trauma, and they work to keep us safe by going on heightened alert when we approach the danger again. Many of us have had major surgeries in a hospital. Surgery is traumatic.

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