Extended Hospital Care
Heart to Heart

Here are some helpful suggestions for families with loved ones in the hospital.

a Donít sign anything without carefully reading every detail.†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† a Ask plenty of questions and be aware of everything. Doctors and nurses make mistakes. Donít hesitate to question, suggest, correct, or refuse treatments and procedures.††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† a Love and care are critical to recovery; therefore, schedule family and friends so there is always someone with the patient during visiting hours.†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† a Whether conscious or not, read Godís Word to them, sign hymns, pray out loud, caress, and talk to them.†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† a We had KSIV radio playing between visiting hours.††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† a Jonís sister, Ann, had each of us make colorful flowers from construction paper and place our picture in the center. We taped these to the wall.†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† a Ann also brought in a calendar for us to sign in each visit so we knew who came and as a keepsake for Su after recovery.††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† a Massage the patientís body with lotion.†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† a Dab Vaseline on dry lips.†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† a Place a cool washcloth on fevered foreheads.†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† a If they look uncomfortable, move them by pulling on the pad beneath them.†††††††††††††††††††††††††† a Surprise your kids with gifts, a family video, a family activity.Ö Day after day, week after week gets long, tedious, and stressful on everyone, especially the children, so remember to bring some sunshine home with you.†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† a Leave lists for the kids balancing household responsibilities and fun activities. Besides helping get things accomplished, lists help redirect focus and make the time go faster. ©