Welcome to the seventh day of the National Health Blog Post Month Challenge hosted by WEGO Health. Every day during the month of November I will be writing a new blog post related to health and living with a chronic illness based upon given prompts provided by WEGO Health.
Today’s prompt reads:
Mary Poppins Carpet Bag: Write about what’s in your bag/purse/backpack every day and why!
This prompts come on a day where I have a hospital appointment – this afternoon I have a specialist appointment with a consultant in Audiovestibular Medicine. So, given today’s prompt I decided to change it slightly and instead write about everything that I have in my bag when I attend various hospital appointments. I don’t know about you, but I tend to get anxious and jittery attending hospital appointments, even after so many visits! So I like to have plenty in my bag to keep me occupied and distracted when waiting to see the doctor. Sitting in a hospital waiting room is in itself a waiting game. So here is the run down on what I keep in my bag for appointment days:
- The appointment letter: Very important to take this as obviously it contains all the vital information regarding the appointment such as the location, time and the doctor you are seeing. More often than not the receptionist checks the letter for your information so is important to take the appointment letter with you to the hospital
- Other Medical Information: At appointments they always ask you for certain information such as the frequency of the symptoms; medications you are taking; questions about medical history so I would advise to keep a notebook with all of this information written down in it, to take with you to such appointments
- Puzzle Books: I have a couple of puzzle books, with Sudoku puzzles and crossword puzzles in them. I usually get these out of my comfort box when I am stuck in bed as they help distract me from the pain and dizziness as well as help pass the time away, so often will take a book or two to complete whilst I am waiting.
- Mobile Phone and iPad: Obviously, I am not able to make or receive calls whilst at the hospital but the phone itself becomes an entertainment centre, with everything I need to occupy me during the often long wait to been seen by the consultant. With the phone I am able to check Facebook and Twitter, exchange messages with friends to help me through the anxiety, and also play different games to distract me from the dizziness. The iPad enables me to listen to music or even watch a favourite film or television programme to make waiting much more enjoyable!
- My ‘Little Book of Strength; – I am a big fan of the ‘Itty Bitty Book Company’. They are a small company who sell handmade little book of quotes whether it be motivational quotes, positive quotes or quotes to gain strength from. They also come with coloured beads attached to them, which make them really beautiful little gifts and keepsakes. I love the ‘Itty Bitty Book of Strength’ and read all of the positive quotes when I am struggling because of my condition or just having a bad day. And I take them with me to hospital appointments to give me strength and help keep me calm
- Mints and a bottle of water: My condition and the dizziness causes a lot of nausea; as well as this my mouth is always dry due to side effects of my medication so the mints and water help with this
- Hat: I always carry this around in a little pocket in one of many Kipling bags as I have found that wearing a hat and minimising a lot of the stimuli surrounding me does help calm the dizziness down somewhat and is one of my main coping strategies when it gets bad
- Purse: Always carry a purse as there are always shops at hospitals, and enables me to buy a drink or a snack during my wait. Oh, and helps towards the car park fees, of course!
What do you carry in your bag/purse/backpack when you visit the doctors’ or hospital? Feel free to add your thoughts and comments below!