The world of hospitals is quite strange … there are people who are afraid of it, those who are fascinated by it, those who work there and those who spend whole days there hoping to get better.
Strange world because it has its own rules and logic: time is the one set up here, as if there were a proper time zone, which precisely marks the days of the people who live there.
Regular schedules, new habits that you get and extended times.
People who gravitate around you, who take care of you and who make you feel comfortable, a person.
I observe from within this world, while I’m hospitalized to undertake medical exams and find a better therapy for me, and I cannot help but feel admiration and esteem for those who work in hospitals.
We often hear the voices of patients, who often express strong judgments against doctors and nurses, not exactly flattering.
We hear words, thrown into the world with anger, by relatives of patients, who feel they have the right to judge the work of others.
Work that is often done in difficult conditions, with shocking contracts.
Relatives who, at times, would like healthcare professionals or nurses to take their place … as if the assistance to a loved one consisted only in washing, cleaning, helping him with food or going to the bathroom and not, instead, in supporting him morally, with affection.
Here … the hospitalization reminded me that this world of hospital is a great highlight of the life you live outside.
It’s a huge mirror in which you look at yourself in the least happy days, those in which you are not well, and in which you find out who is next to you.
It’s a micro world where you find out who you are.
A grumpy person?
Or a melancholy person, a joker or one of those patients with the room always full of relatives and friends?
Are you complaining about the food, the bed, the nurses?
Or are you like those sweet old women who are afraid to disturb and never ask for anything?
The nurses smile at you or move on as if you didn’t exist, if it wasn’t just to give you your therapy?
Ask yourself who you are, when you are hospitalized.
You will realise that in this micro world you will be treated as you treat others: smile first, even if you don’t feel like it, express your fears or your doubts if you have any, do not expect anything but ask.
I know someone will think that this is not always the case, that there are also nasty and rude nurses, doctors and healthcare professionals … True!
But many patients are in the mistaken belief that they are superior to them or that they have more rights because they are sick.
I believe that there is only one right: to have one’s dignity respected as a person, regardless of the role I’m living in a certain situation.
Hospitalization, hospital, are nothing but a test.
And the proof is not purely physical!
The proof lies in knowing how to wait positively, in maintaining education towards those who help us, is looking beyond a uniform and trying to see a person who is currently doing his job to make us feel better.
The proof is not to get ugly, take care of yourself: wash, comb, read and thank.
The proof is to demonstrate that the patient’s dignity starts from the way in which the patient relies on those who will treat him: with trust, education and respect.
Hospitalization is an important part of how you will cope with the disease outside: will you be a person with a problem or problem without a person?
The way you turn to your disease will change your life forever, especially if you have a rare and chronic disease.
Therefore, if you ever happen to be hospitalized, always remember that in this world made of identical schedules, fast steps sound, food and disinfectant smell, you will see exactly who you are.
You will find yourself not having important roles, titles or special awards – you will simply be who you are.
Naked, no frills.
These will be the moments when you will discover your outlook on life, and you will have time to decide what to keep and what to correct.
Friendships will be born, you will consolidate relationships or you will leave others behind.
And you will find out that eventually, in this micro world, there are people who live like you.
You will find out who you are in difficult moments and you will also discover what you have been able to give before, from what you will receive in those moments.
It’s worth giving and being the best version of yourself, always … and hospitalization is an opportunity to meet nice people and consolidate relationships with those who love you.