By K W Warburton, The Reluctant Spoonie
I’ve been having regular infusions to treat my chronic illness for about three years now. If you’ve been following me for a while, then you’ll know that these are both a blessing and a curse. I have to go to the hospital for my infusions which means spending a whole day in the hospital every month. Here are my top tips for making infusion days more comfortable.
1. Bring headphones
Bring headphones, preferable noise cancelling ones, as hospital wards can be noisy places. There’s nothing worse than overhearing someone when they are speaking to their doctor/ nurse about their illness. They are also good for those who experience sensory overload.
2. Download shows/ music to watch or listen to offline
Wi-Fi and phone signal tends to be patchy in hospitals if you are lucky enough to have free Wi-Fi at all. You can download Netflix, Spotify and more to watch offline. Make sure you download enough to last you whole session!
3. Bring books and magazines
If you enjoy reading, bring your own books and magazines. Sometimes the infusion centre may have some for you to read, but I always find that it is best to bring your own.
4. Bring a big scarf or pashmina
Infusion centres tend to be cold and once your infusion starts, it will make you cold. Sure, you can get a blanket from the nurse, but I find that it is more comfortable to bring your own.
5. Wear sunglasses
Hospitals can be bright places. If you are light-sensitive, then you will be more comfortable wearing sunglasses. The additional perk is that you get to look like a rockstar!