Over the past six weeks, my experience in the hospital has drawn one important reason why you should never forsake your close relations to my attention, and I would like to share this with you in today’s post.
Spending ample amounts of time in a hospital and seeing critically ill people causes one to reevaluate his or her life. It is only in a hospital that you’ll encounter all kinds of people suffering from various illnesses.
As the saying goes, death is no respecter of persons, and may happen to anyone at any time, regardless of their personality or health or even riches. Whether a patient will recover from his illness, no matter how critical the condition may be, or pass away, depends not only on the quality of healthcare he may be receiving, but also on the patient’s PSYCHOLOGY. In situations where the healthcare team does not see a way out, the PSYCHOLOGY of the patient may work some fantastic miracles for him or her.
Psychology in this sense refers to the attitude with which the person approaches their illness. Some strongly believe that they will recover from their condition, and more often than not, they do, with said recoveries happening in miraculous ways. Others are so afraid that they die even they were expected to fully recover.
The import of this piece is to bring to light two major factors which affect the psychology of people in the hospital. These two things happen to be some of the main reasons why you shouldn’t ever forsake your close relations.
In a hospital ward, patients can be generally classified into two groups: those whose family and friends visit regularly, and those are apparently “rejected” by their friends and family, and no one ever visits.
The role this plays on the psychology of the patients which imparts their health status is explained as such: the patients who receive multiple visits may develop the perception of being regarded as valuable by friends and family. This makes them feel like there are people out there who are negatively impacted by their absence. As such their mind is ready to fight to get them back on their feet again. On the other hand, those who are rarely visited, if at all, may feel unimportant. In their minds, no one cares for them, and they don’t mean anything to anyone. That is how some of them feel. This may act as a form of discouragement, and makes them lose any hope they have of getting better.
Furthermore, hospital bills, especially in cases where the patients have an extended stay in the hospital, are overwhelming when one considers the cost of all the medicines, various laboratory tests or medical devices required for their treatment. Usually, patients who are well to do get the best of care. This is because they can afford the medications or all the necessary laboratory tests.
Unfortunately, those who can’t afford any of these make the treatment or management of their conditions difficult. Doctors need to run some laboratory investigations to confirm their suspicions about the illness. Some of these lab tests are complicated and can be very expensive.
Other times, doctors are able to confirm their observations with simple laboratory tests and prescribe medications for the management of the disease conditions, but the prescribed medications may be very expensive and those who can’t afford are left at the mercies of their illnesses.
Patients who cannot afford these medications on their own are usually able to obtain financial assistance from family and friends for their treatment. These people may only assist if the patient means a lot to them or they have a lot to lose in the event of the patient’s demise.
In a few cases, the positive attitudes and reputations of patients in their workplaces and social circles move some of the hospital staff to make financial contributions towards their treatment.
In summary, the two reasons why you shouldn’t ever forsake your close relations as illustrated in this piece are:
1. So you may get people to visit you on your sick bed because loneliness may kill you faster than the illness itself.
2. So that you may have people to support you financially when conditions become critical.
In addition to this, learn to live well with everyone whether you know them or not. You never know where you may meet them.
The person you treat badly today may be the doctor to save your life on your sick bed.
Ehoneah Obed: Pharmacist, Software Engineer, Health Informatics Student.
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