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18 September 2014 / erikduval

Little things I notice…

Today was the first day at the hospital, preparing for the first real DHAP chemo tomorrow… “Preparing” in this case mostly means sitting around, waiting, hooked up to an intravenous drip to make sure I take a decent amount of fluid and salt in, so as to clean my kidneys. No nausea, so no complaints!

Funny though how many little things you notice when you spend some time at the hospital.

water bottle

Why is the water always from a brand that you’ve never seen before? (It does mention that is has been approved by the High Counsel of Health of the Ministry of Health. Sounds healthy…)

Room card

Why does the card that has my room number on it look like it’s an announcement for a new baby from the seventies? Why does that person have blocked ears and why does he tell us to be silent. (As his ears are blocked, he supposedly can’t hear us anyway?)

Why do they serve lunch halfway through the morning and dinner when I normally finish lunch? See, they just served dinner – or is it tomorrow’s breakfast already…?

On the bright side: the wifi works. Works well, actually. Well enough for spotify (listening to this playlist at the moment) or netflix or FaceTime with the kids back home… That’s better than what some conferences offer!

And, of course, I actually have access to quite affordable (as in: almost free) high-quality medical care. That’s much better than what 80 or 90 percent of the world population have to settle for… Actually, I am lucky!



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  1. Ruud Steltenpool / Sep 18 2014 5:01 pm

    Things I noticed about doctors/hospitals:
    – room numbering: 1.1, 1.2, ……. , 1.10, 1.11 (software not displaying trailing zeros brings mistakes)
    – in a world of open standards to battle misinterpretation, prescriptions are scribbled on a paper with doctor’s handwriting
    – many are huge buildings with few entrances and long open hallways: contagious diseases anybody? Plus they’re usually really warm.
    – Go through a fog of smoke just outside (and usually inside) the entrance. Smoking doctors are banned to backdoors …
    – What’s the use of letting me come over for sharing one simple fact ?
    – Why not use digital photographs for helping comparison over time.
    – So any health app gives me my data and infographics, but my doctor only gives me a story I should just listen to and remember?
    – Why do hospitals have “no caller ID”? To many people that means “a waste of time sales person calling, don’t answer”
    – For a non-emergency appointment, call during early hours; These hours are difficult enough without being sick.
    – You’ll always have people recognizing themselves in ANY description of a disease. For the rest of us, please share some URLs. If Wikipedia sucks on some subject; fix it

  2. elim duval / Sep 18 2014 7:33 pm

    if you did not like the hours of lunch and dinner, I am wondering what your thoughts about breakfast time will be… I suggest you take an early nap!

  3. Ruud Steltenpool / Sep 19 2014 8:31 am

    – There’s a lot of appointments being made, but all is done on paper. Negotiation and noting can be helped digitally to speed things up
    – Hospitals usually require a special card that you don’t carry or forget all the time. Go to a different hospital (people do travel) and you need to get a different one. It’s a hassle that keeps people in hospitals (where many get sick) too long

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