Lately, we've spent our fair share of time in hospitals. First, my grandmother fell and broke her arm. She was in the hospital for five days. Yesterday, my MIL had a heart attack. Now, before you get too excited, she is doing well today. She had a blocked artery that they were able to open by inserting a stint. The cardiologist that put in the stint said that this attack was due to her 50+ years of smoking. It was a very serious attack and we hope she will come home and break those bad habits. I've bugged her for years to stop but she's always laughed at me.
While we were at the hospital last night, I started to notice all of the cool modern furniture they have out in the halls. In the waiting rooms, there were just chairs and no real area to lay down and rest. Many people do stay overnight with their loved ones when something like this occurs so I started to wonder, why don't they have a room dedicated for sleep so that those who need to stay nearby can do so in comfort? All I'm asking for is a room with a bed that has a memory foam mattress . That's not too much to ask is it? I think this would get more use than all of that mod furniture in the hallway. I would even be willing to bring my own sheets.
I know I'm only dreaming but I really do wish there was some way to make it more comfortable for people who need to stay with loved ones. My MIL is in ICU so it's not like you can stay back there and sleep in her room. It seems like hospitals spend a big amount of money on things that really don't serve a great purpose. Just think about those people who have loved ones that are in really bad shape. It's natural that they don't want to leave their loved one. So, maybe I'll lobby local hospitals to stop spending money on hallway furniture and invest it in essential comforts for those of us who have to stick around for awhile!