I promised a funny story so here it is. It is mixed in with some drama so bear with me. Back in March I hadn't slept for ten days, yes TEN DAYS, and I was behaving as one behaves after such sleep deprivation. My close friends and family held an intervention and I agreed to go to the hospital to get some sleep.
We waited in the waiting room as you always do, spoke to a crisis worker who told the psychiatrist on duty I needed a bed for the night. I wasn't sure what to think . I was okay at first with this idea but now I just wanted to go home. When I got wheeled back to the psychiatric unit I thought everyone there looked crazy. HOW IRONIC!!!! They probably thought the same thing of me. I also have a hard time with hospital smells because I was with my mom when she died in a hospital. Filling out the paperwork took forever then I spoke to a battery of psychologists, social workers, nurses, and psychiatrists. I just wanted to be given something to sleep and left to read "Hunger Games". I had to take off my pants because they had strings and ended wearing a gown for HOURS!!! I had to fight for underwear. LOL I laugh about it now but it was traumatic at the time. I spent most of my time in my my room reading until I got my good old sleeping cocktail. I CRASHED for the first time in a week and a half which was awesome until I got up to pee. I was so dizzy and out of it that I bumped my head on the metal toilet paper holder and earned myself a huge goose egg on the side of my head. I found myself on the floor when two nurses came to help me up. It wasn't until I was telling this story to my sister-in-law that I realized they probably had to pull up my pants for me. HAHAHAHA! The patient rooms have a two foot gap at the bottom so they can always check on you and I was laying under it with my rear end in the air. Oh the humility! I think this story is funny now. We all have a good chuckle about it and I hope you do too. Mental illness can be funny. Even when it's happening to you . ;)
I have only had one hospital stay thus far, but I will share more about it later. In hindsight I learned a lot during those two days.