I’m a patient of the University of Adelaide, but I’m not exactly one of the lucky ones.
I’ve been stuck in an ICU for more than three weeks.
It’s been hard enough for me to find a bed, so I’ve been forced to wait in a room.
My partner and I are lucky.
The hospital is a large facility, with two isolation wards, one for people with a heart condition, and another for those with pneumonia and a heart attack.
For most people, it’s impossible to get to the ICU without risking being stuck for days or weeks.
So what’s the best way to avoid spoilers?
A couple of quick pointers: Avoid using the word “hospital”.
Try not to put any thoughts into words, especially not words that sound like you’re being taken to an unknown hospital.
If you have to put your head down, make sure you’re comfortable and don’t feel like you have anything to lose.
When in doubt, take it easy.
The only way you’ll be able to make a full recovery is if you can get a doctor to let you stay home.
So don’t expect to be able see your loved ones in the next few days.
Don’t be afraid to tell a friend or family member about what’s going on.
The internet can be a great place to vent.
Ask the doctor or nurse to take a look at you and their partner or partner’s partner.
Make sure your family members have the best possible chance of getting a good diagnosis.
Stay on top of the news, and make sure to tweet about it.
Always check the hospital’s website, and don of any information on your condition.
Have your family and friends visit you if possible.
It can be stressful when someone is in the ICUs waiting room, but when you’re surrounded by people, they’re the only ones who have any say in what happens.
Avoid leaving your bedside.
This is something I learned from my father.
You don’t have to be stuck in ICU all the time, but you do need to make sure your bed is at least somewhat accessible.
Get a friend to take your hand and put it on the door, which means you’re not confined to a room all by yourself.
Do you have any other tips for avoiding spoilers?
Let us know in the comments.