What could be more stressful than sitting in a hospital waiting room? This is “LifeCycles” with Laurie Edwards-Tate, At Your Home Familycare.

When faced with this challenge, here are some tips to make the best of your situation.  Be sure you have telephone numbers for family and friends. Bring a calling card if the hospital provides a pay phone.  Keep your hands busy. Knitting is great. Load some game applications on your cellphone or laptop, or bring an old fashioned deck of cards.  Bring a notebook. You can explore and work out your thoughts by writing them down. You can also write down information or instructions from doctors and nurses.  Carry reading material. Magazines are perfect because they don’t require a lot of concentration. And bring some aspirin or Tylenol – it’s hard to find in a hospital, believe it or not!

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