Despite the renovated hallways and determinedly cheerful lobby pianist playing “Wind Beneath My Wings,” the hospital is not always the place I want to be. The best way to comfort someone in the hospital is (spoiler alert) not a teddy bear from the gift shop with HUGS embroidered on its fuzzy abdomen.
Spending days in a hospital bed can be uncomfortable and downright miserable. Little gestures that make me feel more human and connected to the outside world go a long way to making the experience a little easier.
Want to be an Awesome Hospital VisitorFriend™? Sneak one of these ten things through security.
Save me from the fate of frozen toes.
2. Compliments + Snide Remarks
Remind me my innumerable wonderful qualities have not diminished + that everyone who annoys me is still The Worst.
Or gift cards for Audible!
4. Starbucks (or gift cards!)
I’m funnier when I’m caffeinated.
Because there is no reason for tragedy AND a monobrow.
6. Pedicure/foot massage
Gross? Maybe. Amazing? Yes.
7. Dry shampoo
See notes on facewash.
8. Extra-long phone/computer charger
Bachelor in Paradise season drama stops for no one.
9. Funny messages or musical numbers
Bonus points if you include choreography, baby animals or puns.
Above all, keep me connected with my humanness. Tell me everything – especially the boring, average stuff.
Keep these 10 hospital gifts in mind, and you’ll be a certified Awesome Hospital VisitorFriend™ in no time!
Stay kind out there.