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Hospital stays sure have changed

I wish I had kept a record of my many hospital stays since age of 19. I’ve been in and out of six different hospitals and more than once in several of them.
I have experienced a wide variety of good and bad happenings with mostly top-notch personnel.
I’ve seen happy faces and sad ones with the results of one test or another.
I’ve cried and laughed, fussed and even cussed some in those early days.
I did a lot of praying and begging God. I even tried to make a few bargains with Him before I accepted that He is in control.
I learned early on that most of the time I will be treated with respect and kindness by those who are doing their jobs in the same way I treat them.
Probably by now some of you are thinking you have heard this in enough other articles.
But something different and unexpected happened to me on this visit. All these years of showers, tubs and pan baths, and suddenly I was introduced to having my hair washed via a shower cap.
Shower caps used to be what ladies wore to keep our hair dry. I couldn’t believe (and still don’t understand) how easy and pleasant this experience can be.
Now I want to learn more about the history and development of this just as I did the “toilevator” that I wrote about several months ago.
Whoever came up with this idea? It seems like a lot of folks have known about these caps and used them in the hospital in the past.
I just had to call my beautician to ask if she had ever used these. She has and was surprised to hear that I had never had them used on me in the hospital or rehab.
I have no idea how expensive these are but using them sure felt good. One of the side effects of the morphine was an itching scalp so this wash job was a big help with that situation.
Once again an episode like this reminds me how “behind the times” I am. Now I want to look this up on the Internet when I return home.
Some of you folks may get a good laugh about how “Linda doesn’t know everything” like she thinks she does.
Linda Beck recently broke her hip and spent time in the hospital before moving to Trinity Oaks for rehab. She lives in Salisbury.

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