A new challenge..
This is a post about leaving Hospital and entering the noisy World.
In reading other blogs, I find that some patients fear the return to ordinary life and express fears such as:
How can I go to the Supermarket?
How will I catch the bus?
This is something that I remember well.
When we leave Hospital, the world seems to be such a noisy place.
These are a few of the ways that I learned to cope:
I avoided Supermarkets, and found small shops which sold those items.
A hardware Store will sell things for the kitchen and garden.
A Food Market will sell fresh fruit and vegetables.
I only made short journeys into town.
One hour can be enough.
I found cafes which had seats at the window, or which were softly lit.
I found small cafes which were usually quiet in the afternoon.
If I felt overwhelmed, then I went home.
I often left without making a purchase, but that does not really matter.
If you feel uncomfortable, then you can go home.
I would take time out in a Park, or a Chapel, or in the seating area of a Mall. Always stay safe, and near people.
I also brought comfort items.
No-one needs to know, and they can be easily disguised.
Everyone hangs miniatures from their handbags, and I have hung anything which would make me feel better..
Russian dolls, tiny teddy bears.
I always had a book, into which I would slip cards from friends or inspirational quotes.