If you're sick or injured to the point that you decide to travel to your local hospital, you shouldn't go alone. Instead, see if a family member or even a close friend or neighbor can accompany you. The presence of this person will help you to feel a little better and calmer; a familiar face when you're feeling vulnerable can also be helpful. However, there are several other reasons that taking a family member to your local hospital with you is a good idea, including these.
The Person Can Provide The Necessary Information
Many people who are sick or injured aren't up for talking much, which can be a challenge when you visit the hospital and need to explain what is going on to the receptionist. Provided that your family member has a clear grasp of what you're dealing with, he or she can take care of this duty while you go find a place to sit down in the waiting room and rest until a medical professional calls you.
The Person Can Listen For Your Name If You Need To Step Away
In some cases, you may check in with the receptionist, sit for a short period of time in the waiting room, and then need to step away. Perhaps you feel as though you're going to be sick or maybe you're dealing with a severe case of diarrhea. In either scenario, you'll need to hurry to the bathroom. The last thing you want is for the administrators to think that you've left the waiting room and thus remove you from the queue of patients waiting to be called. When you're with a family member, he or she can remain in the waiting room to listen for your name so that you don't miss your spot.
The Person Can Help You To Get Around
Depending on whatever health issue you're facing, you may have trouble getting around on your own. For example, if you have the flu, you could feel dizzy and be concerned that you might fall while you walk. If you believe that you've broken an ankle, you won't want to put pressure on it while you walk. A family member can be valuable for physically supporting you while you walk, or leaving you in the car and rushing into the facility to borrow a wheelchair to transport you from the parking area to the waiting room.
Contact a clinic, like Peninsula Community Health Services- Medical (Cottonwood), for more help.