Top 10 Ways to “Vacationize” Your Hospital Visit or Inpatient Stay-Part 2/2

As I wrote in my previous post, I had my umpteenth neuro appointment last week. While it wasn’t one of my best performances on my Myasthenia Gravis test (they do strange things to test the strength of my limbs and my stamina or lack thereof), it was actually a lot of fun. How? Well I made myself (and a few nurses) laugh by “vacationizing” my hospital visit. And now here is the second half of the Top 10 Ways to Vacationize Your Hospital Visit, complete with pictures from my vacation.

Top 10 Ways to Vacationize Your Hospital Visit or Inpatient Stay

At Tiki Terrace-After Neuro Appt.

5. Find a restaurant after your visit that embraces the theme of your vacation, in this case my Hawaiian vacation. I went to this restaurant called Tiki Terrace where I took oodles of pictures with the scenery, the closest I may ever get to Hawaii with 85% of my vacation days (PTO) spent going to the hospital. For instance, if you “Disneyfy” your visit by wearing Mouse Ears, you could visit the Disney Store at your local mall afterwards.

4. Put an umbrella in it. No vacation is complete without an umbrella in an oversized glass.

No Vacation is Complete without the Requisite Umbrella

(Note: As chronically ill people, we’re drinking nonalcoholic beverages, of course.) If you’re inpatient, you can always have a friend bring over tiny umbrellas to stick in the milk cartons you get on your hospital tray.

3. Examine the hospital guide as if it were a giant map showing you “places of interest,” like popular tourist attractions.  It’s funny–as I mentioned earlier, one of the two nurses who played along with my vacation asked me, “Are you enjoying the sites today? Have the people been nice?”

2. Take pictures with the hospital gift shop pretending you’re shopping at some touristy gift shop. 

1. Post your pictures on Facebook. In the social media age, when all is said and done, is your vacation complete if you don’t post pictures on Facebook? Isn’t that what everyone does in our hyper digitalized world, even when the number of vacation pictures taken is excessive? Betty White famously said during her SNL appearance a few years ago, “In my day looking at someone’s vacation pictures was a punishment.”

Make your Vacationized Visit Complete by Taking Too Many Pics and Posting Them on Facebook

Why I Laugh

There you have it–ten ways to vacationize your hospital visit or inpatient stay. As much as possible, I try to laugh in the face of my hardships be they illnesses or other losses. When you have five diseases, laughter keeps you from getting bitter-whether it’s watching Carol Burnett’s greatest hits during a polycystic ovarian episode or vacationizing my autoimmune checkups. I hope you too can find something in all of this madness to laugh about.

–Your Stylist, Jessica Gimeno


JessicaGimeno

Hi, I have five illnesses--bipolar disorder, myasthenia gravis (neuromuscular autoimmune disease), polycystic ovarian syndrome, asthma, and psoriasis. Most of the organs in my body are affected. I'm dedicated to being a stylist for sick women. As someone who has experienced changes in my appearance due to my 12 meds (including Prednisone), I know how hard it can be when your face and body change overnight. (In fact, because of treatment, between 2008 to 2010, I went from a size 0 to a size 10. While I lost the weight, there are permanent changes in my face and body, which I've grown to appreciate.) My blog will also help women deal with other issues like surviving chronic pain and fatigue. Healthy people can also use this blog as a window into what life with illness is like. Let this website be a place where we can draw strength from each other despite our illnesses and find solutions to our everyday challenges!

One thought on “Top 10 Ways to “Vacationize” Your Hospital Visit or Inpatient Stay-Part 2/2

  • March 11, 2014 at 5:48 pm
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    Great ideas. I may not try them physically because I barely go for docs visit but they provide positive spins in just the way I would look at things and events. Thanks.

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