Even though I have some second hand experience because of my daughter, I was amazed at how it feels to really be here and how easily one can get used to something that one has only seen in movies.
I wanted to share the highlight reel from Hospital #1 here:
Fun Fact #1
When you receive your meds, the nurses wait for you to swallow them and then check inside your mouth and under your tongue to make sure.Ceske Budejovice Psychiatric Hospital
Fun Fact #2
The nurses will yell at you if you try to go outside in your robe and pjs during outside time.Not me, Ceske Budejovice Psychiatric Hospital
Fun Fact #3
The Viking wasn’t allowed outside at Outside Time for three weeks because they thought he would destroy the cement ping pong table in a fit of rage. (He wouldn’t)The Viking, Ceske Budejovice Psychiatric Hospital
Fun Fact #4
All the rules and procedures are disseminated patient to patient in the smoking room. Those of us who don’t smoke have no idea what the hell’s going on.Ceske Budejvice Psychiatric Hospital
Fun Fact #5
Most of the nurses are really caring and amazing. Some are ok, professional and polite. There were two that had the same shift and they would yell at the patients. Just yell at them and push them around a bit. Then they would go into the nurses station and laugh and joke around. I hated them.Ceske Budejovice Psychiatric Hospital
Fun Fact #6
If you get a roommate who snores, the nurses are really sympathetic. They look at you knowingly and hand you a sleeping pill and earplugs. They are totally prepared for this scenario.
Update-My current roomates say I snore. I looked at them knowingly and offered them earplugs.Ceske Budejovice Psychiatric Hospital
That’s brilliant Krista! The nicest fellow patients tend to hang out in the smoking room, so if you want some company you have to put up with some severe passive smoking….shame on those 2 nurses who behave so cruelly. They never know if they would end up in such a situation themselves one day…
It’s great you are describing your experience there, dear Krista! Mental health issues can happen to anybody, and it’s good to talk about it openly. Happy about the light coming into your room through that window behind you! Btw some of the scenarios you describe I know also from other wards (the yelling of some nurse, also when leaving in pjs, the snoring case…). Miss you!