The hospital experience is full of the drama of the untidy body: of blood, sweat, vomit, bile, all the other stuff normally contained and hidden. But in hospital, the normally compliant body does not, will not and cannot maintain its normal boundaries or habits, so any chart or graph of its constantly-monitored functions looks like a web spun by a spider on acid.
Adelaide writer Kerryn Goldsworthy’s, eloquent post on being ill is a must read. Avoiding our hospital’s is a great incentive to stay well!
If, like Kerryn, you’re recovering from surgery or got a bout of a lurgy now’s a good time to bone up on the art of convalescence.