In the same vein that The Constructive Curmudgeon mentioned, some things should not be said. After spending two months in the hospital myself and a week at the hospital with my potentially dying husband I found a list. I’m sharing it with you.
Statements Hospital Patients Would Rather Not Hear
Wow, look at all the flowers in here. Looks like youâ€™re getting ready for a funeral.
Iâ€™ve just got a second to say hi.
Whoâ€™s your doctor? Have you checked him out?
Did you know massive doses of vitamins could have prevented that?
Hospital food is always terrible.
I hope you appreciate all the trouble I went to find this place.
It sure is hot in here. Iâ€™ll tell the nurse to adjust the thermostat.
At least youâ€™re getting a break from the kids.
I canâ€™t believe I had to pay to park just to see you.
All the nurses are just sitting around out there.
Have you checked into that treatment in ___ (country of visitorâ€™s choice)?
Iâ€™ve never seen you with your hair not combed and without makeup.
You donâ€™t mind if I sit on the bed, do you?
Iâ€™d give you a hug but Iâ€™m afraid Iâ€™d get sick.
Iâ€™d have come sooner but I didnâ€™t know you were this bad.
At least you donâ€™t have as many stitches as my grandmother did.
Eat–donâ€™t you want to get out of the hospital?
Isnâ€™t what you had considered minor surgery?
My cousin had the same surgery and he never even took a pain pill.
I donâ€™t want to philosophize, but it could always be worse.
Iâ€™m sure you donâ€™t need anything from me, but call me if you do.
Apparently Virgil Fry does seminars on helping the sick. This is a conference announcement that he participated in this year.
I don’t know where I got his list, but it’s a good one.
Other related posts:
What to do in Illness: Gifts
What to do in Illness: Children
What to do in Illness: House
What to do in Illness: Stay at Hospital
What to do in Illness: Visiting
Others’ Suffering and What to Do
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Best wishes to you and your husband.