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Speak Up: Do Hospitals Make You Nervous?

I think it is hard to find anyone who has positive feelings about hospitals. For me, the only good thing to come out of them are babies, but I know so many women (including nurses) who opt to have their babies at home just so they don’t have to go to the hospital. Many people associate bad memories — too many ER visit for stitches as a kid, visiting a sick loved one — with hospitals or just feel that the institutions are germ factories. I just went to visit a friend and her oh-so-cute newborn and walking the halls, winding my way to the birthing center, made me realize how much I dislike hospitals.

So I was wondering, how do you feel about hospitals? Do they make you nervous? Have you ever had a bad experience there that made you never want to go back? Tell me in the comment section below.


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sungminnie sungminnie 9 years
For me, it's the smells and the thought of what some of the people in the hospital are going through that just makes me feel queezy. I remember back when i was around 11ish, i went to see my newborn cousin and i passed out in her room along with some other stuff that you guys probably don't want to hear about. My mom had to carry me out to the car and drive me home. Yep, but that's just me i guess. Hopefully i'll get over this soon since i'm considering on premed for college..
cereal_please cereal_please 9 years
I HATE hospitals! Nothing but bad experiences. I visited my grandma after surger and the smell made me throw up everywhere. Then I visited my grandma years later when she was practically on her deathbed.. it was a huge cryfest, also uncomfortable. Trips to the ER are never fun either.. along with doctors with terrible bedside manner that tell you you'll need surgery and might lose function of your finger forever at the age of 12. Fabulous.
samischo samischo 9 years
I was 17 when i got pancreatitis. I was at the doctor's office almost every day for two weeks because they couldn't figure out what was wrong with me and just kept prescribing me random medicine that didn't work. Finally my mom took me to the hospital; I had to stay there for another 10 days. I hated it, but i was so drugged up I slept all day and barely even remember the first half of my stay. But i was fully concious when i practically lived at the doctors office. I couldn't go in there for half a year after that without crying haha.
fashionhore fashionhore 9 years
Hospitals just creep me out because there is so much that goes on there! I don't know if they creep me out enough to do a home birth though; I guess time will tell. I did finally learn that I will be doing a natural birth when the time comes! A lot of reading about women's health during pregnancy for class helped me come to this conclusion.
smryna smryna 9 years
i feel both nervous and choke!I am so glad i only go to the hospital for my teeth
wackdoodle wackdoodle 9 years
I'm glad they exist but I HATE THEM. I hate the bureaucracy, I hate the smell, I hate the colors, I hate the PA, I hate the cold temperature inside them, I hate that patients cannot actually rest to recover but they give you a sleeping pill then wake you up an hour later to check your vitals. I hate hearing the other patients scream or whine about not getting enough attention. And I hate the smell of vomit, urine, feces and blood. I spent from age 4 to age 13 in hospitals with my mom. Watching everything. I spent in the hospital beside my mom's bed at night then got picked up and taken to school. No matter how you sliced it - it sucks. Then my nephew was born extremely prematurely and was NICU from March to May only months after my mom left the hospital to die at home. Then doing it over again with my dad, then my brother-in-law. Then for myself. Uggh, best day ever is always leaving the hospital - even if you know you have to go back. My sister is an RN in a hospital and she even hates hospitals but its her job. She's trying to get her masters and become a College Nursing Teacher rather than go back into a hospital. I even if you go up the maternity ward and look at the newborns - if you look carefully you'll find the NICU and that will bring you right back down to earth. Not every baby is born healthy and fit, some come in and need help and despite the nurses trying to remain upbeat in NICU they know it's a crapshoot. For me personally best threat ever "If you don't get better you have to go to the hospital." If I can I always try to get better (or pretend to be better) to avoid the hospital but when I cannot I'm reminded the bureaucracy, smell, the misery, the cold, the lack of honest communication between patient and staff - I HATE HOSPITAL but I'm glad they exist.
carhornsinapril carhornsinapril 9 years
ugh. i hate hospitals. i had some family trauma when i was younger; my stepmother was in and out of hospitals for a couple of years, and we were sure she was dying. she ended up recovering, but i still hate them. the fluorescent lighting doesn't help the ambiance, either... it makes the local ER look like a crack den.
audrina audrina 9 years
I am terribly afraid of hospitals. My father died in the hospital and the painful memories are still very real. My mom was in the hospital to have a cancerous tumor removed from her colon in August. I am 42 years old and thank god have never had to go into the hospital for surgery or anything. But I was a living wreck with terrible anxiety when mom and dad were there. The thought of all those machines and tubes hooked up to them made me literally almost pass out. I've had nightmares about it. I am not a strong person!
ElectroPopTart ElectroPopTart 9 years
Hospitals really FASCINATE me because of all the innovation and miracle that goes on in there. What scares me are clinics. They are so small and, for me, there seems to be a bit of ignorance in the staff at clinics. I feel cold in hospitals too because the doctors are dealing with illness all the time so they seem a bit blunt and insensitive when dealing with patients.
jennifer76 jennifer76 9 years
I am the farthest thing from a germ freak. But, right in the heat of all those news stories about SARS, my daughter broke her arm and had to be operated on. We only spent one night in the hospital, but I was a leetle freaked out about the whole thing. I think I washed my hands at least a thousand times in just a little over 12 hours.
Sarah10563 Sarah10563 9 years
I actually really like hospitals, I had an internship when I was in high school and ever since then its been my goal to work in one, I like the intensity and constant movement, plus its a place that promotes health! I am in school to become a pharmacist, not one in a CVS or RiteAid but hopefully in a hospital!
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
Nah not anymore. Unless I'm going for something bad haha. After hating the dentist so much and getting over that (literally like 3 hours in the chair at a time) none of that sort of thing scares me!
cvandoorn cvandoorn 9 years
I can't stand hospitals, but at least in this country they are pretty clean. My uncle in Indonesia tells me horror stories of how he was at the hospital getting a check up around the same time a horrible accident involving many deaths had happened. He saw plastic bags in the hallway with body parts in it...yeah, gross. Also read in the newspaper over there that most expats refuse to take the ambulance because they reek of death. A lot of them prefer to get on the plane and fly 1.5 hours to Singapore for medical treatment!
DreaAST DreaAST 9 years
I HATE hospitals!!!!!
levi1 levi1 9 years
Yes, I'm a nurse (granted a new one) and hospitals make me nervous! When I first started working I would get nervous every single time I entered the hospital, and pray I would administer safe care. Now after a year it has gotten better. So it's not just the patients and family members who are nervous! Also when I first started I would think, Oh if these patients only knew this is my first week on the job. . . Scary stuff!
backnskinnyjeans backnskinnyjeans 9 years
I used to dread going to hospitals as a kid because I always had to go to military hospitals as I lived on bases most of my childhood. Yikes, those places were hella scary. Today, hospitals are designed much nicer and warmer so I've gotten over my fears.
uptown_girl uptown_girl 9 years
I get such weird mixes of emotions at hospitals. Sadness, nervousness, hopefulness, fear. When I was 16 my grandfather got sick with heart problems and was there for 3 or 4 weeks. He got better, then all the sudden died. A year later I was riding by the hospital (it was in a city an hour away from me), and I just had this sudden rush of emotions. It brought back the bad memories & I started to cry. The last hospital experience I had was when I was taking a care basket to someone at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital. To be in a CHILDREN'S hospital just made me think of how awful it is that children get terminal illnesses & such. I almost cried just walking down the hall!
oatmeal_bliss oatmeal_bliss 9 years
I love being at the hospital... working. I've worked in hospitals for the past 10 years, so it is a place that is actually comforting to me (a home away from home, I guess).
geenbean geenbean 9 years
As a nurse, being in the hospital is just another day at work for me...but I can understand others' fears and frustrations with the experience!
Spectra Spectra 9 years
When I was about 6, my sister fell and cut her face really bad and we had to go to the ER. While we were waiting, a woman walked in with a KNIFE in her BUTT. She had gotten stabbed and she was trying to tell the receptionist what was wrong (she didn't speak English). I was so traumatized by seeing that...I really hate going to the ER now. I had to take my husband to the ER a couple years ago because he had a bad motorcycle wreck and cut his elbow really bad and I was fidgety and nervous the whole time. I prefer to avoid hospitals if I can!
bailaoragaditana bailaoragaditana 9 years
I've never spent time as a patient in a hospital, but I spent a summer volunteering in Labor & Delivery in an inner-city hospital, and I must confess that I'm not a big fan of the things. And anytime I go to a hospital now, it tends to be to visit a family member or family friend on their deathbed, so that just adds to the bad impression...
bluecanary bluecanary 9 years
I guess I'm in the minority - hospitals don't really bother me. I've had good (babies) and bad (family dying) experiences so maybe to me it's just a neutral place - kind of like airports you know? Depends on why you're there.
ndnattie ndnattie 9 years
I had some pretty major surgery and spent time in the ICU and regular room at a hospital. The thing is that I went to a great hospital so I think that made the world of difference. If anything, I am now more comfortable with visiting doctors and hospitals now that I've had my own health scare. Hospitals aren't so bad if you think of it in a positive way. I had some great nurses and doctors taking care of me and other patients. So if I ever had to go again for any reason, I wouldn't be so nervous now.
flyinggrip flyinggrip 9 years
I work in a hospital, so they don't really bother me
aeschere aeschere 9 years
i wouldn't say i'm comfortable with them... i've worked in one as an instrument sterilizer and also volunteered in the SICU, but the smell has always made me feel a little nauseous. i don't know if i'll ever feel completely comfortable there.
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