Recently diagnosed about a month and a half ago, I was called by my GP and told to go to the emergency department and expect to stay over night. Before I knew it they were doing a bone marrow biopsy the next day and admitted to the hematology ward with an ALL diagnosis. I was told not only could I not go home but my mum couldn’t visit due to covid (I’ve just turned 26 and still live with my mum we are extremely close). I spent 30 days in hospital the first couple of days in a isolated room then on a bay and hospital life just drove me crazy and literally gave me anxiety. I couldn’t sleep at all and in the end they had to give me sleeping tablets. I couldn’t cry the entire time I was in the hospital and therefore couldn’t really process.
I’ve now got to go back in for another 28 days and I feel sick with dread, can anyone give me any advice or tips on how to survive an inpatient stay? Any tips on staying positive would also be appreciated. My family and friends are constantly saying how well I’m dealing with my diagnosis so I’d like to keep them happy and not upset them with how much I’m struggling with the idea of being an inpatient. I feel like I have accepted my diagnosis and am ready to beat it so I am a little disappointed in myself for being defeated by an inpatient stay.