f. Isolation from other people.
Having an unfriendly roommate.
Not having friends visit.
Having staff in too much of a hurry to talk, or more importantly, listen.
g. Lack of information.
Not having questions answered by staff members.
(2) Having nurses or doctors who talk too fast. Nervousness and
preoccupation often make it difficult to fully concentrate on what is being said. Needless
to say, patients often have plenty on their minds, so it is crucial that you explain things
patiently and slowly and be prepared to repeat instructions and explanations. Do not
assume that because you have explained something once, your job is done.
Not knowing the reasons for (or the results of) treatments.
h. Threat of severe illness.
Fear that appearance will be changed after hospitalization.
Being hospitalized after an accident and suspecting the worst.
Thinking he/she may have cancer.
i. Problems with medications.
Having medications cause discomfort (that is., chemotherapy).
Not getting relief from pain.
1-24. STAGES OF THE ILLNESS EXPERIENCE
a. Denial or Disbelief in Being Ill.
Patient may avoid, refuse, or even forget needed care.
Patient may appear to flee toward health in trying to escape illness.