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That ugly place, the hospital

My considerations about staying at the hospital when caring for someone, which happened to me four times in the past years, in three different hospitals in Southern England.
It is a mish-mash of thoughts on how to get through a hospital stay a bit more easily: please feel free to call bullshit on them, especially if you are a doctor or anyone that actually *knows* something about it.
An unfamiliar place. Despite being exclusively devoted to extend people's lifespan, a modern hospital is one of the most unwelcoming places you will ever visit. Ugly blocky buildings surrounded by full-to-the-brim parking lots. Often shabby. Dull. Unwelcoming. Sprawling and hard to navigate, littered with confusing signs pointing all over the place. Still here culminate centuries of human knowledge, first clumsily gathered by trial and error, now developing at marvellous speed thanks to the scientific method. I cannot stop seeing hospital as temples devoted to the noblest of endeavours: making us defy d…
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