So I’d thought I’d write a post of what a typical day as an inpatient is like , for those of you who are infested, be it your just curious, your an inpatient yourself , your waiting for a bed for yourself, or you know someone who is suffering with anorexia or bulimia.
So I have had two admissions and although things slightly differ from hospital to hospital, the basics are the same , This will not be 100% accurate for everyone as I have noticed differences between my previous admission and my current one but this will give an insight into what it is like.
So a typical day:
Woken up at 7:30 (apart from Mondays and Fridays which are weigh ins so even earlier) and get ready for breakfast. Breakfast is at 8:30 and you get half an hour to eat it. If you don’t finish you get fortisip. We then get ushered into the lounge and have supervision which last an hour. In this hour you have to stay seated and can’t leave the lounge. We then do menu choice. Choosing all meals for the day and breakfast for the next day. After supervison we get half an hour to ourselves or we have a group which will start at 9:30 and last till 10:30.
Snack is shouted at 10:30 and we have to go to the dining room and have 20 minutes to finish snack. We can’t leave the table till everyone’s finished and supervison will start when everyone is done supervision lasts half an hour and normally there’s a group which starts at 11:15-12:15.
Once this is done we have 30 mins to ourselves and we can go back to our room or in the garden. Lunch is then called at 12:45 and we have 30 mins for the main course and 15 mins for dessert. Supervison last an hour and normally there’s another group between lunch and afternoon snack at 3:30. Again 20 mins to eat 30 mins supervison.
Dinner is 5:45 and 30 mins for main 15 mins for pudding. Supervison is an hour and in that we have ‘reflection’ where we go round and say how our day was. Once supervison is up we can do what we want till 9pm when it’s the last snack of the day. This lasts 20 mins and supervison for this one is 20 mins too. Then it’s medication and we can finally go to bed!
You can see from this we spend most of the time in meals or supervison. Weekends there’s no groups so it’s ideal for visitors but if you don’t have visitors time can go very slow. Groups are a distraction and pass the time. Some find the groups helpful. Others not so much. Groups can range from art therapy to body image groups. Meals vary between patient to patient so I can really explain a typical food plan. But you spend most of your time eating or being supervised after eating!
It’s tough. Very tough. You feel like all your independence has gone but with time and improvement you can get leave and can go out and have snack and lunch out too.