I think it’s fair to say that those of us with chronic illnesses spend a LOT of time in waiting rooms. This can be very boring and at times it can be difficult to know how best to pass the time. One of my particular difficulties with passing time in the waiting room is that more often than not they are lit by florescent lights and many waiting rooms don’t have windows. This causes me problems with my photosensitive migraine and Mears-Irlen Syndrome, making things like reading impossible. So I thought I’d enlist the help of the #SpoonieSpeak community to help those of us who don’t know what to do with ourselves while we’re waiting for our appointments.
The ‘Passing Time In The Waiting Room’ chat took place on 3rd February, hosted by the @SpoonieSpeak twitter account.
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Q1. As a group, we tend to spend a lot of time in waiting rooms. What do you do to pass the time?
Q2. Does anything interfere with the things you like to do to pass the time in waiting rooms?
For me, as I’ve said above, it’s lighting. So I wondered if anyone else experiences difficulties that stop them from doing things while in the waiting room.
Q3. If you feel anxious while waiting for your appointment, what do you do to calm your nerves?
I hoped that this question would be helpful to a lot of people. Difficulties with our health can be stressful and not knowing how your appointment will go can be very difficult. It’s important to be as calm and relaxed as possible to get the best out of our appointments, however this is often easier said than done. I hoped that the #SpoonieSpeak community would be able to share tips to make stressful waits easier.
Q4. Are there things that you would like to do while waiting for your appointment but are concerned that they wouldn’t be seen as socially appropriate?
Chatting about passing time in the waiting room with the #SpoonieSpeak community has been great fun.
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