Some observations about my experience:
- It's a weird thing to pick up the classical guitar or piano, and to be an expert with one hand (or at least passable on the piano) yet to be somewhat of a beginner with the other hand. I imagine it's good therapy, though.
- You don't want to rip out your IV while in your sleep. For one thing, blood gets everywhere. For another thing, they might have trouble finding another vein. It's not as if they are going to let you do a few curls with a fifty-pound weight in order to get the veins popping out.
- You might also want to shave your arms prior to going to the hospital. Shaved arms look silly, but better to look silly than to have a bunch of tape ripped out when it is attached to hair.
- An occupational therapist came by to see if I needed therapy. At 6 in the morning. I wanted to shake him, and say, "You're a doctor who is supposed to help people get better, right? Do you really think you get an accurate assessment when you wake people out of bed at 6 in the morning when they've hardly had any sleep to begin with? Huh?" But I was too groggy to issue this kind of statement.