At home I need to think ahead to make sure I can access what I need if I'm alone and I can't go very far in the house.
The great advantage of home is that I'm not trapped behind a curtain.
In the 20 years since I was last in hospital, curtain etiquette seems to have changed. In those long ago days, the curtains were only drawn around beds if there was a specific need: for medical procedures or toileting.
These days the curtains are almost constantly drawn. For this hospitalisation I knew most of my room mates by voice alone. The curtains were an omnipresent sign that they might not want to interact and without the cues of body language I wasn't keen to try.
Those blue curtains didn't just give me privacy, they shut me away, I couldn't see the window just one bed over, I couldn't see the sky or get a hint of the weather. I couldn't see a visitor walking down the hall and greet them until they were right in front of my face.
I know not everyone would want the curtain open but I wonder why standard procedure has changed. Has our modern tendency to sit behind a screen and avoid people influenced our expectations of hospital? I wonder how much therapeutic value has been lost to us by shutting patients away in curtained booths.
I was happy in hospital but if I never see a blue curtain again, it will be too soon.