Varieties of Stabilising Time

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Varieties of Stabilising Time

Jay Ying

As a healthcare professional I have spent a lot of time with patients and families in hospitals, working with them and following their difficult journeys. Some people feel insecure not only because of their illness but also through the destabilisation of being in a hospital setting: one that is alien, that may not be providing of security and warmth, one that is not their home. Therefore this poem is an exploration of the value of 'health' and how that perception of being ‘healthy’ may shift depending on one's relationship with their self, their bodies, and the harmony of that. From experience the passage of time is a key factor in this dysregulation which can make hospitals uncomfortable and unsettling places to be in; through a better understanding of how patients perceive time passing as they stay in hospital might provide greater possibilities of engaging with recovery, with coming to terms about someone’s physical, psychological and spiritual state. As the pace of research advances in healthcare there still remains that vital personal, individualistic outlook which can be exemplified in the simple, almost mundane, questions surrounding the ‘healthiness’ of everyday life: who will wash the dishes when I am not at home, who will water the plants?

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