The company I work for makes a variety of products including a pillow speaker - the remote-like device patients in hospital rooms use to call the nurse, change the channel on the tv, etc. Talking about pillow speakers at work reminded me of something that happened many years ago.
One day I was safely tucked into my bed with my pillow speaker by my side. I felt like I needed to get up, which I wasn't allowed to do without help. I reached for my pillow speaker to call the nurse and it slid off the bed and fell onto the floor. Leaning over was not an option for me, so I laid there for a while hoping that a nurse would come to check on me.
If you've ever been in the hospital you know that it seems like the nurses are coming to your room all of the time to check vitals, adjust the bed, take your temperature, etc. But, as usual, when I really needed someone to stop by no one came.
The hospital I was in had a clinic attached to it with a very simple phone number: 587-2020. As a regular at the clinic following nine months of prenatal visits I knew the phone number by heart.
After what seemed like forever I decided that I couldn't wait any longer for some help getting out of bed. The only thing I could think of was to call the clinic, have them transfer me to the desk at the maternity ward and let them know that I needed a nurse.
I thought it was a pretty ingenious idea, and it worked! It didn't take long before a nurse appeared at my bedside and gave me the help that I needed. Sometimes you just have to be a little bit creative.