Ever Fantasized About Going to the Hospital Just To Get A Break?Katherine Stone
In a non-scientific survey, writer Katrina Alcorn asked people whether they’d ever had the hope they’d “get in a minor accident” so they’d get a few days in the hospital to rest. She was surprised when, out of the 141 people she asked, half of them said yes.
It all started when a friend of Alcorn’s said she sometimes wishes she’d have a minor car accident just so she could spend a few days at some medical center catching up on sleep and reading magazines. Alcorn didn’t think much of it until she got an email from one of her readers saying the same thing. That led her to conduct the poll, the results of which she published in a piece on the Huffington Post this week.
I have to say I’ve never had this fantasy, maybe because I’ve had several surgeries and thus have intimate knowledge that hospitals are some of the least restful places on earth. I do sometimes dream that I could escape to the beach for a few days and nap non-stop. When I said I was going to write this story for Strollerderby, though, I did hear from a few colleagues who’ve had similar flights of hospital fancy.
Alcorn believes all of this may be related to lack of work-life balance and workplace stress:
“I suspect it has something to do with being massively overworked.
Americans, after all, work some of the longest hours of any industrialized nation in the world. Studies show our workplace stress has doubled since 1985. Those of us with caregiving responsibilities outside of work feel squeezed on both sides. Parents in America experience more work-family conflict than any developed country in the world. Which would explain why many of us are beginning to think like soldiers sent to a war we don’t believe in — we’d rather break an arm or get shot then continue fighting.”
I also think there are some women who don’t have the funds to take a vacation, or someone to watch their kids even if they did. For these moms, perhaps the only way they can envision ever getting some time off from all of their responsibilities is to spend a few days in a hospital gown eating rubber chicken and pudding.
What about you? Let’s hear from Strollerderby readers about your fantasies of getting a break from it all.
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