3 Life Lessons I Took Away From Being Hospitalized

Last week I was hospitalized for almost a week as I was diagnosed with pneumonia. It hit me out of nowhere and left me completely bedridden with a high fever, constant headaches, trouble breathing and fatigue. It was so serious, I was praying to get through it.

I thought I was I going to get better on my own with plenty of fluid and rest, but instead I was getting worse. I was shivering uncontrollably, temperature fluctuated, confused and was too weak to do anything. That’s when I went to see my GP. After examining me, he referred me over to the emergency hospital.

The next thing I knew, I had to be admitted. They didn’t say how long I would need to stay for, but either way, I wasn’t getting any better. I had a trip planned that week with my family which we had to cancel. But that was the least of our worries.

The hospital ran a number of tests on me to see exactly what I had. Daily blood, sputum and urine tests as well as pain killers, x-rays, and a CT scan was the routine.

During the five days I was in the hospital, nurses, doctors, and guests had to use a face mask in case what I had was contagious.

Consequently, doctors orders was to avoid seeing my daughter, and that was probably the hardest part about being away. My wife had to take care of her while I was recovering.

They put me on what seemed like a never-ending supply of IV and antibiotics. Each time the bag was empty, the nurse replaced it with a new. I got worse before I started getting better. Some people with severe pneumonia end up in the Intensive Care Unit. Luckily, it didn’t reach that point for me.

So after all the tests, it came out negative to certain viruses which they thought I had. After that point, they were able to discharge me.

Fortunately, after this ordeal, I’m better but need to continue my medication and followup checks with my local GP.

Being in a position where you’re ill to the point where you’re wondering if you’ll make it through puts your life into perspective.

It occurred to me even more on the following three things to live by:

1. Appreciate What You Have

It’s sad that sometimes we need to go through a tough and traumatic time to really learn to appreciate and be grateful for what we have. But sometimes it’s what puts our life on pause to really think about what’s important to us.

Whether you have a temporary or a chronic illness, being in a vulnerable state of health makes you not take life for granted. Each day, we’re complaining about the lack of but instead, we should stop to think about what we have and be grateful for it, even the smallest of things.

I’m truly grateful I have loved ones who support me, that I have a roof over my head and that I received the medical support when I needed it.

2. Health Should Be Your Number One Priority

We all have to juggle everything that life throws at us - our work, relationships, finances, and more. But there’s one thing we seem to neglect and that is our health.

Life will always seem like there’s a never-ending amount of work to be done and decisions to be made. I find myself always having to constantly work on the business, but what I do to stay grounded is to take a minute to remember that the business is the business. There’ll always be something to work on to improve it. It’s just not worth putting your health at risk by burning yourself out, not eating right and not getting enough sleep.

Our health also contributes to our happiness. When we’re physically, mentally and spiritually healthy, then we’ll enjoy a more happy life.

We all know what to do to be healthy but it’s just a matter of prioritizing our health over everything else. The world can wait for you. You only have one body so take care of yourself.

3. Focus On The Positives

The worst times in life can also bring in the biggest lessons and outcomes, too. I completely neglected my business for at least eight days out of the ten days I was bedridden. That meant no emails, no content creation, and not moving any of my projects forward.

The positives were that I was able to spot the vulnerabilities in my business while I wasn’t leading or doing any daily activities. I could see the holes and where work needed to be done so that I know for next time what systems and processes I need to put in place to ensure it runs more smoothly without having to be there.

I’m thankful that I’ve built a business that for my team and that they were able to fill in as much as possible.

Aside from work, I remained strong and thought about the future and how much more I had to give. I stayed positive and did my best to try and filter out any negative thoughts.

After being discharged and cleared of any contagious viruses, I was finally able to see my daughter. It was the longest time I had been away from her.

Final Words

I’m grateful to have been able to get pass this experience with a positive light and that I can continue being a father, a husband and to share my stories and lessons with you.

This experience has also reinforced why I built this business in the first place and that I should never take this flexible lifestyle for granted.

So it’s my mission to inspire and help as many people through this path of entrepreneurship because I understand it’s an unconventional lifestyle and not everyone will understand why you do what you do.

Making a difference to even just a few is fulfilling, and that’s what keeps me going.

Aurelius Tjin