What do you do/ talk about / how do you behave when you visit people in hospital?
Earlier this year I visited an outlying relative in hospital several times. Every visit I'd ask about how she was doing but she never seemed to want to talk about it. So I took the tack of keeping things cheerful and turned up with puzzles to do (she loves puzzles) and the newspaper to read and nice nibbles and we played Wordle and other online games and sat knitting and chatting until she grew weary, at which point I'd leave. She seemed to enjoy it. In fact one of the other ladies in her side-ward said how much she enjoyed my visits.
I now hear that she's told another relative that I showed no interest at all in her condition and tried to avoid any talk about it. Also that it was very tedious, having to endure my attempts to entertain her.
I know it's only an old lady being grumpy and ungrateful and I know it means that if she's ill again I can excuse myself from having any involvement, but it's made me wonder what other people do when they visit people in hospital. How do you approach it?
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