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We often wait to talk about discharge until the day of. “The time to have that conversation is on day one,” says Suparna Dutta, MD, chief of the division of hospital medicine at Rush University Medical Center. Getting out early can also help you control costs—check out what you need to know about hospital bills. You can start thinking about arranging transportation home and take any necessary steps needed to prep your home in case you have any post-surgical limitations.
“Being in the hospital can get debilitating quickly. Laying in bed isn’t good for anyone,” says Dr. Dutta. Your lungs don’t expand and you’re more prone to infections, she adds. Walking the halls or simply getting up to sit in the chair in your room will keep you strong and in shape no matter your age or reason for being admitted. (Look for these seven ways to make your walking routine healthier.) If you need help moving around (if, for example, you’re attached to an IV), ask a nurse.