Saturday, November 27, 2010

ICU Waiting Room Rules of Etiquette

Well, after spending many hours in the ICU waiting room, the girls and  I have come up with a suggested list of ICU Waiting Room Rules of Etiquette. Hopefully, you will never have the need for such a list, but if you do, here are a few things you should remember:

1. No children under 12.
Please leave your babies and toddlers at home. They are noisy and increase the stress level in a room that is full of stressed people. And children carry lots of germs. No one in ICU can risk being exposed to those germs.
2. No battery operated toys allowed.
Obviously, this is related to #1 above. I was tempted to grab a certain pink toy (from the father, no less!), stomp on it, and throw it down the hallway. If you must play with noisy toys, go to the main lobby of the hospital.
3. No clipping of fingernails in the waiting room.
I think this speaks for itself.
4. Do not use your cell phone on the "speaker phone" setting.
I mean, seriously? Do you think we want to hear your conversations??!!
5. Please throw your garbage away.
I shouldn't have to say this to adults, but apparently there is a need to be reminded.
6. If you can't eat without spilling crumbs on the floor, clean them up.
There is no one on call to clean up after you. Please be considerate of others who will sit in that seat after you.
7. If you have to listen to music, use head phones.
Not everyone shares your taste in music.

This list is not all-inclusive. I'm sure many of you could add to it. When in doubt, remember what your mother taught you: "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."


  1. Maybe you could post a list of these rules in the waiting rooms - by the way great list.

    Still praying for Jackie, all the family and the Doctors that care for her.

    Jesus is by your side and the Lord of all is there to comfort all.

    Faith is seeing a rainbow in each tear.

    Lord when all seems dark, teach us that You are in the shadows too. Amen

    Love in Christ,

    Marilyn Mehaffey

  2. I would have loved to post your list in the NICU waiting room at Texas Children's! ESPECIALLY the part about leaving young children at home. So frustrating! We're sending up lots of prayers for your whole family. Love you guys!

  3. Me too! My dad was in Methodist Cardiac ICU for 10 1/2 weeks last January- April. we even saw a huge birthday party. I could not get over some things we saw and heard.
    Praying for your family.