I've been at hospitals on and off a fair bit in the last few years, but never for anything too dramatic - it's just what happens when you have kids and an elderly mother. Getting my Mum to one over the last few days is why I haven't been posting much.
It almost feels like this is something that one shouldn't say - but I really like hospitals. I like them architecturally - the way they grow and expand, usually with walkways joining different wings and buildings. (Doesn't everyone like elevated walkways?) I think being an architect working on a hospital re-vamp must be one of the most interesting jobs around. I like the challenge of finding your way around these complexes. I like the way beds get pushed around and up and down different floors.
I like buildings with helipads and red flashing lights on the roof. I like high technology of all types, and x ray and medical imaging technology is some of the fanciest and cleverest stuff you are ever likely to see.
I usually like the staff: working odd hours, usually with good cheer. I like how hospitals are much more convenient places than they used to be - the car parks are usually not too expensive; there may be a Starbucks in the foyer, or a sushi place just outside, even in public hospitals. During the day they'll probably be a volunteer at a desk to help find you something.
I don't really care for waiting for 5 hours to see a doctor, but hey, it's a free service and I don't feel I can complain too much as long as the person I am with is not in pain. Besides, waiting there is a bit like a free drama show - trying to overhear what the drug addicted or mentally ill person is complaining about at the admissions counter, or wondering what sort of illness the guy clutching his abdomen might be suffering. It also gives me the opportunity to understand how boring and regrettably enduring is reality TV, because I will not sit at home to watch 4 couples arguing with each other about their designs and accidents while doing a renovation of a row of old terrace houses.
I'm not sure how many people feel this way. The Yahoo Questions page asking "Is it strange that I like hospitals" has few responses. Hospital fans need their own support group, perhaps. I'm here to help.