I met this great guy M in hospital who’s my age and feels like a brother from another mother. He’s really easy to talk to and he even called me today to make sure I wasn’t just hibernating in the house like I told him I’m inclined to do. Luckily, I’d actually left the house today, only to run a few errands, but I’d left my cocoon, that’s the main thing. I really appreciated him checking on me, especially when he has his own stuff to tend to. To be honest, all the friends I’ve made through hospital admissions are thoughtful like that. None of them need a day like yesterday’s R U OK day to be prompted to check on one another. We just do it instinctively. Even if it’s just a quick message via Facebook asking how each other is or a comment via Instagram.  I’m so lucky to have made such kind, easy going friends through Hospital. And just like M checked on me, I in turn checked on 2 other friends to see how they were doing. It’s a nice little chain gang of caring. I encourage you not to wait around for days like R U OK day to check in on your friends. Ask regularly. It’s always appreciated. Sometimes people just need someone to listen to them vent, or a shoulder to cry on. If at any point, you find yourself needing someone to talk to, and you know don’t know where to turn, you can always contact me through the contact page on my site. I’m always happy to lend an ear or to help find you someone professional for you to talk to. All you have to do is reach out and I’ll be more than happy to help. Take care of yourselves.