The holiday season is upon us and, for once, patients actually want to be sent home from the hospital. This is not usually the case. Most of the time, my patients do not want to be discharged. I am sure it’s because they are scared and anxious. They receive pages of instructions regarding what medicines they should take, what appointments they should make, what they should do, what they shouldn’t do, and who to call if there is a problem. They are expected to make sense of all of this while being in a strange environment where they have not slept well, and where they are being given narcotics that cloud their senses.