Between the initial emergency and the first surgery, I purchased a small lap top computer and lap desk so that I could keep myself occupied/check email/play games/chat with friends during my recovery. It was the best purchase I've made in a while. I sleep with the computer next to me on the bed.
Because I have to take medication on a strict schedule, I frequently find myself awake in the middle of the night and unable to get back to sleep. Generally, this means I troll facebook, read the comments on news stories, and watch programs on amazon prime. (Curses on Amazon for cutting the prime accessibility of food network shows. I already pay for prime, I'm not paying extra to watch the shows I want.) When you look at a program on the prime listing, they will also show you other programs people who watched this program also watched. Through this little service, I have found THE SHOW.
It's a cooking show. And, it's fairly recently produced in the UK. But it is done in 80s style documentary with calm/soothing voice over. And, I haven't yet watched an entire 30 minute program because it puts me straight to sleep.
It's perfect! I'll never get bored with the series because I'll never make it through a whole program . . . and I don't spend hours every night being an internet troll.