Patient Stories

Remembering that kindness works both ways

When my husband was called up urgently in the evening by a consultant haematologist to come into the acute assessment unit at the local hospital, on the same day as he had had a routine blood test at the GP practice, this was never going to be ‘normal’. My husband...

Reconstructing a different life 4

Part 4: Resumption My parents in law had decided that my wife, son and I deserved a holiday. They were taking us to Portugal for a fortnight in September. I was delighted - something to look forward to. I was reliant on the wheel chair or crutches but I had built up...

Reconstructing a different life 3

Part 3: The garden  That evening I was taken back to theatre to have an external fixator fitted to the femur. The healing process had to start again. Fortunately the left leg fractures were healing well. I was now well enough to eat. I was getting more used to...

Reconstructing a different life 2

Part 2: Terrified I was ventilated for 10 days. My first recollection after my “near death experience” was post extubation. I remember seeing my wife and mother in law and saying, “Hello mum. What are you doing here?” The next few days blur into one partly because I...
Recollections: taking it all in

Recollections: taking it all in

It was a cold, bleak Sunday in January. The trees were bare, the sky colourless and the ground had that bleached look it gets when it’s cold enough to see your own breath. A grey, tired landscape, devoid of colour after the Christmas holiday. Inside the ward was a...

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Re-writing conversations

Re-writing conversations

The phone started to ring; a withheld number. In an instant my palms became sweaty and my heart rate seemed to double. My husband and I were on the way to visit our 8 week old daughter in hospital. Having been 'promoted' from the intensive care nursery to the step...

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Re-consenting

Re-consenting

I remember the morning vividly even though it was over 15 years ago. I was sat in a side room on the gynae ward, nil by mouth since midnight and having already changed into the impersonal, ill fitting hospital gown that I had been given. The team arrived; consultant,...

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Recognition of Excellence

Recognition of Excellence

For the first time in several days, the pain receded. A calmness settled on me. Calm, and cool. The fan was silent, the ward noise abated. Calm, cool, quiet. Peaceful. I could feel my body relaxing. Then came the sun. Bright, light, white and warm. It broadened its...

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Respectations – when my baby got ill

Respectations – when my baby got ill

“What are you most afraid of?” He was calm, but caring. Giving voice to my worst fear was difficult and I heard myself croak, “meningitis.” “Ok. I can see that. I can’t rule that out at this stage.” He told us to go home and that he would call in four hours, but if...

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