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...
Re-defining: lessons from the other side

Re-defining: lessons from the other side

Being ‘on the other side’ is the most valuable medical educational experience I have ever had that can never be taught in the classroom.  Having been fit and well all my life, when I started getting swollen ankles at only 19 years old I didn’t...

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Re-wondering: a visit to the GP

Re-wondering: a visit to the GP

I went with my daughter today to see the GP. At eighteen years old she has been having two years of menstrual problems and has been seeing various GPs in our Practice. We have a range of GPs, and I have for two decades managed who I see for what kind of ailment...

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Re-phrasing:that little word “we.”

Re-phrasing:that little word “we.”

“I am really sorry,” she said, head dropping, eyes clouding, as she let the needle and syringe fall back into the tray. “It’s not your fault,” I replied. “I am usually quite good at these but Sister did say it might be a tricky one.” “You’ve only had two attempts,” I...

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Re-conceptualising: psychosomatism

Re-conceptualising: psychosomatism

For so many people, the word “psychosomatic” means “all in the head.”  People with psychosomatic illnesses make things up to get attention or to avoid events they do not wish to attend, like work, or parties or family gatherings. That’s what some people think,...

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