|Me and my husband|
When I arrived for each chemotherapy cycle I was greeted by smiles and ‘hello Anna’ really putting me at ease. We are all on first name terms now and there is always a laugh and joke between us. I nicknamed my registrar ‘The Vampire’ and have a brilliant relationship with my consultant whose called Kandee (pronounced candy) which always makes me smile as the stuff he was prescribing me was nothing like sweets!
As the Leukaemia had affected my immunity I suffered lots of infections and one time I had one in a gland in the side of my face. Causing unending, intense pain it was only dulled by morphine which was given to me regularly by an injection. During the night when the nurse told me I couldn’t have any more I was so distressed that she sat and held me while I sobbed, a moment of kindness I will never forget. Another time I was comforted by the ward sister, who took precious time out to sit with me when my daughter had clung to me, distressed, when it was time for her to go home.
My family and friends were always made to feel welcome and treated with such courtesy. In fact if the nurses need them to move in order to give me any treatment they would apologise even though my visitors were the ones in the way. At a time like this allowing my family to be by my side day and night without question was a great comfort. A bed was arranged at one point so my husband and his sisters could stay over night with me.
Whenever patients complained, mainly due to being so ill or in pain, their medication having been delayed they listened apologised and resolved it straight away. I remember being really impressed by this knowing how hard working and under pressure they were throughout their shift.
It was always evident at how much pressure they were under and sometimes when I pressed by bell it would take a while for assistance but this is not their fault. They never took their frustrations out on me, nothing was ever too much and me, my family and friends owe them so much.
I have a check up every 8 weeks so I always pop back to the ward to say hello as they like to see me and its nice for them to see the result of all their hard work – Me looking so well!
There are so many more examples I could write about so I will have to do another post as this one it long enough!!