After nearly 6 months in hospital, I wanted to take the opportunity to thank the wonderful hospital staff who have looked after me. Virtually everyone has been wonderful, but there are a few special people. I won’t name them purely because I’m putting this thanks on the Internet, but they know who they are.
From my heart transplant surgeon to registrars on the ward, I have had more doctors looking after me than I can count. There has been a team of heart doctors, intensive-care doctors, vascular doctors (otherwise known as leg choppy off doctors J ), kidney doctors and rehabilitation doctors. Each of these doctors has been unique in the way they helped and interacted with me. However, all of them were fantastic.
There have been some individual heart doctors and one rehabilitation doctor whose care has gone above and beyond. I have enjoyed getting to know them as people and felt they have done the same. I am glad that they have played a personal part in my life.
I have had nurses looking after me in 5 different wards, but mainly in ICU and the rehabilitation ward. In ICU, I had one-on-one nursing. Of the 200+ nurses, I got to know over 50 very well. I still see them around the hospital especially in the cafeteria and it is always great to catch up again.
Now, I’m in the rehabilitation ward. There is a smaller number of nurses but they are absolutely brilliant. I really appreciate their willingness to care for me as a person and to go above and beyond what they are meant to do. They have done everything from doing my washing to bringing in home-cooked meals. They are truly amazing.
Physios and Occupational Therapists
What can I say? I hate physio . No, a more accurate description is that I have a love-hate relationship with physio and its OT counterpart. Basically, I hate exercise and the physio/OT work is exercise plus pain. Yet at the same time, it is amazing how it has helped me to be able to do so many things and to start feeling normal again.
I have had many physios and OTs. Yet, 2 stand out. One of these looked after me for a long period of time in ICU. The other looked after me for most of my time in the rehabilitation ward. They are amazing people and they put up with a lot of whingeing from me. Again, the thing I appreciate the most was they treated me as a person and not just as a task. Thank you.
Who would have thought that I’d be thanking pharmacists? Typically, they operate behind the scenes dispensing drugs and so on.
Yet, there has been one pharmacist on the rehabilitation ward who is always happy, friendly and warm. Their willingness to say hello and to talk about how I’m going whenever they see me has boosted my spirits on several occasions.
Before coming to hospital, I wouldn’t have even known what a wardie was. However, I have learnt they are the most amazing people. They have lifted me, turned me, helped me go to the toilet, taken me to the cafe, found me TVs to watch and always had time for a chat when I come across them around the hospital.
I just wish there was more of them.