Something you don’t hear on the news…

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As you may know if you have read some of my other bits on here, I’m a nurse.

During the height of the COVID pandemic I was redeployed from my usual role.

I have spent the last six weeks working in a hospital. I’ve been working with patients who have COVID and patients who have not.

The news that I want to share, news that always seems to surprise the people I know, is this.

Many, many people in their 80s and 90s have recovered from COVID!

I’ve seen patients who look very ill, close to death in fact, recover.

So, while many of us mourn the tragedies caused by this pandemic, please know, it isn’t a definite death sentence for our elderly loved ones.

Take care, all of you.


Recovering from Harassment

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I came off all social media in 2011.

I had to.

I was pretty addicted to having my life online. Plus, I admit it. I got a massive rush from the likes and adoration.

I was lucky, trolling was in its infancy. The vast majority of interactions I had on social media were kind and respectful.

Someone I knew in real life turned on me. It was terrifying. When I started to receive malicious communications – physical ones – in the post, I called the Police. I had to. I was terrified.

My local Police force were excellent. The took me seriously. They decided to make a visit to the perpetrator. The malicious communications stopped.

However, I have continued to live a life scared.

I still feel sick when I get a letter through the letterbox. I cannot be on social medica with my correct details for fear that will rile them up. Again.

I look over my shoulder wherever I go.

I gave up social media in 2011. I now live anonymously online.

I try to live anonymously in real life, too.

What it’s like on the wards

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So, I have been redeployed back to the wards for two weeks. It hasn’t been nearly as bad as I feared – the patients who are recovering from COVID-19 are doing very well, eating, drinking, having physiotherapy to get back on their feet.

I am however reminded of some of the small things that, to me, could be better.

These are small things.

Of course, a hospital environment should be there to support people to heal.

However, the days are LONG for patients.

They get bored, this can lead to increased confusion, leading to people standing up to walk, and inevitably, fall over.

Some small things that the wards I have been working on could do with:

1) Combs – even though people are wearing hospital pyjamas, they still want to look as presentable as possible. They have likely come to hospital in a rush, so don’t have a comb or brush with them.

2) Radios – if we can’t have free televisions for each patient (preferable!) radios would be nice.

3) Shower gel – for the daily wash…using hospital issue shampoo as body wash is ok in a pinch, but shouldn’t be the norm. Patients don’t often have a shower, they usually have a wash. So, a nice shower gel/body wash would make the experience a little better than a squidge of pink shampoo from a packet.

4) Emery boards – nails get hella long, hella quickly! Patients should have the choice to decide how they want their nails – if they want them filed, this could lead to a nice, short, hand massage therapy session.

5) Laundry facilities – I know, high hopes. Many patients have only got the clothes they came in with. It would be nice if their clothes could be cleaned…they need to be cleaned.

I have SO many ideas – I don’t usually nurse on wards, so have been able to see things from the patients’ perspectives. There are small things that could help to make the misery of a hospital stay a little less awful.

Love to everyone – stay safe x

Redeployed

 

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Well – I have been redeployed. I’m working on a ward where there are COVID positive patients.

Though the images on the news are shocking, I can reassure you that the patients I have seen who have tested positive for COVID are alert, talking, eating – they are recovering.

So, please, take heart.

Though COVID remains a nightmare we are all still living with, and there is so much sadness for many; there is hope.

From the ‘front line’.

Take care, stay safe.

Where there’s a Will…

 

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Funny old day. I finally got news of my redeployment, and I completed an important telephone call.

I have now written a Will.

It’s something that I had always put to the back of my mind. However, as so many of my NHS family are dying, I felt I needed to get my own life in order.

Just in case.

Redeployment starts 4th May.

Stay safe x

Walking – who knew?

 

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As I wait to be redeployed (trying to finish a course that ends in September by the end of May – argh!), I have been feeling concerned.

I haven’t worked on a ward since 2018.

Ward work is EXHAUSTING!

Constantly on the go, without the chance to sit – it is so very tiring.

I have huge respect for all ward nurses. I know my limits.

In preparation for my redeployment I have bought some trainers! New Balance were always the best for comfort – I had tried so many pairs of shoes.

As I am currently self isolating, I have for the last week done a two mile walk each day.

Despite myself, I am really enjoying my daily walks! The last part is uphill…it is a steep workout.

I have managed to find something to help me cope with this pandemic – it is a small thing, but wow. Walking feels so healing.

And I feel more prepared for ward work with every step!

Love to you all. Stay safe and well x

It’s not all about the money, money, money…

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I am thrilled to hear that UK Prime Minister Boris has been discharged from hospital following his Covid-19 treatment.

As of 1st April 2020, the UK Government (should have?) implemented:

Many of the people who cared for Boris would have been low wage earners –the majority would have been in Band 3-5 of this pay scale.

All NHS staff will receive a 1.7% pay rise from April 1st 2020.

It might be time to show the NHS some more generosity…as well as those who work in social care.

Those who care for others are now seen as the superstars they are.

They don’t ask for superstar wages.

I feel that they deserve respect and subsequent financial recognition.

Love to you all.