Hello hello! Grace here.
Thought I’d pop in and write a blog for Mum today. Just got home from the hospital. She’s doing ok, we’re living in the solution and doing our utmost to stay positive. Unfortunately she has a very bad case of pneumonia and pleurisy in her right lung, and although we’re seeing improvements, she’s in for a rough go of it and will take a while to recover. But I think we’re all in agreement, friends, that it takes as long as it takes!
Happy to report that she has finally been moved to a different ward, where she has her own room. They’re planning on moving her again soon, to the respiratory ward, so that’ll be good. And an even better level of care.
I have to say… please don’t listen too much to the news. This whole hospital experience (including A&E), from Tuesday until now, has been nothing but amazing doctors and nurses, brilliant services and exemplary people, just wanting to help. Mum is way better already than when we got here, more comfortable, and I am FOREVER grateful to the incredible staff here at the hospital. I will never forget Mum saying (through absolute agony and pain) ‘We can’t go to the hospital, there’s nobody there to help us!’.
Because of the endless news cycle about how overwhelmed the NHS is, the insanely long wait times, the strikes etc etc etc… so many people are terrified at the prospect of needing medical help. And are actually not going, or putting it off going until absolutely necessary, because of the fear mongering.
Don’t listen to it, please. If you’re sick, GO. If something doesn’t feel right, GO. There are loads of brilliant people there, wanting to help. You just have to be a little patient, and a little grateful.
My Mum will get through this, and it will be 100% thanks to the NHS and the incredible people that work for them. One of the night nurses (Peter) accompanied my Mum in the middle of the night, when she got moved this morning, and said to her ‘I can feel your fear and sadness, Barbara. Let me carry it for you’.
Just, wow. And that’s just one of many stories and people I could tell you about. They are BEYOND amazing, they go far beyond expectations, and we should take what the media are saying with a pinch of salt. As far as I can see, and I’ve been there watching for 4 days solid… The staff are overwhelmed and underpaid, yes, but they’re still there, they’re running like clockwork and they want to help people get well.
(A note from Barb… If you disagree, please don’t use this as a platform to get negative or bash the healthcare system.)
Quote for today…
If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.
We’re all about positive energy here. And this too shall pass. #GodBlessTheNHS
Travel gently, friends.