I wanted to say that the reason is not a lack of appreciation, but a reflection of the fact that I need to research so many facts and dig out so many statistics. (Also because of a rather pathetic lack of technical ability on my part, but that's another story.....)
In the meantime, perhaps I can at least offer this roll of honour to some of the incredible, wonderful, special people who have so often done so much more than their job. They have saved my life, restored my faith and done so much more good than they will probably ever realise. **
So just for a moment, I remember.....
Sian, who spent the best part of a week tracking down a PCA pump when an enormous abscess had me delirious every minute of every day.
Marie, the student who ran a ward single handedly until, in the end, she ordered 2 sisters to come and stay until her patients were comfortable.
Jayne, who whizzed around the bays so efficiently, we offered to buy her roller skates.
The dear night nurse who spent all night going from bed to bed with a little torch, checking that none of us were laying awake in fear or pain and making cups of tea or finding time to sit and chat if we were.
Bev, The best ward manager I ever knew. When a mistake was made with one of my meds, she asked every nurse that came on to every shift what the correct prescription should have been. If they weren't sure, she offered them extra training.
Sylvia, Who held my hand for three hours as I screamed in pain, crying with me.
Alison, She of the "I just nearly Died" post for her warmth and obvious empathy.
Sarah, Who runs my surgical ward and is the fiercest patient advocate I've ever met.
The male, Asian nurse, who actually used to ask me before drug rounds if I needed pain relief.
The beautiful, Philippine nurse, who came within seconds when I collapsed in a toilet.
Nicola, the student who was so curious to learn
Jo, the practice nurse at a surgery who was always so friendly and kind.
Alison 2, who has given her entire working life to offering chronic patients specialist care.
Fran, as above. Both are well known worldwide for their research into bowel disease. It's causes and it's treatments.
Another Marie, who understood so well why chronic patients need totally different care to acute patients.
The kind HCA who left me cigarettes for when I woke up in the morning, just because I mentioned in passing that I'd run out.
I'm sure there are many, many more that I no longer remember.
I hope every sick or disabled person doesn't mind if I say on their behalf,
Thank you all.
**If I can't always remember names, I hope they will forgive me.