Here I Am At Last

Well here I am at last, figured as I’d been to the meet up I should try and make a post.

Before I get onto the main event I must mention something that made me chuckle.
The new Natwest bank on Broad Street has had those big “Opening in ‘x’ Days” adverts in the window.
On Saturday it said 2 days
At 7am today it said 3 days
At 8am it said 7 days
Next thing you know it was open and there was a band playing.

I hope they can calculate interest payments better than they can count days on a calendar

anyway, sadly the last six months have mostly been taken up with family and friends suffering terminal illnesses so I’ve spent a fair bit of time in hospitals around the country, and thought I’d just give a glowing report to the staff at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital as lately all you ever hear is doom and gloom.

My grandmother was diagnosed with bowel cancer that sadly was incurable. but the staff there were amazing.
They treated her with such respect and dignity that when she was required to move to a different hospital (this was a regular ward, not a specialist one so couldnt handle it) she was really upset about not seeing the doctors and nurses again.
Well, they promised they would come and visit her but they all say that and you know they wont.

When we arrived at the new hospital we found one of the nurses from the QE leaving.
After asking around we discovered that she had been transferred several hours earlier than originally planed and the nurses didn’t want Nan to be on her own and so those that were off duty took it in turns to travel across town so she would have a familiar face around until we could arrive.

Then, over the next week they continued to visit her, always making sure she had a friendly smile, fresh flowers and a nice cup of tea.

When she finally passed away, several of the QE staff attended the funeral, some even taking a days holiday just so they could be there and of those that couldn

1 Comment so far

  1. GaZ (unregistered) on December 6th, 2005 @ 10:13 pm

    Hey Tony,
    I’m very sorry to hear about your grandmother. My condolences to you and your family. Your story regarding the hospital staff at the QE is heartwarming. It’s always nice to know there’s still some good in the world!

    Hope to be reading more of your entries in the near future, and see you at the next metblog meetup (whenever that is)!


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