Some nights you wake up every hour. Not ideal when you’re on the early shift this morning with the rest of the week ahead. Some nights some people just stick with you, and it’s visual - you can close your eyes and see their faces. See the framed photographs on the wall and the dog … Continue reading Some Nights
*Fraser and Marion's names have been changed. The snow began falling faster, I increased the speed of the wipers as the white fluffy flakes began to settle on the windscreen. I felt my shoulders rise and my teeth clench in anxiety as it became harder to see and a blanket of white started to cover … Continue reading Fraser
She flicked through the dog-eared sheets within the tattered blue ring binder labelled ‘Bed C3’ until she reached the communication sheet she needed. Pulling her pen from her scrubs pocket she began to scribble the story of her days events with Miss Lizzy. ‘Patient handed over from night staff, alert and orientated…’ She leant closer … Continue reading Marian Keyes #WritingPrompt (no.1)
Russell is a fictional character based on this image by Simon Wijers. Part 1 is HERE “I’m not doing it Shank…..how many times do I have to say this” Benjamin teetered behind him as he walked “Russell please reconsider this opportunity; this trial could revolutionise treatment for this disease. It could really put us on … Continue reading The many faces of Russell. Part 2.
James has always had presence, 6’4, a gorgeous smile, the life and soul of the party, everybody loved James. Every soul could sincerely believe they were James’s best friend, his ability to make you feel special and bonded meant he was everybody’s friend. Adults old or young, children, girls or boys, James got on with … Continue reading James’s Marvellous Medicine
I’ve thought long and hard about writing this, in a time where there are many opinions, a variety of views, very personal challenges and hardship and grief that can be all consuming regardless of what has been lost. But I felt compelled. And it’s taken me a while to get it right...Oh and it’s a … Continue reading Covid-19 – my nursing perspective
I was inspired to write this after spending a a study day at the wonderful Florence Nightingale Hospice in Stoke Mandeville. *Magdalena and Duke are fictional. The courtyard garden, centre stage to a surround of tinted windows and sliding doors, each one reflecting the colours of the garden. Behind every window is a life story. … Continue reading The Hospice Garden
Something written by Laura Kelly Fanucci that resonated with me that I wanted to share at this difficult time for everyone When this is over, may we never again take for granted A handshake with a stranger Full shelves at the store Conversations with neighbours A crowded theatre Friday night out The taste of communion … Continue reading Sentiment for our current time
Russell is a fictional character based on this image by Simon Wijers As I sat in the park contemplating what had just happened, I felt something at my feet that distracted me from my thoughts. It set my reflexes into action and my foot jumped. As I looked down there was a little dog sniffing … Continue reading The many faces of Russell. Part 1.
It's really interesting to me to re-visit this reflection I wrote about *Grace. This was my first experience of a patient dying when I was a first year student nurse. It's so interesting to look back on especially now that I work in palliative care, to see the knowledge I had, or should I say … Continue reading From the Archives: Grace