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MY WORD OF THE WEEK – Ward
I’ve used the word hospital too many times, so this week I’ve decided to use the word ‘ward’ instead. Guess where I’ve been most of the week? Yes, in hospital for my treatment. This one came around so fast I had to double check my appointment.
I thought I would spend a little time telling you about my ward, I know that most of my readers know I spend a lot of time in hospital but I thought it would be nice to tell you a little more.
Seven years ago, I had to visit ward 621 for my first infusions. I was given IV steroids every day for a week. This was my first time on the ward, and the first time I met some of the staff. Over the years a lot of staff have changed but there are a few that I know from that first visit.
Six years ago we moved over to the ‘old’ hospital to the Ground Floor Treatment Suite, where my treatment was changed to IVIG. There were several rooms in use and at first there were about six chairs to a room but they were reduced to four during the Covid time and the middle chairs replaced with plastic screens.
Then Last year they began working on the ward upstairs, making them fresher and newer and a lot bigger. We could hear the work going on while we were having our treatment. We were looking forward to moving up there, but I didn’t really like it when we did. Sometimes I wonder who really plans these changes. yes it was fresher and cleaner and bigger, but it also seems impersonal and ‘clumsier’ (i.e. there is little room for equipment to be stored.) I’ve got more used to it now. In the old ward there was room to have my wheelchair nearby, but now they have to take it away and store it elsewhere. This is the only thing I don’t like.
The nurses on my ward are lovely, they all know me (even with a mask on) and they are all so friendly and kind. When they are not busy (which is not often) we have some lovely conversations.
The ward is an infusion ward. I guess you may have seen cancer patients on television sitting in a chair while they receive their drugs by infusion? It’s the same on my ward. The cancer patients are in the opposite end and we don’t see them, the patients in my end of the ward are generally MS patients, although there are also treatments for arthritis, IBD and other ailments. I’ve also met a few patients with Stiff Person Syndrome.
I used to see some of the same patients regularly, but things change all the time. Since moving to the new ward they have taken on more than twice the number of patients and our appointments rarely coincide anymore. I rarely see the same faces twice now. Thankfully most of the nurses are familiar.
I spent three days on the ward this week, but I don’t have to stay in the hospital, I come home each day.
Thursday I spent relaxing and drinking lots to ward off the side effects of the treatment because today I need to be okay to go to the theatre tonight with my Sister-in-law to see My Fair Lady.
Now it’s over to you. What word or phrase sums up your week this week?
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It’s nice that you get to see some of the same nursing staff each visit. Familiar faces are always so reassuring and calming especially when you have to go through medical treatments. I hope you have a wonderful night at the theatre with your sister-in-law.
It is nice to know about the ward, especially since you are a regular there. It is nice that you have got to know the staff. The nurses sound so lovely. I hope the treatment has gone well and you have no side effects. Enjoy the theatre. x
Hope all went well with your treatment this week. It’s interesting to read more about the ward where you receive your treatment. That sounds like a nice ward even if it feels more impersonal and clumsier than the previous treatment area. Nice to get to know some of the nurses and have familiar faces. Hope you had a lovely theatre trip with your sister-in-law x #WotW