Kaitlynn’s Post …

27 June 2014

Hi my name is Kaitlynn and I am six.

I like carrots and tomatoes.

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That’s my way to do it

10 January 2014

This time last year I weighed 2 stone (28lb) more than I do today. I still have a long way to go, but I think I’ve found the best way for me to do it. I have found an exercise that suits me and that I enjoy. For me it’s been Zumba and at the end of last year Fitsteps. Both are aerobic / dance exercise and I love it. If I have the time I can go to 6 Zumba classes a week, however, more realistic and sustainable is 3 hours a week. It’s become part of my week now thanks to the wonderful Charlotte Macari and her team at Charlottesville. Read more

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1 January 2014

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Do something good today?

14 May 2013

I am ashamed to say that I had not given blood for sometime, but have recently started to donate again. I have no idea why I didn’t go before now, except that I would see the vans in our town centre and think I must get around to it and then of course forget! However, a friend was going to donate so I went along with her and now i am back on the Blood and Transplant system. Click here to see how you can become a blood donor. It really is easy and painless.

Today I have also joined the bone marrow register. It is something that is important to me. I have no experience personally of requiring a bone marrow donation other than in my nursing days. I still remember a couple of patients particularly who had leukaemia. A young boy called Gary who was 19. He walked ion to our ward looking fit and well. Sadly he did not walk off the ward, but died from the leukaemia he had been admitted with. The other patient, John, was an older, but only in his 40s. His attitude towards his leukaemia was to pretend it dudn’t exist. Sadly he too died.

More recently a friend’s daughter has had treatment for Hodgkins lymphoma and is doing brilliantly. She met the inspirational Alice Pyne whilst receiving her treatment. Alice wrote her bucket list and top of that list was to get everyone to donate bone marrow.

It’s so easy to join the register. If you’re in the UK you can join the Anthony Nolan Bone Marrow Register here. You need to be between 16 and 30. If, like me you’re older you can join the British Bone Marrow Registry here.

Go on; do something good today.

How lucky are we to have free healthcare?

30 September 2011

Son Number Two (SNT) spectacularly broke his ulna and radius back in February. He managed to snap both bones in two by chasing someone at school and falling over. Not a very exciting tale of how he managed a horrid break. He was taken via ambulance to our local Accident and Emergency department where the X-ray confirmed the breaks and he was admitted for surgery. He had the the bones pinned and plated the next day and was discharged with his bones fixed and in a plaster cast.

This week he had to return to have the ‘metal work’ removed. We were advised to be at the ward for 8am on the day of surgery. We did as instructed and were greeted by a warm smile from one of the nursing staff and shown to his room. Yes, he had his own room. Although to be fair this was the children’s ward where there are more single rooms than on an adult ward. Soon after ‘his’ nurse came and introduced herself and asked him a few questions and explained what would happen. All very professional and reassuring. Next the Anaesthetist visited and asked the same questions again whilst explaining what would happen.

At 9am we were ‘on ‘. SNT was changed in to his gown and off we went to the operating theatre. The theatre staff asked the same questions again and were just as fruiendly and  calming. Next the consultant came and chatted to us before SNT went to the anaesthetic room where I was allowed to accompany him. The staff explained all  that was going to happen and soon after SNT was’asleep’. The nurse and I left and went back to the ward where I waited until he was ready to be collected to return to the ward.

Two hours later I was taken with a nurse to collect a very sleepy SNT and get him back to his room where he was checked and where he slept for the next hour or two. The staff were fantastic. I had a lovely chat with the cleaner who cleaned his room whilst he was in theatre, the play leaders offerd him DVDs to watch, the HCAs and nurses all made several checks on SNT to make sure he continued to recover from the anaesthetic and he was given food and drinks and painkillers when he was a little more awake.

Where else would you get such fantastic treatment? Free treatment? Free drugs, free food and drink? OK the TV in his room was broken, but that had no impact on the excellent care he received.

Today the nurse rang me at home to see how SNT was and to tell me that a nurse would visit us at home on Monday to check his dressing. Fabulous patient care and follow up service.

I can not fault the treatment that my son received. We should all be very proud of our NHS and of our country. It’s not always easy to appreciate what we have, but rather easier to complain about what is wrong. However, today I am grateful that my son was cared for by a wonderful team.

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