About me

I have been writing poetry and stories since I was a child, and a love of reading was instilled in me from an early age. I am passionate about writing, and hope you enjoy the books I have written. Whilst most of you sleep soundly in your beds, like many Parkinson’s patients, insomnia dictates, so during those hours that sleep eludes me, the house is tranquil and quiet, an atmosphere perfect to immerse myself in writing. My life has been a series of strange events, which have without doubt contributed to my creativity. To publish anything is to bear one’s soul to the world. It is to stand naked and let everyone see who you really are. I have poured my heart and soul out on paper and I hope to share this journey, immersing you in a story, capturing your attention and firing the imagination. Through my writing and public speaking I hope to bring greater awareness to the general public about living with chronic disease.

Monday, April 16, 2012

101 Uses of an i.v Stand

Having treatment at home for Gaucher disease, I require my own i.v stand on wheels, which generally one sees in hospitals. Over the years we've found this stand to be a very versatile adjustable piece of equipment, for which I have discovered many different inventive uses when not performing its appropriate task. Apart from its intended purpose of holding the voluset containing the medication and saline bag as they slowly drip their way into my veins, we have found a number of creative functions for this marvellous piece of equipment. When my daughter does the ironing, the stand is perfect for holding the shirts on their hangers next to the ironing board, and then easily wheeled into the bedroom where the shirts are put away. On a wet cold day, you’d be surprised how many items of damp laundry one can hang on an i.v stand next to the heater. With a little ingenuity and rotation from time to time, it makes the perfect clothes dryer. We once had a fun party the theme of which was ‘The Adams Family’. Once again this stand played a part as we covered it in a white sheet adding two huge black eyes transforming it into a friendly ghost which hauntingly stood in the corner for the evening. My stand caused great amusement to a friend of mine some years ago, when she came to visit as I was in the midst of piecing a quilt together, using a sewing machine. Next to the sewing machine was my faithful and versatile stand holding all the brightly coloured strips of cotton fabric by clothes pegs, waiting to be sewed into blocks, which eventually became a beautiful quilt. I may not have 101 things yet that one can do with i.v stand, but give me a little time, and I'm sure I’ll come up with some more!

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