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.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Don’t forget to say thank you

After a student has studied seven years, often working several jobs on the side to make ends meet, one has to be highly motivated and dedicated to make it through medical school. Finally choosing an area of medicine they want to specialise in, a career in the medical field begins. I am full of admiration for these enthusiastic young student doctors. I think that being a doctor or nurse is one of the hardest jobs, often low salaries, long unsociable hours and receiving little thanks or appreciation in return. In a hospital ward, the staff are under constant pressure, emergency cases understandably taking precedence and suddenly throwing out all schedules, one needs to stay patient and calm, and take into consideration the incredible daily logistics and organisation that ensure the smooth running of any hospital ward. In specific cases a small number of patients might have genuine reason to lodge complaints, other patients just “like” complaining and making a fuss, some would say “thank you” but simply forget to do so. Fortunately there are patients like myself who appreciate the demanding work doctors and nurses tirelessly do, making sure to show appreciation and saying “thank you” when appropriate. Too many complaints and not enough “thank you’s” can lower the morale of medical staff. I have been hospitalised many times and cannot recall the need to complain. The treatment I have received has been exemplary and I thank all who have cared for me over the years during hospitalisation.

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