Last year, I had my first seizure and fell unconscious for around 30 minutes and when I came around, I was totally paralysed.
I was unable to move any part of my body and not even open my eyes. This lasted around 4 hours before I could open them and see again.
Unknown to me at this stage, that it would take the next year or so to get my movement back throughout my body.
I thank all the wonderful nurses, doctors and allied heath team involved in my care, along with the catering team and cleaners for all their work in their fields but also the support on my tough days through my journey.
The things I would like to see is the State heath system is to make it standard that stickers are used on all patient menus and kitchen prep sheets to indicate food allergies and/or food requirements like vegan.
I believe this will stop just written required/requests on menus being missed.
Also, I think to put the minds of coeliac patients at rest, please ensure that all kitchens have separate toasters etc along with some training on safe food handling to stop cross contamination between gluten products.
In my opinion, the tap water that is given out in most hospitals is a horrible taste and smell. Can all hospitals start using filtered water for everyone?
The new toilets that have been refitted out in Collie hospital I feel are 90% better than what was, but still have faults. Can the health department please listen to the nurses on what needs fixing, like things that seem to me as simple as magnetic door holders etc.?
I believe the Busselton Hospital has fantastic gardens both out the front and it has a great indoor/outdoor room on the ward so if you are still not well enough to go out the front of the hospital you can get fresh air and sun while still safe on the ward under the supervision of the nurses. But based on my experience, there is not a lot of gardens at Collie with bright coloured plants or flowers and if you want fresh air or sun you have to go off the ward all the way out to the front door. This is a long hallway and it seemed to me you can only do this if you are well enough or supervised by a nurse or AIN. It would be great if a level accessible secure garden with chairs/gardens/grass and shade zone could be made next to the ward.
I believe the added benefit of this zone is the hospital OT's could hold garden groups as therapy especially for the long term patients.
Can the Collie hospital please look at setting up the activity room as a lunch room so all the patients who are well enough can eat and chat together?
Last, can the State Government please fund and place enough nurses and AINs onto the South West hospitals to ensure that, as I understand it, nurses are not being forced to do a double shift when one or more nurses call in sick (especially an afternoon and then a night shift back to back)? As great as I feel the nurses are, I believe 18 hour shifts are not good for anyone.
Once again, thanks to all the teams that looked after me on this long stay at Bunbury regional hospital, Busselton regional hospital and Collie Hospital.
"My 14 months in Hospital"
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