Those nurses were like an­gels to hospi­tal room­mate

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - THE SOCIAL PAGE -

I re­cently got out of Health Sci­ences Cen­tre af­ter a 2 ½day stay for a bro­ken an­kle in­jury. While re­cov­er­ing in GD219, I was ini­tially feel­ing sorry for my­self and very mis­er­able; made worse by all the noise com­ing from a ma­chine be­side the pa­tient next to me. It didn’t take long for me to fig­ure out that the ma­chine that was keep­ing me awake was keep­ing some­one alive! Over the next day and a half I ob­served the nurs­ing at­ten­dants tire­lessly rush to this man’s bed ev­ery 10 min­utes or so to roll him on his side or move him to a more com­fort­able po­si­tion. They al­ways rushed in with a smile and ver­bal en­cour­age­ment to the pa­tient, who I had not heard ut­ter a sound, other than gur­gling com­ing from his mouth.

You see, this per­son who the nurses al­ways called Danny, had bro­ken his neck rid­ing his bi­cy­cle. En­joy­ing his re­tire­ment, he was stay­ing ac­tive with his wife rid­ing bi­cy­cles. While on a rou­tine bike ad­ven­ture at Birds Hill, he fell off his bike and broke his neck and was paral­ysed from the head down. In the 30 days he had been in HSC, he re­quired con­stant at­ten­tion ev­ery 10 min­utes or so. His dar­ling wife was there ev­ery day with words of en­cour­age­ment and she showed un­be­liev­able pa­tience and sup­port for her lov­ing part­ner. Ev­ery day, Danny is mak­ing progress. He’s now able to move his lips to sound out words and wig­gle his fin­gers a bit — all progress made only pos­si­ble with the sup­port of the ded­i­cated nurses that work GD219.

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