Those nurses were like angels to hospital roommate
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.