The excitement…the anti climax

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I was informed late on the Thursday I would be flown to Hervey Bay in a brand new jet from USA, that night. The excitement was immense for myself and the nurses. Right on 5pm the wards man arrived to take me to the RBWH transit lounge where the paramedics would arrive for the transfer to Brissie airport. Tim and I were thrilled.

Sure enough two lovely young paramedics arrived and smoothly wheeled me out to the waiting van. Slow trip via the tunnel to the Brisbane RFDS base. The pilots were excited too and showed me the jet as much as they could while strapped down to a comfy stretcher bed. Gordon, the young paramedic who travelled in the back of the van with me from the hospital chatted about politics etc.while we waited Β for the jet to be ready for takeoff.

Another female was loaded on…she was returning from intensive treatment after a near death car accident here in the bay. Miriam was our nurse…very nice young lady.

At last we left about 7.30 pm….so smooth. So exciting. I snoozed though and enjoyed the flight.

On arrival at the Bay airport, an ambulance van waited for us. Soon wheeled in but the girl had to be taken to the loo by Miriam first. A polite young guy told me she had to go to Maryborough and me to the Bay hospital. Then it went downhill.

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An older paramedic plonked himself in the comfy carer’s chair between and proceeded to ask the younger patient many questions……but as he did so, he caressed her scars including those on her thigh. I was shocked for a while at the blatant actions of this man. Far too creepy for me. I held his hand as he put his on the lump of my previously broken arm, saying his hand could warm my frozen one trying to keep his from wandering on the younger woman. He looked so smug. She looked a tad uncomfortable but didn’t say anything.

As they wheeled me into the ward I wondered what was happening now he was alone with her in the van. I told my story to the nurses and my paramedic as they put me to bed etc….the nurses were horrified….the p’medic admitted sometimes this guy could go a bit too far. I lodged a complaint next day because sleep was out of the question that night for me and I eventually woke up exhausted, upset and feeling downright ill. When they spoke to this patient she said she was okay with his actions as he was just being comforting and gave her a hug. Ugh!! Naive I think. Anyway it’s in the hands of those who can action things…I don’t want anyone sacked, but this behaviour is not accepted in other States and should not be tolerated here either.

So that really ruined the homecoming and I spent a lot of time crying about it all and wearing myself out.

Now of course it’s the waiting game again before I get to Maryborough. To get a room for further assessment and rehab at the care unit pictured below. One of the drugs I take has seriously downgraded my muscle tone in the legs and that has to be rectified. I’ve also opted not to take as many painkillers. I don’t need them all the time and the sleepiness was doing my head in.

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It is lovely being able to see Mary and Adrian and Steven often. It’s a 25 min drive from Maryborough which is great compared to 3 1/2 hours.

I have asked for my transfer to Maryborough to be fast tracked if possible. Couple of days. No TV in the room at all……but the best part is the food is prepared here in-house and is so good. I have been happily surprised with the meals offered, and the Beef Broth is wonderful!

The nurses are different to the girls who were part of my ‘room family’ in Brisbane, but most of them are great.

My rehab begins tomorrow but in the meantime I’ve had dosages reduced, and have been doing exercises with my legs in bed as suggested by the physio. The worst is my left arm where I broke it. It’s pretty useless.

girls in sunshine

It will take time but I’ll get there.

Till next time much love and big hugs xxxx.

 

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16 thoughts on “The excitement…the anti climax

  1. Fran Macilvey January 9, 2017 at 10:32 am Reply

    Sensitivity is a two-edged sword, sometimes, isn’t it?? But the sun keeps shining. Dear Jo, enjoy your homecoming πŸ™‚ xxx

    • joskehan January 10, 2017 at 6:41 am Reply

      It’s wonderful being here. xxxx

  2. oldawg January 9, 2017 at 1:24 pm Reply

    So happy for you and Tim.:) So sad you had to endure the creep and his creepiness.:( Big, big hugs and lots of love to you, Jo . πŸ™‚ ❀

    • joskehan January 10, 2017 at 6:40 am Reply

      He will get his just desserts I am sure.xxxx

  3. Jack Newman January 9, 2017 at 1:53 pm Reply

    You did the right thing Jo. A brave thing to do especially when you were so crook yourself. A well written account.

  4. Tina Jaray January 9, 2017 at 2:23 pm Reply

    What a nasty-sounding bloke, glad he didn’t do anything to you. But flying in the brand new jet sounds great πŸ™‚ Take care my dear Jo. xxx ❀

    • joskehan January 10, 2017 at 6:39 am Reply

      I was very lucky to have that jet and the pilots were so proud of it. xxxx

  5. Jane Risdon January 9, 2017 at 3:55 pm Reply

    Horrid man, the girl needs to wise-up. Caressing is not good. Enjoy your new home, food sounds good. Hope you get TV soon though I think you are not missing much. Take care xx

    • joskehan January 10, 2017 at 6:38 am Reply

      I miss the news Jane xxxx

      • Jane Risdon January 10, 2017 at 10:31 am

        I can imagine but on the other had Jo, it is quite depressing most of the time. I think there should be a newspaper and a channel on TV/Radio for only ‘good news.’ I think we need it. Remember that song, ‘It’s Good News Week?’ I cannot recall the signer/band’s name but even that wasn’t about good news at all. Thanks for dropping in, perhaps some of my ‘jollies’ will cheer you up or make you smile for a while. Have a good day ❀ xxxxxx

      • joskehan January 10, 2017 at 11:17 pm

        Hedgehopper Anonymous sang that song. Loved it back in the day!

  6. Gerri Bowen January 9, 2017 at 10:33 pm Reply

    I’m sorry the lech ruined the rest of your day and night, Jo. One day he’ll touch the wrong woman. I do hope your exercises help out your legs soon, and I’m sorry about your broken arm. The food! At last you’ll be getting food that tastes good! Keep your blog going, Jo! XXX

    • joskehan January 10, 2017 at 6:37 am Reply

      Thank you Gerri. Very tired today. xxxx

  7. ursula dewar. January 10, 2017 at 1:52 am Reply

    Pleased to hear from you and about your flight back to Hervey Bay. That paramedic chap should be reported. Must go God Bless and prayers from me.xxxx Love and gentle hugs.

    • joskehan January 10, 2017 at 6:36 am Reply

      formal complaint all done. xxxx

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